Review: Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's StoneTitle: Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone
Author: J.K. Rowling
Published: June 1997 (November 1998 in USA)
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Genre: Fantasy, YA, teen

Review: In Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone.  Our introduction to “The Boy Who Lived”, Quidditch, Hogwarts and the Hogwarts Express, platform 9 3/4, wizard chess, Albus Dumbledore, Rubeus Hagrid, Severus Snape, 4 Privet Drive, the Dursleys, Parseltongue, Diagon Alley, Gringots and its goblin bankers, chocolate frogs, Bernie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, myriad other teachers and classmates, and, of course, Lord Voldemort.

Infant Harry is deposited on his aunt’s doorstep after his parents are murdered.  About eleven years later, the much maligned Harry is invited to attend Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft where he meets his future best friends, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, and his nemesis, Draco Malfoy.

Once the introduction to the characters and the world take place, which takes about the first half of the book, the main plot line of the first book gets rolling along.  Harry, Ron, and Hermione work together to overcome a series of challenges and prevent Lord Voldemort from getting his hands on The Sorcerer’s Stone.

With this book being relatively short, I only had one Teaser Tuesday:

“But from that moment on, Hermione Granger became their friend.  There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.”

Bottom Line:
I enjoy every one of the books in the Harry Potter series, and while I like some of the stories in other books better than the Sorcerer’s Stone bit, it’s difficult to not hold this book up as one of my favorites simply because it introduces us to the magical world and wonderful characters.  This book is so easy to recommend to everyone, kids, teens, adults, fans of the genre or not.


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