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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

(Harry Potter #1)

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Harry Potter's life is miserable. His parents are dead and he's stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he's a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft ...more
Hardcover, Library Edition, 309 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by Scholastic Inc (first published June 26th 1997)
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The movies were quite good but the magic that's in the book just isn't there. I'm a huge HP fan and I'm pretty sure about this. Hope this hel…more
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The movies were quite good but the magic that's in the book just isn't there. I'm a huge HP fan and I'm pretty sure about this. Hope this helps!(less)
Jaden McNally I once heard an interview with someone saying that it was changed because they didn't think American children would want to read it as much if it had …moreI once heard an interview with someone saying that it was changed because they didn't think American children would want to read it as much if it had a long word like "Philosopher" in it. They thought "Sorcerer" would better catch the attention of young, American readers.

Oh, see this. This is hilarious. Apparently it is necessary now to change all of the books for American readers:

I found this on Tumblr. The link wouldn't connect here for some reason.

Since They changed Philosopher's Stone to Sorcerer's Stone for America, I decided to change the rest since us Americans are too dumb to understand the word philosopher:
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Miranda Reads
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Can you hear me screaming?

As expected, the illustrations brought this book to a whole new level. I legitimately want to buy another copy, solely to take it apart and frame it.

Each page is just bursting with new life. Honestly, how could you not love such beautiful ima
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Lora
Jun 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who is still waiting to read it
Recommended to Lora by: Tina, Morgan, my own curiosity
I'm going to keep this brief since there isn't much to say that hasn't already been said. *clears throat*
I think the reason I waited so long to read this series is because I just couldn't imagine myself enjoying reading about an eleven-year-old boy and his adventures at a school of wizardry. I thought it would be too juvenile for my taste. I was wrong, of course.
I can honestly say that I loved every minute of this. It's a spectacular little romp with funny, courageous, and endearing characters t
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★ Jess
My original review was a comparison of sorts between Harry Potter and Twilight. However, this is stupid as the two are incomparable. Honestly, its not even worth discussing. Its not just that Twilight doesn't come close, it is the fact that Harry Potter transcends other similar works. Its peerless. To quote Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction: It "ain't the same fuckin' ballpark, it ain't the same league, it ain't even the same fuckin' sport."

There was a day when I thought I needed to defend Harr
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Matthew
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of my first jobs was at a bookstore. When I was a kid my Mom would take me to the mall and I would spend tons of time hanging out at Waldenbooks (who here remembers Waldenbooks?) Right when I became legally old enough to work, I went in and submitted my application and a few weeks later I was selling literature to the masses.

Why do I tell you this story on this review, you ask? Well, at the time, young adult/teen literature consisted mainly of RL Stein, Christopher Pike, Beverly Cleary, Judy
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
Rereading for the 3rd time for the group read.

Once upon a time, there was a 10th grader named Khanh who didn't get along with people very well. She wasn't an outcast in school, and all the bullying and teasing stopped with the commencement of high school, but she had always been a bookworm and has generally preferred the company of her own thoughts.



Lunchtime had always been dedicated not to eating, but to sitting in the library, browsing through books.

(Not to worry, she got her nutrition in 5th
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Zoë
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will never ever rate this lower than 5 stars. BEAUTIFUL.
Navessa
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing

There are no words to do this book justice.
Jayson
(A-) 83% | Very Good
Notes: Despite a weak climax, it's a delightful read: an excellent introduction to its richly layered, wildly imaginative world.
Voldemort
Aug 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
This is a disgrace to all pure bloods. My head looked quite dashing on that strange professor's head.. If only I could have extended my stay. Harry Potter.. This is not over yet.
LilyCReads
I've FINALLY read a Harry Potter book!!!

(Watch my review here): https://youtu.be/oUZ0EMsggSk
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Sasha Alsberg
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Why the heck did I not read Harry Potter before now...its flipping magical (literally)!
Kai
Let's do this thing where we promote and recommend our favourite trans books/trans authors/trans book groups/trans booktubers/anything else to support trans, genderqueer, gender fluid and non-binary voices. I'll start:

The easiest way for us all to find trans literature is on Goodreads' Transgender Books page.

Some of my personal favourites are I Wish You All the Best, Nothing Ever Happens Here, Wain: LGBT reimaginings of Scottish folktales, Pet, I Was Born for This, Proud, and "I Will Not Be Eras
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Chelsea Humphrey
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Paige
Shelves: favorites
Third Re-read of the series, and this time I read the illustrated edition, which was pure magic. On to the next one!

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Original Review:

I read this book a couple of years ago and, for some unknown reason, never continued on. It was just as wonderfully magical as I remembered, a breath of fresh air during what is usually a stressful time of year for me. I have yet to find a story that feels so pure and childlike that appeals to such a broad range of people. There’s so
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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
***Because I got hate in the comments for OMG swearing in a children's book review (which I get, I guess...), DON'T READ THIS IF YOU ARE UNDER 18. Happy now, everyone?***

Well, I did it. I FINALLY read my first Harry Potter book...and in the same year as its 20th anniversary no less.


But better late than never, no?

Annnnd I already ordered the illustrated hardback.
And asked for the full hardcover set for Christmas.
From my dad.
Because nothing says, “I’m a thirty-fucking-five-year-old adult” like
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Jayson
(A-) 83% | Very Good
Notes: An effortless enchantment, it's lush with warmth and lore: seeded well, it casts a spell, and leaves you wanting more.
Victoria Schwab
Nov 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Doing a listen of the entire series, Stephen Fry edition.
Mohammed Arabey
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's Always Great, Coming back Home..

There's a reason us, the Fans, feel that we're connected, no matter where we from, different culture, ethics, ages..we're all graduated from there..

..Hogwarts.. even like we were in same class,classmates, no matter which edition we read..

..Cause Harry Potter is not just a story..it's a Life..

The Boy Who Saved Flourished the Book Industry
It's One of the most important novels in modern history, Sorry, it's The Most Important ONE.
This Review also for those who
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Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
I have absolutley no idea why goodreads deleted my review AND rating but thankfully I still had it saved! So here it is again, may it stick around this time!

”It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.”

Okay, here’s the thing: There are already 96.502 reviews about this book on goodreads and I think it’s safe to say that mine will carry no weight. *lol*
So I decided to make this a short “my thoughts about this book” review. ;-P

1.) ”Thirty-six,” he said, looking up at his
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Where in shit’s ass is my review with all of the pics of the illustrations from the book in it!! Rat bastards!!

Anyhoo, reread on Audible 😘



Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
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Stephen
On my list of reasons why my daughters are the bestest thing to ever happen to me, Number 14,577 is that they gave me, at 41 years old, the perfect excuse to revisit the Harry Potter series.

When my oldest angel told me she wanted to start reading the Harry Potter books, I couldn’t have been happier. As I was collecting all seven volumes off the shelf to bring up to her room, I started feeling nostalgic for the whole Hogwarts gang, and I realized that I’d never done more than a perfunctory revie
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Cindy
Jan 30, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was okay. I didn't hate it or love it either way, though towards the end I realized how lukewarm I felt about the story since I would prefer to read any other book I had on hand. I appreciate the level of novelty in the world-building during the time this was first published. The friendship between the trio is cute. Hermione and Ron are fun characters and I might have enjoyed the book more if they had been the main protagonists. Downsides: I cringed at the excessive fatphobia, anti-sem ...more
elena
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
❝This boy will be famous. There won't be a child in our world who doesn't know his name.❞


Everyone grew up with Harry Potter. They read all the books when they were young and watched all the films. They would re-watch and re-read them. They would fall in love with the Wizarding World and would completely adore Harry, Ron, and Hermione. They would talk about them non stop, about Hogwarts, about its teachings, about them wanting to become students there and pretending they are, about joining th
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K.D. Absolutely
Jan 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to K.D. by: Purplycookie, Jzhun and Ruby
Shelves: childrens, 501
How can more than half of my Goodreads friends be wrong with this?

I have to get this right. As of this writing, I have 98 Goodreads friends. 61 (62%) of them have read J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Out of those who read this, 39 (64%) rated this with 5 stars. 11 of them with 4 stars. All the others gave 3 or 2. Only 2 rated this with 1 star. One of them admitted not being able to finish it. She should not have rated it really since she did not read its entirety. (But she
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Mark Lawrence
Nov 06, 2010 rated it liked it
Publishers have my sympathy. If I try to put myself in the place of an editor picking this manuscript from the pile I can say with some certainty that I would not have recognized it as the ticket to a multi-billion dollar prize. I would have thought to myself that it was a good fun read, revisiting the magic-school trope and doing a fine job for children in the 8 to 12 range. If I hadn't had anything better land on my desk I might have published it, but then again, like quite a number of publish ...more
Luca Ambrosino
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ALL
ENGLISH (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone) / ITALIANO


Let me dream.

I'm reading for the first time this book to my daughter (6 years old), but for me (37 years old) it's the third time I read "Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone". Everyone should read this book, if only to realize why the phenomenon "Harry Potter" has spread. With an essential and enjoyable style, J.K. Rowling catapults the reader into a fantasy world, populated by wizards and flying broomsticks, unicorns and talking

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Harold Bloom
May 29, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: children, the carrion-eaters of scholarship
Shelves: therabblement
Can 35 Million Book Buyers Be Wrong? Yes.

Taking arms against Harry Potter, at this moment, is to emulate Hamlet taking arms against a sea of troubles. By opposing the sea, you won't end it. The Harry Potter epiphenomenon will go on, doubtless for some time, as J. R. R. Tolkien did, and then wane.

The official newspaper of our dominant counter-culture, The New York Times, has been startled by the Potter books into establishing a new policy for its not very literate book review. Rather than crowd o
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone = Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1), J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is a fantasy novel written by British author J. K. Rowling. It is the first novel in the Harry Potter series and Rowling's debut novel, first published in 1997 by Bloomsbury. It was published in the United States as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by Scholastic Corporation in 1998.

The plot follows Harry Potter, a young wizard who discove
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Wil Wheaton
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As wonderful and magical as promised. Because I didn't remember the movie, the third act of the book was a delightful surprise to me.

I wish I'd had this book when I was a kid, because the idea that someone could be special without knowing it, and then get to visit a special world where the things that made him different were the same things that made him awesome would have been really inspiring to me.

Anne's finishing this, too, and I have to wait for her before I start in on the second book ...
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Jennifer
Oct 23, 2007 marked it as to-read
Shelves: fiction-is-fun
Yes, I've been living under a rock.
Caz (littlebookowl)
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, re-read
Re-read again, this time it was the illustrated edition!
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Although she writes under the pen name J.K. Rowling, pronounced like rolling, her name when her first Harry Potter book was published was simply Joanne Rowling. Anticipating that the target audience of young boys might not want to read a book written by a woman, her publishers demanded that she use two initials, rather than her full name. As she had no middle name, she ch
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