- Reading level: 9 - 12 years
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books; 2011 edition (3 September 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781408855652
- ISBN-13: 978-1408855652
- ASIN: 1408855658
- Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 2.3 x 13 cm
- Customer Reviews: 8,467 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Paperback – 3 September 2014
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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! 😊🙏
ANVEE SONTAKKE ....
This book is ideal for everyone and specially for kids. The cover is very beautiful. Definitely go for it.
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The artwork on the cover is so much better than the original book which is red. There are illustrations around the chapter headings too which adds a special something. The paper in this book is a lot firmer and of better quality. It's bigger in length than my original one by about 100 pages but that's probably just a printing difference. There isn't anything additional. I think there was a map in the front of mine but I 'm unsure.
Fab read of course.
My Granddaughter is 8yrs old but her 12 year old cousin has read all bar books 6 &7 and she thinks she can too. I'm sure if she finds them hard to understand then she will stop reading them. I'm happy she's reading, she's happy to read H.P. & the Philosophers Stone. All is well!
I just love this book right from the start and even though it isn't as exciting and edge of your seat as the other books are, yet there is that excitement you feel along with Harry in Chapter 4 when Hagrid turns up in the shack during the storm to give him the good news and I don't think any Harry Potter fan could ever fail to feel the excitement along with Harry as he and Hagrid go to Diagon Alley and he buys his books and other material he'll need for his time at Hogwarts. I love it when his vault at Gringots is opened and he sees all the money his parents have left him. I love the background we get to the Dursleys in the first chapter and the description of the day which eventually leads to his arrival at Privet Drive. As we read this book, we need to be aware how little Harry knows and we get an idea of how he's feeling as he awaits his sorting on his arrival at the school. As the Dursleys fight a losing battle when the letters start coming (and increasing with each delivery, ending with about a hundred at the hotel, you just know that, even though they're eventually in a place where Uncle Vernon's certain they won't be disturbed, that by hook or by crook Dumbledore will eventually get him to Hogwarts. As he tells Mrs Cole in Book 6, they'll be taking Tom Riddle away whatever. So Harry begins this roller coaster adventure throughout the seven books and he will not only need his friends but all the magical training he can get, especially in Defence against the dark arts which will be important as he must face the wizard who has not only attempted to kill him but has eluded capture by the Ministry of Magic.
Finally I got around to read it and found it was far better than I imagined. Completely different to the impression I had in my head about it.
I am so late to the party there is little I can say about it, but if you are like me and still at the thinking about it stage then buy this book and you wont be disappointed.
They should make a movie about this! In fact, the story lends itself very well for a sequel.
This isn't the first time I've read Harry Potter. It's one of those books that fails to get old and you can read over and over again. It's not the best written book out there but it's more the way it's written that intrigues so many. The magic behind the magic.
The characters in this book are funny, courageous, fiercely loyal and very endearing. It's hard not to love them. My favourite is Professor Snape with his villainous charm but I think deep down he's a softy.
It's hard to believe that a book aimed at the younger audience would be able to capture and charm an adult while still being able to intrigue a child/adolescent but this book manages to do that. The story grips you almost from the very start and leaves you guessing. I still can't be able to figure out who's behind it all.
I loved this book as it makes you imagine what it would be like to have that experience of being at Hogwarts, it really takes you away into a magical world. The highlight for me was the fantastic setting of Hogwarts, it seemed so real but as I’ve now seen the film it was an even clearer picture. The only negative point for me about this book was that I couldn’t put it down! The great thing about the book is it allows children to escape into a new world of magic and adventure . I would recommend this book to people aged 9 - 99!
I guarantee it will take you into a magical world.
Wanting to stretch him a bit and after discussion with his mother, started him on David Walliams and he has devoured the whole lot.
After further discussions, I got this for him and....he galloped through it, although he did have to ask for help with a small number of words and concepts - he tells me it is brilliant.
HP 2 is on order and, when we have finished the HP series, I suppose it will have to be Dostoevsky, Zola or Kafka.
Review by Eva, aged 10
We’re all engrossed in Stephen Fry’s beautiful voice telling this wonderful story.
Don’t feel the journeys go ( there’s no more fighting in the back 😉)
I you need to drive long distance with kids ( but adult kids too) this is a must!