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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) (original 1997; edition 1999)

by J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)

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Title:Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)
Authors:J.K. Rowling
Other authors:Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)
Info:Scholastic Paperbacks (1999), Edition: 1st, Paperback, 320 pages
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling (1997)

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There are many messages expressed throughout the Harry Potter books but one that can be seen in this book, and all the other books, is good versus evil. Harry Potter is dealt very similar cards as the book's villain and must make decisions weather to follow in his foot-steps or make a path on his own. In the end the main message is that good triumphs evil.
One reason I really liked this book was the way the author wrote out her dialect. The way she writes the dialogue really channels her characters and helps the reader fully picture them and their personalities. For example she writes Hagrid saying, "Yer great puddin' of a son don' need fattenin' anymore, Dursley, don' worry." The way she writes his dialogue helps build his character description to the readers and makes the story more enjoyable in the process.
Going along with that, another reason I liked this book was the way she brought the story to life by including other forms of text. For example, when Hagrid gives Harry Potter his acceptance letter to Hogwarts the book says that he opens and reads it. Instead of just leaving it at that, the author includes the "letter" in the text. The text is centered and titled reading, "Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry," and underneath includes the list for uniform, course books, and other equipment. By doing so the author really helps bring the story to life by including different forms of text within the novel. ( )
  JamieLewis | Nov 17, 2014 |
J.K. Rowling has done a wonderful job giving life to the world of Harry Potter. This is the first book out of seven and some of the main characters are introduced in this book. We meet Harry, an orphan boy who lives a miserable life with his aunt and uncle. He is treated very poorly and bullied by his cousin Dudley. When Harry turns 11 he gets a letter from Hogwarts, a schools for wizards. The story takes an interesting path when Harry goes off to school and ends up with many challenges such as fighting evil. I love how J.K. Rowling develops the story. She describes the characters and the magic world in such an amazing way that it is very hard to put the book down once you start reading it. ( )
  cvarela | Nov 13, 2014 |
Harry Potter is my ultimate favorite book. I love how Harry forms unlikely friendship with Ron and Hermione. I think this friendship is extremely important for this book because his friends take the role of his family. I also really love the little illustrations on the top of the page on the beginning of every chapter. They give you an insight of what the chapter will be about. Overall, I love the magic of the book, how it captivates the readers and draws you in wanting more. Harry Potter is written in such a fun and whimsical way, that it is extremely hard to resist reading it more than once.
The big idea of Harry Potter is to fight for what you believe in. Just like Harry fights to save Hogwarts and his friends from a horrible enemy. ( )
  Jillian_Magee | Nov 10, 2014 |
Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone has, for an array of reasons, been one of my favorite books for as long as I could remember. The first book in the Harry Potter series tells the background story of young Harry and of his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The first book goes into a lot of detail concerning Harry finding out he is a Wizard, arriving at Hogwarts, fighting a troll, fighting a three headed dog, encountering a centaur, and finally defeating Lord Voldemort for the second time. As stated previously, I have loved this book for a very long time for a lot of reasons. One reason that I love this book is because of the way that magic is presented to the audience. J.K. Rowling is an author who knows how to write for a large range of readers. Magic is a topic that not a lot of people would be willing to read about over the age of 14 but Rowling did a good job at introducing magic in her books in a way that isn’t too over top but it is still undeniably beautiful in the way it is written about in Harry’s world. Another reason why this books is so extraordinary is because of the imagery that is presented to the readers. Obviously, a huge portion of this book is filled with characters and objects that readers have never seen or heard of before. Rowling does an exemplary job at describing these creatures to her readers with an immense about of detail. “Harry had never seen anything so beautiful and sad. It’s long, slender legs were stuck out at odd angles where it had fallen and its mane was spread pearly-white on the dark leaves.” Lastly, this book is filled with an overwhelming amount of foreshadowing. Rereading this book after reading through the series offers a new insight to the Harry Potter series. It is not common for a series to get better the more and more a person reads it. I have read all of the the Harry Potter books a few times and every time I do I find something I didn’t notice the first time. For example, “Harry got slowly out of bed and started looking for socks. He found a pair under his bed and, after pulling a spider off one of them, put them on. Harry was used to spiders, because the cupboard under the stairs was full of them and that was where he slept.” Later on in the series Harry encounters an overwhelming number of spiders while his best friend, Ron, trembles in fear. This book does not teach one thing specifically to its readers, but a common theme within this specific text is that amazing things can happen even to the least suspected people. ( )
  EmilyEgert | Nov 9, 2014 |
Harry Potter never disappoints. JK Rowling is just a phenomenal writer. I'll admit this isn't my favorite of all the 7 books, but I've noticed more things in this book the more I read it. ( )
  rabidmunkee | Nov 7, 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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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
Kapari, JaanaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kibuishi, KazuCover 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.
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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. 

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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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