Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, # 1)
By: JK Rowling
Expected Publication: June 26th 1997 by Scholastic Inc
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic
Source: Personal Library
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Goodreads description--Harry Potter's life is miserable. His parents are dead and he's stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he's a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.So I kind of cheated on this one. :) I read the first half of the book but listened to the second half on audiobook. Considering I've already seen the movie it was a slow read for me; therefore, I cheated.
After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.
Though Harry's first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it's his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.
Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.
Excellent children's book.
I originally decided to read these because I've seen the movies and while the first few were okay, after a while, I started getting lost in characters names, etc, but could tell the story was getting better and better. So I decided to see what they were about since those I know that have read them rave about them especially the last in the series.
So far, I can only give this one 3 stars.
Updated with cover art & details: July 7, 2018.