Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling
The Philosopher’s Stone is the first in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series of seven novels that have made her the most successful literary author of all time, selling in excess of 400 million copies world-wide. The books are read and enjoyed by children and adults alike and have also been made into hugely popular films.
Do the Harry Potter books live up to the hype? When I first began reading the Philosopher’s stone I was immediately struck by how good - and laugh-out-loud funny - the humour was. You usually need to read a Terry Pratchett novel to ensure constant laughter throughout but Rowling has managed to infuse this book with a lovely wit and charm that will both amuse and delight adults and children.
Here is an example, with the ending being particularly good:
"Harry was frying eggs by the time Dudley arrived in the kitchen with his mother. Dudley looked a lot like Uncle Vernon. He had a large, pink face, not much neck, small, watery blue eyes and thick, blond hair that lay smoothly on his thick, fat head. Aunt Petunia often said that Dudley looked like a baby angel – Harry often said that Dudley looked like a pig in a wig."
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: The Vanishing Glass
There are characters in this book that will remind us of all the people we have met. Everybody knows or knew a spoilt, overweight boy like Dudley or a bossy and interfering (yet kind-hearted) girl like Hermione. A large number of the younger readers will also be able to easily identify with Harry, especially with his initial feelings of isolation and not belonging, and then through to his excitement at finally leaving that life behind in favour of one where he belongs and will be happy.
When Harry begins his first term at Hogwarts (a wizarding school) he is not alone in being overawed:
‘Yeh’ll get yer firs’ sight of Hogwarts in a sec,’ Hagrid called over his shoulder, ‘jus’ round this bend here.’
There was a loud ‘Oooooh!”
The narrow path had opened suddenly on to the edge of a great black lake. Perched atop a high mountain on the other side, its windows sparkling in the starry sky, was a vast castle with many turrets and towers.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: The Journey From Platform Nine and Three-Quarters
Hogwarts is a truly magical place, not only in the most obvious way but also in all the detail that the author has gone to describe it so vibrantly. It is the place that everybody wishes they could of gone to when they where eleven. And there many adventures befall the trio (Harry, Ron and Hermione) and the stone in the book's title is centre to all that happens. The story builds towards and exciting conclusion that has the ultimate feel-good factor.
J.K. Rowling should be commended for getting so many people reading and excited by books. The biggest surprise must be the effect that this novel had on the adult population, both male and female - at the time the books were published many a commuting train was spotted with Harry Potter books providing world-weary workers with a wonderful sense of escapism. This book is highly recommended to anybody between the ages of 8 and 80.
Is all the hype about the Harry Potter books justified? In a word, yes, the books are a joy to read and possibly the most rewarding young adult’s book since The Hobbit.
This Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone book review was written by Amanda White
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone reader reviews
Ava from Australia
Get ready to wave your wand, for this wizardry adventure. It start off with a young boy not knowing that he's a wizard until his 11th birthday, on his journey to Hogwarts Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) makes amazing friends with Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) and Ron Wealsy (Rupert Grint). On learning how to prounce the famous spells like wingardium leviosa, lumos and alohomara, but in every story there's a troubling part were Harry fights for his life.
Jade from UK
This book is the only book I read because nothing else is interesting for me and I could never stop re-reading it.By now I must of read the Harry Potter series 20 times,they are just WOW and AMAZING.I would recommend this book to anyone!
Aoife from Ireland
Amaal from Austrailia
It is definitely the best book I've ever read! I need to read all!!!! :) SO AMAZING! I now know 100% understand why J.K. Rowling is the most successful and richest author there is! 9.9 STARS!
Palak from India
i have read harry potter book it was amazing i like it
Sofia from USA
Harry Potter and the philospher's stone is one of the best series I have read it more than 8 times
Namratha from India
This is amazing I love it ππππππ
Shravani from India
I really loved Harry Potter series. It is one of the greatest fictions for children. The writing, the character development is very good. I really liked it.
Harry from Australia
Best book series if you ask me. I have read each book over 15 times except The Order of the Phoenix and Goblet of Fire. JK Rowling's writing is better than any other writing. I love Emma Watson / Hermione Granger. I have loved Harry Potter since I was in year 2.
Manya Rathore from India
It is the most interesting book I have ever read and It is a wizard story and is a inspirative story.
carissa from singpore
I LOVE harry potter so much that I can read the whole book series like about 20 times. I think that everyone should a lest try reading Harry Potter .
Mubeen from India
When i started reading harry potter and the philosophers stone i was unable to stop myself by reading i read it continously and i hd cmpltd it in just one day without getting bored.....these are the amazing book series i hv ever read....i would luv to read it again and again..
Juveriya from India
I love the harry potter series
Katie from 1 Direction Fandom
Get ready for swish and flick and wingardium leviosa! The best part is the last against Lord Voldemort.
Imogen from UK
Good book =-)
Electra from Greece
I love Harry Potter and I love the Philosopher's Stone so much because it is the book where all the magic began.
Olivia Myers from Australia
I love Harry Potter but I would rather watch the move than read the book :}
Heramb from Australia
Harry Potter was the best book series I've ever read and it is beast. If I could I would rate this 2,000,000 stars out of ten!
Ben from UK
Definitely advise reading these books.
Oskar from Sweden
It's not worthy of all the praise it gets. sure it has some high points, and not many low points, but the average level is pretty low. i cant remember a single time i even smiled throughout the whole series. people and places are described well, and so are motivations. the intrigue in later installments are pretty decent. But the story doesn't really hold up, and has quite a few plotholes. it's a mediocre book i'd recommend to read in stages, the first two when you are around 8, the next two when you are around 10, and the rest after you've become 12 years old. this because the tone shifts very drastically from book 1 to book 7. it could be mistaken as differing series ifn't the main character had the same name.
Sanjanaa from India
I like Harry Potter.
Thomas from America
AMAZING! RECOMMEND IT!!!
Aaradhana from India
Whatever it has use for us , whatever it teaches , friendship , believe in magic , confidence in ourselves , whatever , its the craziest thing i have ever read or ever known in my life...I just go mad and imagine myself in that world and actually i wont ever be tired of reading it if its even 100 times πππππππ I just love it n u r the most imp part of life-review of others who just shown me that its what makes the harry potter the best story ever atleast fr me... its my life. If i would even be of 50 yrs or more i won't stop admiring it and readinb... yes i am not the best fan but fr me its the best book/series ππ Love u harry pottrr stories.... and yeah 1 thing i forgot to tell u i am really a great fan of Draco Malfoy/TOM FELTON....πππ π......was that too much to read!!!!π ...
Rachana from India
What a nice book it was!
Keira from Canada
This book review is magical and helps me understand what this book is about. Also in my class we are making book reviews and you have helped me alot with exmaples! Thanks.
Frutopia10 from New Zealand
It was awesome! A book that is unforgettable! Even though the series gets better and better this book is a all time favorite for me.
Hemanth from India
This is the book that everyone has to read in their lifetime and the graphics are awesome. Thanks to J. K. Rowling for giving us a awesome book and after reading I realised why the book is so famous.
Akash from India
This book is so amazing. That I can't narrate and Ys I have decided to know what people are so much crazy about these series. At last the thinking of writer is lunatically awesome!!!!
Abcd1234 from Israel
An amazing start for an equally amazing series . The plot is immersive, it takes you by the hands and pulls you into the books. I Read the whole seven books in a row. Must read!!!
Lily from Australia
OMG! this book is amazing. JK Rowling is really good with words i have read this book 100 times i love it keep up the good work JK
Sahla from UK
The magic begins!!! This book is bewitchingly beautiful. I have read all of the Harry Potter books including the Cursed Child and I have to admit that this one never gets old! All book lovers across the world, children or adults, can enjoy this book. Honestly I believe no one can ever say they hate this book true to their heart unless their pathological liars.
Annie from India
This book is amazing. I really like that and I think everyone also like this boo . This book show a philosopher's stone that amazing and their wand spells superb . Thanks to J.K Rowling that gives us very interesting book.
Savannah from Australia
This book is amazing.
Satwika from India
AMAZING!!! I love the book. It is my all time favorite. I am dieing to go to a magical school like Hogwarts. I am inspired to write a fantasy novel.
Harry Potter Fan😍 from Hogwarts
I love this book. I saw the movie and have read the book a million times now!!! (LOL)😍😃😘
Ahmed from Saudi arabia
Awesome Book but chapter one was very boring plzz in the next series dont write all those kind of stuffs. Plzz begin the story neatly and nicely
Sohini from India
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is written by J.K Rowling. Even By reading this small summary I am well liked of the story. And really from now I like Harry Potter.
N from Ireland
Sophie from UK
It was Fantastic!
MAISHA from INDIA
It's a fabulous book, I had heard about it from my friends, and when I found it very interesting. It was like I am in the story watching everything happening. I will now start to read the second book. From my point of view, I feel that JK ROWLING IS THE BEST WRITER IN THE WORLD IN THIS GENERATION.
David from US
The first book in the Harry Potter series has much going for it but I think it is the humour that stands out most for. It is many things but I just found it plain funny. Consistently. This is fantasy in its purest form and it offers wonderful escapement and wish-fulfilment. When a book becomes as massively popular as this those who do not like it tend to really hate it. But make up your own mind - if a school for wizards and oodles of adventure and excitement sound like your type of thing then your not going to find much better than this.
Thomas from America
Great story mixed with fantastic world - building combine to form a literary classic of immense proportions.
Emma from America
Chamber of Secrets is the classic that started a classic story about the boy who lived. The book features well rounded characters, a mysterious plot, and heartwarming world-building.
Jessica from Australia
It's amazing! I recommend this book to all ages ❤️
Indrajeet from India
Best book in my life I have ever read before and I have all the version in my home and I read it in leisure time.
Sindhu from India
This wonderful book takes us on a magical journey you can't help falling in love with. The plot, the characters, the tiny details that Rowling so masterfully brings together... mindblowing. Easily the best book series I've ever read. Recommended for everybody- young and old.
ledi from Albania
I love this book because it is a very interesting, mysterious and thrilling book.
Lavisha Malik from India
I like this book. I thank the writer to write such a interesting type of book.
Houssem from Tunisia
What an amazing and fascinating book ! Wow. The journey passed so fast, how you dive into the pages,sink in the events and travel with the characters, how fantastic that is, purely wonderful ^^
Sashreek Havelia from India
This was an amazing book and was my second novel ever. I find myself in a stronghold of books just because of this wonderfully written and out of the box book. I must congratulate author J.K.Rowling on the success of all her books and her skill as an author.
Disha from India
It is very nice.
Harry from UK
I quite liked the book it was interesting I am now on the 2nd book of Harry Potter.
Trevor from US
The only people who don't like Harry Potter books are adults who seem to think that admitting they like Harry Potter makes them less of an adult. Oh, it's a great children's book. STFU. It's not a great children's book. It's just a great book. PERIOD.
Safia Ali from India
I just want to say that I AM MAD ABOUT THIS MAGICAL WORLD AS IT DID A GREAT MAGIC ON MY MIND AND HEART. JUST LOVE IT!
Brychan from UK
An excellent book combining magic and reality in a sensational mix. J.K Rowling has definitely succeeded in writing a brilliant book perfect for all ages. She has created a combination of happy, exciting and sad scenes to create an amazing book. If you have not already read the series then I definitely recommend that you read it as soon as possible. 9/10
Jasmine from India
This book is the best book I have read in a entire life. Love u JK Rowling.
Potter fan from India
Good book but lacks action...
Navneet from India
It really is the most fantastic book which I have ever read in my life.
Michael Anthony from US
Great book!!! Love it.
Himansh from India
Great book! I had read this book almost 10 times but am not at all bored of it. People who feel bored are dumb. The only word for this book is - awesome!!! But the Deathly Hallows is the last part. I'll miss Harry Potter!!!
#potterhead from Pakistan
Oh my god! These books are life. I just cannot describe how amazing they are. I've read them like a million times and I'm still not tired of them. Favourite books and I also lovvveeeee the movies. Potterhead for life!
Priyanka from Dubai
It is such an awesome book, I felt so sad when it was coming to an end. I wish there were more than 7 Harry Potter books.
Gordon from England
It is very funny those who give this book a bad review have a very poor grasp of the English language. Maybe they lack the intellegence to appreciate literature beyond wiser and chips? Totally awesome book.
Faizan from India
Excellent! Wonderful! I love the series of Harry Potter. I have read it 7 times continuously. No words to appreciate. Just enjoy the fantasy world of magic.
Sheepish from India
It is a nice and thrilling book which I had never read in my life. I love this book, thanx for this, bye.
Anakha from India
I love it. An amazing book!
Annastacia Buckley from Singapore
I absolutely loveee this book!! But, I would give it a 10 if the review was longer and have more coverage! Awesome book!
Gregory from Australia
This book was very impressive... how can people hate this book?
xxpa from canada
Great book, I couldn't put it down once I started reading this book. Dark, amazing, fast and thrilling. A must read for all!
Jack from US
It's so good, thanks, you gave me an idea for a book review.
Gunnhildur from Iceland
I loooooved this book! Those dumb Harry Potter haters don´t understand what they are missing! I really hope J.K. Rowling writes more of these, I have read all of them twice! Maybe some stories about Harry and Ron doing Aura business and other stuff!
Deepika from India
The only review is that they are... AWESOME!!!
Pinky from India
I can't give 10 points because it's not enough! Hey! I've started reading Chamber of Secrets. After I completed reading I came to this website. Ah! This book has fans all over the world.
Ramya from India
The best ever book I've read. Fascinating, mesmerizing, so on!!! No other words I've to describe it. I normally hate books but this is the one which gave me the interest to read novels. I'll say this book is best because it's SIMPLY GREAT GREAT GREAT... VERY GREAT!!!
Trina from US
You can't put it down. I really recommend this book, it's filled with enjoyment and it's fascinating. OK, I don't want to say really smart words but just kick back your feet and read - it is so good.
Harry Potter (wink wink) from Privet Drive
i just finished it and it only took me a day.... i couldn't put it down it was AMAZING. I came to this website before I read it just to be sure it is worth while. If you're doing this now... STOP and read it. No words can explain how good it is, I have already started Chamber of Secrets. There is so much detail in JK Rowling's books! I recommend read this first then watch the movie. It's a great book for all ages :)
Aymar from Canada
Honestly loved the first the most. But the entire series was the best series I have a ever read!
Xavier from Austria
Although I am not totally enamoured by the series as a whole I think the Philosopher's Stone is a beautiful stand-alone book. It oozes charm and offers wish fulfilment on a level I've only ever encountered in the Lord of the Rings. At turns funny, heart-warming, exciting and full of tension it is a book that everyone should read. Even if it is just to find out what the fuss is all about. A great book to read every Christmas.
Ilma from Bangladesh
The best book I've read!
Himika from India
This book taught me to love fantasy! I have read many books ever since, but HP for me is always special!
Rithu from India
The most exciting and interesting to all class of people.
Emma from England
The worst book I have ever read in my entire life.
Dang Trung Hieu from Vietnam
Iris from Mexico
It was the book that taught me to love reading. And discover the feeling not to be able to leave the chair until you have finished the book. Highly recommended.
Harihara from India
No words can say how much I like this. The best series ever.
Sweata from India
It is a very thrilling book and also it has an interesting mythology... I loved this book very much... I thank J.K. Rowling for writing such a great book...
Samantha from Canada
Amazing, gripping, magnificent.
Sathwik from India
Harry Potter is awesome. It has a lot of action.
Joshua from England
Harry Potter to some is a "boring", "overexaggerated" book with no life in it whatsoever. Those people are absolute idiots. J.K. Rowling's books are gripping, stunning and filled with so much literature. The magic between the pages is just thrilling, when I started reading this particular book in my youth - around 4 years ago, I'm 13 now - it was impossible to put down, I would not sleep until it was finished. Lucky for me I'm a fast reader. In a few words Harry Potter is amazing: gripping and intelligent.
Shubham Mk from India
Just one word... CLASSIC!!! Thumbs up!!
Sarah from Pakistan
I liked this book very much, but this is my first book in the Harry Potter series and now I am very excited to read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets which I've got to read in the school holidays but this book is really awesome and I hope Chamber of Secrets will also be as interesting as this!!!
Julia from America
I thought it was brill!
Jimwel from Philippines
I really love the Harry Potter books, in fact I already finished reading all those 7 series and I really crave for more books. Hope J.K. Rowling make additional series but I don't suppose she will. But who knows?
Tom Marvolo Riddle from England
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is the best book of all time!
Ieuan Jones from UK
I love Harry Potter but I think the first one lacks some action, where as the others have a lot of action from near the start, like Chamber of Secrets - there's the bit near the end where Harry kills the Basilisk and the Prisoner of Azkaban, there's the Womping Willow, whereas the first one isn't very exiting because all it is the first part of the end they get through that in like 2 mins of the film and then all they do is play chess and then Harry goes on to get bought in a fire for like a minute and then all it is is him in bed and Dumbledore steeling his sweet. So yeah, it isn't the best book but I think I would put it about 6th out of the eight :D
Amelia from Australia
I LOVE THIS BOOK AND ALL THE OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES!! They are so engaging and make the reader actually want to be a wizard!! I am absolutely crazy about Harry Potter!! My room is filled with Harry Potter stuff because I am so in-love with these books!!!
Andy from Reading
I have heard a lot of criticism of these books by quite a few adults, and whilst the writing may not be the best they are quite clearly wrong. These books have successfully engaged not just millions of young people across the world but millions of adults as well. Any author who can achieve such a following must be doing something right. Sometimes you just have to enjoy the story and go with the flow, yes there are shortcomings, however in this case it doesn't really matter if it gets millions of people engaged in reading.
Sarah from London
GREAT! That's all I can say!
Cat Fitzpatrick from London
A children's classic, what more can you say? Luckily I was eleven when the first book came out so I was the right age to follow them over the years, but I go back to them again and again even though I'm an adult because there's so much joy to be had in this magic, vivid world. It's funny, charming, heart-breaking and utterly wonderful.
Visenna from Poland
Really great, but still rather for younger readers.
Ankita from India
I love to watch the Harry Potter series.
Adam from Gregory
J.K. Rowling has sharp, lucid prose that carries Harry Potter beyond the realms of simple children's fantasy and into that of timeless literature. It's accessible and clear but at times it can be poetic and downright funny. In addition to her concise writing style, Harry Potter is populated with interesting and relatable characters that the reader can (and will) fall in love with. Yes, you could argue the plot devices are nothing we haven't seen before. Sometimes they even border on cliche. And yes, you could also argue that the villain is a bit too simple on the morality side of things. But none of this really matters, because the Harry Potter series are a helluva lot of fun to read and have a blast-ended-skrewt-sized heart.
Ian from Lisburn
The greatest fantasy series of a generation. If you haven't read these books yet please come out of your cave and rejoin the rest of the world!!! They reminded me why I love reading and fantasy.
Sharnali from London
The Harry Potter books to me are AWESOME!!! They are legendary. J.K Rowling is an inspiration, a William Shakespeare of the present day! ;]
Leisale from Vanuatu
The only word I have for the Harry Potter series is that they are... AWESOME!!!!
Kaan Can from Turkey
Harry Potter's magical world was created perfectly by JK Rowling. It's really interesting!!! The book series and movies are great!! This is a world phenomenon!! Read these books!
Samir from Oran
I wasn't going to read the Harry Potter series because I thought it was an overrated children's book. But one day, I decided that I had to see for myself why so many people liked this series. I couldn't be more wrong. It's an amazing fantasy series with a very solid and interesting mythology. The first book is great but the following books are even better.
Laura from England
I love Harry Potter, I started reading it in primary school and I keep re-reading the whole series - it's amazing! I love the magic of it all, it's so unique. I must have read the series through at least 6 times now, and I don't get bored! They are brilliant. I love all the characters, they're so interesting. This book is just....wow! Not my favourite of the series but I still love it... I like it when they go through the trap door, it's hard to stop reading :)
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