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

Previously unpublished, JK Rowling has become a household name with her record-breaking hit series, featuring a wizard named Harry Potter.

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


  • Hardcover: 309 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.02 x 9.28 x 6.32
  • Publisher: Scholastic; (September 1998)
  • ISBN: 0590353403

    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. (Ages 8 to 13) --Karin Snelson

    Amazon.com Audiobook Review
    The amazing popularity of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone means that now even Muggles know about the Leaky Cauldron, Diagon Alley, and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Whether or not you've read about Harry, this unabridged audiobook brings his world to life. Reader Jim Dale brings an excellent range of voices to the characters, from well-meaning Hermione's soft, earnest voice to Malfoy's nasal droning; from Professor McGonagall's crisp brogue to Hagrid's broad Somerset accent;...
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    Reader Reviews
    'Harry Potter and the Pilosophers Stone', October 7, 2003 Reviewer: An Amazon.com Customer Harry Potter is young boy who lives in the cupboard, under the stairs. Harry is made to live here by orders of his Aunt and Uncle, because his mother and father died in which leaving Harry with this horrible family. Harry is bullied by his over weight and spoilt cousin Dudley and is severly mistreated by his Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon. But then, things start to change Harry Potter finds out that there IS such a thing called magic and is told he is to go to the school of Witch craft and wizardry a place called 'Hogwarts', Harry Potter is free from the 'muggles' and their torture. Harry Potter also finds out that he is famous through out the magical world. Harry makes his friends and enemies. Together Harry Potter and friends are off on a big Adventure. This is my first favourite book because it is full of exciting, adventurous action and it is truly magical, and when a book is magical anything can happen. I really love this book.

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