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Potter and the Sorcerer's
- Author: J.K. Rowling
- Ages: 10-14
- Topics: fantasy, owls, school,
- Genre: Fantasy
Harry Potter's life changes forever when he
receives a mysterious letter sent by owl
messenger inviting him to attend a very unique
kind of school. Follow Harry's adventures in his
first year of wizard school as he becomes the
star of his Quidditch team, learns a little
magic, and solves an incredible mystery.
As you read each chapter, you'll probably think of
many things to discuss. Below are some good starting
- Read the reviews that other people have written
about the book at Amazon.com.
Do you agree or disagree with the reviews? Write your
own review and compare it with your reading
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was
originally called Harry
Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Why do you
think they changed the title of the book when it was
published for the North American audience?
- Discuss what house (Hogwarts, Gryffindor,
Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin) you think the
sorting hat would select for you. Guess what house
your reading partner would select for you. Why did you
make these selections?
- How would Harry's life have been different if he
had been assigned to the Slytherin house?
- Would owls really make good messengers? Learn more
about owls and decide whether an owl would make a good
pet. Use the following sites: 42explore:
of North America, Great
Horned Owl, and Jennifer's
- Where would you go if you had an invisibility
- The mirror Erised reflects a person's desires.
What would your reflection look like? Brainstorm
different ways the mirror might be used if it
Do something together that relates to a theme in the
- A chess game is an important element near the
climax of the book. Learn to play chess at the
is Fun Site or the Beginner's
Chess Page. Play a game of chess.
- Harry loved to play a game called Quidditch. Get
out all the old recreation equipment you have sitting
in the garage. Invent your own backyard game using
pieces from different games such as a croquet mallet,
volleyball, and hoola hoop. Make your own rules, get
some exercise, and have some fun!
- As you read, you'll want to learn about the author
of the book. J.K. Rowling is the author of the Harry
Potter series. Use the following links to learn about
the author of the book.
- You can find lots of interesting games and
activities related to the Harry Potter series. Use the
following links to learn more about the book.
- Many people think Harry Potter is very similar to
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Read both
books and make a comparison.
- If you enjoy Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's
Stone, consider reading other books in the Harry
Potter series including Harry
Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and
Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
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