Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter is an ordinary boy who lives in a cupboard under the stairs at his Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon's house, which he thinks is normal for someone like him who's parents have been killed in a 'car crash'. He is bullied by them and his fat, spoilt cousin Dudley, and lives a very unremarkable life with only the odd hiccup (like his hair growing back overnight!) to cause him much to think about. That is until an owl turns up with a letter addressed to Harry and all hell breaks loose! He is literally rescued by a world where nothing is as it seems and magic lessons are the order of the day. Read and find out how Harry discovers his true heritage at Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft, the reason behind his parents mysterious death, who is out to kill him, and how he uncovers the most amazing secret of all time, the fabled Philosopher's Stone! All this and muggles too. Now, what are they?


Reviewed: 2016-06-22
There's probably not much left to say about the Harry Potter books, so I'll keep it short and sweet. This is the first novel in the series and it's much shorter than the following novels, which is a bit strange considering this is our introduction to the world of Harry and his friends.

These books are great light reads and I think it's a shame that some people avoid them simply because they're so popular. The fourth book had been out for a couple of years before I finally read them and I'm so glad I did.

If you've been even mildly interested in reading these books but have refused to because you don't want to be like everyone else, well, it's your loss!
Reviewed: 2016-03-04
Harry Potter will forever be my favorite series. Describing this story without giving it away is almost impossible. Harry, on his 11th birthday learns he is a wizard. He gets this news from Hagrid, game keeper of Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry goes to Hogwarts to learn magic. Here he meets his best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Grainger. The battle of good and evil commences.

Harry struggles against the trouble he blunders into, and the trouble he gets himself into by following his instincts. He makes mistakes, and finds his stride. He goes through many of the same things all children go through with teachers that like them and teachers that don't.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone is an all round feel good kind of book.

I recommend this book to anyone looking for books they can read to and with their children. I believe the first time I read this book with my son he was 8 years old. He is now 22. It has continued to be a favorite as I have now read it with each of my children, and look forward to when I get to read it to my grandchildren.
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