I think kids could start reading this particular book around age ten, although I have seen many kids read this book around the age of eight. I have also seen a lot of teenagers reading this series, so this is a book for all ages.
This book is about a twelve year old boy named Harry Potter. He lives with his Aunt Petunia, his Uncle Vernon, and their son Dudley. Harry has lived with them ever since he was born. When he was a baby his parents were murdered by a man named Lord Voldemort. Now Harry is getting letters from someone named Minerva McGonagall saying he has been accepted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry makes his way to the wizard train station where he meets Ron Weasley, who has six siblings. His oldest siblings have already graduated from Hogwarts, while his next sibling Percy is the Prefect, [ one of the four honor students of Hogwarts.] Next are twin brothers Fred and George, who are always in trouble. Then there is his little sister Ginny, who is not yet old enough to go to Hogwarts. Ron is beginning to wonder where he will fit in, and Harry thinks he can help Ron. The two boys immediately become friends, and on the Hogwarts express they meet a girl named Hermione Granger. She is an only child, and knows exactly where she fits in. She is the know it all. She has read any and every book that she thinks will help her get ahead. Once they get to Hogwarts, they are split into their section of the school, which they are all in together. Harry soon realizes that this school is not as safe as he thought it would be. One of his teachers is trying to kill him, but the problem is he does not know which one. He soon learns that there is something called the Sorcerers Stone that someone is looking for, and he has a hunch it is the teacher who is trying to kill him. Later Harry finds a magic mirror that can show whatever you want most. Harry sees his parents, and they tell him that the stone is closer than he thinks. He begins to see one of his professors sneaking around and follows him. When he finally catches up to him, he sees his teacher, professor Quirrel, taking off his hat that he always wears, and sees that Quirrel has two heads, and one is Voldemort. Quirrel tells Harry that Voldemort wants Harry dead because Harry is chosen to kill Voldemort. Quirrel then attacks Harry, and Harry grabs Quirrel, but Quirrel begins to turn to ash every time Harry touches him. After Harry escapes Quirrel, he realizes that the vision of his mother that he saw in the mirror had put the stone in Harry’s pocket. He sees that the stone is what Voldemort wanted so badly. Harry takes the stone to be destroyed. When his first year of school is over, he goes and spends his Christmas break with his aunt, uncle and cousin. He looks forward to returning for his second year at Hogwarts.
I absolutly love this book and can’t wait to read the rest of the series.
This book has no bad language, and no romance. Although the violence in this book is not bad, some things could scare younger kids: Harry’s aunt and uncle treat him horribly, and although the burning of professor Quirrel is not descriptive, it could still frighten young kids.
My favorite character is Hermione because she is funny and extremely sarcastic.
four out of five stars
author: J.K. Rowling
Paperback: 320 pages