Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

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Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy. He lives with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and cousin Dudley, who are mean to him and make him sleep in a cupboard under the stairs. (Dudley, however, has two bedrooms, one to sleep in and one for all his toys and games.) Then Harry starts receiving mysterious letters and his life is changed forever. He is whisked away by a beetle-eyed giant of a man and enrolled at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The reason- Harry Potter is a wizard!
Publisher: London, England : Bloomsbury, 2010, c1997.
ISBN: 9781408810545
Characteristics: 223 pages ;,20 cm.

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erri_cc
Mar 27, 2021

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone provides a variated story of a boy who is sent to Hogwarts, a school of witches and wizards. There are many twists and turns in this story, which is something that has kept me interested throughout my whole time reading the series. He realizes that Lord Voldemort, the main villain in the story, is trying to kill him, because he didn't when he was a baby. He meets new people, learns all sorts of spells, and the culture of Hogwarts. This book is really gripping and is packed with adventure.

Barrie_Teen_Lists Mar 24, 2021

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is a Fantasy/Fiction book written by J.K. Rowling. This book is about Harry Potter who learns that his mom and dad had a magical background when he gets an invitation to Hogwarts on his eleventh birthday. He makes friends and learns that Lord Voldemort is trying to come back to kill Harry when he was just a baby. This book is available at most bookstores and was adapted into movie in 2001. When finished reading this book I rated it and still rate it a 4.5 out of 5.

Some of the main characters in this book are Harry, Ron, Hermione, Hagrid, Professor Dumbledore, and a few more teachers and professors are in this book. The characters in this book have detailed descriptions when introduced into the story and can allow you to create an image of what they would actually look like.

If you are a fan of books and movies that are detailed, have magical creatures and magic in general, then you will enjoy reading through this whole book. If you have read this book and enjoyed it, this book is one of many in a series or if you want to read a series of books, then this book is a good start.

In conclusion this book is a good one. It has been rated and enjoyed by many other people and has a big series that was also enjoyed. It is a good Fantasy book for people who like adventure and magic mixed into one book. I recommend this book to all who enjoy Fantasy and Adventure.

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Krishnastar
Mar 11, 2021

This book was awesome. I couldn't take my eyes off it. I loved when Harry Potter battled Quirrel. I loved the Quidditch match.

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DMPenguinReads
Mar 08, 2021

it is the best book of all time for sure i have had it for 20 years before i was born my parents had it i have read it 1000 times no joke and the hole series (if you want another book like it try pecry Jackson

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling is one of those classics that every kid or teen reads in their life. It is one of the books that gets people addicted to reading with all the adventures and twists that the main character Harry Potter goes through with his friends. I got into this series when my sister started to get addicted to the books. When she would finish them I would start the next one. Then we watched the movies together. All together I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to get into action packed books and get lost in the pages.

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bezoarbezoarbezoar
Mar 05, 2021

It's impossible for me to review this book objectively. The Harry Potter series has such a special place in my heart. It is what gave me my love of reading. I am working to reconcile my love for the series with my disappointment in its author and her harmful rhetoric towards trans people. If anyone is interested in reading thoughtful reflection on that disappointment, I encourage you to check out what Daniel Radcliffe has said about the issue.

I am trying to re-read the series before my very first trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in a week (something I have been looking forward to since the parks were first announced in 2007) and I kicked off my reading with the illustrated edition of book 1. I had never read this edition before, and it was a treat! I loved examining the full-color pages closely so I could find easter eggs (there's a deathly hallows symbol hidden in the leaky cauldron's sign! all the names carved in the restricted section!) and I had a great time showing this copy to my 10-year-old cousin who is also a big Potter fan.

While I loved the new experience of reading a familiar book with a new and creative interpretation, it was easy to see how the illustrator was influenced by the movies. While there's nothing wrong with that (and perhaps there's only so many way to interpret Rowling's descriptions) it would have been interesting to see the books take a different direction with some of the design of the buildings, wizarding items, etc.

I don't have copies of the other illustrated editions readily available, but someday (when they are all released) I'd love to do a read-through of only the illustrated editions to see how the characters change throughout the series and what other easter eggs I can find.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Feb 22, 2021

I have recently been getting into more fantasy types of books and I decided to give J. K. Rowling a shot. I do not regret reading this book at all. The way it is written is unbelievable. I have read tons of books over the course of 2020-2021 and this must be one of my top favorite reads. I liked how it felt like I was in it and I could visualize what was going on. This book was just the beginning of my reads by J. K. Rowling. I am sure to read more of these books. I highly recommend this book and author. I give this 4.5/5 stars because the beginning was not what I was wanting it to be like.
@JJ_03_ of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

I started reading this book after I had finished all of the movies, and that was the right decision. After I read the book, I was quite impressed with the near-perfect film adaptation of the novel. There were some minor changes that were inconsistent between the two, for example, Harry’s eye colour and the scene in which he meets Draco for the first time, but that hardly affected my enjoyment. The book, however, was still better than the movie, as with most film adaptations of books. There’s more room for personal creativity and imagery, which allows for a more open-ended reading from a visual perspective. The storytelling is fantastic and J.K. Rowling does an excellent job of immersing the reader into a world of fantasy. 5/5
@Makani of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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kellymc13
Feb 05, 2021

The first book in the series that raised a generation and introduced the world to the Potterverse. I have lost count of how many times I have read and re-read this book and each time I take something new from it.
Despite the recent controversy surrounding the author, this book is a modern literary classic and a must-read for children and adults alike.

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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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Mar 30, 2021

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Mar 27, 2021

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Dec 26, 2020

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Oct 21, 2020

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Ana89_0
Apr 14, 2021

Not a scar, no visible sign...to have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection for ever. - Dumbledore

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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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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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