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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Book - 2015 | First illustrated edition.
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The first book of the Harry Potter series, now fully illustrated by artist Jim Kay. Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility. All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley -- a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry's room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in eleven years. But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry -- and anyone who reads about him -- will find unforgettable.
Publisher: New York, NY : Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2015.
Edition: First illustrated edition.
Copyright Date: ©1997
ISBN: 9780545790352
Branch Call Number: J ROWLING, J.
Characteristics: 246 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm.
Additional Contributors: Kay, Jim (Illustrator),- Illustrator


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Jun 03, 2021

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling is a great book for anyone to read. What makes this book extremely interesting is its plot line full of strange curves and the character’s rather different personalities. Harry Potter, the main character, was orphaned very early in his life, but he lived on when the world’s most powerful wizard failed to kill him. He was then raised for the next few years without knowing the fact that he was a wizard! Then, he was invited to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. On the way, he meets two completely different characters, Ronald Weasly and Hermione Granger. Ron was a poor boy with numerous brothers whose entire family was completely magical. Hermione, on the other hand, also did not know she was a wizard, but when she did figure out, she prioritized her education way above everything else. It was very interesting how these three characters were able to work together in order to save the wizarding world from the evil wizard, Voldemort. Each character would use their skills very well at different things in order to thwart Voldemort's plans. I would recommend this book to anyone who can read long chapter books, as this was one of the most interesting ones that I have read. However, adults might not want to read this if they do not really enjoy stories about magic. However, overall, I really enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to anyone.

May 31, 2021

This book is so iconic, to the extent that almost everybody has heard the name "Harry Potter". For those who haven't read it before, I'll just say this: read it now. All the books which are considered to be classics need to keep the reader hooked onto the story. The Sorcerer's Stone does that, and a lot more. You will immediately be drawn towards the characters, the storyline, and will be left wanting for more. For example, I felt like I was on platform 9 3/4, getting ready to go to Hogwarts. Don't worry, there is a whole list of sequels which you can read after this. However, this is the original Harry Potter book, and could be the best of all of the books.
Rating: 5/5
Age: Grades 3-5

SAPL_Teens May 26, 2021

The novel that inspired a generation of literary/fantasy lovers. The first Harry Potter novel starts the series off with a bang. As J.K Rowling impresses with grand world-building and characterisation that has created a series unlike any other. Harry Potter is an enduring and down to earth protagonist written in a way that’s an exceptional transitional device for the reader from the regular muggle world to the magical one. The supporting cast of Ron, Hermione and Dumbledore receive iconic status from their first few pages of introduction, allowing the reader to connect instantly. It’s a warm story and gives off the feeling of relaxing by the fireplace. Issues retaining to how the ‘twist’ villain is handled could've been done more subtly, with his characterisation and end-novel monologues standing out negatively. With that the macguffin “Philosopher's Stone” is unremarkable, being only a reason to continue the plot and not having any real depth to it. The first HP novel is a wondrous tale that stands on its own nicely, but expertly plants seeds that’ll bring about oh so satisfying story-lines in the future. Incentivising the reader to pick up and read the next instalment as soon as possible. 4/5 stars - Teigan, 18, SAPL Read It & Review Contributor

May 17, 2021

Loved it .... A truly amazing book. And once you finish reading, you'll want to read the next novel in the Harry Potter series. In fact, it is one of the best books in English literature. J.K Rowling's writing skill is simply amazing. If you read carefully, you'll observe that she writes everything in amazing detail whilst using as fewer words as possible. The book is about a young boy, Harry Potter, and his adventures in Hogwarts (a wizarding school) after discovering he is a wizard by a very diverse, funny, warm and very big, Hagrid, the groundskeeper at Hogwarts. We're introduced to the rest of the trio, Hermione and Ron in Hogwarts. Rowling takes us through Harry's struggles at being an orphan, a newly wizard, and famous for surviving a curse by the darkest wizard of all times; it easily keeps you hooked! I loved the amazing character development we see with the trio, especially with Ron, who started out shy and awkward but slowly became braver.
This book is full of mystery, adventure, and multiple plot twists! If you are a fan of reading fantasy, adventure and detective novels, I would surely recommend this book.

Age rating:13+

May 09, 2021

I'm sure everyone knows this book so there is no need for me to summarize. It is a very good read. I think i read this book at least 20 times when i first discovered it! It does take many ideas from other classic stories like Lord of the Rings, so I would say that you should read the books it took ideas from as well. In my opinion they are way better. But Harry Potter is a book every kid should read at least once. If you want to read it, I highly recommend reading the beautiful illustrated version. So gorgeous! This is the perfect copy of Harry Potter! The pictures are a totally different experience then just the straight text.

May 04, 2021

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is a fantastic book about Harry Potter, a young wizard who is taken in by his uncle and aunt after his parents die. It has a lot of suspense, mystery, and excitement. It takes you into a world of magic and spells at Hogwarts which is a boarding school where Harry makes lasting friendships and excels in learning witchcraft and wizardry. With the help of his closest friends, he discovers the real power within himself and learns the truth about what happened to his parents. I recommend it for anyone 12 years and older.

Apr 21, 2021

I literally read this in 2 days it was so good!!! :D

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.

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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Apr 29, 2021

Nitwit, Blubber, Oddment, Tweak-Dumbledore at the September 1st feast

Apr 14, 2021

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

Apr 02, 2020

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

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.

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.”

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."

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."

Oct 03, 2018

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

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

Aug 25, 2018


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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.

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!

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.

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.

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...

May 31, 2016

THIS BOOK is very like baby talk:bdyfgveaiygrteiveyrgtroaevrytgowaeyvqgowevtiy3qgotvlyergtovqegtqoeyrtgoqyeroqegvtyqeogrtyqegvortuvygtoqverygtovq3eruqgteoyqergtovqerytgvoqeyqgoer

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...

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.

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...

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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Jun 02, 2018

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

Aug 06, 2014

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

Jul 01, 2014

Other: Magical...

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