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Harry Potter and Philosopher's Stone Paperback – Dec 1 1998


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Raincoast Books; Adult ed edition (Dec 1 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747542988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747542988
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.4 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,361 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #793,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Selina Lee on Sept. 11 2008
Format: Hardcover
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - the start of it all.

This is when Harry discovers that he's a wizard, receiving a letter from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. (Ah, don't we all dream of being whisked away into the magical world?) This is when we are all pulled into the delicious, intricate world of Harry Potter; the fantastic Diagon Alley, the idea of owls delivering your posts, moving photos and portraits, actual flying broomsticks, Quidditch... the list goes on.

There's also a slight difference between this book and the other installments; J.K. Rowling writes her books in third-person perspective, but after this book, they are more narrowed to Harry's persepective. In this book, there's many more perspectives than just Harry's. And at this stage, this book can still be considered a "children's book." This aspect changes as the characters get older, and they're more aware of the darkness in the world.

This is the start of it all - this first installment is a must-have.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darlene TOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 12 2013
Format: Paperback
This was a re-read for me. Caught up in the excitement of all the rave reviews, I read this one when it first came out. I devoured it then, and I was anxious to read more of the series. However, I decided that this was exactly the type of series that I wanted to experience with my children (I didn’t even have any at the time!) and turned a blind eye to all the future releases in the series as well as the movies. I did not want to spoil the joy of sharing something so wonderful with my kids.

I read this aloud to my children, and they loved it as much as I did! Rowling writes in such a way that the book can be enjoyed by young and old alike. It transcends generations.

For anyone who has been living on another planet and not yet heard about this phenomenal book, it is about a 10 year-old boy named Harry Potter. He was orphaned as a babe and left to be raised by his maternal Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon, who do not care for him one bit. While they lavish attention on their dear Dudley, they treat Harry as though he isn’t worthy of any love. He is treated like a servant, made to do the cooking and cleaning, and given crumbs to eat. His “room” is the cupboard under the stairs, even though spoiled Dudley has two bedrooms for himself: One for his bed and the other for his toys.

A mysterious envelope arrives addressed to Harry. Before he has a chance to open it, Uncle Vernon snatches it away when he sees the seal on the envelope is from a place named Hogwarts. More envelopes arrive, and Uncle Vernon boards up the mail slot and burns the mail. Finally, he takes the family away to a secluded island away from anyone for miles around. It occurs on the day of Harry’s 11th birthday, which of course is not celebrated by the Dursley family.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leonard Mailloux on Oct. 22 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
This is the first Harry Potter book I've read. It's very well written and hard to put down once you start. Now I understand why people lined up to get these books when they are first released. I will definitely buy more of this series.
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Format: Paperback
Cover:
I do admit those new scholastic covers are really nice, but I'll always love the original illustrations for the Harry Potter series. The colored spines especially bring me a sense of nostalgia and fondness for the series.

Writing:
(2/5) Reading it as a kid, I didn't realize how bad J.K. Rowling's writing was. She writes in this incredibly formal and dry way that, at certain points of the book, just makes me sigh with how boring it was. What saves it was, of course, the content. With her world and characters, she knew exactly how to describe them. Good story can save a badly written book. Similarly, a good story can save a low budget film. On the other hand, good writing can't hope to save anything with a bad story. At certain points of the book, with a more flat character like Harry, you realize how bad the writing is though.

There are also a lot of awkward parts because of the writing:

Perhaps Snape had left the book in there? It was worth a try. He pushed the door ajar and peered inside—and a horrible scene met his eyes.

Snape and Filch were inside, alone. Snape was holding his robes above his knees.

... To say I burst out laughing for a long time was an understatement.

Also, instead of showing you if the characters were shouting or whispering or anything like that, she always told you, which can get annoying after a while and made the dialogue so much flatter:

"Good luck, Harry," he murmured.

"Up!" she screeched.

"Who's there?" he shouted.

"Oh yes, everyone's celebrating, all right," she said impatiently.

"You flatter me," said Dumbledore calmly.

Well you get the idea...
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Format: Paperback
I fell in love with Harry Potter the first time I read this book – some time in 1999, I think. And all that magic surrounding him – I just lapped it all up. The characters that pop out of the book and dance in front of one’s eyes as you read the words is nothing short of amazing – I got transported into a different realm. Ron, Hermione, Hagrid, Neville, Dumbledore, Malfoy, Snape and most important of all – you-know-who – what kind of research and imagination must have come together to create these!
I hated the Dursleys more than Harry did – Vernon, Petunia and Dudley. I loved talking to the snake through Harry and felt thrilled when it got its freedom. I got quite excited when Harry found out that he was a wizard and got a chance to go to Hogwarts. I was thrilled with every single adventure that Harry underwent at the tender age of eleven – feeling sad for his losses and mistreatment while feeling envious about the magic he was connected to. I hated Snape and Malfoy and wanted to hit out at them on Harry’s behalf.
Every time Harry lifted his wand to perform a spell, I could feel my right hand twitching. I have lived and breathed Harry Potter and can’t have enough of him.
The magic spells, Hogwarts' Express, 9 3/4 Platform, the invisibility cloak, the Mirror of Erised, the moving photographs, the magical staircases and corridors, the paintings, the ghosts, parsel-tongue, muggles – give me more, please!
How can I forget Quiddich? Such a complicated game and described so clearly and precisely. It was such a thrill when Harry becomes the youngest seeker. I soared on the broom every time Harry took off in it.
I just loved every aspect of the book and each time I read it – it takes me a couple of weeks to recover from the fantasy world and get back to normal.
Ms. JK Rowling – thank you for weaving magic!
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