Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

(Harry Potter, #1)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Paperback, 2008, Scholastic)

Paperback, 309 pages

English language

Published Aug. 15, 2008 by Scholastic.

ISBN:
9780590353427
OCLC Number:
741310793

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4 stars (40 reviews)

Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He's never worn a cloak of invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry's room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in eleven years.

But all that is about change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him...if Harry can survive the encounter. (back cover)

129 editions

Engaging but frustrating.

3 stars

It'd been so long since I'd last read it, and that's taking into consideration that I read the books after the movies had come out (as an experiment of sorts that showed only two movies in the entire series made sense as stand-alone projects).

I always love the magic, the imagination, the vividness of the scenes in my head. I always enjoy the characters, including a handful of the side characters that I wish played a much larger part. I enjoy a lot of the messages that are in the novel, ranging from aspects of friendship to being an assertive person who stands up for what they believe.

But reading them again after having been a teacher for a while, it leads me to be concerned over aspects of things that were done with regards to what we term "duty of care." It leaves me with changes of perspective of …

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