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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
By: J. K. Rowling
Pages: 310
Published: 1997
Genre(s): Fantasy
Young Adult
Rating: (45)


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In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry, an orphan, lives with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. One day just before his eleventh birthday, an owl tries to deliver a mysterious letter—the first of a sequence of events that end in Harry meeting a giant man named Hagrid. Hagrid explains Harry's history to him: When he was a baby, the Dark wizard,...

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JesusCage JesusCage

Jan 7th, 2019

Curmudgeon Curmudgeon

This is a great book for it's age group but someone needs to knock it down a peg or two on account to the plot being derivative. J.K. Rowling has picked a few chapters out of The Worst Witch and The Secret of Platform 13 and that annoys me. But there is a horde of fans who will compare this book to Pilgrim's Progress. J.K. Rowling's strong suit is her use of dialog though and the net result works for pre-teens.

Feb 12th, 2018

forline forline

Read the entire series to my boys---together and individually. Daughter was sadly not interested.

Jan 4th, 2018

Murfville Murfville

Aug 27th, 2017

justinwolfe82 justinwolfe82

A true young adult classic. Such a fun read and is a book that can be read over and over again.

Jul 14th, 2017

Spooky Spooky

Apr 30th, 2017

Portia Portia

Mar 13th, 2017

amessina3399 amessina3399

Jan 12th, 2017

Aaron Sztrakoniczky Aaron Sztrakoniczky

Everyone should try this.

Jun 1st, 2016

PrincessTeal PrincessTeal

i love the harry potter series! they are extremely fun!

Feb 7th, 2016

Whiteheart Whiteheart

Jan 28th, 2016

bryanoz bryanoz

Jun 23rd, 2015

HimePanic HimePanic

It's Harry Potter... What else it there to say? Gorgeous, brilliant book and an equally good series (if not better).

Mar 10th, 2015

LosWochos LosWochos

Jan 21st, 2015

jwk jwk

Dec 12th, 2014

lizpattillo lizpattillo

This series is very well thought out. A masterpiece!

Nov 26th, 2014

SueGoddess SueGoddess

This series is far more than children's literature. It is a fantasy for every age.

Jul 27th, 2014

acpac2004 acpac2004

Jul 25th, 2014

grandisson grandisson

A magical story that propulse you in another universe!

Jul 9th, 2014

weiqing weiqing

I enjoyed it a lot, funny and meaningful.

Jun 25th, 2014

bdubransky bdubransky

May 26th, 2014

kate27 kate27

This book is such a lovely book to read. I would recommend it to anyone! It's such a good book to read.

May 15th, 2014

sanayhs sanayhs

May 9th, 2014

laros76 laros76

Mar 20th, 2014

Lyricist Lyricist

Mar 18th, 2014

kum kum

Mar 2nd, 2014

abq22 abq22

Feb 27th, 2014

mperry2743 mperry2743

Colorful world beautifully created on the pages. Leisurely read to help the mind relax.

Dec 17th, 2013


Nov 17th, 2013

red13x red13x

Good books which get better as they go on.

Nov 6th, 2013

mendozaale mendozaale

Sep 15th, 2013

The_Boy_Who_Never_Lived The_Boy_Who_Never_Lived

My childhood...My favorite series of books...

Sep 2nd, 2013

dann dann

a brilliant story. it's so accessible, and has elements of everything. the books allow you, as the reader, to learn and grow with the characters, and i got sucked so deeply into the storyline, that i would rarely leave my room except to use the bathroom. so much better than the movies.

Aug 21st, 2013

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Aug 11th, 2013

janeb1711 janeb1711

Aug 5th, 2013

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Jul 31st, 2013

aola aola

Jul 21st, 2013

Bethanyjade. Bethanyjade.

Read the book before the film. The film miss so much important events and factors for dramatic effects, if you read the book first you will be a Potter fan for life. The first book is nice and short, an in depth introduction into Harry Potter, this book is the pathway into the depth and excitement of Hogwarts and a life of magic. Read it! You won't regret it.

Jul 3rd, 2013

Applejack Applejack

A fabulous beginning to a magical series. The characters tug your emotions in every direction. While the climax is not as action packed and exciting as the later books in the series, the characters are well established and the storyline is well set up to captivate you for a marvellous seven year journey.

Jun 5th, 2013

Fflwff Stwff Fflwff Stwff

This book is a masterpiece of children's fiction. It gave me a sense of escapism and strengthened my bond with Harry Potter (I feel connected to it because if it were real, the First Task from GoF would have been taking place the very moment I was born). Rowling has managed to capture childhood fantasy and games in a single novel, and for that, I thank her.

Mar 22nd, 2013

Alexander Supertramp II Alexander Supertramp II

Nostalgic to say the least

Mar 13th, 2013

dovahPEAR dovahPEAR

Built my childhood with magic and rebellious curiosity.

Mar 1st, 2013

matthewrparks matthewrparks

The beginning of one of the most epic and fantastical series ever published - what else is there to say?

Feb 25th, 2013

samaelro samaelro

Feb 15th, 2013

loonyluna1331 loonyluna1331

This book is obviously a classic for any Harry Potter fan out there. Though it is not the best book out of the series and though it is very much a kid's book, the story itself is still one that can appeal to readers of all ages.

Feb 3rd, 2013

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone appears on these lists...

4th on Books You Can't Live Without by The Guardian

22nd on The Big Read by BBC

25th on Top 100 Books by Harvard Book Store