I read this book many, many years ago and did a little re-read recently. And still, I am thrilled about this orphan boy and his world. The magic and fantasy got me again within no time and to see all the places Harry goes was again, just great. Yes, I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan.

Harry Potter And The Philosopher´s Stone
by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter Series #1
Publisher Bloomsbury on June 26, 1997
Genre Children 8+
Pages 223
Format Hardcover
Source Purchased

Harry had thought he was a perfectly normal boy. But on his eleventh birthday, he learns that he is to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He learns the craft of magic and witchcraft in odd school subjects like Potions and Transfiguration, and one adventure follows another. He must defend himself against beasts, classmates, and mythical creatures. It's a good thing that he soon finds friends who will stand by his side in the fight against the dark forces.
Harry Potter, an orphan, is raised by his relatives, the Dursleys. One day a letter arrives for Harry. Nothing unusual, except that Harry has never received a letter. From then on, his aunt Petunia and his uncle Vernon act even more strangely than usual and do everything they can to prevent Harry from getting his hands on that one letter. In a crooked and draughty little hut somewhere on the coast, Harry finally learns to his boundless astonishment that he is a wizard and is soon expected at Hogwarts, the school of magic and witchcraft, to learn all about it. Despite the Dursleys' opposition, Harry arrives at Hogwarts and must come to terms not only with the fact that he is a celebrity in the wizarding world, but also that there is a lot of stuff there that he was previously unaware of. Quidditch, Potions, Transfiguration, all these things are foreign to him. Thank God, however, he has found a friend in Ron, a boy from a wizarding family, who will patiently explain things to him, and in Hermione, a witch of Muggle parents, a friend who is not only extremely smart but also very well-read. Together they discover the magical world of sorcery and soon find themselves in the middle of a great adventure with beasts, tricky puzzles, and envious classmates.

Joanne K. Rowling's language is simple and straightforward. With just a few words, the author has conjured up an imaginative and entertaining story that is varied and exciting at the same time.

The characters are lively and imaginative and act with a lot of humor, wit, and creativity. It's a delight to see how each character behaves or even speaks at times, and it's fun to work with Harry, Ron, and Hermione to experience and work through all the little everyday problems that the wizarding world has in store for them.

An absolutely successful children's book, which also offers adults an entertaining reading pleasure and does not allow boredom to arise. If you haven´t read the Harry Potter books yet, I suggest you get going. They will give you the ride of a lifetime.

Happy reading

J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling ©Mary McCartney

J.K. Rowling is the author of the bestselling Harry Potter series of seven books, published between 1997 and 2007, which have sold over 450 million copies worldwide, are distributed in more than 200 territories, translated into 73 languages, and have been turned into eight blockbuster films. She has also written two small volumes, which appear as the titles of Harry´s schoolbooks within the novels. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages were published by Bloomsbury Children´s Books in March 2001 in aid of Comic Relief. In December 2008, The Tales of Beedle the Bard was published in aid of her Children´s charity Lumos and quickly became the fastest selling book of the year.


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