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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (edition 1998)

by J.K. Rowling

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Title:Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Authors:J.K. Rowling
Info:Scholastic (1998), Hardcover, 309 pages
Collections:Your library, eBooks, Childrens
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Tags:fantasy, Harry Potter, fiction

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling (Author)

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My first time reading the series, and what do I think?!
Fantastic and magical!
Even better than the film too! This story, the first in the Harry Potter series, is everything I had hoped for and more! There were moments in the story that were more vivid and descriptive than the film brought to life. It was what I didn't even know I needed.
A quick read too. From easy story telling, to this magical world and even more magical characters, you are at the end before you know it.
I'm heading right into the next book too. I just can't wait. ( )
  fredamans | Aug 13, 2018 |
The first book in the series introducing Harry Potter as a young child who finds out he comes from a family of Wizards.
  chn3 | Aug 13, 2018 |
Please see online discussion board
  rhod4 | Aug 12, 2018 |
The only thing you really need to know about Harry Potter is that it was a truly huge cultural phenomenon. It single-handedly got an entire generation of kids reading and was a huge part of many people's childhoods, myself included. Clearly, Rowling did something right.

While the series matured with its readers during the ten years it took to write them, this first book is truly a aimed at a young audience. It reads out like a child's fantasy in the truest sense of the word (and there were many kids waiting, hoping to get that letter from Hogwarts in the late 90's!). It's also not the most well-written book. Rowling was inexperienced here and did not polish the novel quite to the level of the sequels. But the premise is so enjoyable that it really does not matter - it's still a lot of fun to read through this, even all these years later. ( )
  rcb1291 | Aug 6, 2018 |
Everyone has heard of JK Rowling's hit book series Harry Potter, but not everyone has actually read it, and if you haven't, you need to. This was the first book I read, that truly drew me in. I felt as though I was one of the characters and I could picture everything Rowling was talking about, because of her detailed storytelling. Authors that can portray those pictures in their books, are truly special. In this series Harry, Ron, and Hermione go through many challenges, and adventures, to defeat Voldemort, an evil wizard, who has mastered the dark arts so he can use magic in a cruel way. This book holds true friendships, Devastating losses, humor, Romance, Travel, and of course lots of MAGIC! ( )
1 vote EllaT. | Aug 4, 2018 |
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One can reasonably doubt that "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" is going to prove a classic of children's literature, but Rowling, whatever the aesthetic weaknesses of her work, is at least a millennial index to our popular culture. So huge an audience gives her importance akin to rock stars, movie idols, TV anchors, and successful politicians. Her prose style, heavy on cliche, makes no demands upon her readers. In an arbitrarily chosen single page--page 4--of the first Harry Potter book, I count seven cliches, all of the "stretch his legs" variety.

How to read"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"? Why, very quickly, to begin with, perhaps also to make an end. Why read it? Presumably, if you cannot be persuaded to read anything better, Rowling will have to do. is there any redeeming education use to Rowling? Is there any to Stephen King? Why read, if what you read will not enrich mind or spirit or personality? For all I know, the actual wizards and witches of Britain, or America, may provide an alternative culture for more people than is commonly realized.
 

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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.
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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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Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. (Novelist)
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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
(Firefox-Flame_dancer)
Went with a strange man

because he gave me chocolate.

Almost got murdered.

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