Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Book Review

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HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE

JEFFREN PANCHO-MIGUEL
BSED – ENGL 3
English 20, TTh 2:35

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (also Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone) is a magical, fantasy, and fictional novel written by New York Times Bestselling British Author Joanne K. Rowling, popularly known as JK Rowling. It is the first installation of the Harry Potter series. The story is all about a young boy named Harry Potter, who is known to be the only person who survived the killing curse Avada Kedavra that was casted by the evil wizard Lord Voldemort. Together with his two new friends Hermione Granger and Ronald Weasley, Harry Potter explores the magical world as a first year student of the historic school for young witches and wizards, the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As the story goes on, the three protagonists will find out that they have part to play in the downfall of the evil Lord Voldemort.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was originally published as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on June 26, 1997 by Bloomsbury in London, with the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) 0-590-35340-3. A US edition was also published by Scholastic Corporation, and was released on September 1998, exclusively in the United States. The book is renamed “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” in the US. According to the Potter Mad Website (2012), “it was renamed due to apparent inconsistencies with the American and British understanding of the word "philosopher's" which potentially could damage US sales.” Internationally, the book costs $ 10.99. In the Philippines, however, the book is available in all leading bookstores, and costs Php 375.00 only. With such an affordable price, the readers will be able to enter the magical world of Harry Potter, experience what is like to be a student of Hogwarts, be acquainted with different charms, spells, and curses including different magical creatures, and encounter weird-flavored pastries you’ve never heard existed. According to JK Rowling, she started working on the Harry Potter sequence in 1990. She also said that the idea of writing such a fantastic novel simply fell into her head. Most of the time, she wrote the novel in a cafés. In an interview by Heather Riccio in Hilary Magazine, Rowling said that she finished writing the manuscript for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on an old manual typewriter. As the readers read the novel, they will notice that the story is written in third person omniscient point of view. In this case, there is a narrator in the story, who knows all of the thoughts of the main characters.

The book is an example of Children’s Literature, in which the target readers are children of ages 9 to 12. Despite the fact that the book is intended for children, many adolescents, even adults enjoy reading the book, for it not just simply entertains the readers with its profound use of imagination and creativity. It also gives the readers in-depth morals and lessons which may encourage them to be courageous, to be helpful for those in need, to be faithful in oneself, to be extraordinary in ordinary things, and to be a good student and friend at the same time.

The story started in medias res, in the middle of the sequence of events. It means that something happened in the “before of the beginning” of the story. Although the events are arranged chronologically in the Table of Contents, the readers will be going back to certain events that had happened before the story started. These events that had happened before the beginning are stated on the book. The reader must remember these events for better understanding of certain occurrences in the story later on.

Rowling has written the novel creatively, using different kinds of words that would make the readers analyze what they read. She used different kinds of figurative languages in such a way that the readers will be able to appreciate the beauty...
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