The Sorcerer's Stone

The first book in the Harry Potter series

Written by J.K. Rowling

Published by Scholastic Corporation, 1998

ISBN: 0590353403

Genre: Fantasy


Nestlé Smarties Book Prize


The Sorcerer's Stone is a classic tale of magic and discovery. Harry is just a boy living in England, until he finds out that he's a wizard. He is sent to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he will learn to harness and control his magic. The story combines the elements of magic and whimsy with great word choice, believable dialogue, and characters that are surprisingly easy to connect to.

One thing I absolutely loved about the book was that the dialogue for the characters, setting, and time was believable. Nowadays, most books have teens talking like scholars or even complete idiots, when they could be neither. The characters in this book, though, spoke in manners that worked with their personalities and the fact that it took place in a magical 1990's England. Hermione, for example, was very uptight and academic. She spoke properly throughout the story and used words that sounded right coming from her. Ron wasn't the brightest, so he spoke with less large words. This fit his character. Another thing that this book held was brilliant word choice. The author was descriptive but not pompous, which made it easy to visualize everything. I was able to have a vivid image in my head of the character's appearances and the settings. I could see Harry's shaggy black hair, scar, and bright green eyes. I could see the rolling fields and magical creatures that Hogwarts held. The choice of words in this book really helped it come to life. Lastly, the characters are surprisingly easy to connect to. While I'm not a witch, I can still connect to Hermione on the basis that I stress and care about my grades too much. I could even connect to Professor McGonagall on the grounds that both of us get easily irritated, especially by children. The author doesn't leave any reader out and allows room for everyone to connect to the characters in some way. I highly recommend reading this book if you haven't already.

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Further Explorations

  • Do you want to have your own journey through the world of Harry Potter? Here is an interactive website created by the author herself.
  • Magic is a major theme in the book. Here is an article on the kind of "magic" we use now and the future of it.
  • If you're looking for a sweet treat, this is a recipe to making one of the chocolates in the book.
  • If you want to see more of the school, here's an atlas of Hogwarts.*
  • Since this book was adapted into a movie, there's a trailer. *

*Not accessible on chromebooks.

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