Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone

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Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

“When a letter arrives for unhappy but ordinary Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is revealed to him. His parents were wizards, killed by a Dark Lord’s curse when Harry was just a baby, and which he somehow survived. Escaping from his unbearable Muggle guardians to Hogwarts, a wizarding school brimming with ghosts and enchantments, Harry stumbles into a sinister adventure when he finds a three-headed dog guarding a room on the third floor. Then he hears of a missing stone with astonishing powers which could be valuable, dangerous, or both.”

It was 2000 when I first read Harry Potter. My friend Super Suz recommended the series to me but I put off reading it for ages. I wasn’t into reading much young adult stuff back then and my argument for not reading them was that I wasn’t interested in reading children’s book. How book-snobbish of me.

It was around the time the first film was coming out and I was hearing a lot about the controversy that was being stirred up over witchcraft and censorship. Censorship and banning books is one of my pet issues so it piqued my interest in the books a bit more. I finally broke down and borrowed the first three books.

I read them all in less than a week! I couldn’t put them down. Didn’t want to put them down either! I was hooked from chapter one of the first book. I immediately told my mom that she needed to read them. After she read them, she and my daddy went to see the first movie. After they saw the movie Daddy decided to read the books as well. Now we’re all three addicted to the entire series.

I own several copies of all seven books. This edition of HP & TPS is a Bloomsbury edition that they put out to satisfy adult readers in the UK. Adults didn’t want to be seen on the train reading books with cartoon covers so they released these with adult covers to satisfy that audience. These editions are hard to find as they are only sold in the UK. I was able to get mine on eBay but even then they’re hard to find at a good price.

I read the entire series once a year. I always try to stretch it out and read one book a month so it’ll last for seven months, but I usually end up reading them all back to back and finishing them in a month or less.

Paperback
332 pages
Published July 10th 2004 by Bloomsbury Publishing (first published October 1st 1998)
ISBN13: 9780747574477
British Fantasy Award (1999), Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adolescent Literature (2008), British Book Award for Children’s Book of the Year (1998), Smarties Prize (1997), Prijs van de Nederlandse Kinderjury for 6-9 jaar en 10-12 jaar (2002)
Prijs van de Nederlandse Kinderjury for 6-9 jaar en 10-12 jaar (2002), American Booksellers Book Of The Year Award for Children (1999), West Australian Young Readers’ Book Award (WAYRBA) for Younger Readers (2000), Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Book Award (2001), South Carolina Book Award for Junior Book Award (2001), Grand Canyon Reader Award for Teen Book (2000), Charlotte Award (2000), Nene Award (2000), Massachusetts Children’s Book Award (2000), Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award (2001), Blue Hen Book Award for Chapter Book (2001), Nevada Young Readers’ Award for Young Reader Category (2000), Sasquatch Reading Award (2000), Golden Archer Award for Middle/Junior High (2000), Indian Paintbrush Book Award (2000), Carnegie Medal Nominee (1997), ALA’s Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults (1999)

5 stars

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6 thoughts on “Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone

  1. I just read the first book last month -my Mom is still pre-reading the second -she heard the series gets not so good for young kids after the first few – so she usually reads some things before me to make sure its OK. I heard the first 3 books are ok for young kids (I’m 9) -what do you think?

  2. I think it’s great that your mom pre-reads some books for you. Plus, she’s getting to read some really cool books that she might not have read otherwise. lol

    I think a lot depends on the maturity level of the individual kid. I would probably let my 9 year old read up through the third book, maybe the fourth. I think the biggest issue is that the kids in the books start to deal with emotions as they are getting older that younger children aren’t prepared to deal with yet.

    I would say as far as violence or anything goes, they aren’t any worse than the Percy Jackson series. It’s just the emotional part that I would be most concerned about, dealing with loss, etc.

    What did you think of the first book when you read it?

  3. The first book was good. My favorite character is Madame Hooch. What is yours? My mom surprised me by geting me the second book. I can’t wait to read The Chamber of Secrets. Did you know that Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was changed to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone?

  4. Professor Snape is probably my favorite character but I love so many of them it’s hard to pick just one. 🙂 I have several copies of the book as the Sorcerer’s Stone since that’s the way it was published in the United States. But I was able to find a copy online of the book sold only in England and it’s still titled as the Philosopher’s Stone. You’ll have to tell me how you like the Chamber of Secrets when you finish it. I’m going to be reading it again soon myself.

  5. I was in Europe when Order of the Phoenix was published and I had to get a copy, but the stores didn’t have them in the cities I was in. Finally, I found the book in Amsterdam and the woman asked if I’d like the children’s or adult’s version. Hmm, I thought Harry Potter was ‘mature’ so I thought I’d give it a try. I think the darker covers add to the story. It’s crazy, but I think it would be fun to own all the UK editions.

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