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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) (original 1997; edition 2000)

by J. K. Rowling

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Title:Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)
Authors:J. K. Rowling
Info:Scholastic Trade (2000), Leather Bound, 320 pages
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) by J. K. Rowling (1997)

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It's a miracle, I've finally read the first Harry Potter book. When the first movie for this series was released, I found out that it was inspired by a children's book. It didn't even occur to me to read it/them. My excuse is that I didn't know of the existence of a fantastical site called "Goodreads". I also didn't have any clue of a genre referred to as Fantasy. Oh yes I did watch the movie. In fact I did watch them all and loved them even though I still thought the books were geared toward kids at least that's what I believed. So eventually I found Goodreads and my eyes were open to a treasure trove of books and genres out there for brain consumption. At first I thought I wouldn't be able to read the books since I already watched the movies but since then I've read books from movies I've seen not knowing they were originally books without any difficulty. I still enjoyed them and in fact even more the the movies. So I kept telling myself I would read the Harry Potter books, it took a while but I've finally started and now I can't wait to consume them all. Visually and mentally that is, lol.

It was amazing and it also answered those unanswered questions you get from watching a movie. Let's just say it filled in the blanks and fed me more missing info that I wasn't even aware of I was missing. I could imagine what Harry was experiencing in his adventures and introduction to the wizarding world. I enjoyed reading Harry's and his friends, Ron and Hermoine's inaugural journey into this new world. I loved the illustrations at the top of every chapter and I fell in love the the characters all over again (in more detail of course). I got to see the magic and allure of this world and how scary, fun, fantastical, and indulgent it can be. It was an enchanting story that would of course eventually end up on the big screen. ( )
  GigisIrieReads | Oct 21, 2016 |
This is a great book about a magical world different from our world. The story comes to life whenever you read the book. It is a page turner off that you will not want to put down. This story is about how friendship can help you through anything and that you should always believe in yourself. ( )
  haleyr03 | Oct 17, 2016 |
Cute story. Great character, storyline, & plot development. Friendship, a mystery, an orphan who is treated like trash, magic, bad guys, and an old foe....what more could you want?!? The audiobook version is well done with each character having his/her voice. ( )
  SBShepherd | Oct 16, 2016 |
I read this book after a good friend of mine went to see the movie. I remember he kept talking on and on about the story, about how good the movie was and how good the first four books were and how he was anxiously waiting for the fifth. After about two weeks of non-stop talking about Harry Potter, I finally caved in, and asked him to lend me the movie. The next day he came to school and gave me the video cassette and saying "You'll love it". And I did. How could I not? It had the power to keep you in that fantastic world where you can be a child forever, where everything has a solution and where good always wins. I went to school on Monday and begged him to lend me the first book and with every page I read, I loved the story more and more.

Ten years later, the book still has that power over me, to make me feel like a kid again and wish I too received a special letter from a secret school. What I love most about these books is that with every read, you discover new things, things you missed the previous time you read them.

This book isn't my favorite in the series, but it's an awesome start. I can't name everything I loved about the book, because I'd just have to copy the entire book. I can say I liked the idea of a secret room and a mirror that showed you what you most wanted. I also loved the friendship that Harry, Ron and Hermione have, a friendship that eventually lasts forever.

Like every other Potter fan, I hope that in the future J.K Rowling will give us a sort of an update, little tidbits of what "the boy who lived" and his two best friends are doing after Voldemort died. If it doesn't come to that, though, I'll be a happy reader as well, because re-reading the books doesn't change their charm and their magic. ( )
1 vote Rubys.books | Oct 15, 2016 |
There is really nothing left to review, is there? J.K. Rowling created a new society--one I suspect most of us would like to belong to, at least, we would were there no bad witches! Those of us who romanticized boarding schools, I imagine, were drawn into Hogwarts. For any children dealing with dysfunctional homes, or in foster care, etc., I think the Potter series gave them a wistful dream or two of how they could use a friend like Harry to ease their lot in life. Mostly, I am not alone in applauding the creation of a series that showed children the utter joy to be found in reading!

This is my second reading.... ( )
  kaulsu | Oct 15, 2016 |
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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.
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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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.
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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
A wizard child
saves his school from a Dark Lord
and makes some new friends.
Orphaned a baby
but growing up unknowing
he is a wizard
Went with a strange man

because he gave me chocolate.

Almost got murdered.


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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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