Series: Harry Potter #1
Published by Bloomsbury on October 6, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction
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Prepare to be spellbound by Jim Kay's dazzling depiction of the wizarding world and much loved characters in this full-colour illustrated hardback edition of the nation's favourite children's book – Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Brimming with rich detail and humour that perfectly complements J.K. Rowling's timeless classic, Jim Kay's glorious illustrations will captivate fans and new readers alike.
When a letter arrives for unhappy but ordinary Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is revealed to him that apparently he's the last to know. His parents were wizards, killed by a Dark Lord's curse when Harry was just a baby, and which he somehow survived. Leaving his unsympathetic aunt and uncle for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry stumbles upon a sinister mystery when he finds a three-headed dog guarding a room on the third floor. Then he hears of a missing stone with astonishing powers, which could be valuable, dangerous – or both. An incredible adventure is about to begin!
This book started it all for me as a child. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone taught me that reading can be fun and enjoyable. I first read the series when I was ten or eleven, and I have been reading ever since.
This year I have started the re-read the series from the beginning. I found this book to be just as well with not better than when I first read it. It is amazing no matter how many times you re-read a book there is always something new to discover. (Can I just say I am still mad at the movies for leaving out Peeves!)
The illustrated edition brought even more life to the book that I didn’t know was possible. I really enjoyed the moving animations and images that helped to really enhance the reading experience. I hope that they continue to do this with the rest of the Harry Potter books.
Rowling’s writing is like no other. She draws you in keeps you wanting to learn more. She always seems to tie every last piece of information she gives, to more information and create a huge story line. Her storytelling skills are among the best.
I have many favorite characters throughout the series but Professor McGongall and Professor Dumbledore are my two favorites. It’s even better that they are both first introduced in the first chapter of the book. Professor McGonagall’s ability to transfigure into a cat is so cool. Of course cats are pretty cool by themselves! 🙂 Dumbledore fascinates me by his actions and how calculated each movement is with him.
Overall this book is great for any age. There is magic and adventure around each chapter. What more could we ask for, besides another book. Of course Rowling continues delivers in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets!