Book Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by: J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: 10th Anniversary Edition (Harry Potter)Publisher: Scholastic
Publish Date: 1 October 1997
Origins: Purchased
Format: Hardcover
Series: Harry Potter Series: Sorcerer's Stone (1), Chamber of Secrets (2), Prisoner of Azkaban (3), Goblet of Fire (4), Order of the Phoenix (5), Half-Blood Prince (6), Deathly Hollows (7)

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 of 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.


I have read this book over and over and over and I can't even tell you everything I love about it in a brief review. I read this book first when I was in 7th grade, it was a big controversy at my school because a lot of schools and people were banning the book because of the 'witches and magic' in it. I read it because my art teacher gave it to me one day to read because there was nothing to do in study hall. I was so happy that I did, I wouldn't have had my eyes open to a world that is so magical and breathtaking and that has been apart of my life for the last 11 years.

Harry Potter is a child, a small little child when we start out this book, no different than you or me, besides the nasty home life. He learns some interesting news about himself and finds his life up-heaved to a new place and a new world. It is amazing...this book has so many adventures, friends, and people you just want to hang out and be around. This book opens your imagination (even still today, as an adult) and shows everyone that they take their own world and life too seriously.

The Harry Potter series is one of the best series I have had the pleasure of reading and it will be in my life and my family's lives for years to come.


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  1. I totally agree! This series really changed our generation.

  2. This is also one of my favorite!

  3. I am so glad my school was not full of crazy. We had a read out loud club for Harry Potter, for chrissakes! I am with you on this being a life changing book. Every time I read HP I get something new out of it.

  4. I love this one so much. I can't say it was the first one i read (That title goes to a few chapters the second one), but it was the first full one i finished. (My mother was one of the ones banning it without reading it. I'm so glad i took the baby sitting job that allowed me to be introduced to the series).


  5. I didn't read this series until I was an adult. They came out when I was in middle school and high school, but for some reason I just never got to them.

    Then one day I'm out shopping at yard sales and there's the first two books-for a $1! I bought them and read them and now own the whole set! I work with young teen girls and can't seem to get them interested in these books though, I think their size is to daunting for them.


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