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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) [Paperback]

J.K. Rowling , Mary GrandPré
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,364 customer reviews)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's magically delicious! Feb. 12 2013
By Darlene TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of an epic tale. 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Fantasy's Ink TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Saved me. Nov. 8 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Almost pointless for me to even review this book with the 4,000+ reviews so far but since it is my favourite series I feel I must.
I think the thing that is so great about this series is that even though it is a VERY easy read, there is such an amazing description of this other world that you can actually get lost in it. It is so unlike our ordinary lives but the characters are so easily relatable that you can actually believe this world could be real.
This book I think saved my life. I read it at a time when I was so depressed and had almost given up completely. I picked up The Sorcerer's Stone on sale to see what the hype was about. I couldn't put it down. There were five books out at the time and so bought the other four right away. And now every time I start to feel a little down I read Harry Potter and it picks me right up and takes me away from my own problems. I have since recruited 3 Potter fans. It's a shame the series ended and I hope J.K. is working on something else that is equally amazing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars But the book is in good quality, and it was only one day late
Arrived a day late and shipped from the UK instead of Canada as it implied. But the book is in good quality, and it was only one day late.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ms. JK Rowling – thank you for weaving magic!
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. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sundari Venkatraman
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
It is an awesome book very easy read for kids price was right I recommend it for all ages thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love them!
I have read the full collection of Harry Potter books, and I love them all! This series of books is well written, and allows you to escape to another world!
Published 9 months ago by Josee
5.0 out of 5 stars the best book of the series!
I always enjoy reading the full Harry Potter series and I'm proud to announce that reading the Philosopher's Stone means that I am beginning the series all over again. Read more
Published 11 months ago by BrandyM
3.0 out of 5 stars it was ok
I liked the book but there were lots of marks on it. There were tea stains and orange pop and it looked like it was falling apart.
Published 13 months ago by Raywattie Khelawan
5.0 out of 5 stars great series
I loved the Potter series. It is worth reading even if you have seen the movies. It gives you more insight into the charaters and also includes thoughts, ideas and extras that... Read more
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Harry was such a cute baby.

Just wanted to start with the obvious.

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