Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Book - 2015 | First illustrated edition
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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 Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.,, 2015
Edition: First illustrated edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780545790352
0545790352
Branch Call Number: JUV FIC Row
Characteristics: 246 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Kay, Jim (Illustrator),

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ctonci
Jul 01, 2020

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is a fictional book about a world with wizards. Harry Potter is a young boy that lost both his parents to Voldemort, an evil wizard. He enters his first year at wizarding school in Hogwarts with his friends getting into all sorts of trouble and adventures. This book is tailored toward a younger audience through some of the playful mysteries and is still entertaining to older readers with the dark, dangerous adventures. I liked this book because it is a childhood classic, intriguing with all the dangerous adventures leading up to a big standoff. I would rate this book a 4.5 out of 5 since sometimes the plot is unnecessarily slow. Harry Potter would be a good book for 10+ fiction/adventure readers.

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sophiaSHkim
Jun 23, 2020

All I can say is: BEST BOOK EVER!!!!

pacl_teens Jun 15, 2020

"For anyone looking for a new series full of adventure, suspense, and emotion, this is the book for you. The Harry Potter series as a whole is widely celebrated around the world but to me, if you haven't read the books, you are only getting a small portion of what Rowling has to offer in this 7 book series. Harry Potter is the relatable and imperfect teen protagonist of this story and the drastic changes in his life challenge him to the max. For some spoiler-free context, this book was published in 1997 and is based in England. When I first read this book as a Freshman and in High School, I loved how this book could carry me away to an incredible land of magic which was surprisingly similar to my own certain ways. Going through the trials and tribulations of being a teenager I was really able to both sympathize with what Harry struggles with and relate to the things that bring him joy. There are so many well-written surprises in this book that I am hard-pressed to explain the plot. The best way I could describe it is that Harry lives with a family that does not love him when he has a sudden and welcomed change in his life.

My only criticism of this book is that it does start slow. Many people lose patience at the beginning of the book but to me, this start makes the following rest of the book so much better. Harry does not live in a wonderland where everything is wonderful and magical. His life is full of issues and challenges that many find quite compelling and fun to read about. All in all, unless you are someone who simply cannot enjoy reading fantasy, I highly recommend that you check out this excellent book and series."

-Martin, Grade 12

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pink_cat_9382
Jun 03, 2020

This book is wonderful! The edition of the illustrations add to the magic and wonder of the story.

Edwamau May 11, 2020

The story is wonderful and now there are illustrations to match. A great read for ages 8 and above.

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marybellinger
May 09, 2020

So imaginative! Loved it! Why did it take me so many years to read this. Fabulous!

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976dave
May 09, 2020

I liked the book Harry Potter & the sorceror's stone by J.K. Rowling because it was really cool. Kids would like it at the age of 7 because it has a lot of magic. My favorite characters are Hermione & Harry. My favorite part was when Harry got to Hogwarts. -V, age 7

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ilysecorey1
Apr 28, 2020

This book is super amazing
My dad has readied me this book and it was so good

ArapahoeSarahH Apr 24, 2020

Somehow, I've managed to see all the Harry Potter movies multiple times - but never got around to reading the books. Here we are 20+ years later and I am so glad to have taken the time to start the journey all over again! I needed something lighter to read during Safe-at-Home and the unlimited downloads of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone kept popping up around the internet. I gave in, downloaded a copy for my Kindle, and thoroughly enjoyed slipping into a magical world of friendship and adventure for a few evenings. Just as magical and exciting even when you've seen the movies and know what's going to happen! Essentially this book felt like a giant hug - would recommend!

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dschirmer
Apr 20, 2020

Big breath in through your nose and slowly exhale through your mouth- this moment of relaxation was felt during the entirety of re-reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. I literally grew up with Harry, I was eleven when this book came out and impatiently waited for each installment after. The idea of picking this up during a pandemic was an escape from reality that i desperately needed and it felt like coming home to Hogwarts. I have lost count on how many times I have read this series and it never disappoints.

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sophiaSHkim
Jun 23, 2020

sophiaSHkim thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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ttbooknerd10
Mar 23, 2020

ttbooknerd10 thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over

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yellow_bird_1235
Mar 15, 2020

yellow_bird_1235 thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over

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vaasu
Feb 28, 2020

vaasu thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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green_dolphin_1853
Feb 13, 2020

green_dolphin_1853 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 45

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annabellayu
Oct 09, 2019

annabellayu thinks this title is suitable for 5 years and over

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CamEatAPL
Sep 06, 2019

CamEatAPL thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over

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navy_elephant_233
Sep 03, 2019

navy_elephant_233 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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brynn_6
Jun 28, 2019

brynn_6 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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Bookworm12130
Jun 10, 2019

Bookworm12130 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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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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Gwen904
Jul 16, 2018

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

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Gwen904
Jul 16, 2018

"Besides, you're saying it wrong. It's Levi-O-sa, not Levios-A." - Hermione Granger.

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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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Kaitlinzia
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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orange_falcon_35
Jun 24, 2014

Harry Potter nears his eleventh birthday and receives letters from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He goes to Hogwarts and has many adventures ending with a face off with Lord Voldemort.

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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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