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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Bk 1)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - Bk 1
Author: J. K. Rowling
ISBN-13: 9780439362139
ISBN-10: 043936213X
Publication Date: 11/1/2001
Pages: 400
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
Rating:
  • Currently 4.6/5 Stars.
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4.6 stars, based on 664 ratings
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Book Type: Paperback
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If you have never before heard of Harry Potter, let me be the first to say, "Welcome to Earth, dear alien friend!" The first book of the series. The movies do not do justice to the books. The English sense of humor is just fantastic. I bought this for me, not my kids, by the way. They have their own copy!
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Wonderful and imaginative first book of an even more amazing series. If you haven't read the series then you should start. Great for adults, children, and teens. :)
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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 flavor, 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 J.K. Rowling's enchanting, funny debut novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. In the nonmagic 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 famous 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 spoiled, piglike 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.
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I enjoyed the creative diction and wonderful subplots
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The first book in the Harry Potter series. Harry finds out that he is a wizard and heads off to Hogwarts for his first year of magic learning. Little does he know that he will be become famous by the end of the year, and not just for what happened to him when he was a baby.
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Excellent! Adults and children alike will be enchanted by Harry and his friends as they begin their adventures at Hogwarts. This is the book that started it all. Funny and full of action and mystery, you won't want to miss this one!
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After all the hype ends and the movies have been made and forgotten, these books will still be on the lists of "Children's Classics." This book is the fairy tale, the boy who spent his first decade locked in a cupboard who discovers he can fly; the boy who was unloved who discovers the greatest friends. With only hints of some of the compexities and darkness of the later books, there is a charm to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone that makes it my favorite of the series, even though my son and my friends who have read it find it a bit childish compared to the sequels.

Parents: the above-mentioned movies, hype, marketing crap, etc. seem to be targeting children who may not be old enough to actually read the books. Book 1, I believe, can probably be read by average 4th or f5th grader, and probably enjoyed by 3rd or even 2nd graders who are either advanced readers or have the books read to them.
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this book is awesome.Everybody loves the movies.The books are great. Its about a boy named harry who is a wizard and his parents died when he was a baby. He lives with his mean aunt and uncle untill later in life he finds out hes a wizard by a very nice wizard who comes to tell him.
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I remember when this book first came out, I was in grade school and we were reading it in school.
A couple of months ago I re-read it just to remind myself of what I liked about it and I realized there were so many things that I looked over as a kid and I found myself re-reading and loving the books all over again. All the while I noticed more things I looked over as a kid and realized what a great series it was.
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It is a really great book, one of my favorites. It holds an amazing story, that everyone will enjoy for years. If you haven't read any of the Harry Potter books, get started!!!!
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I never cared for the movies, thought I would try reading the first book. I enjoyed the book a lot more than I could have known. Harry's family was really cruel to him, that got me interested. I look forward to reading the rest of them.
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I got this book in order to see what the excitement is about. Now I know!! I do not blame the kids for being excited about this series. Even an old 78 year old enjoyed it. Hope you do too.
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pretty good. not as gripping as the others in the series
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If you have not read a Harry Potter book yet, you should. This is the first one in the series and it got me hooked. The characters are memorable, the writing is wonderful and the plots are just terrific. Once you start, you will have to read them all.
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This is were the adventure begins. The movie is great but the book has a few surprises of its own.
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I never thought I would get into these books, but my son and I started reading them together. We actually started with book 2 because he had already read the first book. So I had to go back and read the 1st book and enjoyed the entire thing!
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At this point, it's no shock to read a positive review of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. It is the beginning of the story that has won over the hearts of the world. After reading the book, it's no wonder it has been so popular. The characters are charming in just the right ways. As it was written for children, the language isn't complex which combined with the captivating story creates a quick and satisfying read.
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An exceptional fanstasy for both children an adults alike.
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The first Harry Potter book. It was a good book of course. Though the first few chapters are a bit hard to get threw. Once you get in to the book you will be hooked.
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This is probably my third favorite in the series. I am a huge HArry Potter fan, and I loved this book.
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Probably one of the best books I've ever read. Period. ^^
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1st book in the series of wonderful books for children as well as adults
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There are no series of books that I have enjoyed in my life as I have these books. And it all starts here! I bought them to read to my children and grew to love them as much, if not more than they do!! Would encourage ANYONE to give them a try, starting with this one!
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I absolutely LOVE this book! I actually read this the first time when it came out and I think I was in middle school/high school. I liked it so much then but never continued on with the series from to much school work. Well yesterday I read the whole book in one day (I haven't been able to have that much time since middle school:) ) Anyway I have to say this is a great great book. I would recommend the book for not only children but also adults. This time I am going to continue on with the series and I am so excited about that. Harry Potter continually finds himself in trouble at Hogwarts mostly for snooping around when he should be in bed or studying:) The book is filled with wizards (obviously:) ), spells, monsters, ghosts. It is a very exciting book and if you don't think its your kind of a book still at least try this one. I used to think that this wasn't my type of thing but now i'm addicted!!!!
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I can't believe I held onto this book for 10 years before reading it. It was such a fun read, even though I own the movie and knew what was going to happen. Now I wish I hadn't watched the first four movies, but at least I have the last three books to be surprised with. If only I could come up with something so clever to write about...
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This book is a book to read over and over again! Full of adventure for young and old. A young boy named Harry Potter live with non-magical relatives that never tell him he's actually a wizard. After finding out on his 11th birthday, that he is in fact a wizard, he is off to Hogwarts School of Magic. There he finds adventures and friends.
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This is one of the best books I have ever read! It is so intriguing you won't be able to put it down! It is suspenseful clever and really actually magical. It left me wishing I could go to Hogwarts! This book is great book in a line of 6 other great books in the series.
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For those who dont know me and my reading habits, I never re-read. My philosophy has always been that re-reading is a waste of time when I have so many books waiting to be read for the first time. I first heard about Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone back in 2001 when the first movie was preparing for release. To be honest, I had no interest in reading the book and couldnt understand the hype. I mean, come on! Its a childrens book! Whats the big deal? All of my online book groups were raving about the books and now were happily chattering about the upcoming movie. So I gave in and borrowed the audio book from the library. I figured that listening to the book would be killing two birds with one stone. I could continue to read the books from my monstrous to be read mountain and listen to this book during my daily commute. To be honest, I wasnt expecting that much and I figured if the book didnt work for me, I wouldnt be out anything or have wasted valuable reading time, right?

The audio blew me away and my now ex-husband who hated to read jumped all over the books too after we watched the first movie. I quickly went after all of the audio books and was so thoroughly entranced and entertained by Jim Dales talented narration of the books. Even with the creative differences between book and movie, I was hooked on the movies too.

So now, here we are ten years later. The last Harry Potter movie has been released and the Harry Potter saga is complete. No more books, no more movies. So, why, you may be asking would I want to re-read the books? I mean, reading, as in turning pages, not listening to audio. I broke my biggest rule about reading and re-reading because I wanted to experience the magic of Hogwarts and Harrys world all over again. I went out and started purchasing the paperbacks (hardcovers are too heavy to carry around) and began back at the beginning.

One very important thing I have learned is that the perspective between listening to an audio book and reading the book is greatly different. I listened to the unabridged edition back then so I thought that it would be the same as reading the book. I was greatly mistaken. Maybe its the way we process information we are receiving, maybe its my memory, maybe my mind wandered somewhat during the original listening but reading the book this time felt like I was reading it for the very first time! I didnt think it was possible to feel that way when re-reading a book.

J.K. Rowling does a marvelous job of creating a world so unlike ours but so similar in many ways. The witches and wizards in Harrys world are not that unlike us when you think about it. They have the same feelings, fears, hopes, dreams and disappointments. Theres a social hierarchy in their world, much like ours. Theres a political structure in their world too, complete with a governing agency, ruling officials and laws and regulations. They go to school, hold jobs, get married, raise families, get old and die. They love sports and entertainment as well. Theres good and evil in Harrys world too.

Harry is your typical boy for the most part, but having never known his parents has left him missing out on that most important relationship. Hes being raised by his mothers sister and her husband, living with them and their bully of a son, Dudley, but not really wanted. I got angry all over again at the way they treated him and at his living conditions. One thing that amazed me then and still does is why the Dursleys put up such a fight to keep Harry from going to Hogwarts. They made it abundantly clear every day that they didnt want Harry, barely tolerating his presence in their home. Going to Hogwarts would get him out of their home and ultimately their lives. They should have been kicking up their heels in joy when the first letter arrived. Perhaps, I will never understand why. Fortunately, the lack of bonding and family love does not turn Harry into a sociopath, bent on destroying lives.

Harry adjusts remarkably well to his new life and the excitement of it all. Once again, I found myself wishing I could go to Hogwarts. Going away to school in a castle with moving staircases, ghosts, magical creatures, and interesting characters may seem like a lot for an eleven year old boy to deal with, but Harry does. Finding out his parents were actually murdered by a very evil wizard who also tried to kill him is a lot to take in, as well, but Harry soon learns that those events are a part of who he is and the world he is now a part of.

I wanted to savor each page of the book, but I couldnt put it down. Even knowing what was coming next, I discovered things I had missed before or perhaps forgot. I had forgotten what a strange and unusual girl Hermione was in the beginning. I had forgotten that Ron is very brave. I had forgotten how troublesome Peeves was and how stern Professor McGonagall could be.

So whether you are a fan who loves to re-read this series or someone who is reading it for the first time, embrace the story fully and enjoy the ride. It is an adventure not to be missed.
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Better than the movie.
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Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He's never worn a cloack of invisibility, befriend a giant, or help hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abomianle son, Dudley. Harry's room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in eleven years.

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by an owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic all around every corner, but a great destiny thats been wating for him...if Harry can survive the encounter.
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Young Harry Potter lives in the house of his aunt and uncle Vernon and Petunia Dursley, enduring the attacks of his cousin Dudley for the last 11 years. His bed is cupboard and love & friendship are foreign words for him. The Dudleys' let him feel he is the outsider, the burden they never wanted, and he's now coming to an age to recognize how off things are in his life.
Little does he know the reasoning for his uncle and aunt to not let him read the letters that begun to arrive lately, but the Dudleys' certainly know, they don't want to have to do anything with what the letters implicate. They know how off Harry's parents were. Especially Petunia's sister Lily.

On his eleventh birthday Harry's life changes when he is taken away by a huge, giantlike man called Hagrid, who introduces Harry to his real being as a wizard. He learns that his parents were a witch and a wizard and died while fighting the dark Voldemort who ultimately killed his parents but wasn't able to kill Harry.

Harry becomes a student in wizardry at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and for the first time learns what friendship is all about. Fascinated by the magic surrounding him he learns the ups and downs of being a wizard. He finds friends like Ron Weasley and Hermione Grander and he also makes enemies. He is a natural talent in riding the broom and becomes the Seeker for the Gryffindor team and prevails as an excellent attribute to the team, leading his house team to the first win in years.

But all the happiness has it's shadowy side. There is Darco Malfoy, the mean little boy taunting not only Harry but also other students and Professor Snape headmaster of the Slytherin house, who's dark appearance not only frightens the students but who seems to deeply hate Harry for unknown reasons.

During the term the three children discover a secret trap door on the third floor of Hogwarts castle. Behind it lingers a huge three headed dog guarding a trap door. Professor Snape soon becomes a suspect of interest when Harry discovers that he has a huge bite mark on his leg and seemed to be the reason why Harry had dangerous diffuculties during one Quidditch cursed by Snape.

Rumors are that the dangerous Voldemort is returning, trying to get to whatever is hidden under the trap door, the assumed safest place on earth to hide something.
Ultimately Harry has to face what's hidden under the door and who's trying to steal something of major important for everybody's well being.

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Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (originally in the U.K. edition named Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone) has been published a little more than 10 years ago, the movie shown on TV a million times and here I am having just finished the first volume for whatever reason.

I understand the series was developed for children but later matured to fit not only a child's taste but also the grown-ups taste.
I went into the book without knowing what to expect and it left me wondering what all the fuss was about.
Initially I thought there is nothing special about it but I find myself thinking I'll pick up the second volume quite soon. The reason for that is, I know what is going to come due to watching the following movies plus I actually began liking the characters in general. The writing itself is flat but flawless, fitted for children without implicating any kind of horrific pictures in a child's head.

I liked it !
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Excellent book. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
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In this first book we're introduced to a world of magic we all wish was real, and follow along with a very relate-able and loveable cast of characters as friendships and enemies alike are formed and the ground work for a grand adventure is laid. ^^
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This is the first of the Harry Potter series and any adult or child will love this novel! A magical, fantasy world that you can completely become absorbed in.
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A fun, fun read. A young boy named Harry Potter whose parents were killed, leaving him an orphan is living with an uncle and aunt who resent his very presence. When Harry begins receiving letters, his uncle hides and destroys them. Letter after letter arrive until hundreds have been sent. Finally, his uncle takes the family to an isolated hut on an island in an attempt to avoid receiving any more letters. However, one is delivered by a huge man named Hagrid who is shocked to discover that his aunt and uncle have not told him about his parents, how they died, and who he is. Harry is astonished to hear that he is a wizard with powers such as his parents had. He is invited to attend Hogwarts, a school for those with magical talents that need to be developed and the adventures begin. Harry finds friends, Hagrid, of course, Ron, Hermoine and others. He learns to ride a broom but not just any broom - the most advanced model available - and learns to play quidditch, a competitive game played by the scholars at Hogwarts. This is the beginning of Harry's years at the school and the beginning of his adventures.
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As popular as the Bible, but with less characters.
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The first book of the series, in which we meet Harry Potter as he begins his rightful education at Hogwart's School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.
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The battle between good and evil is always a great premise for a book. This book starts off with a baby who has a mysterious past. This 'special' boy is placed with his 'muggle' Aunt and Uncle who dislike the boy's "inherited" abilities. The Aunt, Uncle and cousin are the "whicked" step-sisters of the book. Harry of course is the boy and this book tells the tale of him growing up, learning about who he is, and who he is not. A great book! I am not sure why I waiting until 2007 to read it!
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This is the first book of the Harry Potter series. Harry Potter is a wizard placed at birth to live with his muggle (non-wizard) aunt and uncle. This book is the story how Harry finds out about his magical powers and the beginning of his schooling at Hogwarts - School of Wizardry. This book is great for the imagination.
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A fantastic read for kids and adults.
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Orphaned as a baby, Harry Potter has spent 11 awful years living with his mean aunt, uncle, and cousin Dudley. But everything changes for Harry when an owl delivers a mysterious letter inviting him to attend a school for wizards. At this special school, Harry finds friends, aerial sports, and magic in everything from classes to meals, as well as a great destiny that's been waiting for him...if Harry can survive the encounter. From an author who has been compared to C. S. Lewis and Roald Dahl, this enchanting, funny debut novel won England's National Book Award and the prestigious Smarties Prize.
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Harry Potter has lived a dismal life with his aunt and uncle, the Dursleys. He sleeps in a closet and has never had a birthday party or Christmas presents. Even worse, he has to endure life with his horrible spoiled cousin, Dudley. Then on Harry's eleventh birthday, things change when a letter arrives, (by owl), inviting him to attend the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Suddenly Harry finds himself among friends, learning about potion-making and magic-wand waving and broomstick riding. There're chocolate frogs and Every Flavor Beans and a three-headed dog and Quidditch-a game better than soccer. Also, Hagrid, a lovable gamekeeper who befriends Harry; Hermione Granger, a witch who's read all the school books and knows all the rules; and there's Ron Weasly, Harry's best friend who has quite a legacy of his own to fill. Hogwarts treats him well, even with the abomidable Malfoy's mean tricks or Professor Snape's obvious hatred of Harry. The soon Harry finds himself in the middle of a mystery at Hogwarts, and together with his two new friends, embarks on adventures he never dreamed possible.
The book is engaging with its imagery, humor, plot twists and real-life child problems. The book doesn't only appeal to children but adults as well. She's a master on fantasy. She really can, with no difficulty at all, think herself back to 11 years old. You will love the whimsical descriptions, humorous quotes and the fun characters.
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First book in the series, moves right along with a lot of imagination.
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You don't have to be a wizard or a kid to appreciate the spell cast by Harry Potter."--USA Today
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What can I say that hasn't been said? I investigated the first book based on the upset it caused in the churches my family members attended. I was taken aback by how quickly and completely I feel in love with the entire world - the characters, the feel of the story, the pace, the detail. The Harry Potter series is a classic group of stories that enchant the open-minded, imaginative reader. The movies enhance the books! Re-reading a book after having seen the movie makes the experience that much richer! If you truly get lost when you read, you might even start to hear music in the back of your head from the movie soundtracks. Never have I known a book and movie to go so hand-in-hand. Rowling is a genius.
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Excellent narrator, wonderful book for a family to enjoy together.
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Harry Potter is an orphan living with the dreadful Dursleys, his Aunt and Uncle, and cousin, Dudley. But when Harry finds that he is a famous wizard, and that his parents were klled by the darkest Wizard of all time, he is sucked into a world of fantasy that takes him to the school of Hogwarts.

But his suspicion raises about a teacher who's dark demeanor makes him all the more suspicious to be working for the dark lord Voldemort. But when he finds the item that Voldemorts is after with the help of his friends, Ron and Hermione, he finds the person helping Voldemort is the person he least expected.
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This is the first book in the Harry Potter series. They are not just for kids!
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Love It!
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Fantastic.. of course.
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Great Book..my entire family enjoyed reading this book
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Beginning of the series...a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger and the fun begins.
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Very good book, definitely recommend reading. :)
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Will go down in history as one of the most famous children's books!
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Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.
All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry lives in a cupboard under the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in eleven years.

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry and anyone who reads about him will find unforgettable.

For it's there that he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic in everything from classes to meals, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him... if Harry can survive the encounter.
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Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility. All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley; a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry's room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in eleven years. But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger; a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry and anyone who reads about him will fine unforgettable. For it's there that he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic in evreything from classes to meals, but a great destiny that's been waiting or him... if Harry can survive the encounter.
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excellent-no matter what age you are
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I LOVE Harry Potter and everyone at Hogwarts and you will too after you read this book! Its the beginning of the best series ever!!
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Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He's never worn a cloak of invisibility, befriended a gaint or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son Dudley. Harry's room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in eleven years. But all that is about to change when a mysteroius letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, ariel sports and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him...if Harry can survive the encounter.
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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 flavor, 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 J.K. Rowling's enchanting, funny debut novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. In the nonmagic 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 famous 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 spoiled, piglike 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.
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I've liked everyone of the Harry Potter books. This was truly the first, and was a great read.
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the debut novel from j.k.rowling
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Harry Potter and a great character and his story begins with this book. I am a big fan of the Harry Potter series. I read this book quickly. It has great descriptions all the way through. It is a fabolous book!!
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I was a skeptic before I picked up this book but once I began reading, I couldn't put it down. J K Rowling is a magnificent and talented author.
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Book One of an incredible series. This book will draw you into the Wizarding World and you won't want to come back out. Fabulous plot and brilliant characters. Harry Potter will teach you more than you would be able to imagine.
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Im a little sorry to say that I didnt love this book. I liked it fine, it was a cute story, I just really wanted to fall in love with it and I didnt. I think maybe it was a little that I felt the story moved a bit too fast? I know its a childrens book, but so much happened in a short amount of time so I wanted it to be a little longer.

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1st book in the famous HP series. I fell in love with Harry Potter and his friends from the first page after reading this book.
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The Harry Potter series was definitely one of the best I've ever read... I had so much fun standing and waiting in line each time a new book came out, I'm really disappointed that the series is over, but it had a fantastic ending.
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Great read! A book that our kids and grandkids will all eventually read.
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It's the beginning of the tale...
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I loved this book! It was much better than the movie, which I hated.
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Who wouldn't love a Harry Potter book? If you haven't started this series, you must!
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The first book in a wonderfully addictive series that had me hooked from the start. I kept hearing friends say that they were the best books they had ever read, so I finally picked them up, and I'm so happy that I did. You will never forget the characters in these stories. You become a part of that other world.
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This will always be my favorite Harry Potter book. I love the arrival of Hogwarts and the character development. If you haven't read this, it's a holiday must read!
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A great book to read no matter how old you are
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Always a pleasure to revisit those innocent years and escape into a magical world.This first installment in the Harry Potter series is a simple delight. Well thought out with a true connection to the reader reguardless of age.

Harry Potter a young orphaned boy living with a poor excuse for relatives discovers he is a magical wizzard. But not just any magical wizzard, "The boy who lived..."
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Best Harry Potter book of them all. It will get you hooked to read the rest.
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This is such a great book. I love the way Harry is such a strong person without being bitter about the loss of his parents. He's a great role model for children and for adults as well.
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Once you open the door to the magical world of Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft, you become so immersed in a spell of enchantment that you can't seem to put the book down. The Harry Potter series is the most fun that I have ever had reading.
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Who doesn't love Harry Potter? A boy growing up to be a wizard, the stuff dreams are made of...
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I'm a Harry Potter fan.
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this is a interesting book about withches and wizards about a young boy named harry potter who's parents are killed and he goes to live with his mean aunt and uncle then he finds out he is a wizard and goes off to hogwards
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This the 1997 release of J.K Rowling's book, the new released version is named "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is the first book in a series of seven that tells the story of a young boy who is orphaned as a baby when his parents are killed by a dark wizard who tries to kill Harry too, but Harry survives the attack and all he is left with is a scar on his forehead that identifies him as the only living wizard known to be able to survive Voldemort. After the attack as a baby is sent to live with his human or "muggle" relatives where for ten years, he is never told he is a wizard; and he receives harsh and cold treatment from them because they desperately want to fit into the "normal" world and Harry is anything but ordinary.

Harry only finds out about his past ,his wizard lineage, and how his parents died, when he gets his letter from Hogwarts; an academy for young wizards and witches. Then the real adventure begins, as Harry discovers a world of magic, makes friends, and enters a world where instead of being invisible, he is a virtual celebrity and his name is known by every magical being he comes into contact with. This was a charming first book to kick off the series and I enjoyed it much more than I expected to. The characters were very easy to picture as you read the book, and the plot was exciting enough that even if you had never heard of the movie or had an idea beforehand of what was going to happen you would want to continue to read because the story was very well written.

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GREAT story! Wonderful book! A young boy discovers he's not only a wizard, but THE wizard. Great adventrues are to be had at the Hogwarts school for witchcraft!
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One of my all time favorite book! What an imagination Rowling has!!!
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Start the adventure with the first book! You will find yourself wanting to read more.
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The first installment of the HP series, SS grabbed me from the very beginning. I watched the first three movies prior to picking this up so I had a pretty good idea of the overall plot. I was pleasantly surprised with all the details left out of the movies, however. This one is the simplest and poses Harry as any other "Muggle" with a few not-so-normal traits. His home life is terrible; being neglected by his family and forced to live in a cupboard under the stairs. We are introduced to most of the main characters throughout the series, including Hagrid, who plays a critical role in Harry's upbringing. To begin with, I loved how Rowling presented the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! This was the book that kept me interested and coming back for more Harry!
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Everyone, regardless of if they've read the series or not, has heard of the global phenomenon that is "Harry Potter". This mythos has entered into our lexicon and is here to stay. The reasons for the popularity are clear if one takes a stab at reading the books, as is evident with this first installment, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone". Set in Britain in the early 1990s, the tale of Harry Potter, a misunderstood and rather abused young orphan boy who is despised by aunt, uncle, and cousin, begins with a series of mysterious events which culminate with Harry learning he is a wizard. After this initial shock, a whole hidden world of witches, wizards, and magic flow from the pages as Harry leaves behind his cruel relatives and meets eccentric and loveable new characters at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and also learns about his unknown past concerning an evil, rival wizard. Apart from the amazingly original and inventive world the author, J. K. Rowling, has created, this book explores themes of the power of love and finding one's identity and place in the world, all wrapped up in an instantly engaging, often quite funny, yet ominously dark and thrilling, new world.
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My favorite of the HP series
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I just finished reading this book for the first time ever and I am really very impressed and totally taken with the Potter universe!
I actually watched all eight movies before starting the books and I am glad I decided to do this.

The first thing that struck me about this series was how creative it is. The world that J.K. Rowling has created is so incredibly imaginative and fun. It really draws you in.

Harry Potter, who is around eleven years old, is living with relatives who really don't like him or want him around. His parents died when he was a baby and he does not know anything about them other than that they supposedly died in a car crash. His life changes when he gets a letter from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He has been accepted into this school even though he has no idea that he possesses any kind of special powers. Other than a few "coincidental" odd things happening to his adopted family, he has not shown much of magical ability. Off he goes to Hogwarts, where he encounters an entire world which he did not know existed. At first he is afraid he will be behind all the other students, but when he begins classes and training he finds his place and begins to show many talents.

This book is not as "dark" as some of the later books, which is nice. The characters are so lovable and the book is a very quick and easy read.

Fantastic story! I will likely not be able to help measuring future fantasy/sci-fi books that I read up against this because it is just so incredible!
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Everything they say about it is true! (This is, of course, the same book as "HP and the Sorcerer's Stone"
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Light, easy reading! Great read!
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I absolutely LOVE the narrator for all of the Harry Potter books-on-tape. He uses a different voice for each character and his reading style is easily the most enjoyable I've heard from this kind of media.

If you don't have time to sit down and read, or if you want something to listen to during a long trip of commute, the Harry Potter books-on-tape are perfect!
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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 own unbelievably 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.
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Unabridged Read by Jim Dale excellent voices
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Loved it in print and love having it on tape to play in the car. The audio version will not disappoint.
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Loved the way the book was read. Much better than watching the movie and made a trip fly by for old and young alike.
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This is a classic. Unabridged recording of the first in the Harry Potter series. This spoken word book is done by Jim Dale who has a great voice for a variety of characters and a pleasant accent for the story set in England. He is a professional and pleasure to listen to, he does the voice for all recordings in this series. The story of the young Harry and his realization of magic, power of magic, culture of magic life is colorful, well imagined, and a breath of fresh air to spend time with. A wonderful enjoyment!
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The Harry Potter series are all classic books that everyone should at least try to read. From Book 1 where you are learning all about the magical world that J.K. Rowling has created you become hooked! The movies are great, but they have NOTHING on the books!
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Best book of the whole series, in my opinion.
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I enjoyed this book!
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From someone who has no interest in fantasy or magical creatures or suspension of disbelief... this whole series is absolutely wonderful. It deserves every bit of the hype.
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Love Harry Potter!!
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What can I say that has not already been said about the potter books, this is a great book for a great series.....
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Gave it to Grandson
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magine discovering that someone loved you so much they gave up their own life to save you. Now imagine that in so doing, they also broke the power of the most evil entity ever known and left that being a shattered remnant of his former self. This is of course, the basis for this, the first Harry Potter novel, but it is also a very direct reference to the Christian faith and its foundational beliefs in Jesus Christ.

The parallels continue with stunning force that it's amazing public schools actually encourage children to read this and other books by J.K. Rowling, especially given the absence of other blatantly religious literature by men like John Bunyan and Daniel DaFoe. As Harry becomes aware of his mother's sacrifice and what it meant, he also becomes aware of a much deeper reality that he has existed in all his life even though he has never known of it until now.

Following this "conversion" experience, Harry is whisked off to Hogwart's, where he learns more about the deeper reality he now is aware of, particularly the power of love to drive out evil and to redeem. This is religious allegory on a level not seen since the days of C.S. Lewis and his "Chronicles of Narnia."

Still, if you can put aside the overt religious themes of the book, you're in for a very pleasant experience. Although "Sorcerer's Stone" is by no means the strongest of the four Harry Potter books published so far -- it spends a long time on setup, and develops neither plot nor characters as well as Rowling's later novels -- it's no slouch either.

While at Hogwart's Harry encounters pretty much every variety of menace and friend known to early adolescence: there's the teacher who doesn't like you, the know-it-all girl, the bully, the best friend, the class clown, and of course the stern and loving teachers like Minerva McGonagall and Albus Dumbledore.

Although the menace Harry ultimately must face is worse than any bogeyman I can recall from my middle school days, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" is a magical fantasyland romp through the world of a teenager, told through the eyes of a teenager. Read it with your teen or preteen, and you'll have plenty of chances to talk with them about their own problems and the people they have to contend with at school each day.

And if you want to talk with them about matters of eternal nature, this book presents the chance to do that as well.
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Harry Potter is a wonderful series. Great twists, deaths, hidden abilities, and so much more! I would recommend this book to anyone who will read it all the way through.
The ultimate series!
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The first of the fantastic series of Harry Potter books. Written in a way that everyone can appreciate and enjoy. A wonderful book! I couldn't put it down!
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If you like the movies, you will enjoy the book. My grandson had this and I didn't realize it when I got this one.
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The book is written in the third person, but the story kept me curious to the very end. Needless to say I'm moving on to the second book in Rowling's series.
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Full of imagination!
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In my opinion, right up at the top of the best fantasy list with Narnia, Lord of the Rings, and His Dark Materials. This book along with its sequels is an amasing peice of fantasy.
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Wonderful book. Excellent writing, you almost feel like you are a friend of Harry Potter. These books are not just for children. Adults will love them as well!!
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The first book of the Harry Potter series - it's my favorite! I loved being introduced to the world of Harry Potter.
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A very good book. It keeps you hooked.
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Another great series. This is more for older kids and adults.
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Always fantastic, the Harry Potter series is amazingly engaging for both kids AND adults. JK Rowling has a sophisticated, yet accessible writing style that allows the reader to be enveloped in her magical land of witches and wizards. A must read!
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love them all
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Really good book. Couldn`t put it down! I`ve read it about 10 times it`s so good!
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I enjoyed the book, but I would agree that it is written for a younger age group.
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loved it
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I love all the Potter books as well as my kids do too!!
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THIS IS THE BEST BOOK I'VE EVER READ!!!!!!!!!!!
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If you pick up this book you won't be able to put it down for the next 6 in the series. J.K. Rowling is a genius story teller that has created an entire world that is both believable and fascinating. She leaves you hoping that an Owl will soon be bringing you your letter of acceptance into Hogwarts.
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I'm a slow reader but I could not put this book down.
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The first in the series. I'm a 4th grade teacher who started to read these books to find out what all the hoopla was and loved it. I read them all
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This is my favorite Harry Potter book
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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 flavor, 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 J.K. Rowling's enchanting, funny debut novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. In the nonmagic 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 famous 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 spoiled, piglike 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.
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One of my favorite books! An excellent read!
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great book
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Wonderful fantasy, hte first in the Harry Potter Series. Meet Harry and his friends and enemies in their first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
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I really liked this book!
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The first in the Harry Potter series. This book starts out a little slow, but once you're through the first 4 or 5 chapters, it picks up and you won't be able to put it down!
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excellent
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Book 1 in the Harry Potter collection of stories... excellent reading material ... to read to your favorite child as bedtime story, or for an independent reader to get him/her interested in reading !!
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A fantastic read for all ages.
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Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He's never worn a cloak of invisibility, beffriended a gian, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable llife with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abomina le son, Dudley. Harry's room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in eleven years. jBut all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sport, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him... if Harry can survive the encounter
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A great read! Surprised me that this grandmother would like it! It's listed as a book for kids! Methinks it's a book for all ages!
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I love all the Harry Potter books. I am posting the first one because I have the hard back as well. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is still one of my favorites. It's a very good introduction book and will introduce you to a lot of the main characters.
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Absolutely love all the Harry Potter books. Can't wait for the last one to come out.
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Do books get better than this? I treat for everyone.
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not too bad. a fun read.
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I just love this story! I love to read this this book almost as much as I love to watch the movie.
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A tale for all ages. The introductory book into the fascinating world of Harry Potter as he comes of age and begins his journey toward his destiny.
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J.K. Rowling is absolutely amazing! All of the Harry Potter books are pure poetry.
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Creative, fresh, and something not a rehash of someone else's work. That makes this children's story worth reading from the get go. Read it aloud with your children. The memories will last a lifetime!
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I loved this book. I am just finishing up the 2nd book and can't wait to start the 3rd. Even though these books are for children, I think that adults should read them. These books are about good and evil, and how love can overcome evil.
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Great Book!!! Excellent reading! Modern day classic!
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My son said he really enjoyed reading this.
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It all starts here! What a wonderful book
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J.K. Rowling's modern classic about magic, destiny, and friendship begins in Book One of the Harry Potter series: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. The book follows young Harry Potter, an orphan left in the care of his Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia in dreary suburban England. Then, on his eleventh birthday, his life changes forever when he is visited by the mysterious half-giant Hagrid with an invitation to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry is thrilled to discover that he is a wizard, but the strange and wonderful new world into which he is plunged is not without its dark side.
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I tried, I really did! But apparently I'm the only person who doesn't like these books.
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Great book.
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Easy reading into the world of imagination
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This was one of my favorite books in the series, surpassed for me only by the Prisoner of Azkban. This is where it all begins for our young hero. Harry's limited and often desperate life under the stairs at Privett Drive opens up to the endless possibilities of magic, love, and friendship at Hogwarts.
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Great book for young and old.
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If you have not been hooked into the HP series yet, now is the time! This is the amazing start to this compelling series.
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Fabulous!
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I'm 25 and just getting into the Harry Potter series. MUCH MUCH better than the movies and if you liked the movie, you'll love the book. The only reason I'm getting rid of this one is I've gotten the series in hardback. :-) Try it, you'll be hooked!
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The first of a great series. Not just for kids, and MUCH better than the movies. We love going back to the first book and finding all the clues that have become clear with the newer books. Love it!
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Love this one! Great for young and old.
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What can I say about Harry Potter! The first in the series and awesome!
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Not to be missed!
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Ever since harry potter had come for the summer, the Dursleys had been so mean and hideous that all harry wanted was to get back to the hogwarts school for witch craft and wizardry. But just as he's packing his bags, harry receives a warning from a strange impish creature who says that if harry returns to hogwarts, disaster will strike.
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Wonderful book, unable to put it down.
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Delightful tale about a young wizard going through hardships and finally realizing his "wizardness". My grandchildren and I enjoyed reading this book and talking about it. Fun!
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Even as an adult, I (and my book group) thoroughly enjoyed reading this book!
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A fun read, even for adults!
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What could I possibly say if you haven't yet heard about Harry Potter? :)
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I loved all these books and am sad that the series is ending.
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So much better then the movies. I would recommend this to any Harry Potter fan.
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While not my favorite Harry Potter book, I still found it very enjoyable. If you have never read a Harry Potter book, you should seriously consider giving them a whirl. Very wonderful and imaginative series.
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Good read.
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It's all been said before, but this book opens the door to a world of wonderful imagination, and genuine humanity. Are we all so jaded that we are deeply thrilled to discover that fine children's literature is still being written? Not just for children, though, this series is every bit as captivating for the adults as the little ones in your house. Hooray for the Boy Who Lived!
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What can I say ? Expelliarmus !
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The first in the 7 book series from J.K. Rowling, about a boy named Harry Potter.
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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 flavor, 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 J.K. Rowling's enchanting, funny debut novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. In the nonmagic 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 famous 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 spoiled, piglike 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
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great story!
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All three of my children read and loved these books!
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Need I even write a review? I loved it of course! I am currently in the process of reading all of the books. I am on number 3. Happy reading to all!
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Just totally awesome - change my life in some ways - very magical!
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Wonderful way to go to fantasyland and escape the insane world we live in; will get the others for other exciting "vacations" from "real" life.
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loved it
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This is such a fun read and funny too. I laughed out loud in several places!
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In the first book Harry Potter is a slave to his masters, and a personal punching bag for his cousin, Dudly. He has no memory of his parents dying, except for a flash of green light, that his aunt and uncle say is a car crash. He doesn't yet know he was a wizard.
great book would totally recommend it.


10 year old Grandson
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I read this book in my Junior year of high school. I remember how i use to say harry potter was stupid and for little children. But after my mom forced me to watch the movie, I ended up borrowing this book from a friend. I was not displeased with the storyline, and it left me intrigued. This book made me a Harry Potter fanatic. Although it's not my favorite in the series.
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Get a start on the Harry Potter journey!
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What can you say about Harry Potter?? It's fantasy and creativity at its best. Great story, don't miss it!
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How can anyone not love this book! It really is capturing, and keeps you reading! Having never read the books before I loved also thinking about in what ways it is different from the movie which I also love. Book is defiantly better!
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LOVED it!
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A great book!!
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very enjoyable
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My daughter and I really enjoyed listening to the books each day during carpool.
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This has to be my favorite in the Harry Potter series to date. My husband Don started reading it and then he got me hooked! I am just WILD about HARRY!!
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Enjoyed reading this book. I've seen all the movies but not read the books yet.
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I loved the movies but never read the books. I decided to start reading them, and I'm glad I did. Reading the books helps me understand the meaning of the events in the movie more.
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One of the best book series in the world. :-)
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I wish desperately that I didn't get judged so harshly by other adults for being such a huge HP fan.
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It's Harry Potter what can I say. He teachs us about courage, friendship, respect, love, the importance of history and destiny. Read a dozen times and will read again.
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This is the first book in the Harry Pottewr series. This is the story of a boy named Harry whose parents are killed by a dark lord named Voldemort. So Harry is put with his muggle Aunt, uncle and cousin. the Dursleys. These people treat Harry like he is nothing and completely cut him off from the world. This is the story of how he goes to Hogwarts' School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and escapes the Dursleys and has an adventure.
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I enjoyed all the Harry Potter Books.
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Great reading!
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How can I say anything bad about Harry Potter. I cut mt fantasy teeth and these books. Have read the entire series who knows how many times. Love them all! Great reads for everyone!
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love any book that gets kids to read and i have not read them yet-so let's get started! on to book 2!
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I love Harry Potter! :)
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Fabulous!!!!!!
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I have read the first novels in a few YA series written by authors whose adult mysteries impressed me. I've not read a second book in those series. As such, I have been reluctant to jump into the highly regarded âHarry Potterâ series â after all, if I was unable to get into the Percy Jackson series, why would I think that Harry Potter would be any different? Both have received rave reviews from all age groups, including adults â but I could barely get through the first Percy Jackson book (and THAT was after putting it aside for a few weeks, then jumping back in to slog through.)

I need not have worried. I was impressed. VERY impressed. Rowlings was able to mix plot and characterization, and fantasy with a grounding in modern-day England, into a page-turner that had my attention from the first track until the last. (I listened to this book on audio during my commute to / from work, hence âtrackâ rather than âpageâ.)

Most impressively, the characters are nuanced. Our protagonist, his friends, and even his teachers are not perfect. (The villains are largely simply bad guys; based on what I've read to date, I expect that future books in this series will also show other sides of them, as well. If not â well, that is a short-cut that many writers have and will continue to take over the years.)

I've added J. K. Rowling to a short list, currently including Sophie Davis and Lauren Tarshsis, as YA authors who have been able to grab and maintain my attention as an adult, and to get me to want to read further works in their YA series.

RATING: 5 stars.
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At first I was uninterested in the Harry Potter books and thought they were all just bunk. After reading the first, I was as hooked at my oldest daughter! Now I hotly await the next, and next, and next...
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I believe this is the first Harry Potter Book. Welcome to whoever wants it.
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I love this book!! I love all of the Harry Potter novels.
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LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT
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I love Harry Potter - and the first book is still my very favorite - mostly because of the wide-eyed wonder with which I first entered this world and feel each time I read it.
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Excellent. There's a reason these are such a hit.
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I LOVE this series. Great books.
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Must read series for any age. Great story and wonderful fun characters that become family!
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Good reading for all ages.
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Amazing!!!
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I didn't read this book...someone bought it for me, and I am just not 'into' the Harry Potter Series.
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I am jealous of everyone who has not yet read a Harry Potter book or seen a Harry Potter movie! What a fun world to discover for the first time.
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This is a good book. Our children have read it.
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great book
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The best of the best!
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The classic. It needs no description.
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Never read the book.
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1st year at hogwarts
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If you like magic this book is for you.
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Great story!! Got me hooked to Harry Potter!
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This book was given to me to read and I never read it, this type of book does not interest me.
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TOTALLY AWSOME BOOK!!! A MUST HAVE for kids and adults alike! Couldn't put it down!!
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First Potter book, good read.
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Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He's never worn a cloak of invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry's room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in 11 years. But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him...if Harry can survive the encounter.
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Good Codition
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I wonder if the boa made it back to Brazil?
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Harry Potter is an orphan who lives in a cupboard at his abusive Aunt and Uncle's house. His life is solitary until a letter arrives telling him that he is actually a wizard and is enrolled in the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Eleven year old Harry had no idea he was a wizard...or that a whole magical world even existed. He is nervous when he arrives at the school, but quickly makes friends with Ron and Hermione, and enemies of a couple of the school faculty.

This is the first book in the Harry Potter series and it is so much more than I expected. J.K. Rowling has written a magical story with vivid characters. Her imagination knows no bounds. In this book alone we are introduced to a Giant named Hagrid, flying broomsticks, centaurs, a three-headed dog named Fluffy, and an invisibility cloak. I can't wait to see what is in store for the next book in the series. My rating: 5 Stars.
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love this series.
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It is a gift for my son to read.
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I am a very choosy fan when it comes to science fiction and fantasy, and I love this series. I only am giving up this paperback because I decided I must own the whole series in hardback and thus this is a spare copy.
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awesome story
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Love it!
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If you haven't read Harry Potter yet, go read it NOW! I didn't think that I would like it at first, but read it anyway, and ended up loving it. I definitely will read the rest of this series. :)
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no review needed. this is an instant classic.
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A great way to escape reality for a few hours. :-)
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The first of a great series. A must read!
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Great book
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This is the British/Canadian edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
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**** - What can anyone say but - "If you knew Harry like I knew Harry!"
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This an excellent book. I have all of the books in this series. However, I think this is the best because it is the first one. It is really a great story for people of all ages. Definately a must read.
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We all know this one, don't we?
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Read in under 24hours. Fantastic. Just ordered the 2nd.
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Copyright 1998. First book of the Harry Potter Series, read and owned by one child.
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Harry Potter is pretty cool- definitely more cool than Harry Connic Jr. at least.
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Loved it! Harry potter is suchba loveable character!!
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Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! Every time I read a Harry Potter book, my mind is full of the images and storyline for days - it's a little hard to return to the real world.
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This is the first book in the H.P. series and is a good read.
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Loved, loved, loved this book! I've just finished the 6th book and I highly recommend the entire Harry Potter series!
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everyone knows this one already
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This is the book that started it all.....
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Great book.
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C'mon. It's Harry Potter...need I say more?
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Great shape Thank You
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It's Harry Potter!!!!
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Ex library book...well loved.
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What's not to love?
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The first Harry Potter book.
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good cond
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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 flavor, 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 J.K. Rowling's enchanting, funny debut novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. In the nonmagic 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 famous 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 spoiled, piglike 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. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, first published in England as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, continues to win major awards in England. So far it has won the National Book Award, the Smarties Prize, the Children's Book Award, and is short-listed for the Carnegie Medal, the U.K. version of the Newbery Medal. This magical, gripping, brilliant book--a future classic to be sure--will leave kids clamoring for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
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Found it very BORING.
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Amazingly like the movie (or vice versa...).
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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 flavor, 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 J.K. Rowling's enchanting, funny debut novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. In the nonmagic 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 famous 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 spoiled, piglike 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. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, first published in England as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, continues to win major awards in England. So far it has won the National Book Award, the Smarties Prize, the Children's Book Award, and is short-listed for the Carnegie Medal, the U.K. version of the Newbery Medal. This magical, gripping, brilliant book--a future classic to be sure--will leave kids clamoring for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
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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 flavor, 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 J.K. Rowling's enchanting, funny debut novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. In the nonmagic 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 famous 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 spoiled, piglike cousin Dudley.
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Book was given to me, I have not read it. No marks inside book, and cov er is in fine shape.
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I don't think it needs a review. MOst people know about Harry Potter.
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Hardback book. We lost the dustjacket.
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some wear on the top of the spine... it is in good condition, not great so if you're looking for a collector's copy, this is not it.