Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Hardcover)
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What did Harry Potter know about magic? He was stuck 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.. . . Full color.
Eleven-year-old Harry Potter was a baby when his parents died, and since that time he has been living with his horrible Uncle Vernon, dislikable Aunt Petunia, and truly disgusting cousin Dudley. Miserable and lonely, Harry is shocked when he receives a letter inviting him to attend the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. At this special school, which is kept a secret from all those not involved in the worlds of magic, Harry begins to learn the truth about the death of his parents and discovers his truly amazing family history. This book is the first entry in the phenomenally popular Harry Potter series of books. Enjoyed by both children and adults, these books literally changed the face of children's publishing when, as a result of their stunning popularity, the New York Times began compiling and publishing a list of best-selling children's books--for the first time in that newspaper's history.
"This hugely enjoyable fantasy is filled with imaginative details, from oddly flavored jelly beans to dragons' eggs hatched on the hearth. It's slanted toward action-oriented readers, who will find that Briticisms meld with all the other wonders of magic school." 09/01/1998 Book
"Readers may think at first that they have stumbled into a new Roald Dahl book....This amusing adventure will have fantasy lovers waiting impatiently for the promised sequel." - Kathleen Odean October/November 1998 New York Times
"On the whole, 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' is as funny, moving and impressive as the story behind it. J.K. Rowling, a teacher by training, was a 30-year-old single mother living on welfare in a cold one-bedroom flat in Edinburgh when she began writing it in longhand during her baby daughter's nap times. But like Harry Potter, she had wizardry inside, and has soared beyond her modest Muggle surroundings to achieve something quite special." - Michael Winerip 2/14/99
Customer Reviews of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
The first book in the Harry Potter series is a must read - its both great and neccessary to understand future plots. The young character Harry Potter is born to two parents who are killed by the protagonist, Voldemort. Harry Potter then seeks out to his first year at Hogwarts
a modern classic4/30/2012
this book is a modern classic. It is very witty, as well as very engaging. Moreover, although it is written for kids, it is not just for kids, but for people of all ages and backgrounds. The lessons that this book teaches, particularly the concepts of self-confidence, self worth, and family, are invaluable.
More than for Kids10/16/2005
In my opinion, this book, although easy to read and filled with rich descriptions of the world created by J.K. Rowling, is not simply a plot driven children’s book. When read analytically the book also supplies a wealth of character development. The character of Harry Potter is not a simply boy who suddenly has magical powers, he is a child scarred with emotional baggage and true hardships in his past, and inevitably in his future. The Harry Potter character is steeped with an almost pitiful darkness that relates to some sort of pain we have all experienced in our lives, which is why, in my opinion, the books have been so well received, by children and adults alike. Human beings are complex individuals with many depths and feelings, which we often can’t express or we don’t understand, and it is this that we see in Harry. Rowling created a person, a human being, and it is Harry’s humanity that reaches out through the pages and connects with the humanity in the reader. It is this noble purpose behind the character of Harry Potter that has granted author J.K. Rowling and her world of magic and muggles such a popular place in our hearts.
BEATIFUL, WONDERFUL AND FUN1/5/2002
This was the best book in ages everytime my mom told it was time for bed I begged her for one more chapter and she would let me it was sooooo good buy it you well love it. See for yourself you'll love it I promise.
Harry Potter was the best book I have ever read. I just purchased it two days ago, and have already read it twice.The plot appeals to people of all ages, and I encourage everybody to buy it. There's nothing like it.
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