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 Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Publisher: [England] : Pottermore, 2012
ISBN: 9781781100073 (electronic bk.)
1781100071 (electronic bk.)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK FIC ROWLING
Characteristics: 1 online resource : ill
Additional Contributors: GrandPré, Mary - Illustrator

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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.

Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

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.

This is the book that started it all! Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone has entertained kids for over a decade and sent them hunting for more. This list will lead Harry Potter fans to new and exciting fantasy worlds with regular kids finding their own magic.


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keerthananoru
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!

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Derik2me
Jul 10, 2020

1997 - 4.47

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morkman
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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fruitgir
Jul 05, 2020

percy jackson is better.

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pink_flamingo_1211
Jul 05, 2020

Amazing book! I just keep on reading and reading and reading the whole series over and over again! I don't think there is another book series I would read over and over again! Totally recommend!

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navy_jay_67
Jul 04, 2020

There is little substance and character development. We are introduced to Harry by seeing him neglected in a closet, and with a persistent person sending him a letter. We then find out he's a very important person/hero for his talents and blood, and yet they could not be bothered to send more than a letter. Harry never acts on anything-- he merely reacts to what happens around him. None of his actions was made by him, he only acts in response to things that happen-- once, there was a conversation where it was only his friends talking and he was.. doing nothing, simply observing the conversation and staring at the wall until his friend addressed him.
Harry Potter and the big villain has literally NO character development. The evil guy is evil just to make evil turmoil and stuff in the series. Harry is just a shell-- he has no character and can't even morally react to anything. His owl has more personality.
Along with the terrible character development, there is a terrible plot. What do you expect when all the main characters are just a chess piece to make a "plot"?
The writing is also horrible too. Why do I want to observe Harry staring at his textbook and being unable to study for a whole two and a half pages when this could have been summarized in "Harry tried to study, spending time hunched over at his desk, staring at the pages that his mind refused to register. He closed his textbook, turned out the lights, and sat on his bed." It took two and a half pages to convey literally the same thing that does not further the plot or promote character development. It does set a mood, but the above sentences do the exact same thing.
td;lr This series has hollow main characters, and half-baked plots due to this. The writing is bland and full of fluff that could be condensed ten times. There is no speed in this book, the popularity is just exposure. 100% do not recommend.

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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.

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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

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vaasu
Feb 28, 2020

vaasu thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

violet_hummingbird_870 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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Sep 06, 2019

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navy_elephant_233
Sep 03, 2019

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brynn_6
Jun 28, 2019

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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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navy_turtle_237
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!

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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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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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