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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 Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling (1997)

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Description: What did Harry Potter know about magic? He was stuck with the decidedly un-magical Dursleys, who hated him. He slept in a closet and ate their leftovers. But an owl messenger changes all that, with an invitation to attend the Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches, where it turns out Harry is already famous...

Thoughts: I love it. Have for almost 20 years now.

Oh my god, it's been almost 20 years. Hold on a second while I die.

Seriously. What the hell. I can't think about that anymore.

This reread was great and reminded me of all the little things I had forgotten. It was also great listening to the UK audiobook narrated by Stephen Fry for the first time. Looking forward to rediscovering the rest!

Rating: 4.42

Liked: 4.5
Plot: 4.5
Characterization: 4.5
Writing: 4.5
Audio: 4

https://www.librarything.com/topic/163445#4591379 ( )
  leahbird | Jan 20, 2015 |
Excellent Book, really enjoyed it. Five Star!!!! Magical Stuff!!!! What a great Imagination the author as!!!!! Brilliant, True Talent!!!! ( )
  Claire5555 | Jan 15, 2015 |
I love the magical point of the book. I love how it is set in a real place but also in a fictional place too. ( )
1 vote harleyqgrayson02 | Jan 14, 2015 |
*Spoiler Alert!*

This thrilling tale of Harry Potter, by J. K. Rowling, stars Harry and his Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry friends. The novel begins with Harry's parents being killed by an evil wizard named Lord Voldemort. Miraculously, Harry (just an infant at the time) survives the attack, seemingly defeats Voldemort, and is taken to live with his aunt, uncle, and cousin… a dreadful place in which he is given no respect nor any information about his magical past. On his eleventh birthday, Harry receives an invitation to attend Hogwarts. On the school train, he meets two fellow students, Ron Weasley and Hermoine Granger, who are destined to come his closest friends and allies. Through a series of unfortunate events, the three discover information about a sorcerer's stone, a rock which provides everlasting youth and immortality, that is hidden deep within the school. In addition to this, they learn that Voldemort is still alive, though not in human form, and his servants are trying to help him return by finding this hidden stone. Harry and his friends set out to find the stone before Voldemort does. The path to the stone is rigged with enchantment and traps, and at the end of the journey the three students discover that Voldemort has been possessing a Hogwarts teacher in order to accomplish his return. The two wizards battle, Harry wins, but the stone is forever destroyed.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is an exciting novel. It always kept me hooked at the end of every chapter. I sometimes stayed up until 10:30 or later (well past my bedtime) reading. It had just enough action and surprises to keep me turning the pages. The Harry Potter series is great for all ages -- from 3rd grade and up. I am definitely excited about reading (and rereading) this series. I hope that all of the books are equally as riveting! ( )
  MeganS.B3 | Jan 11, 2015 |
The book starts of with Albus Dumbledore and Professor McGonagall discussing what to do with the orphaned baby, Harry Potter. They decide to leave him with his non-magical(muggle) aunt and uncle. Harry's aunt and uncle know that he is a wizard. They are ashamed of him and his family, and begin mistreating him. The years pass by, and finally, a letter inviting him to the Hogwarts School of Wizardry. Harry's uncle Vernon nearly goes insane trying to stop Harry from going to Hogwarts. However, Hagrid pops up and tells Harry he's a wizard and everything clicks into place for Harry. He then begins to attend Hogwarts. Near the end of the book, Harr and his friends try to stop you-know-who(Voldemort) from retrieving the Sorcerer's Stone. This could let Voldemort-excuse me, you-know-who-become immortal. This setback becomes a great defeat for Volde-you-know-who! Man I got tot used to saying that!
The beginning masterpiece of a great novel series by J.K Rowling. Honestly, this book is great! I'm usually more for sci-fi and comedy, but this is the exception! This book showed great promise when it first made its appearance. It is still a favorite among kids and adults alike. This may very well be the best-selling fantasy book series on Earth! This book is beyond what words can describe! This deserves every star it receives from me. ( )
  RileyM.g1 | Jan 11, 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
Beck, RufusNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dale, JimNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fries-Gedin, LenaTranslatorsecondary 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
Vierikko, VesaNarratorsecondary 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. 

(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

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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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