Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

by J. K. Rowling
Release date: 1997
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy, young adult
Tags: mythopoeic awards

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.

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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.
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