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|For use in schools and libraries only. After 10 miserable years with his aunt and uncle, Harry Potter is invited to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Each book follows another year in Harry's education while more of his frightening destiny is revealed.|
Read by Jim Dale 8 hours 17 minutes, 7 CDs Harry Potter has no idea how famous he is. That's because he's being raised by his miserable muggle aunt and uncle who are terrified Harry will learn that he's a wizard, just as his parents were. But everything changes when Harry is summoned to attend an infamous school for wizards and he begins to discover some clues about his illustrious birthright. From the surprising way he is greeted by a lovable giant, to the unique curriculum and colorful faculty at his unusual school, Harry finds himself drawn deep inside a mystical world he never knew existed and closer to his own noble destiny.
Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
|Author||J. K. Rowling|
|Series||Harry Potter Ser.|
|Publisher||Random House Audio Publishing Group|
|Series Volume Number||Year 1|
|Grade From||Fifth Grade|
|Grade To||Eighth Grade|
|Age Range||10 - UP|
|Read by||Jim Dale|
|"A charming, imaginative, magical confection of a novel." -- Boston Globe "Harry is destined for greatness." -- The New York Times|
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The story begins with Hagrid bringing the infant Harry to Privit Drive, where he links up with Professors Dumbledore and McGonnagal. Harry's parents were just killed by Voldermort, the most powerful dark wizard in history. Harry not only somehow survived Voldermort's attack, but the magical rebound destroyed Voldermort in the process. Dumbledore gives the orphan child to Petunia Dursley, Harry's aunt, to protect him until Harry becomes old enough to go to school.
In a very Brother's Grimm story line, Harry is treated less than kindly by his guardians and comes out of the experience humble but otherwise well adjusted. On his 11th birthday, Hagrid returns and explains to Harry that he is a wizard and is accepted to Hogwards School of Wizardry and Witchcraft.
At Hogwarts, Harry is awed by the wondrous workings of magic and quickly makes friends for life: Ronald and Hermione. Just as quickly, he meets the boy who will be a major nuisance for the rest of the series: Draco.
Harry has mixed success academically, but has especial trouble with Professor Snape. Snape has a loathing for Harry that goes back to when Harry's father was in school. To balance out his so-so book smarts and the irrational hatred of a professor, Harry learns that he is a natural at broom flying and makes school history by becoming a member of the Quidich team as a fist year student.
The real plot, however, centers around the Sorcerer's Stone, which is an enchanted chemical that can prolong life indefinitely or even raise the dead. Harry is certain that Voldermort, is after it. Harry and co race to discover its secret hiding place before Voldermort's minion does.
Rowling has created a rich world of magic that is believable. She blends an exciting mystery with fantastic fantasy. She was able to create a book that appeals to adults while still appropriate for younger children- no small feat at all.
Rowling fills her world with ghosts, animated paintings, moving stairs, shape changers, mythical beasts, interesting people and amazing spells. So much detail is given that she can easily hide important clues in plain sight. As a reader, it is easy to miss a clue because the mind is distracted with what the ghosts or paintings are doing.
Rowling provides many unique and interesting characters. No two are even close to being alike (excpet for the Weasly twins, but they are effectively one mind sharing two bodies). Only with the three main characters can the reader really identify with: Harry, Ron and Hermione. We get to see what is in Harry's mind because the story is told from his perspective. He is so close to the other two that we practically know what they are thinking.
I think what really sets this book apart from others of this genre is that she was able to bring traditional mythology to the modern world without being a revisionist. It is a pleasure to recognize the creatures from Bulfinch, Brothers's Grimm and other historical sources by how they look and act. Too many times when I read modern fantasy, if the writer did not give me the name of the monster, then I would never have reconginzed its origins.
John Holland-author of Necklace of Terrersylvanous
I loved reading books -I loved the DVD
Being able to listen to the story, takes it in a whole new direction. The person reading the book is great. If you love Harry Potter you need to add listening to Harry Potter to your collection
This audio-book makes you want to go get Harry and bring him to your home to include him in your family even if he is a wizard. His upbringing with the Dursley's made me mourn for the loss of his childhood and obviously his freedom. At Hogwarts where he realized there was definite connection to his parents he also met people (Ron and Hermione for starters)who thought he was a great person and liked him for him. Having Hagrid as a personal mentor was also great. The storyline is good and keeps you on your toes. I did not guess who the bad guy was until the book revealed who it was.
Jim Dale does a wonderful job of reading this and makes you feel and see each scene and it unfolds. I have listened to this audio book (alone and with my children) a few times and it is enjoyable each and every time!
I've alway's loved my books,but now that I have diabetes my eyes aren't as good as they use to be. Now I like audio books, and when I saw that I could get the audio books cheaper on Ebay I had to buy them. Books are wonderful,and these are everything I heard they was. They take you into a world of adventure and you can be any of the people in the story that you want to be. In Harry Potter books, you're a kid again and you can be part of the adventure. When you are my age, you become alive with the story, they are wonderful books, I love them.
This is one of the best voice-acting performances I have ever heard! I was not a fan of the text, but having it performed like this totally changed my opinion of the series. The films are quite well done and the audiobook is not far off of their pace.