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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1997)

by J. K. Rowling

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Series: Harry Potter (1)

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This classic book is the first of the harry potter series by JK Rowling. Harry is a wizard and learns of his magic powers at 11 years old. He lives with his uncle, aunt, and cousin in a bad situation. He escapes his miserable life in the wizarding school, Hogwarts. He learns about friendship, love, sacrifice, knowledge, integrity, defeating evil, all while battling his tween angst.

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  mollybeaver | Dec 17, 2014 |
I think that the Harry Potter books are a great way to get young readers excited about reading long chapter books. Besides the controversy of witchcraft, the magical aspect draws a lot of students in.
  adates12 | Dec 17, 2014 |
This book is the first in a series of seven novels about a boy who is raised, until the age of eleven, by abusive guardians. On his eleventh birthday, he finds out that he's a wizard and that he can go live and learn at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and escape his abusers. Of course, he goes. This book is all about his first year at Hogwarts.
This book applies to the topic of family in that it sends children an extremely important message: if your home life is abusive or neglectful, you do not need to consider them your family and you do not need to feel guilty about it. Harry, for example, found a family support system at Hogwarts. His best friends become like his siblings, Mrs. Weasley becomes his mother figure, and his godfather, Sirius, fills the role of father.
This is an incredible book for children. In addition to the aforementioned lesson, HP and the Sorcerer's Stone shows readers that they can go to a new school and quite literally a whole different world and it isn't the end of your life. In Harry's case, it was actually the beginning. ( )
  hphipp2 | Dec 5, 2014 |
In my opinion, this book is a great book for young readers who are interested in chapter books. One thing I like about this book is that it is a part of a series. This means children can read on to see what happens next in the rest of the books in the series. Another thing I liked about this book was that the main character, Harry, is someone that a lot of children can relate to. He is the outsider, is picked on by another student at Hogwarts, and has every day obstacles like a normal student might. While these aren't every day issues for kids, I think a lot of children have gone through points where they may have felt like Harry at one point. I also really like the magical aspect of this book and the creation of a whole different world than real life where witches and wizards can learn about spells and potions away from the "muggle" world. It definitely creates an escape from the real world which is also something students may relate to. Many children use reading, drawing, or role playing as a way to "escape" from the real world so that makes this book good for children to relate to as well. I also like that these books have been made into movies so that kids can not only read the books, but visualize and see the pages come to life. The big idea of this story was a boy who is destined with mass amounts of responsibility and must overcome obstacles to save himself from a villain. ( )
  khendr4 | Dec 3, 2014 |
I love the book “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and think that it is a fantastic book for readers of all ages. One reason I like this book so much is because Rowling creates a world that forces readers to think about and imagine a world apart from their own. Readers are exposed to flying broomsticks, people that can transform into animals, magic wands, potions, and more. This not only enhances a reader’s imagination, but also engrosses the reader in the story. I get completely wrapped up in the magical world of Hogwarts when reading any of the “Harry Potter” books. Another aspect of the book that adds to this is the depth of the characters. There is a lot of dialogue in the book, and each character has strengths, flaws, desires, relationships and personality traits. Because the characters are so three dimensional and realistic, they are very easy to relate to and the reader becomes invested in the good vs. evil battle in the story. J. K. Rowling is able to create so much drama, excitement, and mystery in her story to keep readers of all ages interested in her novels. The main idea of the story is that loyal friends can get you through the toughest of times. ( )
  cschne11 | Dec 3, 2014 |
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On the whole, ''Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone'' is as funny, moving and impressive as the story behind its writing. J. K. Rowling, a teacher by training, was a 30-year-old single mother living on welfare in a cold one-bedroom flat in Edinburgh when she began writing it in longhand during her baby daughter's nap times. But like Harry Potter, she had wizardry inside, and has soared beyond her modest Muggle surroundings to achieve something quite special.
The light-hearted caper travels through the territory owned by the late Roald Dahl, especially in the treatment of the bad guys — they are uniformly as unshadedly awful as possible —but the tone is a great deal more affectionate. A charming and readable romp with a most sympathetic hero and filled with delightful magic details.
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
J. K. Rowlingprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Astrologo, MarinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Beck, RufusNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dale, JimNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fries-Gedin, LenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fry, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
GrandPré, MaryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Huws, EmilyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kapari, JaanaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kibuishi, KazuCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Taylor, ThomasCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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for Jessica, who loves stories,
for Anne, who loved them too,
and for Di, who heard this one first.
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Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.
The wand chooses the wizard, remember…I think we must expect great things from you, Mr. Potter…After all, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named did great things - terrible, yes, but great.
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Initially published as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
The change to 'Sorcerer' is in the US title.
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Orphaned as a baby, Harry Potter has spent 11 awful years living with his mean aunt, uncle, and cousin Dudley. But everything changes for Harry when an owl delivers a mysterious letter inviting him to attend a school for wizards. At this special school, Harry finds friends, aerial sports, and magic in everything from classes to meals, as well as a great destiny that's been waiting for him...if Harry can survive the encounter. From an author who has been compared to C. S. Lewis and Roald Dahl, this enchanting, funny debut novel won England's National Book Award and the prestigious Smarties Prize. 

(Charles Duff Review below)

What else can you say about Harry Potter....phenomena...landmark...revolutionary...historic.  Whether its read to young children or children read it themselves.  Harry Potter is removed from the torment of his Aunt and Uncle and attends the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  It's almost an automatic choice for independent reading.  English teachers could use this, since so many read it, to offer up blogging opportunities for sharing thoughts and opinions on the text.  Here is a link for teachers on some teaching resources for the Harry Potter series: http://www.nea.org/tools/lessons/teac...
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Harry's a wizard
studies magic at Hogwarts
fights possessed teacher

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Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.

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