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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Paperback – 8 Oct 2001

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; 1st edition (8 Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747558191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747558194
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6,368 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is JK Rowling's enchanting debut novel. This magical, gripping, brilliant book--a future classic to be sure--will leave children clamouring for a sequel. Say you've spent the first 10 years of your life sleeping under the stairs of a family who loathes you. Then, in an absurd, magical twist of fate you find yourself surrounded by wizards, a caged snowy owl, a phoenix-feather wand and jellybeans that come in every flavour, including strawberry, curry, grass and sardine. Not only that, but you discover that you are a wizard yourself! This is exactly what happens to young Harry Potter as the story unfolds. In the non-magical human world--the world of "Muggles"--Harry is a nobody, treated like dirt by the aunt and uncle who begrudgingly inherited him when his parents were killed by the evil Voldemort. But in the world of wizards, small, skinny Harry is renowned as a survivor of the wizard who tried to kill him. He is left only with a lightning-bolt scar on his forehead, curiously refined sensibilities and a host of mysterious powers to remind him that he's altogether different from his aunt, uncle and spoilt, pig-like cousin Dudley.

A mysterious letter delivered by the friendly giant Hagrid, wrenches Harry from his dreary, Muggle-ridden existence: "We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry". Of course, Uncle Vernon yells most unpleasantly, "I am not paying for some crackpot old fool to teach him magic tricks!" Soon enough, however, Harry finds himself at Hogwarts with his owl Hedwig... and that's where the real adventure--humorous, haunting and suspenseful--begins. (Ages 8-13) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


* "Readers are in for a delightful romp with this award-winning debut from a British author who dances in the footsteps of P.L. Travers and Roald Dahl."
*Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "Rowling's wonderful ability to put a fantastic spin on sports, student rivalry, and eccentric faculty contributes to the humor, charm, and, well, delight of her utterly captivating story."
*Booklist, starred review
* "Harry himself is the perfect confused and unassuming hero, whom trouble follows like a wizard's familiar. After reading this entrancing fantasy, readers will be convinced that they, too, could take the train to Hogwarts School, if only they could find Platform Nine and Three Quarters at the King's Cross Station."
*School Library Journal, starred review
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Format: Hardcover
This product review relates specifically to a physical appraisal of the red-coloured Harry Potter boxed collection comprising hardcover books 1-7, published by Bloomsbury (UK) in 2014, with the ISBN 9781408856789.

It’s a boxed version that’s described by Bloomsbury as “Children’s” (don’t be put off by this, see below). It offers a gold dragon motif along its box exterior, access to contents is enabled via a dual front flap design secured by a hidden magnetic latch.

First up, what is the difference between Bloomsbury’s “Children’s” and “Adult” offerings when it comes of its Harry Potter texts?

Simply put, it’s their individual cover designs. That’s it. I had no qualms purchasing the hardcover Children’s boxed set as an adult. Removing each book’s dust jacket as a exercise, you’d have no idea which version you’re looking at at all. Researching the overall art effect, I actually found the adult dust jackets quite bland and unimaginative. Greys instead of colours for a start.

Each hardcover within this set is available for separate purchase too should a replacement ever be required. Bloomsbury simply packaged the whole, created a nifty case and voila! We get a boxed set. Ditto for it’s paperback offering.

Each hardcover is roughly 20.5cm x 13.5 cm in area (8 inches x 5.5 inches). Each has a uniquely drawn durable dust jacket, numbered on the spine according to volume and applying gold embossing for its front “Harry Potter” logo.

As a very nice touch, once these dust jackets are removed (say you’d prefer to read without them in place or not plastic cover them) we find a faux-cloth board texture with an inlaid golden star pattern front and spine, together with a similarly inlaid golden title and volume label per book.
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Format: Paperback
I spent a long time deciding which version of the paperback books to buy (the adult or children editions). Although the front cover art-work on the adult editions is more attractive (to me, as an adult), the print is terrible in comparison (tiny, blocky font on cheaper/rougher paper), and sadly makes the books feel very cheap. I went for the children's edition, and have not regretted it! The books in this edition are set on good quality paper, with a easy-on-the-eye font, and come in a sturdy flip-top cardboard case. Look no further!
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Arrived in beautiful condition, and earlier than expected. The covers are astounding and the design of the box is phenomenal. Would definitely recommend to any potter heads out there! Great value for money.
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This is a great book, filled with wonderful characters who are richly described and a pleasure to read about. One of the best things about this book is the way the characters develop, learning magic and the ways of the magical world as they, without immediately becoming super powerful and capable of doing anything; the characters, certainly the main trio of Harry, Ron and Hermione, complement each other well with each bringing something to the group.

Along the way to the final confrontation there are laughs as well as some more serious scenes, all of which, though the book is intended for a younger audience, fit to be enjoyed by adults.

I’ve read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone more times than I can remember and continue to enjoy it, which I consider as important, if not more so, as how well the book’s written. In this case the book is both well written and enjoyable, and is likely to remain a favourite of mine for years to come.
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I confess I did not rate "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" very highly when I first read it some years ago in the original. I thought Rowling's writing, though inventive, rather disappointingly derivative, and I still find her style irritating at times. I reminded myself that this was probably to be expected from a book aimed primarily at children, and did not bother with the subsequent books, though I have enjoyed the films.
Now, years later, having been pestered and bullied into reading "Half Blood Prince" by my children. I find that, as they had been saying, JKR's writing has become, as one might expect, rather darker, rather more adult, and frankly quite grippingly exciting. I wanted to read all the books, but still needed a challenge to keep me engrossed.
Harrius Potter is exactly what the doctor ordered. My education in Latin finished at O-Level (for those non-English readers that's an OWL) some twenty-eight (gasp!) years ago, but because of my amazing teacher (thank you Mrs. Lear!) I had a deep love for the language, and have always found it very useful in understanding English, as a step-up to the comprehension of other Indo-European languages, and of course indispensable for a career in the medical world.
There are those who would say, it seems, that Peter Needham's translation is not "good Latin" or is too simple. I am unqualified to comment on the first observation, but as to the second, I'm finding it an absolute delight. It's not too easy for me, at least, and not over-difficult, however it is challenging enough for me to feel that I'm stretching myself and getting all those little grey cells buzzing. I'm thoroughly enjoying the book in a way that I did not enjoy it when reading it in English.
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