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 Witchraft and Wizardry.
Publisher: New York : A.A. Levine Books, 1998.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780590353403
Characteristics: vi, 309 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


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ALL the Harry Potter books! Magical reading about magic.

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The author that made me an avid reader.

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Oct 17, 2020

This first novel of a series of seven by J.K. Rowling provides readers with an unreal experience in a magical world through the eyes of Harry Potter, an orphan who lives restricted in Privet Drive with his cousin. He receives an invitation from Hogwarts, a wizarding school, which he quickly accepts to escape the tortuous living in Privet Drive. There, he meets two people who eventually become his closest friends and allies in finding out the truth about his parents’ death. This novel would make a great read for those who wish to experience the magic and how our mundane world will fare with it. Having the book set from the perspective of an initially ordinary boy helps the reader understand the setting of the story better as well.

Oct 14, 2020

This is the book that got me into reading as a child. A masterpiece in all facets, this novel introduces children to a magical world of witchcraft and wizardry. The story is easy enough to read but challenging enough to engross all readers. It cannot be emphasized how easy it is to get drawn into this story, losing hour after hour to this book. I only have positive things to say about this book, and I can recommend it wholeheartedly as a means to get young readers into a new world. What’s more, this story leads into a top-class series that can provide entertainment for months if not years. This book is great, simply put. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Oct 02, 2020

I had the picture version of this book and I absolutely loved it. The pictures were mind blowing, and really detailed. I could spend hours just admiring the art. I loved how a very strong bond created between Hermine, Harry and Ron. This showed me that it is possible to make really strong bonds with people you hardly know especially at a new school. The adventures that this trio took part in were amazing to hear about If i could I would love to do the same. Oh and cant forget how much courage Harry had.This book had also taught me that have courage and go against your enemies. You shouldn't always be sacred of you enemies. Thats what the enemy wants. I loved the messages in this book along with the art and details. I would 100% recommend it to someone and would read it 10000 more times. Loved it and will always love how much it taught me.

Sep 21, 2020

Very good story. So imaginative. Looking forward to reading the third book

Aug 29, 2020


Aug 27, 2020

Because J.K Rowling is homophobic I shall give this book a bad rating, and also percy jackson is much more interesting because there is more character development.

Aug 24, 2020

The Sorcerer’s Stone is the first book in the Harry Potter series. It follows Harry Potter while he lives with his Aunt, Uncle, and Cousin. Harry is treated very badly by his family. Dudley, Harry’s cousin bullies him and Harry is forced to sleep in the cupboard under the stairs. However, around his eleventh birthday, Harry starts to get letters, but his Uncle refuses to let him read them. Eventually, the family runs to a remote island to get away from the letters that continue to be sent to the house. Even in this secluded area, a man named Hagrid finds them and tells Harry about how he is a wizard. Hagrid then brings Harry to Hogwarts, a school for wizards and witches. The rest of the book follows Harry as he is in this new school.

I really like this book! You can reread it over and over again, without getting bored. The book is full of imaginative creatures and characters, which make it a really fun read for anyone!

Jul 10, 2020

The Sorcerer's Stone is a book that pulls you in, and makes you love the Harry Potter series. This book is such a great intro to the series, soon enough you’ll be done with the series. It is like a classic story since Harry Potter is so well known. It follows the story of a young boy, Harry Potter, and how he discovers he is a wizard. He learns how he is very famous in the wizarding world, because of how his parents left him. I love rereading this book, and picking up details I didn’t before. You will not get bored of it!

Jul 10, 2020

1997 - 4.47

Jul 06, 2020

I was finally coerced into reading this book. I found, as expected, that it was a very quick. It is a bit of a page turner. I also find it remarkable that it was just like the movie portrayed. I may read the second book if my daughters read a book of my choosing:)

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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


Jul 29, 2018

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

Jul 16, 2018

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

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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.

May 30, 2015

The story starts with the introduction of Harry Potter, the protagonist of the story. Harry is the sole survivor of the fatal car accident that killed his parents- or so he is told. Harry is forced to stay with his aunt, uncle, and cousin, and lived a miserable life right up until his 11th birthday, when a mysterious figure shows up, and reveals to Harry about what he truly is; the secret that his surviving family members had kept secret for so long. He is a wizard! With his new identity, he attends a school for wizards and witches, and makes new friends. He also finds out the real truth of his parent's death, and gets involved in a suspicious plot involving the attempted robbery of a very valuable object. What will become of him? What is the object so special that everyone wants to steal it? This book is about true friendship, loyalty, adventure, and is a notable book for anyone who enjoys magical adventures.

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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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