Book Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

by Melissa on January 1, 2010 · 0 comments

in 9-12, ATOS 5.0-5.9, Adventure, Fantasy, Lexile 800-899, Made into a movie, Part of a series or set

Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Series: Harry Potter, Book 1
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Author: J.K. Rowling
Lexile: [?] 880L
ATOS Level: [?] 5.5
Parent Rating:
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Rating: 5.0/5 (1 vote cast)
Go For Ages: 9-12


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.


A favorite book for an entire generation of kids, but not without some controvery. If you are okay with your child imaginging themselves a witch or wizard, you probably won’t have any concerns with this book.  Like many books in a series, the story grows darker as you continue into the series.  Don’t assume that because the first book is fine that all of them are appropriate for a 9 year-old.


Level 1 [?]

Sexual Content

Adult kisses another on the cheek.


Item described as looking like a ‘cigarette lighter’. Adults drink brandy and wine, and there are several instances of it changing their behavior (kissing someone, revealing secrets), getting drunk.


Mention of  ‘letter bombs’. Boy drives over neighbor’s dog and throws a tortoise. Adult holds a gun on an intruder. Uncle threatens Harry with ‘good beating’. There are resident ghosts at the school who interact with the kids-including the victim of a botched beheading. Multiple creepy references to blood being on things. A dark wizard threatens (and tries) to kill Harry. Harry and his friends in some peril, including facing a troll and a 3-headed dog.


Harry’s parents are dead and he is being raised by his aunt and uncle who actively dislike him, abuse and neglect him. Kids are bullied and beaten up, including a child who stutters. Spoiled kid physically hurts his parents.


Witches, wizards, ghosts, poltergeists, fortunetelling. ‘There is no good and evil, there is only power, and those too weak to seek it.’

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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating

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