Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

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The author's first Novel introduces Harry Potter, the son of a powerful wizard and witch who are killed by an even more powerful sorcerer. Sent to live wit
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Genre Education & Teaching , Fantasy, Humor, Literature & Fiction, Science & Nature, Science Fiction (Sci Fi), Young Adults & Children
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4 Star Review   By member nuketheplanet - Sep 3, 2007   

fun book, i enjoyed it

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4 Star Review   By member Gloomyeeyore - Aug 22, 2007   

This was a good book.  The first in the seven book series.  This one is all about Harry's first year at Hogwarts.  He makes friends with Ron Weasley and Hermoine Granger.  This book leads up to Harry preventing the Sorcerer's Stone from being stolen.

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5 Star Review   By member emily213 - Jul 25, 2007   

this book really is written brilliantly. its really really really good.

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4 Star Review   By member wisegeek - Mar 2, 2007   

In honor of the pending release of Book 7, wiseGEEK has put together a collection of articles about Harry, Hogwarts, and other happenings! There's predictions and theories for us experts, but also lots of definitions and background for HP novices! www.wisegeek.com/the-l...

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5 Star Review   By member CharmedOne1393 - Feb 25, 2006   

Bloody Brilliant!

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5 Star Review   By member Tiffany1986 - Jan 22, 2006   

thanks admerald I always wondered why people called it two different things....but now that that's cleared up... These Harry Potter books are excellent. Any audience can read them...so if you are reading them to your children you will enjoy them also. The sorcerers stone (or philosopher's stone) is not the best of the series but it is necessary to read the first to truly enjoy the rest of them.

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5 Star Review   By member ***rupert*** - Jan 12, 2006   

ronald weasley iz sooo cul

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5 Star Review   By member Admerald - Aug 6, 2005   

da propa name is philosophas stone but sum american dikhed of a publisha fought sorcerers was more xcitin wich it isnt tel me wich is more xcitin wizards stone or da maka of stones stone????????????? no 1 hp fan

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5 Star Review   By member lady_macca88 - Jul 15, 2005   

I would agree with earlier comments that this is an excellent book in its own right, but as you continue through the series, it isn't the greatest. But if you have never picked up a Harry Potter book, I would highly recomend it. I would say the first two, maybe three books qualify as children's books, and are a quick and simple read, but really, it's a book about a 12 year old kid, how complicated do you want it to be at this point? It was under a lot of protest that I finally picked this book up, being under the impression that 12 year olds was the age group reading it at the same time, but this is far from the case. I don't think you have to have a simple mind to enjoy a simple book, and being an introductory book I feel this serves its purpose well, and it left me wanting more.

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5 Star Review   By member joshua_01 - Mar 20, 2005   

the books suck ass but i love the movies.

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The author's first Novel introduces Harry Potter, the son of a powerful wizard and witch who are killed by an even more powerful sorcerer. Sent to live wit
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Genre Education & Teaching , Fantasy, Humor, Literature & Fiction, Science & Nature, Science Fiction (Sci Fi), Young Adults & Children
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4 Star Review   By member nuketheplanet - Sep 3, 2007   

fun book, i enjoyed it

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4 Star Review   By member Gloomyeeyore - Aug 22, 2007   

This was a good book.  The first in the seven book series.  This one is all about Harry's first year at Hogwarts.  He makes friends with Ron Weasley and Hermoine Granger.  This book leads up to Harry preventing the Sorcerer's Stone from being stolen.

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5 Star Review   By member emily213 - Jul 25, 2007   

this book really is written brilliantly. its really really really good.

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4 Star Review   By member wisegeek - Mar 2, 2007   

In honor of the pending release of Book 7, wiseGEEK has put together a collection of articles about Harry, Hogwarts, and other happenings! There's predictions and theories for us experts, but also lots of definitions and background for HP novices! www.wisegeek.com/the-l...

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5 Star Review   By member CharmedOne1393 - Feb 25, 2006   

Bloody Brilliant!

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5 Star Review   By member Tiffany1986 - Jan 22, 2006   

thanks admerald I always wondered why people called it two different things....but now that that's cleared up... These Harry Potter books are excellent. Any audience can read them...so if you are reading them to your children you will enjoy them also. The sorcerers stone (or philosopher's stone) is not the best of the series but it is necessary to read the first to truly enjoy the rest of them.

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5 Star Review   By member ***rupert*** - Jan 12, 2006   

ronald weasley iz sooo cul

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5 Star Review   By member Admerald - Aug 6, 2005   

da propa name is philosophas stone but sum american dikhed of a publisha fought sorcerers was more xcitin wich it isnt tel me wich is more xcitin wizards stone or da maka of stones stone????????????? no 1 hp fan

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5 Star Review   By member lady_macca88 - Jul 15, 2005   

I would agree with earlier comments that this is an excellent book in its own right, but as you continue through the series, it isn't the greatest. But if you have never picked up a Harry Potter book, I would highly recomend it. I would say the first two, maybe three books qualify as children's books, and are a quick and simple read, but really, it's a book about a 12 year old kid, how complicated do you want it to be at this point? It was under a lot of protest that I finally picked this book up, being under the impression that 12 year olds was the age group reading it at the same time, but this is far from the case. I don't think you have to have a simple mind to enjoy a simple book, and being an introductory book I feel this serves its purpose well, and it left me wanting more.

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5 Star Review   By member joshua_01 - Mar 20, 2005   

the books suck ass but i love the movies.

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4 Star Review   By member PBeavr - Mar 5, 2005   

This is the only Harry Potter book I have bothered to read completely. I may read the rest all the way through in the future. For a childrens book it rates as good. Simple dialogue and stories. Entertaining but not very challenging. Against other sci-fi fantasy novels made for adults it is very weak but that wasn't the intended audience.

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1 Star Review   By member sixty7a - Feb 17, 2005   

It sucks

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5 Star Review   By member Ignatius-J-Reilly - Dec 6, 2004   

A fine introduction to the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Ms. Rowling knows how to tell a good tale that both children and adults can enjoy. Her use of forshadowing, giving slight hints and clues to what is coming, is terrific. You can quickly read over an important bit of information without realizing it. She also has great charecter developement. Some of the charactors are simple and easily shown for what they are, weather they be hero or villian, but there is always a chance we have jumped to the wrong conclusion. There is an early line in the book in which Professor McGonigall states, "He will be the most famous boy in our world." A truer statement has not been made. Nearly every child knows and enjoys Harry and his friends.

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1 Star Review   By member meistim - Jun 22, 2004   

BOOOOOOOOOO!! That book sucked!

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5 Star Review   By member pennyroyalty - Apr 2, 2004   

not really an original story (British Schoolboy stories are pretty common) but i love the twist rowling uses in this series. The magical world is written well enough to make children believe that it could be possible. And haarry is a relatable character for most kids: he's small, powerless (in the beginning), not well off, bullied and alone. all children feel like that at some point, and they can relate with that character. This book is a great intro to the series and a great book in and of itself. It teaches kids the power of friendship and trust, and also about humility and hard work.

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4 Star Review   By member Hardwire - Feb 22, 2004   

Very good and original story. I loved reading every minute of this and could really feel for the characters. I have read all 5 and love all of them.

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5 Star Review   By member typhoon220 - Feb 19, 2004   

Harry Potter is great and the first book of all really leaves you excited for what is going to happen in the next book. I wish that they would just go on forever. But the very first in the series and it is a great book. Thank you J.K. Rowling. Keep writing.

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5 Star Review   By member HPROX - Feb 4, 2004   

J.K Rowling is THE BEST i LOVE Harry Potter. It so totally ROX! They are by far the best books in the whole world. I LOVE Harry potter!

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5 Star Review   By member HPChk42490 - Nov 25, 2003   

I thought that this book was really great and J.K. Rowling definetly has a wonderful story writing gift. This book swept me off my feet and brought a whole new world to me! It was absolutely fabulous! I also want people who read this to check out mine and my best friend's Harry Potter school at www.expage.com/muggershogwarts because its awesome and u can join and its just like your at Hogwarts so please try this and please join Ravenclaw!! For further info on my website e-mail me at lazymel42490@hotmail.com. Thanks!

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4 Star Review   By member irishgit - Nov 9, 2003   

I think this is a decent book. I think the hype has over-rated it and I also think that as the series has gone on it has weakened. Rowling has clearly fallen in love with her wallet.

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5 Star Review   By member Creamy Goodness - Sep 29, 2003   

I think so too! Harry potter is my favourite series of books. Ive read every one of them, and I love all the characters. The writing is superb. I hope she'll write some more novels after this series is over. I just found out that there is a wizard science course taught in university now that talks about things in the harry potter novels being accomplished by scientific intervention. I wouldn't mind taking that course.

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5 Star Review   By member swifferlover4eva - Sep 29, 2003   

i love ALL of the Harry Potter books.im not good at describing books or using words most people dont understand but these are GREAT books!!!!!

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5 Star Review   By member fuzzyfreak - Sep 29, 2003   

Wickid!

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1 Star Review   By member jred - Aug 7, 2003   

great for the kids or people with poor reading ability. Does anyone know that there are books written for adults? Predictable.

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4 Star Review   By member Kennit - Jul 20, 2003   

It's ok on it's own, but when looked at as part of the series, it pales in comparison to the other books.

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1 Star Review   By member earthspirit - Jul 5, 2003   

I have tried to read the Potter books and find them incredibly boring. I must be the only one, because I know its popular. Oh well. I tried, I really tried to like it, but just couldn't get interested. I prefer the classic kid's books like Little Women and The Wind in The Willows.

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5 Star Review   By member MadMax1313 - Jun 25, 2003   

I admit I have not read a Harry Potter book and have only seen the first movie. But I feel reading the books is not necessary to comment on the miracle of Potter. In my opinion Ms. Rowling is a genius. In this day and age it is dificult to get most s to read even so much as a brochure, let alone getting children to read a book. Her latest Harry Potter release is over 800 pages in length. Many an would shy away from a book that long. Most children won't read something without more pictures than there are pages of text. And yet Harry Potter is nothing short of miraculous. Ms.Rowling's latest book is setting record sales around the world. Thanks to her a new generation of children are reading like never before. I think this is wonderful. It is a sad pity that there are critics of Harry Potter, those who want the books taken off library shelves claiming they will lead children into black magic and occult. They seem to have forgotten the joys of make believe. I think we should praise Ms. Rowling and her works. It doesn't matter if some find the material cliched and simplistic or not. She deserves praise because of what Harry Potter represents: the rebirth of reading for children.

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3 Star Review   By member -mikhail- - Jun 24, 2003   

terribly simple, incredibly cliched, utterly black and white/good vs. evil and good always emerges predictably triumphant, no wonder you americans love it to bits!!!! ha ha, only joking. i dont want to be called a terrorist or a communist so i will stop insulting americans. amyway its good at least that it gets kids back into reading, i believe that the book is actually called HP and the PHILOSOPHER'S stone, but you just HAVE to be different in the US dont you? :-) also the writing is terribly uninspiring and in places is in very bad english, but i think we may aswell let JK off for that since no-one these days really knows what good writing is like....

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4 Star Review   By member Robbie W luva - Jun 4, 2003   

As I ahve said before the origional book was called ... 'The Philosophers Stone' but it was changed for the Americans as they don't understand what Philosophers mean. anyway I did enjoy the book but I preferred the later Harry Potter tales.

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5 Star Review   By member Zebadee - Apr 20, 2003   

It should be Philosophers stone!!! Liked the book anyway

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4 Star Review   By member TheFreak - Apr 17, 2003   

The best in the series, by leaps and bounds. I did not much care for either of the last two books, but I thought this provided quite a fast and entertaining read. The characters are appealing, the writing style is clever, and the plot is (existing!) fast-paced. I was highly skeptical, however, about the concept of the books, and was reluctant to pick it up. However, i foundm myself quite enjoying it - particularly appreciated Hermione Granger and the Weasley twins. Only wish the books hadn't deteriorated from there.

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5 Star Review   By member greekamerican - Feb 17, 2003   

A great introduction to the Harry Potter series. I enjoyed it from start to finish. Harry's family in the Muggle world is hilarious. I liked Hagrid, Ron, Hermione and other many characters. The transition to Hogwarts was great. Diagonal Alley, Platform 9 3/4 were very appropriate and Hogwarts Express. J.K. Rowling is brilliant! Overall, a very well crafted novel. Rush out and read it.

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5 Star Review   By member mimiangel90 - Jan 30, 2003   

This book, like the rest of the Harry Potter series, sucked me in right away. The movie was also excellent! J.K. Rowling is fantastic!

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1 Star Review   By member sjuhler - Jan 14, 2003   

Sorry but I didn't enjoy this book. Too boring

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5 Star Review   By member WarMaid - Jan 13, 2003   

What can I say that hasn't already been said? I couldn't put this down, I couldn't put the next three down, and I can't wait for the next book to come out! My (then eight-year-old) daughter read the first four through immediately and has re-read them since a number of times. Anything that captivates both adults and children is a true classic.

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5 Star Review   By member lukskywlkr. - Oct 31, 2002   

What a truly wonderful first novel. I had been hearing about Harry Potter all over the t.v. and was frankly getting a little tired of it. Kids were waiting in line for hours just to get copies of the new book, and I figured this was another goofy fad to get kids' money. Then, all the talk about Satanism started because he was going to wizard school. Well, that gets me when people start throwing that kind of talk around. Some people don't like his popularity, so let's throw some Satanism into it and see what happens. There were already three books out when I spoke with some friends who had small children, and they told me that they had read/screened all the books and felt that the Satanism was unfounded, and that they felt the books were not only entertaining reading, but also extremely well written. I decided to give Harry a chance and went and purchased the paperback of Sorcerer's Stone. I was not even finished with it when I went out and bought the next two. I agreed with my friends--this is not only an entertaining book, but also extremely well written. It doesn't talk down to kids, and that's very important to me. You get more creative and smart from reading material above your level, not from stuff below it. I couldn't wait to go from page to page finding out all about Harry and his friends as they explored Hogwarts, the wizarding school. Of course, there is good versus evil, but how many other stories are that way? The Wizard of Oz and Star Wars are both movies featuring good versus evil, but did anyone ever accuse these movies of trying to convert their children to Satanism? Not Hardly. I would not hesitate one second to let my kids read any of the Harry Potter series.

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5 Star Review   By member Bookworm - Feb 19, 2002   

This is an amazing book . . . you will not be able to put it down. The characters are written incredibly well. As always, try to read the book before you see the movie.

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4 Star Review   By member Anarian Elynshy - Feb 12, 2002   

It was ok. I didn't like how long and drawn out parts of it were, but I did like the developing of the characters and the situations that they found themselves in.

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5 Star Review   By member cherion - Dec 16, 2001   

J. K Rowling's Book are totally amazing! Once you've started reading them, you can't put it down! It's like you want to finish the whole book, know who the bad guys are in one sitting! I personally DON'T THINK that the Harry Potter books promotes WITCHCRAFT like what other schools and teachers say. Yeah, HP is sort suited to the young people age bracket and that there's portrayal of death, spells, wizardry, witches, blood, you name it! But arent' these things presently and apparantly present in the world we live in? Right now, today? I believe the BEST WAY to teach our children to grow up properly to love them and guide them. What more could a child ask for if he/she is happy with his/her family? Guideness is the key, love is the key not banning things. Being strict and stuff like that.

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5 Star Review   By member pikachan - Nov 3, 2001   

A really great book.Harry is a wizard who gets sent to Hogwarts. he meets a lot of friends and enemies and finds out about a secret at hogwarts. A little too long, but it is worth it. I reccomend this book to anyone who likes books about magic and fantasy.

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5 Star Review   By member Mieko Belle - Oct 16, 2001   

This. Book. Is. Incredible. Funny, sad, exciting... it has everything a good book should have. And note I didn't say a good KIDS' book. I'm 17 (okay, I was 14 when I read this for the first time, but they still enthrall me), and I love it. I don't think there's been an author since Roald Dahl who can pull adults and children completely into a story. J.K. Rowling has set tiny facts in this story, such as when Sirius lent Hagrid his motorbike, which we don't really notice until they become important in later books. She's a very clever lady - all the Latin-based spells and mythology-based names goes to prove that. Although this isn't my favourite Harry Potter book (the best, in my opinion, is Prisoner Of Azkaban) I highly recommend it.

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3 Star Review   By member cmb3 - May 2, 2001   

its a pretty good book, but not the best.

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5 Star Review   By member Phantom Chic - Apr 27, 2001   

The start of the best written series I've ever read. Absolutely captivating. Great for any age.

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5 Star Review   By member HarryPotterFreak1201 - Apr 2, 2001   

*babbles* I loved it,I loved it,I loved it,I loved it! It was exceleent! My mom is happy I like Harry Potter because it's something good to get into...at least it's reading,right? So,that's why I say,HARRY POTTER RULES!!!!!

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5 Star Review   By member Eric the Federalist - Mar 31, 2001   

The most entertaining children's book since I read all the Roald Dahl books! I'm looking forward to read the second & third books in this serie too, witch I both have in Spanish! :-)

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5 Star Review   By member lilsmarty731 - Feb 12, 2001   

ok lahl2442om your wrong. this is a great book. it's imaginative and kids will actually read it even when they don't read that much.

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5 Star Review   By member jeanie - Dec 10, 2000   

This book is excellently written. It gives children a whole new world to experience. Rowling captured the character of Harry in the book very well, he was a nice 3D character with a lot of in-depth feelings. The other characters were also well defined. I liked this book and think it's good for kids because it lets them see that even if you're new to something, you should give it a try. Harry was new to Hogwarts, being a wizard and playing quiddith, but he overcame all that and turned out to be quite good, while still having lots of fun. It's a good message.

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5 Star Review   By member BalinChojin - Nov 19, 2000   

The Sorcerer's Stone is a great book, no two ways about it. You will like no matter how old you are. My mom loves them too. This is a great introductory book. The books get progressively more complex and imaginitive. I can't wait for the next few books. The book is about a boy who is introduced to the magical world which was taken from him when he was but a baby. Now he is attending a magic school, and loves it. But there are some problems surrounding the story he was told about his parents death. Well, you figure it out...

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4 Star Review   By member Blondie - Sep 25, 2000   

I don't really like the way that the Tri-wizard cup ended. I don't think it was right for Cedric to die. He never did anything to Voldemort. It made me mad! Otherwise, over all it was a REALLY good book and I can't wait for number 5!!!

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5 Star Review   By member what5015om - Mar 15, 2000   

Oh my. What a great read! A lot of fun. My ten year old son is devouring this series, and now LOVES to read. He recently said that all day long at school he's counting down until his 15 minute reading break, so he can find out what happens next. This, from a kid with 152 cable channels, who never has to wait for his favorite shows to come on, because they're on SOMEWHERE pretty much all the time. Makes my heart warm!!! I read the book, in one sitting each. Couldn't put them down. Can't wait for number four. Worth the money, worth the hype. Makes reading COOL again. Thanks, Ms. Rowling for an incredible series.

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5 Star Review   By member thor485om - Feb 21, 2000   

Excellent characters and fun story. Makes me wish I were a witch! A fun read for adults as well as kids.

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5 Star Review   By member pmla4027et - Feb 7, 2000   

Fabulous reading for ages 3-103!! Captivating!

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5 Star Review   By member katd3889et - Feb 3, 2000   

I am a 20 year old female and I find the Harry Pottter seriers very good. They are th types of books you just cant put down.

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5 Star Review   By member tonn3070et - Jan 7, 2000   

My 10 year old loved this book, but it was too scary for my six year old. He said it gave him bad dreams. I thought it was a wonderful story, very well written and I can't wait to read any of her future publications. We've already read the first 3 Harry Potter books.

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5 Star Review   By member ench3321om - Dec 18, 1999   

This book has an excellent story and is a great introduction to a new character. It's not just for kids... it's for EVERYONE!!

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5 Star Review   By member cars3300om - Dec 18, 1999   

Harry Potter is a great series. At 19, I have read a lot of children's books and I should know. Rowlings gives a hint of the magic of Roald Dahl but with her own twist.

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5 Star Review   By member lebl2139om - Dec 2, 1999   

This is the kind of charming stuff we need more of. It's probably true that advertizing has gone a long way in putting this on the bestseller list, it's deservedly there. There should NOT be a movie- let kids read!!

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3 Star Review   By member lahl2447om - Dec 2, 1999   

Uggh! I can't believe the hype this book is getting. It's a nice enough story but hardly as imaginative as I had hoped. Don't waste your time!

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5 Star Review   By member jani1786et - Nov 27, 1999   

What an imagination!! This story would translate wonderfully to film--kind of like another Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (adding a fantasy dimension to an exaggeratedly drudging reality). I'm hooked on Harry.

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5 Star Review   By member gmoney - Nov 4, 1999   

Very entertaining. Certainly NOT for kids only.

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