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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

What's Harry got that other children's books don't? Mass appeal -- that's what! Find out why in these reviews from both the young and the young at heart.
Updated: December 1, 2022

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone


harry_potter.gifParents and kids alike are raving about Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone . What's the secret ingredient that sets this book apart from other children's literature? Here are a few insights from readers both young and old(er).

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"The bully gets his comeuppance, and the good guy gets the magic powers. I wish real-life were more like Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone!"

-- Anna, age 31

"What's so great about Harry Potter? Oh, it's only the best book in the whole entire world. I don't like fantasy that much, but when my friends urged me to try it, I figured, why not? I picked it up and literally couldn't put it down. I woke up at 6:00 in the morning so I could finish it. That's pretty early for me.

I just had to find out what would happen to Harry -- who went from living with the mean Dursleys to a wonderful school of witches and wizards where anything could happen. I wish I could go to school with Harry. I wish I were a wizard. And for those 230 pages I was a wizard with him!"

-- Karen, age 11

"This book is great to read aloud to little kids. It stretches their minds, and you don't get bored in the process!"

-- Nancy, age 42

"I am really enjoying Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, even though I'm only in the middle of it. It makes me want to keep reading because so many things happen -- like Dudley's birthday and how he wants to go to the zoo without Harry, but Harry has to come.

It is quite a long book for me to read. I am reading some of it to myself, and my sister is reading some of it to me.

--Danny, age 8

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