Bibliography: Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Illustrated by Mary GrandPre. Scholastic Inc., 1997. 309 pages. Tr. $6.99, ISBN 078-0-7300699-1
Plot: Harry Potter is the sole survivor of the infamous Voldemort, dark wizard, but he doesn’t know it quite yet. After Voldemort killed Harry’s parents he was sent to live with his horrible aunt and uncle, the Dursley’s, until his eleventh birthday. Now he gets to go to wizard’s school, where he meets new friends Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger. Together they end up in Gryffindor Tower and the dangerous adventures to fight off Voldemort and survive begin. In The Sorcerer’s Stone they must save the stone before somebody steals it. Harry suspects it might be Professor Snape after the stone because of his behavior towards Harry. But who’s really behind it? Harry, Ron, and Hermione each get to practice some of their strengths in magic while searching for the stone.
Review: This is the first book in the Harry Potter series. Rowling has created a lasting series that is great for young and adult readers. Harry Potter is magical and extraordinary, where wizards do not generally mingle with non-wizards, but hide in the background secretly protecting them. Voldemort, the lead antagonist, has created havoc among the wizards, and Harry and is friends come to the rescue. This story is fast-paced, easy to read, and a fun adventure that continues to progress as the series goes on. In this first segment Harry, Ron and Hermione experience their first real fight against the dark wizards. This is only their first stumble upon misfortune that they will experience.
Reading Level: 5.3, Interest Level: 5-8 graders
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Reader’s Advisory: The first book in a 7 book series. In my opinion they get progressively better as they go. They were also made into films, the last book being split in two; eight films total. Although the books are better than the films, which generally seems to be the case. Winner of the 1997 Gold Medal Smarties Prize. Winner of the 1997 National Book Award (UK). A bestseller throughout the USA. This is a book that is hard to put down.