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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J.K. Rowling, Mary Grand Pré
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
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Say you've spent the first 10 years of your life sleeping under the stairs of a family who loathes you. Then, in an absurd, magical twist of fate you find yourself surrounded by wizards, a caged snowy owl, a phoenix-feather wand and jellybeans that come in every flavour, including strawberry,... show more
Say you've spent the first 10 years of your life sleeping under the stairs of a family who loathes you. Then, in an absurd, magical twist of fate you find yourself surrounded by wizards, a caged snowy owl, a phoenix-feather wand and jellybeans that come in every flavour, including strawberry, curry, grass and sardine. Not only that, but you discover that you are a wizard yourself! This is exactly what happens to young Harry Potter in JK Rowling's enchanting, funny debut novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. In the non-magical human world--the world of "Muggles"--Harry is a nobody, treated like dirt by the aunt and uncle who begrudgingly inherited him when his parents were killed by the evil Voldemort. But in the world of wizards, small, skinny Harry is renowned as a survivor of the wizard who tried to kill him. He is left only with a lightning-bolt scar on his forehead, curiously refined sensibilities and a host of mysterious powers to remind him that he's quite, yes, altogether different from his aunt, uncle, and spoilt, pig-like cousin Dudley. A mysterious letter, delivered by the friendly giant Hagrid, wrenches Harry from his dreary, Muggle-ridden existence: "We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry". Of course, Uncle Vernon yells most unpleasantly, "I AM NOT PAYING FOR SOME CRACKPOT OLD FOOL TO TEACH HIM MAGIC TRICKS!" Soon enough, however, Harry finds himself at Hogwarts with his owl Hedwig ... and that's where the real adventure--humorous, haunting, and suspenseful--begins.This magical, gripping, brilliant book--a future classic to be sure--will leave children clamouring for a sequel. (Ages 8-13) --Karin Snelson, Amazon.com
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780747542988 (0747542988)
Publisher: Bloomsburry
Pages no: 224
Edition language: English
Series: Harry Potter (#1)
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BrokenTune
BrokenTune rated it
4.5 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Yes, it is still as fun and as thrilling as reading it the first time. And, ... I completely forgot that Norbert had a teddy.
Jennifer's BooOOOoooks
Jennifer's BooOOOoooks rated it
5.0 (Audiobook) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
This is not so much a review, but more a reminder to myself to indulge in rereads of these audiobooks at least once every couple of years. I love Jim Dale's narration so much. It really enhances these already charming and delightful stories.
Bridget's Book Ramblings
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4.0 Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone (H.P. # 1) by J.K. Rowling
Re-read (2X) Bridget's Book Ramblings for my thoughts. My original thoughts linked in this blog. (Opens in new window)
Karen's books
Karen's books rated it
5.0 Second Time Around is Even Better!
Read this series 7 years ago. This time I'm listening on Audible. The whole fam loves this story, and it was really fun listening to the last couple hours of the first book while in the car yesterday. I thought my teenagers were busying themselves with something else in the back seat when my 13-y...
Nemo @ The Moonlight Library
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5.0 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Illustrated by Jim Kay
Yes, I am actually going to review Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. (While quietly lamenting that Bloomsbury thought Americans wouldn’t be smart enough to recognise what a philosopher is.) I’ve only read the series once, and it was after each book had been released, so it’s been a long ...
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