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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) (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 JK Rowling is a fiction book. The characters in the book are Harry Potter, Hermione, Ron, Hagrid, Albus, Voldemort, Professor McGonagall, and Professor Shape. The themes of the book are friendship, power, choices, and love. ( )
  Kimberly79 | Mar 31, 2019 |
Harry Potter is a book series beloved by both children and adults. JK Rowling does an excellent job at getting the main message across through her plot and the characters. The main theme in Harry Potter is that good triumphs evil. Each book in the series focuses on a new event in Harry's fight against the dark lord, this one focusing on him versus Professor Quirrell. The characters chosen by JK help to get the audience rooting for Harry. The book opens describing Harry's terrible living situation with his Aunt and Uncle who are ashamed of him and lock him away in a closet, forcing him to be their personal slave. This gets the reader anticipating Harry's leave for Hogwarts, anxious to see the boy discover himself and his greatness. The plot of the story, really the whole series, focuses on this main message of good versus evil as we see Harry choose his side in the fight against Voldemort and in this book we see Harry fight to help his school from being destroyed. Harry Potter is an excellent read for people of all ages and we can all take away something from this infamous book. ( )
  brookep8698 | Mar 28, 2019 |
Summary:

Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone is a book about a boy living in the cupboard under the stairs in his aunt and uncle's house. Harry soon finds out that he is a wizard from an incredibly tall man named Hagrid. Hagrid takes Harry to a school for wizard children called Hogwarts. Harry meets his friends Ron and Hermione as well as his enemy, Draco Malfoy. Harry is sorted into Gryffindor, one of the four houses, and so are Ron and Hermione. Harry, Ron, and Hermione find out that Hogwarts is guarding a secret item; the Sorcerer's Stone, which can grant the owner the elixir of life and the ability to make infinite gold. After the school year is nearly over, Harry, Ron, and Hermione find out someone is trying to steal the stone. In the middle of the night, with the invisibility cloak Harry's dad gave him, they snuck out to stop whoever was going to steal the stone. After solving puzzles and getting through the magical defenses Harry was the only one able to confront the stone's burglar. Ultimately, the person who was trying to steal the stone was Voldemort, a powerful dark wizard who had tried to kill Harry as an infant. Because Voldemort was still so weak from their last encounter Harry was able to defeat him. Harry saved the stone and Voldemort was repelled from rising back to power.

My Thoughts

Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone is a great book, especially for the start of a series. It definitely falls short in many ways to any of it's successors though. It's world building is not the best, as most of the later books do a better job. This is because the wizarding world has basically no depth to it in this book. This is easily rebutted, however, with there being six more books to follow up this book. I definitely like how Harry Potter makes a school setting in a story actually interesting, it adds so much more flair when the whole place is magical. Although this first book s the weakest of the seven, it still means next to nothing when this book, not compared to the others, is still a really fun read. I would definitely recommend to anyone who hasn't gotten into the series yet (you've only had, what, 22 years to read it?). ( )
  LoganD.B4 | Mar 28, 2019 |
re-reading the series and loving them! ( )
  EBassett | Mar 20, 2019 |
It's been too long since I read Book One ... I'd forgotten how much better the books are than the movies. So enjoyable! ( )
  hejmarguerite | Mar 12, 2019 |
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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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Astrologo, MarinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bar-Hilel, GiliTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Buddingh', WiebeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Fry, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
GrandPré, MaryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Høverstad, Torstein BuggeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Huws, EmilyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kapari, JaanaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kay, JimIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kibuishi, KazuCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Marienė, ZitaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Matsuoka, HirokoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ménard, Jean-FrançoisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nic Mhaoláin, MáireTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Riglietti, SerenaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Taylor, ThomasCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tóth, Tamás BoldizsárTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Wilharm, SabineCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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for Jessica, who loves stories,
for Anne, who loved them too,
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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 for Witchcraft and Wizardry.
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Harry's a wizard
studies magic at Hogwarts
fights possessed teacher
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A wizard child
saves his school from a Dark Lord
and makes some new friends.
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Orphaned a baby
but growing up unknowing
he is a wizard
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Went with a strange man

because he gave me chocolate.

Almost got murdered.

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