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Harry Potter and the Sorceror

Title: Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone
Author: J.K. Rowling
Year First Published: 1997
Page Count: 0
Synopsis: An eleven-year-old orphan named Harry Potter lives in Great Britain with his aunt, uncle, and cousin, who all treat him terribly. He learns that he is actually a wizard, and famous in the wizarding world that coexists with what we think of as the Real World. He goes to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he makes friends and enemies among the students and teachers. Why is he famous? Because an evil wizard named Lord Voldemort killed his parents but could not kill Harry, and was nearly destroyed by trying. Adventures large and small ensue, culminating with Harry and his friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, defeating an attempt to steal the valuable Sorceror's Stone. When Harry leaves Hogwarts for the summer holidays, he is a much happier little boy -- he has friends and a sense of belonging he'd never had before.

Profanity Violence Sexual Content
Harry's parents' deaths are described, and the main characters endure broken bones and other unpleasant experiences.
Characterization Plot Overall Rating
Harry, Ron, and Hermione are well-rounded, as are many of the other characters. Because this is the reader's introduction to the wizarding world, as it is Harry's also, there's a lot of time spent on explaining that world and introducing characters. A fun, quick read, but not nearly as good as later books in the series.
Many parents worry about these books promoting witchcraft, and I can see that could be a valid concern. However, I don't see these books as a threat to children or adults who know that witchcraft is not God-pleasing and are willing to read these books as simply fantastical. They do NOT provide precise recipes for magic potions or instructions on how to cast spells -- everything is very unrealistic and make-believe. That being said, this book has many wonderful things to recommend it. It explores themes such as friendship, loyalty, family, education, and identity in ways that teens and tweens can relate to and understand. While this book is a bit more simplistic, the series as a whole is wonderfully nuanced and engaging, suitable for adults as well.


Focus Witches/Sorcerers Number of pages 200-300
Focus Magical Objects Readability Easy
Focus Coming of Age Setting Europe
Focus Friends Time Period Contemporary
Main Character Child Type Young Adult
Main Character Male Type Self Discovery
Main Character Young Adult

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