Guest Author - Taisha Turner
J K Rowling writes Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. We also know it as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. It is Book 1 in the Harry Potter series. The targeted age group is kids between nine and twelve-years-old. However, the Harry Potter Books are popular with every child’s age group including adults.
A young boy, Harry Potter, to his delight discovers from Remus Hagrid that he is a wizard. He is magical as his parents, James and Lily Potter who are dead. Furthermore, he discovers he is famous in the Wizarding world. He is a survior of a killing curse by a Dark Wizard, Lord Voldemort. His forehead’s scar, shaped like a lightning bolt, is the result of the attempt on his life.
Harry Potter experiences the bewilderment all students face when entering a new school. He has to find the Hogwarts Express(school transportation), and once on it, he encounters other students. The new student meets the smart kid(Hermione Granger). Young Potter meets a friend(Ron Weasley), a clumsy, forgetful kid(Neville Longbottom) and unfortunately every school has it least one, the bully(Draco Malfoy).
At Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry Potter finds himself lost in the castle’s passageways; the moving staircases do not help. A caretaker, appointed hall monitor, Argus Filch and his cat, Mrs. Norris, prowl the corridors. They are ready to pounce on any student in the wrong place. Professor Sprout(Herbology), Professor McGonagall(Transfiguration), Professor Snape(Potions), Professor Binns(History of Magic) and Professor Flitwick(Charms) are Harry’s new teachers. Professor Quirrell teaches Defense Against the Dark Arts in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Albus Dumbledore is the headmaster.
Harry Potter has a very interesting first year at his new school. He meets students who will become his lifelong friends. Quidditch, a wizard game unknown by him, becomes his passion. Whimsical animals, unicorns, centaurs, three-headed dogs and dragons, known only in books are now part Harry Potter's world. Along the way, he discovers an unknown ability, the ability to solve mysteries. That ability is the heart of the Harry Potter books. True, they are fantasy books. We can call them juvenile adventure books. Yet, they are mystery/detective books, too. Take the time to discover the allure of the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. This online review/summary is based on three hundred and nine page paperback published by Scholastic.
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Note: Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone by J K Rowling review book is from my private library.