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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone(Harry Potter, #1)
Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy – until he is rescued by a beetle eyed giant of a man, enrols at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, learns to play Quidditch and does battle in a deadly duel. All because Harry Potter is a wizard! Follow the adventures of Harry Potter as he discovers the magical, the dangerous, the unpredictable world of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Note: This book came out with different titles in the UK and in the US. In the UK, and in most other English editions, it was named Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. But the US publisher wanted to change name to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, because they felt that audience would not have sufficient background into classical mythology to know what the Philosopher's Stone was. Rowling claims she now regrets the change and would have fought if she had been in a better position at the time.
The Saga of Harry Potter started in Philosopher's/Sorcerer's stone. This is the First book. Without this book, and people who read and bought this, we wouldn't have other Potters to read. It's not a bad achievement. ;)
So, I like this book. It's not my favourite one, but it's a very good book and a lot better than Harry Potter 2 or 3 or 4. Number 5 (Order of phoenix) is just like this (good), and the others too. :)
And what's the Thing in these books? Why so many people are crazy about these? I have no simple answer, but I have two little things why I like Potters so much.
The World is the thing number one. Hogwarts, Quidditch, Diagon Alley... It's so big, detailed... and reader knows a lot of things about J.K. Rowling's world without reading about these things. I mean, that thigs somehow come to your mind along the way, and that's how the world starts to live. More important is what author doesn't tell and you still know/guess them than what she tells and you know that way. That's because the most important information is hidden between the lines, instead of author saying it straight.
The Thing number two is characters. Maybe a boy like Potter isn't very unique character in fantasy, but in the books are also many minor characters who are captivating and beautifully made. For example Luna Lovegood.
Philosopher's stone starts with prologue. There are archenemy who kills little boy's parents and tries to kill the Boy also but fails. The enemy dies for a while, and the boy who stayed alive gets a lightning-blot-shaped scar in his forehead. That's the beginning.
Book tells the story of Harry Potter's first year in witches' and wizards' school. He meets new friends and other caharacters, good and evil ones... and so the story goes on.
This book will do nicely for teens and children, and I'm sure that some adults can enjoy it like their children do. :) Maybe not everyone, but some.
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Before I say anything else, I'd like to mention that you either like or you dislike J.K. Rowling and her Harry Potter books. I personally dislike them and prefer other fantasy books.
This first book of the famous Harry Potter series is a weak and disappointing book in every possible way. The writing is bad, the characters are too simple and problems are solved too easily for my taste.
This book is suitable for children and young adults, because it's a good children's book, but adults should find other books to read.
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Despite it being a few years since I enjoyed this book, i can say Its well written so an intelligent 5th grader can understand (but not fully)and i enjoyed it. I remember thinking why was Harry's aunt such a "mean lady". Then my grandmother, who got me into the series, said the mother and aunt didn't get along. Ever since I've made a better effort to get along with my brother. This is a novel, a story. A good story has a good moral/lesson. That was the lesson I learned.