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KS2 reading books: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

British bestselling author J.K. Rowling

British bestselling author J.K. Rowling is one of the most prominent writers of our time. She has become quite successful in developing a reading habit in the school going children through her really amazing Harry Potter books.

The first book of the series

In the first book of this series, ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’, the author has depicted a thrilling adventure of Harry Potter in a breathtaking manner. Rowling’s astounding ability and talent as a children’s writer has made this book widely accepted among children, and also readers of all ages around the world.

Experts consider this book as the most entertaining of the famous series, and also best written by Rowling. When the book was first published in 1997, it gained immense popularity and huge commercial success, in addition to the critical acclamation.

In this book, Rowling presents the story of Harry Potter and his two new friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, who try to settle down in their first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and in the process get involved in a big challenge to deal with the evil power. Harry is a likeable character, who lost his parents at an early age. He had to struggle immensely at the home of his awful Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia, and also had to put up with his unbearable cousin, Dudley.

At his eleventh birthday, Harry suddenly discovers that he is a wizard, and finds himself absolutely overwhelmed at the strange and amazing world of magic when he reaches the Hogwarts School. He starts to believe that he is an integral part of this thrilling world, with innumerable things that are surprising. With extraordinary magical power, Harry also realizes the responsibility to defeat the most powerful and evil wizard, Voldemort.



More about the book

Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone- J.K. RowlingDespite the fact that Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is a book about magic, it also deals with the reality, showing how to settle in a new school and make friends, when to obey the rules of the school and when to overlook them, etc. You will also find plenty of humour in the book, with funny types of magic, e.g. while collecting all of the Hogwart’s kit from the Diagon Alley. Harry displays his courage and determination to deal with the evil magic, which is beautifully portrayed in this book. The character of Harry Potter also shows the importance of true friendship, and love, which helped him tackle all the challenges. In addition to get entertained, children can also learn valuable life lessons when they read this wonderful book on the awe-inspiring Harry Potter.


More on the author of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’s book?

Rowling’s strong narrative writing style with straightforward language is truly commendable, who knows very well how to keep the readers interested to read the book till the end. She has successfully blended the ideas from Greek mythology and European folklore, which has worked well to make this book incredibly popular.

J.K. Rowling should be given immense credit to bring back the reading habits in our children, who have already started to avoid reading books due to the huge proliferation of computers and mobile devices. We should be truly grateful to the author for this reason.



What do others say about Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’s book?

One of the readers commented on this book at Amazon in this way:

“This novel is an extraordinary adventure. It shows heroism, love, compassion, and friendship. It is such a magical tale, that I have read it five times. I suggest that everyone throughout the world should read this enthralling tale. When reading this book you get swept into a world of fantasy, where dragons are real, magic is everywhere, and you never know what will happen next.”


Others books by the same writer

If you wanted to quench your thirst for more adventures of Harry Potter, there is also an excellent set available at Amazon. The first three books of this popular series: ‘Philosopher’s Stone’, ‘Chamber of Secrets’, and ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ are included in this gorgeous boxed set. If you are not an avid reader yourself, this set can be the ideal gift to your beloved ones. Young or older readers will be delighted and especially those who are new to the miraculous world of Harry Potter.

Click here to find out more on the set and on other books in the Harry Potter’s collection!

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