- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Press (17 April 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408865262
- ISBN-13: 978-1408865262
- Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 3.5 x 22.9 cm
- Customer Reviews: 1,547 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,10,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Gift Edition) Hardcover – 17 Apr 2015
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J.K. ROWLING is the author of the record-breaking, multi-award-winning Harry Potter novels. Loved by fans around the world, the series has sold over 450 million copies, been translated into 77 languages, and made into 8 blockbuster films. She has written three companion volumes in aid of charity: Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (in aid of Comic Relief); and The Tales of Beedle the Bard (in aid of Lumos). She is writing a film script inspired by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. She has received many awards and honours, including an OBE for services to children's literature, France's Légion d'Honneur, and the Hans Christian Andersen Award.
JIM KAY won the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2012 for his illustrations in A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. He studied illustration at the University of Westminster and since graduating has worked in the Library & Archives of Tate Britain and the Royal Botannic Gardens at Kew.
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Update 09/17: Just finished listening to this audio-book, and it was every bit as enjoyable as I had expected it to be, if not more.
I guess what made this experience better was the fact that it'd been quite some time since my last reading of Harry Potter, and the details had gotten kinda hazy in my mind, so it was almost like re-discovering one of my favorite stories of all time in a new format, which was an incredible experience.
Now did I get any new insights into the story? NO. But then I wasn't expecting to. Since I had read/re-read and dissected the initial HP books more times than I would like to admit, it would have been a miracle for me to find new information.
But you know what they say about re-reading a book that you truly love? You almost never leave empty handed from the experience.
I enjoyed re-discovering the wonder of Hogwarts, and all the firsts that Harry went through in this book, and also re-connecting with Ron, Hermoine, Neville, Dumbledore & everyone else really.
It was an interesting nostalgic experience, difficult to explain, but in a very weird way it was also almost like re-connecting with myself, with the person who I was all those years back, when I first read Harry Potter.
Strange how human mind works, right? Strange how these things called books hold so much more than the characters & stories written within them!
Recommendation (For Audio): Okay, as far as this book/series goes, of-course I recommend it to everyone on this planet, but I'd recommend the audio format only for re-reads.
I'm possibly biased here, but according to me this story unfolds best on paper, though like I said, this is not an objective opinion, so take it with a pinch of salt.
But for re-reads/listens, this version narrated by Jim Dale is pretty darn good, and does complete justice to the original, which is saying a lot.
-Shantala @ Shanaya Tales Dot Com
1) World Formation: The whole world building is mind-boggling. The wizarding world is very vast and intricately woven as it has witches, wizards, goblins, three-headed dog, dragon, centaurs, unicorns, and whatnot.
2) Characterization: All the characters have been well thought out. No character looked like it's only there as a page filler. The book is full of variety of characters from kind-hearted to mean bullies. Step by step building of friendship between the trio (Harry, Ron and Hermione) is just a sight to behold. The unfolding of characters such as Hermione (from bossy know-it-all to a kind soul who acknowledges the efforts of others) and Neville (who being scardy cat all the time, summons up the courage to take a stand against Draco's minions as well as his friends) is inexplicable and neatly done.
3) Writing: J.K. Rowling's writing is so vivid that you will wish you were a witch or wizard, too! Writing is simple which makes it easier to dive into. I love all the positivity spreading through her unique writing style and messages. Dersley family's characters is so well written that everyone abhor them to the core.
4) Plot: Plot is very unique and intriguing with fast-paced and gripping story. A great plot twist at the end is an add-on bonus. The clues are nicely linked with the each other and very detailed as compared to the movies.
1) I already watched all the movies before the book. Big mistake. So, plot twist at the end was a dead giveaway for me.
2) The book is very similar to the movie, so i didn't get to enjoy as much as i should've. Totally my fault!
Despite devouring the Harry Potter movie, i loved the book all the same. I recommend it to all the fantasy lovers out there. No matter what age group you belong to, this series is perfect for you. Highly recommended! 😊🙏