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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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Exciting, Engaging Story Line, Gripping ( )
  LisaAndrews | Jul 25, 2015 |
Currently re-reading the series ( )
  aliceoddcabinet | Jul 25, 2015 |
A re-read, this time aloud with my Other Reader. Both of us familiar with the series and this story specifically, making it a simple pleasure read.

Points of interest:
• Sirius Black loans Hagrid the motorcycle used to deliver Harry to the Dursley's ... despite Black not showing up until Book 3?
• Had forgotten the weeks of not talking to one another, after Hermione & Harry were caught releasing Hagrid's dragon. (Ron avoids it in sick bay). Though it does provide a crucial plot point in the loss of 150 points, making Slytherin the likely winner of House Cup again.
• Dumbledore gives Harry the invisibility cloak, from his father (who left it w Albus?). Dumbledore at this point declining to answer Harry's question of why V can't kill him.
• Still love the bit when Neville gets the points to win the House Cup. Clearly Neville's arc was planned beforehand, perhaps my favourite character, he's not quite so sniveling as in the films. ( )
  elenchus | Jul 21, 2015 |
forever my love ( )
  MermaidxLibrarian | Jul 16, 2015 |
This was a reread for me and it just reminded me again why I loved the Harry Potter books so much! It took my imagination to flight again and I can't wait to read the rest of the series again! ( )
  Hanneri | Jul 2, 2015 |
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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
Bar-Hilel, GiliTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Beck, RufusNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Buddingh', WiebeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dale, JimNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fries-Gedin, LenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fritz, KlausÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fry, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
GrandPré, MaryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Huws, EmilyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kapari, JaanaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kibuishi, KazuCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Riglietti, SerenaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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.
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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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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 (asbunny)

A wizard child
saves his school from a Dark Lord
and makes some new friends. (marcusbrutus)

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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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