Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

Title: Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone
Author: J.K. Rowling 
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: June 30, 1997
paperback, 312 pages
ISBN: 0-590-35342-X

SummaryHarry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility. 
All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley--a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry's room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in eleven years. 
But all of that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry--and anyone who reads about him--will find unforgettable. 
For it's there that he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic in everything from classes to meals, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him...if Harry can survive the encounter.

Harry Potter has been around for some time.  I know many of you have probably read and reread all of these books. However this is my first time. It's true. I have seen the movie many times so I am familiar with the story line. However it is my personal belief that the book is always better than the movie and in this case I am right. Don't get me wrong, I love the movie but it can only capture so much. I liked this book from the first chapter. J.K. Rowling set up the story so nicely.  From the start I knew that the Dursley's were the most awful people imaginable, something big and wonderful has happened but also something tragic, and Harry Potter is at the center of it. The story is gripping. There is so much going on around Harry that he doesn't know about. I loved how J.K. Rowling expresses Harry's wonder at it all.  The way he reacts to this magically world is endearing.  I also love J.K. Rowling's humor. So many times in this book, I found myself laughing at something a character said or did. 
I love, love, love the characters in this story. Even the ones I hate, I love to hate. My favorite characters so far are Fred and George. They are brilliant. I want to be adopted into the Weasley family. Overall this is a great book to start off the series. I look forward to reading the next book, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

I'm reading this book as part of the Harry Potter Reading Challenge 2011. If you would like to join this challenge, sign up here. If you have a review you'd like to link up, click here.

*picture and summary taken from GoodReads


  1. Oh yay! I'm so glad you loved it! Aren't her characters amazing?!

  2. Congratulations on breaking into the bookish world of Harry Potter...in other words...YAY you're reading it! ^_^ It's a great series...GREAT. The movies are all good and well, but the books take the cake (with pumpkin juice) here...no competition, they win hands down. Can't wait to see what you think of the next one. Happy reading!

  3. So glad you are enjoying them!

  4. Great review!! Ive been wanting to read the Harry Potter series...Ecckk I know I have not even read it yet!!! And I call myself a reader of YA

  5. I am jealous of the joy you are about to have in reading all the other 6 books right away. Can't wait to see who your most favorite character is by the time you are done with all the books.

  6. I'm so glad your liking the series! I told you you would!! (on twitter!)
    If you look the characters now just wait until futher into the series' I think you'll love Luna for sure! :D

  7. HaHa! I'm definitely signing up soon ... reading the reviews has weakened my resolve to put off my re-read until a bit nearer to the last movie date :-)


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