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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Stephen Fry, J.K. Rowling
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: audiobook
ISBN: 9781907545030
Publisher: HNP
Edition language: English
Series: Harry Potter (#1)
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Nemo @ The Moonlight Library
Nemo @ The Moonlight Library rated it
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 ...
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it
2.0 Quaint Britishness: "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" by J. K. Rowling
(original review, 1999)One of the main things that Harry Potter has taught me is that people who dismiss the series out of hand and people who laud it as the best thing since sliced bread are equally annoying. People who dismiss it tend to be those who are overly eager to demonstrate how terribly ma...
Portable Mistletoe
Portable Mistletoe rated it
5.0 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated edition) ★★★★★
I don’t have anything to add about this book – the story, the characters, the complex world that JK Rowling created – that I didn’t say on my last re-read. I love it as much now as I did when I first picked up the audiocassettes from a bargain bin, skeptical but figuring that I ought to see what the...
Lori's Little House of Reviews.
Lori's Little House of Reviews. rated it
4.5 Still loving this book, even if it wasn't my favorite of the series.
I really loved my reread of this book, its the only book that I have ever reread. So from here out, it will be like I am reading the series for the first time because it's been along time, since I read the rest in the series, since around 16 or 17 years Now I really love how Harry meet Ron, his fa...
Ms. Benson's Book Blog
Ms. Benson's Book Blog rated it
5.0
Go on a magical journey with Harry Potter as he meets new friends and discovers things he didn't know about himself. In his cupboard under the stairs, Harry believes he is an ordinary boy. But all that begins to change when a strange letter shows up with his name on it. As his uncle tries to keep...
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