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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Book by J.K. Rowling

Updated on August 12, 2015

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Philosopher’s Stone in UK) is a great book to introduce your child to reading a series instead of smaller paperbacks. Totaling 7 books, the Harry Potter series follows the titular character as he attends school over the 7 years required to graduate from Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. What I noticed when I read it the first time, is that it seemed to be written in such a way as to cater to a younger audience.  

The first book is the shortest, and you can really tell that Rowling took extra time to gear it towards pre-teens who haven’t read many books. For example, during dialogue, you will notice she identifies the characters each and every time they speak. As an adult, I found this quite annoying. Later I realized that these specific tactics will help younger readers follow what is going on and who is

As the series progresses, Rowling addresses more mature topics, like justice, loyalty, romance, and even death. Each book seems to go a little bit deeper and addresses more mature topics.

I have made a deal with my son that really seems to work well. As we finish each book, we watch the movie afterwards. This allows a break from reading every night, but also encourages him to finish the book. I have even caught him skipping ahead from time to time! Right now we are reading “Goblet of Fire.” I am really looking forward to the rest of the stories with my son. With him along with me, it is almost like reading them again with him is like I am reading them again, for the first time.


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