Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

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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.
Publisher: New York : A.A. Levine Books, c1998.
ISBN: 9780590353403
0590353403
Characteristics: vi, 309 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: GrandPré, Mary - Illustrator

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Mary Ellen

Young Adult

Harry Potter (Fantasy)

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AtkinsonMH
Dec 27, 2020

The Harry Potter series is many things to many people; most notably, to many children. In a sense, books, or rather, stories which enthral and engage young minds and hearts to read must be supported and promoted – at least in my humble opinion. Interestingly, reading this series as an adult is also sincerely rewarding. That, in itself, makes a strongly powerful statement about the writing and the writer. Numerous characters are innately compelling and interesting for their placement within the magical landscape which is the fabric of the stories background narration and creative envelope.

For me, I have seen and enjoyed, multiple times, the movies well before reading the books. Thereby, one does, at least in my case, tend to overlay the persona and attributions of the movie characters with those portrayed by the writer in the books. Notwithstanding such prior introduction to the Harry Potter magic-scape through the movies; the books, in themselves, do much more than fill in the gaps and complexities the movie-related narration fails to explain and address. Specifically, several things are apparent.

Most particularly, the storyline of the books is not that of the movies; rather, the books narrate a more nuanced and structured sequence of events which situate a more grounded and coherent understanding of character motivations, inter-character relationships and events. Each medium, the books and the movies, have their own charm and appeal. However, for me, one of the most endearing and appealing things about Harry Potter, regardless of how he is experienced, is his grounded and humble attitude towards coping with the burdens and the inherent risks of his situation.

Like many children who are victimised as adoptees, he is deeply impacted by the psychological and social burdens of an absence of loving parents or caregivers. Remarkably, Harry demonstrates a willingness to not surrender to hopelessness or despair. Rather, his demeanour and attitude seek to emphasise the inner value of people not the outer trappings of social acceptability or status. Arguably, this lays the foundation for a lesson most adults could well learn from. Specifically, how to be grateful and reconciled with what one has rather than has not, and the pointlessness and unfulfilling void which results from a focus upon lack rather than need.

Beyond humility, Harry demonstrates a level of courage and willingness towards self-sacrifice which is, at times, breathlessly inspiring. Of course, he is only a child; although, arguably so are we all in one form or another. Thereby, the writer moderates Harry’s character with the understandable failings of youthful ignorance, naivety and foolishness which we have all experienced. Again, this adds a realism, approachability and accessibility to Harry’s character and personality which adds to his appeal. Harry tends to characteristically attend to supporting the weak and otherwise unremarked upon individuals he encounters. He sees beauty and value, where others seem entirely uninclined to look, recognise or acknowledge.

He, [Harry], is situated paradoxically within the storyline, as both famous and successful but modest and non-conformist. However, also, Harry Potter is much maligned and criticised for his non-partisan approach to politics, social non-conformity and inclination to eschew discriminatory magical dogma. Who one trusts, and what one holds to be valuable and value-worthy seem to define who Harry is and who he is not. It is this aspect of J.K. Rowling’s writing and representation of characters, at least for me, throughout the storyline in relation to Harry which I find most engaging and compelling.

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natalie830
Dec 26, 2020

If you are intimidated by the thickness of the Harry Potter Series, do not be scared and try to read the first novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Even though it is obvious that you start with the first book of the series, the first book does not scare you off with the thickness of it compared to the other books that are part of the series. It is only about 300 pages, and if you don’t like the series, again, it’s only about 300 pages! The novel is about a boy named Harry Potter who is an orphan and figured out that he is a wizard on his eleventh birthday. He ventures off into the wizarding world by enrolling in a Wizarding School called Hogwarts with two of his friends that he meets on his way to this world and encounters many events along the way. As like many other Harry Potter readers, I was obsessed with the story and wanted anything that was Harry Potter related. This could be the start of your new obsession! There are many translations of the book, so everyone could enjoy the magicalness of the story! This Harry Potter series was a huge part in many people’s childhoods, so perhaps, this could be a start to having a book that greatly influences your life in a wonderful way.

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AddisMan
Dec 14, 2020

This is definitely one of the best books I've ever read. I read it twice in less than two weeks. And, I am proud to say, I read the book before watching the movie.

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duniyaalkaheli
Nov 28, 2020

I JUST STARTED READING THIS BOOK A 2 WEEKS AGO AND I LOVED IT!!!!😘😘😘😄😄

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hbmidgley
Nov 14, 2020

HARRY POTTER is the best thing that ever happened to the world😁😁😁😁

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EmReadsTheBigBooks
Nov 10, 2020

Oh my gosh this series is amazing! If you haven't read it or don't like it then like wuuuuuu?? I knew nothing about the Harry Potter series a few years ago but finally my parents let me read it and I fell in love with them all!!! 10/5 stars!

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violet_cat_13987
Nov 09, 2020

BEST BOOK I HAVE READ EVER! Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's stone is amazing classic book. I have always heard of this series but never bothered about until I had nothing to read. I came across this book and it is awesome! Tons of surprises. I am exited to read the second book in this series.

Just so you know Jessicading0 I do not like you🤨

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blue_dolphin_14996
Nov 03, 2020

Harry potter is the best! I waved it off when I first heard of it but know I'm obsessed! it's definitely my favorite book ever. Love JK Rowling her books are so good you have to read them all then watch all the movie's! I'm telling you if harry potter wasn't the best book ever would it have been made a movie?!

have u ever read the Harry Potter book series? if you haven't I definitely recommend it, if you seriously haven't read it you've better go visit your library card and put every single one on hold from 1-7 its the beeeeeeestttt!!!

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natalie830
Dec 26, 2020

natalie830 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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Oct 21, 2020

SkokieBiblioAdult2 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 2 and 5

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kyang_91
Oct 17, 2020

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Jun 23, 2020

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Mar 23, 2020

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Mar 15, 2020

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vaasu
Feb 28, 2020

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violet_cheetah_4279 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 45

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Oct 09, 2019

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TheBibliomaniac
Apr 02, 2020

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

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indigo_cheetah_423
Mar 16, 2020

Twin: "I'm not Fred, I'm George. Honestly, woman, you call yourself our mother? Can't you tell I'm George"
Mrs Weasley: "Sorry, George, dear."
Twin: "Only joking, I am Fred."

(Twins Fred and George have letters on the front of their knitted Christmas sweaters. Ron doesn't)
George: You haven't got a letter on yours, Ron. I suppose Mum thinks you don't forget your name. But we're not stupid. We know our names are Gred and Forge.

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vaasu
Feb 29, 2020

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

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mauve_bird_127
May 17, 2019

" 'Don't play,' said Hermione at once.
'Say you're ill,' said Ron.
'Pretend to break your leg,' Hermione suggested.
'REALLY break your leg,' said Ron."

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mauve_bird_127
May 16, 2019

"It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends."

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Chrisjeong
Oct 03, 2018

Harry: What's this?
Petunia: Your new school uniform.
Harry: Oh. I didn't realize it had to be so wet.

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NikNikT
Aug 25, 2018

"I'm going to bed, before either of you think up another clever idea to get us killed. Or worse, EXPELLED."
-Hermione Granger

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Mbussey
Aug 25, 2018

NO POST ON SUNDAYS!

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HermioneGrainger
Jul 29, 2018

"You should start standing up to people, Neville"
-Ron Weasley
"How? I can barely stand at all! "-Neville Longbottom

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Gwen904
Jul 16, 2018

"It's Levi-O-sa, not Levios-A." - Hermione Granger

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AtkinsonMH
Dec 27, 2020

Harry Potter is an orphan. He is also a child whose fame and public recognition remains entirely unknown to him during his early childhood. This, as it turns out, is a very good thing. Also, Harry is a wizard, but he only learns of this upon turning eleven. Harry's destiny and identity are deeply entwined, situating him as a child who must face unhealthy adult burdens and dangers.

Even so, this is what Harry must face, and face it he does. Courageous, humble and prone to the processes of childhood learning; like anyone else, he is required to overcome extraordinary challenges. Luckily, he has friends and people who care for him outside of his immediate family who do not.

Harry is a compelling and interesting character who quickly embeds himself in the reader's heart and mind. His adventures and the events surrounding him make exciting and entertaining reading. While this is a children's book, there are many lessons for adults within this author's prose. Well recommended to all readers ten years and older.

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navy_turtle_237
Jul 11, 2020

Harry Potter lives with his aunt, uncle, and cousin in the closet under the stairs at the Dursleys’ family home. He hasn’t had a birthday party in 11 years, and his family is generally terrible to him, but all of this is about to change when Harry receives a mysterious letter that arrives by owl messenger.

The letter holds the key to Harry’s happiness, a place he never even thought existed, a magical school called Hogwarts. There he finds friends, sports, and a great destiny. Read the first book to find out more! I love this book! It shows us a window into another exciting and new world. I would highly recommend this story!

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vaasu
Feb 28, 2020

a boy who learns on his eleventh birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own. He is summoned from his life as an unwanted child to become a student at Hogwarts, an English boarding school for wizards. There, he meets several friends who become his closest allies and help him discover the truth about his parents' mysterious deaths.

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Luscka
Mar 21, 2019

Harry Potter never seemed to fit in anywhere. As an orphan who lived with his cousin, aunt, and uncle, he didn’t even really have a family. He had nothing, that is, until someone showed him a world of magic, literally. On a dark and stormy night, on the floor of a hut in the middle of the ocean, Harry Potter heard a strange creaking at the door. It was early in the morning on his eleventh birthday and his aunt and uncle had taken him off the map, made him untrackable by those trying to contact him. Still, Hagrid, the headmaster of Hogwarts’ trusted friend, arrived and took Harry away to where he belonged as a wizard, the wizarding world.

A month later, Harry was on the train to Hogwarts, then he was at Hogwarts, and before he knew it, Christmas had arrived. By then, Harry and his best friends, Hermione and Ron, were searching for the identity of the mysterious Nicolas Flamel, for this would answer their bigger question: what was under the trapdoor on the forbidden third floor? Eventually they found their answer. Believing their evil professor, Severus Snape, was after the precious object to help a truly dangerous entity, they set off for the adventure of a lifetime. What they found under the trapdoor was more than they had bargained for.

As a lifelong Harry Potter fan, or Potterhead, I greatly enjoyed reading the first book in J.k. Rowling’s famous series again. Knowing the entire story by heart, I loved finding little easter eggs, pieces of foreshadowing, or underlying metaphors. This book would rank high on my ten 25 favorite books, without hesitation. I recognize now how quickly the story moves along compared to the other books. The stories became more developed as the each book came out. Having read the other six books, I want to know more about Harry’s first year at Hogwarts. That is the only fault I can find in this wonderful novel.

I have and always will recommend this entire series to anyone. Harry and his friends are so relatable, so human, that the reader feels as though they are part of the fantastic trios. The incredible story is so transporting, one might actually believe they have entered the wizarding world, and long for it as much as Harry when they are away from it. Every part of the story are compelling in different ways. It is a great birthday present to start someone on this awesome series. It has something for everyone.

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3je82rs9
Oct 10, 2017

What did Harry Potter know about magic? He was stuck living 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...

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blue_eagle_1347
May 31, 2016

THIS BOOK is very like baby talk:bdyfgveaiygrteiveyrgtroaevrytgowaeyvqgowevtiy3qgotvlyergtovqegtqoeyrtgoqyeroqegvtyqeogrtyqegvortuvygtoqverygtovq3eruqgteoyqergtovqerytgvoqeyqgoer

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Bethany_S
Jul 19, 2015

The Sorcerer's Stone is the first book in the Harry Potter series where you read about his first year at Hogwarts. Harry's parents died when he was young so he was sent to live with his aunt, uncle and cousin. Many strange things happened in Harry's life that he couldn't explain, until his 11th birthday when he found out he was a wizard. Against his aunt's and uncle's wishes he was sent to Hogwarts and had many daring adventures through out the year. Including something about Nicholas Flamel and the Sorcerer's Stone...

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Faithm6
Jul 13, 2015

The novel opens with a description of the Dursley family, a middle-class family that lives in Little Whinging, Surrey. Vernon and Petunia Dursley are constantly worried that someone will find out about Petunia’s decidedly “unDursleyish” witch sister, Lily, and their worries are justified when Lily’s infant son, Harry, is left on their doorstep. Lily and her husband, James Potter, had been murdered by the dark wizard, Voldemort, but when Voldemort attempted to kill Harry, his power somehow broke. Harry becomes the only living person ever to survive the killing curse, and the only sign of his encounter with Voldemort is a unique lightning bolt-shaped scar on his forehead. Because Harry does not have any other living relatives, Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, decides to leave him with the Dursleys until he is old enough to attend Hogwarts.

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Ummamina2011
Jul 06, 2015

This is my fave book so far, it's so exciting. I wish I could go to a wizard school! I can't wait to see what's going to happen next...

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Julia_Kh
Jun 22, 2015

A 12 year old boy's life changes when he gets a message from an owl and goes to a magical school.

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madmax011
Jun 02, 2018

Other: nothing is bad about this book. This book is suitable for all ages

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juwel3
Aug 06, 2014

Other: Jennabella1721 is right, you don't deserve your life, if you don't read the series at least twice.

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elised26
Jul 01, 2014

Other: Magical...

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