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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (original 1997; edition 2015)

by J K Rowling (Author)

Series: Harry Potter (1)

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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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Title:Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Authors:J K Rowling (Author)
Info:Bloomsbury (2015), Edition: First Edition/First Printing
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling (1997)

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This book is age appropriate around 10 years of age depending upon the readers abilities. Harry Potter is a young boy who discovers he is a wizard that will attend a magical boarding school. Great for intermediate readers who love fantasy. ( )
  AriaStewart | Jan 10, 2022 |
Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone (1997/2015) (Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling, illustrations by Jim Kay. This is of course the first in the fantastic Harry Potter series and you might wonder why person would try and review it again. I am not reviewing the original book, which is 5 stars all the way, but I can review the illustrations.
I was puzzled as to why you would reissue this book after the movies have all come out and just about the entire reading world has read the original book. There are no additional chapters or extended passages hidden in the new edition, so why bother.
Jim Kay’s illustrations manage to bring an extra understanding to the work. They are not mere drawings drawn from the movies but brand new inspirations for the book in question. And they are an inducement to reread the Potter book.
Also it was a nice introduction to the material for my granddaughter. Her son read them to her and the pictures added to both of their enjoyment. And when she finally was able to see the first movie she understood to a greater degree just where and what was happening.
This is not a necessary addition to your Potter library, but it is nice to have. ( )
  TomDonaghey | Jan 10, 2022 |
Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone (1997) by J. K. Rowling. Welcome to the first in a series of seven books about the boy wizard and the magical world that thrives right nest to our own. Harry Potter is his name and he has delighted us through all the books, movies and plays about him. There is not much to add at this late date about how, well for lack of a better word, “MAGICAL” this book and the entire series has turned out to be.
I was lucky enough to have a son young enough that I had to read the first couple of books to him. Then it became a race as to who could read the following books first. A special time for us both.
If by some chance you haven’t read the books, or it has been a long time, do yourself a favor and find out what all the fuss was about. You will be glad you did. ( )
  TomDonaghey | Jan 10, 2022 |
This is a re-read for me, as I recently received the illustrated version as a gift. It's still my least favorite of the series, but I adore this illustrated edition. ( )
  bookdrunkard78 | Jan 6, 2022 |
I wish Harry was around in 1958! ( )
  4bonasa | Jan 3, 2022 |
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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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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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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
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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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