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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

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A young boy named Harry Potter receives an invitation to Hogwarts, a school of wizardry. With the help of his new friends Ron and Hermione, the young Harry Potter discovers a plot to steal a secret item hidden at the school. In his adventures, he will understand some secrets about his own past.




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A magical book
By Jack Anderson on September 1, 2017
 (8/10)

At the time of writing these words, "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" is the only book of the Harry Potter series that I have read. So this review is not taking any of the following books into consideration.
In a way, this novel is a classic. It contains all the elements of a great children's book, but it has this little added thing that the other books do not have. I will even go so far as to say that this book is part magic.
What is it, you ask? First, the ......
If I had to say negative things, I would argue that the story is actually more a number of small scenes going from one onto another, without a really narration, which is quite obvious when watching the movie adaptation of the book. There are a lot of small episodic scenes, but none truly matter or have a real purpose into the overal story. The real story of the actual philosopher's stone starts quite late.
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Not only that, but the conclusion of the book is quite rushed - so rushed that I cannot even call this a Deus Ex Machina, since we don't even see Dumbledore rescuing Harry and taking the stone. It reminds me of the scene from the first "The Lord of the Rings" book, where Frodo is being faced by the black knights in the middle of a river and suddenly wakes up in a warm bed. The trick is a bit too obvious.
But still, this book is a great read and definitely a page turner. Number of pages is perfect.
Also, I really recommend the audiobook version, read by Stephen Frye, which takes 8 hours and 23 minutes.
I give it 4 stars (low) out of 5. Excellent classic children's book that adults will love as much as their own children.




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