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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1997)

by J. K. Rowling

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Series: Harry Potter (Book 1)

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**I purchased this book for my own reading pleasure, with no expectations of a review**

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is the first book in Rowling’s phenomenal Harry Potter series. This is the British version of the book, with the stone Flamel created properly called the Philosopher's Stone. Why the American release had to go and change it to the erroneous 'Sorcerer’s Stone’s still irks me after all this time.

I just reread this book, falling in love with it all over again. The first several of these books helped me get through a tough few years fraught with surgery after surgery. Having such a world to step into made all the difference in my recovery.

Harry Potter is the Boy Who Lived, his survival heralding the fall of the Dark Wizard Voldemort. Harry, then orphaned, was sent to live with his aunt, uncle, and cousin. Forced to live in the cupboard under the stairs, Harry did his best to keep to himself. For eleven years, Harry suffered neglect and emotional abuse. Then comes the day when a letter from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry comes for him. For several days, Harry’s Uncle Vernon keeps the increasing number of letters from Harry.

This is to no avail, as it means Hagrid, the gamekeeper at Hogwarts, comes to personally deliver the letter. Harry is stunned to learn he is a wizard, as his parents were. His aunt and uncle, ordinary Muggles, strive to make Harry 'normal’, and never told him of his parents. Harry is sent to Hogwarts, to learn of the world he was denied all his life. He makes new friends, and new enemies. He proves to take after his father, with a sense of adventure, and a sense of justice, both of which lead him to attempt to protect a priceless artifact he believes will be stolen. Granted, he did try to warn faculty, but they just couldn't fathom it possible that anyone could get to the artifact, through its protections.

I adore these books. Rereading it, I was reminded of how gritty it could be, for a young kids book. It deals with themes of child neglect and emotional abuse, bullying, murder, and even that children Harry’s age can be more mature than we credit. We, as a society, seem to have forgotten how quickly children used to need to grow up. There are also strong themes of live, friendship, and hope. Story is well-written and easy to lose oneself in. One series I always recommend!

🎻🎻🎻🎻🎻 Highly recommended ( )
  PardaMustang | Jan 16, 2017 |
Harry potter is a well known series. It starts off with Harry living with his aunt and uncle. He is pushed around by his cousin Dudley a lot. Harry soon finds out that he is a wizard when he is told by another wizard named Hagrid. Hagrid takes him to Diagon alley to buy him a wand and an owl along with books for a school named Hogwarts. Harry learns that he is the only survivor of a deadly curse. And by doing so he defeats the most evil wizard there was. His name was Voldemort.
Harry gets in the train and meets some new friends. Ron and Hermione are very nice to harry. Harry finds some enemies named Malfoy,Crabbe,and Goyle. When they arrive harry is admitted to the Gryffindor house with his friends. Harry goes through a series of adventures. Along with misadventures. witch lead to harry finding the sorcerers stone. ( )
  ryanKB1 | Jan 12, 2017 |
Had so much fun reading this at night to my girls. My seven-year-old especially had a constant look of anticipation on her face and laughed at all the jokes. They both cried out for more every night when I declared that we had finished. ( )
  jalbacutler | Jan 10, 2017 |
This is my re-read of Harry Potter series. I read them for the first time about a year ago. Happy to say that it did not feel like a re-read, I generally knew the events that were about to happen, but I was still very immersed in the story. And still teared up at the end, when extra points were awarded.
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  bookandsword | Jan 9, 2017 |
I am a big fan of all of the Harry Potter books. My daughter was too young to read this first book so I read it alone. It was wonderful, refreshing, reassuring, and completely original. I read it to her and then we read the sequels individually, negotiating fiercely over reading times on the shared book of the moment and attending late-night release parties together. The books provided food for thought in the classes I taught and there were some lively discussions that gave me faith that upcoming generations were indeed literate and had excellent mental abilities. The Harry Potter series is not just for children though. We see our adult world of political, religious and familial dysfunction as well as struggles to deal with these issues in positive ways. The movies were very well made and have left their mark forever on our culture, to our benefit. The illustrations on the books were not what I would have chosen, but it is really all about the words inside the covers. Harry Potter should be on every elementary and middle school reading list. ( )
  PhyllisHarrison | Jan 4, 2017 |
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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.
added by johnsmithsen | editLowongan Kerja BANK (Feb 14, 1999)
 
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.
added by johnsmithsen | editlowongan kerja 2017 (Jan 1, 1999)
 
Harry Potter se ha quedado huérfano y vive en casa de sus abominables tíos y del insoportable primo Dudley. Harry se siente muy triste y solo, hasta que un buen día recibe una carta que cambiará su vida para siempre. En ella le comunican que ha sido aceptado como alumno en el colegio interno Hogwarts de magia y hechicería. A partir de ese momento, la suerte de Harry da un vuelco espectacular. En esa escuela tan especial aprenderá encantamientos, trucos fabulosos y tácticas de defensa contra las malas artes. Se convertirá en el campeón escolar de quidditch, especie de fútbol aéreo que se juega montado sobre escobas, y se hará un puñado de buenos amigos... aunque también algunos temibles enemigos. Pero sobre todo, conocerá los secretos que le permitirán cumplir con su destino. Pues, aunque no lo parezca a primera vista, Harry no es un chico común y corriente. ¡Es un verdadero mago!
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Rowling, J. K.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Astrologo, MarinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bar-Hilel, GiliTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Beck, RufusNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Buddingh', WiebeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dale, JimNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fries-Gedin, LenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Fry, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
GrandPré, MaryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Huws, EmilyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kapari, JaanaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kay, JimIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kibuishi, KazuCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nic Mhaoláin, MáireTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Taylor, ThomasCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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for Jessica, who loves stories,
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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.
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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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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
(asbunny)
A wizard child
saves his school from a Dark Lord
and makes some new friends.
(marcusbrutus)
Orphaned a baby
but growing up unknowing
he is a wizard
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Went with a strange man

because he gave me chocolate.

Almost got murdered.

(CathWhitney)

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