Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling
(Book 1)

90%

31 Critic Reviews

I can read this book over and over again. From the very beginning until the end J.K. Rowling has me gripped! There is never a dull moment...
-Guardian

Synopsis

In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry, an orphan, lives with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley.

One day just before his eleventh birthday, an owl tries to deliver a mysterious letter the first of a sequence of events that end in Harry meeting a giant man named Hagrid. Hagrid explains Harry's history to him: When he was a baby, the Dark wizard, Lord Voldemort, attacked and killed his parents in an attempt to kill Harry; but the only mark on Harry was a mysterious lightning-bolt scar on his forehead.

Now he has been invited to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where the headmaster is the great wizard Albus Dumbledore. Harry visits Diagon Alley to get his school supplies, especially his very own wand. To get to school, he takes the Hogwarts Express from platform nine and three-quarters at King's Cross Station. On the train, he meets two fellow students who will become his closest friends: Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.

Harry is assigned to Gryffindor House at Hogwarts, and soon becomes the youngest-ever Seeker on the House Quidditch team. He also studies Potions with Professor Severus Snape, who displays a deep and abiding dislike for Harry, and Defense Against the Dark Arts with nervous Professor Quirrell; he and his friends defeat a mountain troll, help Hagrid raise a dragon, and explore the wonderful, fascinating world of Hogwarts.

But all events lead irrevocably toward a second encounter with Lord Voldemort, who seeks an object of legend known as the Sorcerer's Stone.
 

About J. K. Rowling

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J. K. (Joanne Kathleen) Rowling was born in Gloucestershire, U. K. on July 31, 1965. Rowling attended Tutshill Primary and then went on to Wyedean Comprehensive where she was made Head Girl in her final year. She received a degree in French from Exeter University. She later took some teaching classes at Moray House Teacher Training College and a teacher-training course in Manchester, England. This extensive education created a perfect foundation to spark the Harry Potter series that Rowling is renowned for. After college, Rowling moved to London to work for Amnesty International, where she researched human rights abuses in Francophone Africa, and worked as a bilingual secretary. In 1992, Rowling quit office work to move to Portugal and teach English as a Second Language. There she met and married her husband, a Portuguese TV journalist. But the marriage dissolved soon after the birth of their daughter. It was after her stint teaching in Portugal that Rowling began to write the premise for Harry Potter. She returned to Britain and settled in Edinburgh to be near her sister, and attempted to at least finish her book, before looking for another teaching job. Rowling was working as a French teacher when her book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was published in June of 1997 and was an overnight sensation. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone won the British Book Awards Children's Book of the Year, was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Award, and received a Commended citation in the Carnegie Medal awards. She also received 8,000 pounds from the Scottish Arts Council, which contributed to the finishing touches on The Chamber of Secrets. Rowling continued on to win the Smarties Book Prize three years in a row, the only author ever to do so. At the Bologna Book Fair, Arthur Levine from Scholastic Books, bought the American rights to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone for the unprecedented amount of $105,000.00. The book was retitled Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone for it's American release, and proceeded to top the Best Seller's lists for children's and adult books. The American edition won Best of the Year in the School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Parenting Magazine and the Cooperative Children's Book Center. It was also noted as an ALA Notable Children's Book as well as Number One on the Top Ten of ALA's Best Books for Young Adults. The Harry Potter Series consists of seven books, one for each year of the main character's attendance at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. All of the books in the series have been made into successful movies. She has also written Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Rowling's first novel for an adult audience,The Casual Vacancy, was published by Little Brown in September 2012. Newbery Medal winner Nancy Willard has written numerous beloved books for children and adults, including poetry, picture books, and novels. She teaches writing and literature at Vassar College. Mary GrandPre is the acclaimed illustrator of many children's books, including Plum, by Tony Mitton; The Thread of Life, by Domenico Vittorini; and the bestselling Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling.
 
Published January 1, 2000 by Raincoast Book Distribution. 322 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Action & Adventure, History, War, Religion & Spirituality, Law & Philosophy. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
All: 31 | Positive: 30 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Good
on May 20 2010

It’s slanted toward action-oriented readers, who will find that Briticisms meld with all the other wonders of magic school.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Dec 30 1996

Readers are in for a delightful romp with this award-winning debut from a British author who dances in the footsteps of P.L. Travers and Roald Dahl.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by TMandy on Jun 27 2014

I can read this book over and over again. From the very beginning until the end J.K. Rowling has me gripped! There is never a dull moment...

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by zootycoon346 on Aug 23 2011

Its a multi-genre book, spooks, comedy and action all in one! It's definitely a great book to tackle...

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BookPage

Good
Reviewed by Denise Yagel on Oct 01 1998

Designated for ages 8 to 12, but written for anyone who loves a good tale well told, this is a book to engage the mind and grab the heart . . . and J.K Rowling is a writer to watch and remember.

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Tor

Good
Reviewed by Mari Ness on Jun 14 2011

Later books in the series would be more intricate, more involved, contain more moments of sheer terror and sharper social satire. But this book still remains one of my favorites in the series, partly for its warmth, partly for its mystery, partly for some of its marvelous lines.

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About.com

Good
Reviewed by Tammy Nezol on Feb 12 2016

It is hardly believable that Harry would forget the cloak, but this plot device is necessary to send Harry to the Forbidden Forest where he first faces true peril. Despite this flaw, adults and children will enjoy the underlying messages embedded within the story.

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Teen Ink

Excellent
Reviewed by CSHCSH on May 30 2014

The book has a powerful plot and a fascinating setting that is sure to grasp the attention of the readers. The book portrays colourful characters, each with a story and personality so distinct it is a wonder how the pages of the book were able to contain them.

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Teen Ink

Above average
Reviewed by h18kolind on May 27 2014

There is not only a book for this story; there is also a movie that brings all the action to life...I highly recommend reading the book first and then watching the movie so you can make the comparison your self.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Jordyn C on May 27 2014

If you are someone like me, who enjoys reading magical stories and imagining them unfold, I would strongly recommend this to book and the entire series.

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Fantasy Book Review

Excellent
on May 30 2014

Is all the hype about the Harry Potter books justified? In a word, yes, the books are a joy to read and possibly the most rewarding young adult’s book since [Professor Tolkien’s] The Hobbit.

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Brothers Judd

Good
Reviewed by Dorothy Judd on May 19 2014

This is a marvelous book for family reading-aloud: a chapter a night, if you can get away with that little. Kids love to be read to even after they can read for themselves!

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Story Snoops

Good
Reviewed by Jen on May 30 2014

The first installment of this enchanting, wildly popular series is perfect material for read-aloud family time. Harry is introduced as a self-reliant boy who has been mistreated by his custodial family for most of his life...

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Reading Lark

Excellent
Reviewed by Jen on Feb 10 2014

What really drew me and locked me in as a forever fan though was the story. In a similar way to Nancy Drew, the Famous Five, and other young detectives, the three best friends have a mystery to solve.

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Lit Lovers

Good
Reviewed by Molly Lundquist on Jan 01 2014

...this first installment is good enough to stand on its own. For a light, easier read, when you've worn yourselves out with heavy lifting, choose The Sorcerer's Stone. You'll be charmed.

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Good
Reviewed by AlyseG on Jul 27 2013

The friendship between Harry, Ron and Hermione blooms beautifully and you can not help but take the characters straight into your heart.

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The Founding Fields

Excellent
Reviewed by Larry Killian on Apr 18 2013

Overall I would recommend this book and the rest of the series to anyone who can read. My oldest son Xavier, who is 10 has already finished, and now owns his own set of Harry Potter books, he, like myself was captured by them and finished them up pretty quickly, which is saying something since he has severe ADHD.

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SF Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Thomas Wagner on Jan 01 2000

Rowling's book brims with nifty twists, tricks, and surprises, and enough fantasy elements to tickle anyone's imagination. And the climax is a neat and genuine surprise.

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Hope Chest Reviews

Excellent
on May 30 2014

Sometimes, it's hard to believe that this was J. K. Rowling's debut novel, but with her enchanting story-telling skills, it is very easy to see why the Harry Potter series enticed so many kids and teens back to reading and is still a world-wide favorite, quite possibly even destined for classic status.

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Fantasy Book Critic

Good
Reviewed by Achala Upendran on Mar 12 2014

There’s nothing quite like embarking on a new series, and Harry Potter is definitely not one you should miss. To those who are old hands at Hogwarts, I can only say there’s nothing wrong with a re-read. These books are like fine wine; they only get better with age.

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Reading In Winter

Excellent
Reviewed by Kristilyn on Sep 10 2012

This was a great reread – I loved the humour, the magic, the mystery, and the characters. I can’t wait to continue on with the rest of the series!

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Books: A True Story

Excellent
Reviewed by Jessica on Sep 21 2012

The books have so many fun characters that aren’t in the movies. I love how optimistic and humble Harry is. I also like how light-hearted and quirky the books are.

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Shelf Awareness

Excellent
on Feb 13 2016

Along the way, there’s a great deal of fun and games, too—Harry’s friendship with Ron Weasley and Hermione, certainly, as well as his success on the Quidditch field.

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Ivy Book Bindings

Excellent
Reviewed by Keertana on Jun 25 2012

Rowling's talent aside, what strikes me the most about the series is the fact that I am able to glean something new from it every time.

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Cuddle Buggery Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by Steph Sinclair on Mar 23 2014

These new editions of the classic and internationally bestselling, multi-award-winning series feature instantly pick-up-able new jackets with huge child appeal, to bring Harry Potter to the next generation of readers. It’s time to PASS THE MAGIC ON.

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Good
Reviewed by Kristyn Starr on May 30 2014

Many people believe children are only interested in video games and T.V. It’s probably true but only because there hasn’t been anything else to grasp their attention. Now there is, the magical and awe-inspiring Harry Potter.

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Murphy's Library

Excellent
Reviewed by Maeva on Jan 17 2011

...Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is a 5 books for me, because I finished rereading for the unkown time and I’d do it all over again: it’s a book I won’t get tired of, no matter how many times I reread.

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The Allure of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Allison on Oct 01 2010

From the beginning, Harry surrounds himself with the most lovable and richly detailed characters ever written. In my imagination, these people are family.

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The Reading Fever

Good
Reviewed by Penelope Lolohea on Feb 14 2012

... this is definitely a great book. I think anyone who hasn't read it yet, definitely should. I felt something while reading--like I was suddenly a part of something important. I look forward to knowing what happens to these characters...

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Carina's Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Carina Olsen on Jul 10 2015

These books are amazing. And I adore the movies too. And just, yeah. I want more Harry Potter. If you still haven't read this book, I really suggest that you do. Because it is amazing. You might love it :)

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Above average
Reviewed by Michael D'Angelo on Jun 18 2015

Overall, though I couldn’t relate to Harry Potter on a personal level, I could still appreciate it for being such a quick, fun read.

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