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8th September '18
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
This first book out of the seven book extravaganza written by J K Rowling introduces the audience to a magical world for the first time, and it does so in a smooth and comfortable fashion, introducing both you and Harry to strange wonders never yet experienced. Doing it this way manages to make the transition into the world of magic an easy and pleasant experience. Rowling has built a strong and multi-layered world with immense amounts of detail, yet it is written in such a way that it doesn’t feel tedious or as though you are being fed all the information at once as is the case with many fantasy novels. Through Harry’s eyes you encounter wands, monsters and spells with their magical properties, purposes and history laid out in small, easily consumable chunks. This means that the book never ceases to envelope you in its world or characters, whereas many epic fantasies have a habit of pulling you aside in a rather obvious fashion and explaining every newly encountered item referenced.
The books biggest triumph however is its characters. The friendship between Harry, Ron and Hermione blooms beautifully and you can not help but take the characters straight into your heart. All the characters, teachers, students and villains alike have truly believable personalities, all with their own eccentricities and flaws which more often than not help to make them the truly loveable/hate-able and long standing characters they will become. These friendships and relationships drive the book forward, providing comical respite and emotional engagement along the way. It is this aspect of the book that is at it’s heart, without the intense and realistic friendship dynamic between the three key characters the book would never make it past chapter one.
The first book in the series does have a more adolescent feel to it as well; the simplicity on it’s surface gives way to much darker suggestions on second readings but it can make an adults first attempt a little frustrating at times. It hasn’t stopped the book becoming the immensely popular phenomenon it has though, which you would expect for many people should speak for itself.
19th November '17
trissebby read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
I really like all the mythical creatures and the villains. It has a very sad story line because harry potter's parents died for the villainous Voldemort even though Voldemort is my favourite character. 
23rd May '18
I read it myself (an adult) , to Noah16 aged 11 aged 11 , to Jacob06 aged 9 aged 9 & to Poppy27 aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
Wow, what a book, definitely one of my all time favourites. The world JK Rowling creates is breathtakingly exciting, everything, the storyline, the characters the world it is set in, is so well written that it is all too easy to imagine you are at Hogwarts ( the school for witches and wizards) yourself. This book is a classic, a must read, and not just once but over and over again. Perfect for independent readers, and also great to read aloud at bedtimes. All my children love this book too.
23rd January '18
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
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 some 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.

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 Philosopher’s 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.
10th April '19
RFiglet read it themselves aged 12 aged 12
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 9780747571667
5 stars
IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE HARRY POTTER BOOKS, WHY HAVEN'T YOU ALREADY? START READING! You can probaably tell that I'm a bit of a Potterhead (I'm a Hufflepuff, by the way) but seriously, this is like a must-read for all people (unless you're a bit too young for it, obviously, but there's always later). This is probably my second favourite in the series (after the Goblet of Fire) because it feels like I'm the one suddenly being introduced into the magical world and it feels - well - magical. From quidditch (did you know that muggle-quidditch is a sport) to battleing in with a giant, violent wizard chess set: it's the sort of book that you read and then read the next one straight after, and then the next and the next, until before you know it, you've finished the entire series within a week. My favourite characters were Hermione and Professor McGonagall - I find myself identifying with their intelligence, wit and sarcasm. I think I'm going on a bit now but seriously READ THIS BOOK!!!!
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Joanne Rowling (J.K Rowling) is a British author and screenwriter, best known for her internationally best-selling and award winning Harry Potter children's series of books. 

J.K. Rowling was born on 31st July 1965 and spent her childhood in Gloucestershire and Gwent,...

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