Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K. Rowling

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; 1st edition (September 8, 1999)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0439708184
ISBN-13: 978-0590353427
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Harry Potter – 11 Year Old Wizard to be.
Hermione Granger – A female classmate of Harry’s.
Ron Weasley – A male classmate and one of Harry’s best friends.


Harry Potter was dropped on the doorstep of his Aunt and Uncle Dursley’s house as a baby. No One has ever told him about his parents. His Aunt and Uncle care very little about him, to the point they make him live in a small cupboard beneath the stairs. Then as Harry approaches his 11th birthday strange things happen. Harry is about to begin on an adventure that will change his life.


My first exposure to all things Harry Potter was through the movies. I hadn’t read the books. At the time they just seemed to large and bulky for me, and there were just so many of them. Then I bought a nook. I’d made up my mind that if the books ever became available, I’d get them and read them. Suddenly this year, Ms. Rowling announced that the whole Harry Potter series would be available in ebook format.

Reading the book I was drawn into Harry’s world. There were areas that were touched on moreso than the movies that gave me more details on what was going on. The author did a great job of following the classic hero’s journey of literature.

The characters were extremely well developed, the scenes were exciting. There was humor and you just liked Harry so much that you wanted him to succeed. If you’ve seen the movies, then there isn’t much that happens in the books that would come as a surprise, and that perhaps is my biggest regret, that I don’t get to experience them firsthand through the written word.

I’d say this book is good for all ages, though some parents may not wish for their children to read it due to the use of magic and witchcraft. If however, you don’t mind your child reading fantasy type books such as the Wizard of Oz or Lord of the Rings, then definitely pick this up. I look forward to rejoining Harry soon for book 2.

About the Author

J.K. Rowling was a struggling single mother when she wrote the beginning of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, on scraps of paper at a local cafe. But her efforts soon paid off, as she received an unprecedented award from the Scottish Arts Council enabling her to finish the book. Since then, the debut novel has become an international phenomenon, garnering rave reviews and major awards, including the British Book Awards Chidren’s Book of the Year and the Smarties Prize. Ms. Rowling lives in Edinburgh with her daughter.

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