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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

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Exclusive Ravenclaw House Edition to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone – a highly collectable must-have for all Harry Potter fans!

Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw … Twenty years ago these magical words and many more flowed from a young writer’s pen, an orphan called Harry Potter was freed from th
Hardcover, 20th Anniversary Ravenclaw Edition, 368 pages
Published June 1st 2017 by Bloomsbury Children's Books
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amy ☂︎
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, buddy-read, favs, 2019, reread
can confirm that this is still the best book ever written. that’s it that’s the review
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: a-owned
This year was the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and these gorgeous books based on the HP houses where released. I wanted to have one and bought my first ever Harry Potter book! I wasn’t really planning on reading it since I don’t own the rest of the series and wanted to collect them first. But during a shelve re-organization I was left with this book in my hand and didn’t know where to put it. I sat down with the book in my hand and decided I could just have a little sneak peak at the info ov ...more
Jul 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The more I read it, the more I fall in love with it.
May 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I don't think there's much more I can add to a review that hasn't already been said before, and far more eloquently. Let's just say, this came out when I was 11. Harry was 11. He was, is and always will be, my childhood.
Eleanor (bookishcourtier)
Its Harry Potter. Inspirational, funny, magical, beautiful, everything you could ask for. What more do you need?
Amelia Oswald
This is one of my all time favorite. I have read this book like 3 times now. Still love it !!
Update 31/01/2018
Almost a month and I have finally finished this !! This is my 4th time reread this book. And my love for this book, oh it's still here. I still love Hermione, the plot, Hogwarts and Ravenclaw house not so much with Harry though
June 2020 update: resharing this because seriously, fuck JK TERFing.

I'm stealing the idea from Kai's review and adding recommendations to my most anticipated/favourite and just all the books that are on my radar that are by transgender, genderqueer and nonbinary authors to say a big FUCK OFF to transphobia.

I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver ( click here to read my review )

The Black Tides of Heaven by J.Y. Yang; you can read my review here (honestly you should check out this whole series bec
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the very first Harry Potter book so special editions have been released and of course I pre-ordered them months ago.

The story is the original one that we all know about. No amendments there, which is largely due to the fact that we experience stuff from Harry's POV so we only get to see certain common rooms at certain moments in the story.
Therefore, I'd like to conentrate on the extra content in each version as well as the GORGEOUS illustrations:
Every book
Lizzy Reads
Harry Potter is good as always, of course it has its problems but I still love it.
Lucie, 18 years old, finally read the first book of the Harry Potter series for the very first time.
She feels terrible because she loved it, and wonders why she waited so long to read it.
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is actually only the second time I’ve ever read this book! Which is wild because I’ve been obsessed with HP since I was about 6 years old (I know all the movies off by heart because I’ve seen them about a thousand times each).

I felt so much nostalgia reading this. I fell in love with the characters and the magic all over again. It doesn’t matter what nonsense JK Rowling is talking about out in the real world, the original Harry Potter books will always have a special place in my heart 💕
Still a favorite! I LOVE the Ravenclaw elements of this edition.
Emma Wallace
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This will always be a beautiful, even emotionally charged reading experience for me and, i know, for everyone else, who had their imagination inspired and their reading appetite expanded by an encounter with Harry Potter when they were younger. Reading this story will always produce feelings of nostalgia and belonging and no matter how advanced or wide ranging my tastes in reading now are this will forever be a masterpiece to me! I know I will not add anything new to this discussion but this wor ...more
Christina (Christina's Book Corner)
This book is about a boy named Harry potter his parents died when he was younger he has and aunt and uncle who hate him and a cousin that thinks he's a freak and then one day he receives a letter and finds out that he's a wizard and he is going to hogwarts and at hogwarts he meets allot of people his friends Ron Wesley and Hermione granger and there is the sorcerer's stone that gives people to live forever can't wait to read the second book.
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Even more brilliant in its original British form. And the actual book is beautiful. The colored pages catch the eye and the illustrations are lovely. I can't wait to collect the rest of the Ravenclaw editions as they come out.

Jennifer Louise
5/28/18 - this just made me realize how many little details I had forgotten, and now I need to re-read the whole series again.
Colleen Earle
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
April 2020
According to Goodreads this was the 8th time that I read this book.
As I stated at the beginning of this reading, I was going to listen along with Harry Potter and the Sacred Text podcast, and it has been an absolutely delightful time. I like being able to enjoy the story and then having 30 minutes afterwards to think deeply about what happened. I would highly recommend this method of reading the text to anyone who is looking to revisit this magical world.
I've also only been r
Shivam Chaturvedi
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: my-library, fantasy
I've always found myself associating with House Ravenclaw, and so one day randomly browsing through Amazon, I came across this Gothic looking 20th anniversary edition cover of one of my favorites - it started the amazing Harry Potter journey over a decade ago afterall.

And so I obviously bought it, and when I found myself getting bored this weekend, I picked it up again. And what fun! The arrival of the Hogwarts letter, first time at Diagon Alley, Quidditch, Professor Snape, the mirror of Erised
George (BuriedInBooks)
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
I really enjoyed Harry Potter and the philosophers stone.

It’s easy to get into and isn’t too long, the book manages to hold your attention until the end and leaves you wanting to read the next in the series.

Young Harry Potter doesn’t know he’s a wizard until one fateful night, soon he’s whisked off the Hogwarts to begin his education in wizardry.

I would recommend this book to everyone not just Children and young adults. I give this book five stars because it’s easy to read and really makes
Jul 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
I will never get bored of this book. This must have been the 33rd read and it still gives me warm fuzzy feelings. It's the perfect gentle introduction to the Wizarding World. My heart will never not break, the moment when Harry sees his family in the Mirror of Erised.

Highlights of book one:

- Wizarding sweets feast on the train
- Learning about Quidditch
- Meeting Hagrid!
- Diagon Alley
- The potions riddle
Vereads (Verona)
Why didn't read this before?? I can't believe that It took me so long to pick up Harry Potter!! I love the movies but I love even more the book!! I wish I could live in this world the rest of my life! I don't want to visit any other world I would stay here forever!! OK... Probably I´ll visit other worlds cause I can´t help to pick up a book but the world of Harry Potter it'll become my permanent residence.

Steffi au Penguinbooks
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
"Yer a wizard, Harry".

Magical. This book is just wonderful.
Mira | I Read Like Phoebe Runs
I reread Harry Potter And the Philosopher's Stone in honor of the new rereading feature here on Goodreads. It's been a couple of years since I last read this, and I just seem to love the series more and more each time I read it.

It always takes me by surprise how unique, captivating and hilarious J.K. Rowling's writing is. "Philosopher's Stone" is so young and naive and clearly written for younger audience and I think that's the beauty of it. It introduces the main characters and Hogwarts in a v
Feb 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I love that even after all this time, it's still like coming home. I don't think it's perfect (Really, so many things that make ZERO sense...), nor do I particularly like Harry (yes. There. I said it 😁). But every time I re-read it I remember how it made me feel when I read it for the first time. It was the first book I ever truly lost myself in, the first book that transported me to another world, away from reality and the endless bullying at school. I still remember the shocked and amused look ...more
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
Literally as amazing as I remember it!!!!

I read this book in its Greek translation three years ago, even though they had done a good job translating it I believe that the original English version is the best. I recommend if you're not an English native speaker, but have the ability to read it in English, avoid the translation because a lot of the story gets lost. Now if the translation is the only way for you to read the book, it is still a good translation and although not completely accurate,
Jamie Coudeville
What else could I possibly say I haven't said before. Reading this is like coming home and I got very sad when I finished.

This is going to be so bad for my wallet.
Bailey Marissa
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm going to be reviewing the Ravenclaw house edition instead of the book because, honestly, we all know what the story's about.

It's a beautiful edition with a school map and fun facts about Ravenclaw. However, the blue on the dustcover looks almost purple next to the black.

Recommended 12+ for scary situations.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
So goodreads says this is the 3rd time I've read this but I'm pretty sure it's at least the 5th

Anyway it's amazing and I will read it another 50 times in the future but now I can't wait to continue on with the rest of series because it's been 3 years and that's way too long
Update: 11th June 2017 - bought and read the Ravenclaw edition.
Reread December 2016.
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Could I ever give it anything less?!
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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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