Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Harry Potter's life is miserable. His par. Magical start of the fantastic boy-wizard series. Read Common Sense Media's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone review, age rating, and parents guide. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book Review). This book was written by J.K. Rowling. The genre of this book is fiction. This is a story about Harry Potter.
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Emilypotter: 'I love this book SO much because when you are reading it, you feel like you are inside the book'. All current reviews of Harry Potter books should probably be addressed to some future audience for whom Harry is book rather than. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is definitely the eighth book in the Harry Potter series, picking up from where we left – nineteen years after.
Rowling; illus. He sleeps in the broom cupboard under the stairs and is treated as a slave by his aunt and uncle. On his eleventh birthday, mysterious missives begin arriving for him, culminating eventually in the arrival of a giant named Hagrid, who has come to escort him to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry learns that his parents died saving him from an evil sorcerer and that he himself is destined to be a wizard of great power. Hogwarts is the typical British public school, with much emphasis placed on games and the honor of the Houses. He makes friends and enemies , goes through dangerous and exciting adventures, and justifies the hopeful predictions about him.
I thought I loved the Harry Potter books when I first read them, but when I bought the illustrated version The fully illustrated Philosopher's Stone still has all the wonder and amazement as the boy-turned-wizard embarks on a harrowing 7-book-adventure and the illustrations bring a whole new dimension.
Seriously, I can't emphasize enough how much I love this book. Just look at these images - they're magnificent: Hogwarts, Hogwarts. Hoggy Hoggy warty warts. Just look at sad, tiny Harry. Don't worry kid - life will get better!
Not only are these full-color, high quality images but there are so many of them. Often, illustrated books have a picture here or there but not HP. There's pages and pages of pictures like this - and often the pages without full-sized images will have a small illustrations here and there between the large ones.
Words cannot express how highly I recommend this one. If you haven't read HP recently I strongly urge you to check out this book. Lord Voldemort has completed his ascension to power and gained control of the Ministry of Magic.
Harry, Ron and Hermione drop out of school so that they can find and destroy Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes.
To ensure their own safety as well as that of their family and friends, they are forced to isolate themselves. A ghoul pretends to be Ron ill with a contagious disease, Harry and the Dursleys separate, and Hermione wipes her parents' memories and sends them abroad. As the trio searches for the Horcruxes, they learn details about an ancient prophecy of the Deathly Hallows, three legendary items that when united under one Keeper, would supposedly allow that person to be the Master of Death.
Harry discovers his handy Invisibility Cloak to be one of those items, and Voldemort to be searching for another: the Elder Wand, the most powerful wand in history. At the end of the book, Harry and his friends learn about Dumbledore's past, as well as Snape's true motives — he had worked on Dumbledore's behalf since the murder of Harry's mother.
Eventually, Snape is killed by Voldemort out of paranoia. The book culminates in the Battle of Hogwarts. Harry, Ron and Hermione, in conjunction with members of the Order of the Phoenix and many of the teachers and students, defend Hogwarts from Voldemort, his Death Eaters, and various dangerous magical creatures. Several major characters are killed in the first wave of the battle, including Remus Lupin and Fred Weasley , Ron's older brother.
After learning that he himself is a Horcrux, Harry surrenders himself to Voldemort in the Forbidden Forest, who casts a killing curse Avada Kedavra at him. The defenders of Hogwarts do not surrender after learning of Harry's presumed death and continue to fight on. Harry awakens and faces Voldemort, whose Horcruxes have all been destroyed. In the final battle, Voldemort's killing curse rebounds off Harry's defensive spell Expelliarmus , killing Voldemort.
An epilogue "Nineteen Years Later" set on 1 September  describes the lives of the surviving characters and the effects of Voldemort's death on the Wizarding World.
In the epilogue, Harry and Ginny are married with three children, and Ron and Hermione are married with two children. Rowling , Thorne and director John Tiffany. The script was released on 31 July The play's official synopsis was released on 23 October  It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
In-universe books See also: J. Proceeds from the sale of these two books benefited the charity Comic Relief.
The book was published internationally on 4 December The main purpose of the website was to allow the user to journey though the story with access to content not revealed by JK Rowling previously, with over 18, words of additional content. The site has been redesigned and it mainly focuses on the information already available, rather than exploration.
The novels fall within the genre of fantasy literature , and qualify as a type of fantasy called " urban fantasy ", "contemporary fantasy", or " low fantasy ". They are mainly dramas, and maintain a fairly serious and dark tone throughout, though they do contain some notable instances of tragicomedy and black humour.
In many respects, they are also examples of the bildungsroman , or coming of age novel,  and contain elements of mystery , adventure, horror , thriller , and romance. The books are also, in the words of Stephen King , "shrewd mystery tales",  and each book is constructed in the manner of a Sherlock Holmes -style mystery adventure. The stories are told from a third person limited point of view with very few exceptions such as the opening chapters of Philosopher's Stone , Goblet of Fire and Deathly Hallows and the first two chapters of Half-Blood Prince.
Clare's and the Naughtiest Girl series, and Frank Richards's Billy Bunter novels: the Harry Potter books are predominantly set in Hogwarts , a fictional British boarding school for wizards, where the curriculum includes the use of magic. Hogwarts resembles a medieval university-cum-castle with several professors who belonging to an Order of Merlin; Old Professor Binns still lectures about the International Warlock Convention of ; and a real historical person, a 14th century scribe Sir Nicolas Flamel , is described as a holder of the Philosopher's Stone.
Harry struggles with the problems he encounters, and dealing with them often involves the need to violate some school rules. If students are caught breaking rules, they are often disciplined by Hogwarts professors.
The stories reach their climax in the summer term , near or just after final exams , when events escalate far beyond in-school squabbles and struggles, and Harry must confront either Voldemort or one of his followers, the Death Eaters , with the stakes a matter of life and death — a point underlined, as the series progresses, by characters being killed in each of the final four books.
They open with the death of Harry's parents. There is Voldemort's obsession with conquering death and his quest for immortality at any price, the goal of anyone with magic. I so understand why Voldemort wants to conquer death.
We're all frightened of it. Living after death", which Rowling states is "one of the central foundations of resurrection theology " and that these bible verses "epitomize the whole series". In the seventh novel, Harry speaks with and questions the deceased Dumbledore much like a person of faith would talk to and question God. Themes such as normality , oppression, survival, and overcoming imposing odds have all been considered as prevalent throughout the series.
Rowling has also been praised for her nuanced depiction of the ways in which death and violence affects youth, and humanity as a whole. The key for her was the choice between what is right and what is easy, "because that Rowling gives an account of the experience on her website saying:  I had been writing almost continuously since the age of six but I had never been so excited about an idea before.
I simply sat and thought, for four delayed train hours, and all the details bubbled up in my brain, and this scrawny, black-haired, bespectacled boy who did not know he was a wizard became more and more real to me.
Rowling completed Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in and the manuscript was sent off to several prospective agents. Publishing history The novelist, J.
She elected to use J. Rowling Joanne Kathleen Rowling , using her grandmother's name as her second name because she has no middle name.
The first volume has been translated into Latin and even Ancient Greek ,  making it the longest published work in Ancient Greek since the novels of Heliodorus of Emesa in the 3rd century AD. The Turkish translation of books two to seven was undertaken by Sevin Okyay , a popular literary critic and cultural commentator. This led to more and more copies of the English editions being sold to impatient fans in non-English speaking countries; for example, such was the clamour to read the fifth book that its English language edition became the first English-language book ever to top the best-seller list in France.
The book itself was finished on 11 January in the Balmoral Hotel , Edinburgh, where she scrawled a message on the back of a bust of Hermes. It read: "J. On 28 March , the cover art for the Bloomsbury Adult and Child versions and the Scholastic version were released. These covers were created by first Cliff Wright and then Jason Cockroft.
These initially used black-and-white photographic art for the covers showing objects from the books including a very American Hogwarts Express without depicting people, but later shifted to partial colourisation with a picture of Slytherin's locket on the cover of the final book.
The events, commonly featuring mock sorting, games, face painting, and other live entertainment have achieved popularity with Potter fans and have been highly successful in attracting fans and selling books with nearly nine million of the The word Muggle has spread beyond its Harry Potter origins, becoming one of few pop culture words to land in the Oxford English Dictionary.
Both MuggleCast and PotterCast  have reached the top spot of iTunes podcast rankings and have been polled one of the top 50 favourite podcasts.