Details - Author: J.K. Rowling Illustrator: Mary Gramps - Genre: Fantasy
- Topics: Magical Elements, Fantasy - Novel Form: Fiction - Publisher: Scholastic Inc. (USA) - Publication Date: 1 September 1998 (USA)
- Length Of Novel: 309 Pages - Publisher's Recommended Age(s): 9 - 12 - Parental Guidance: 6 - 8 - Read Alone: 9+
- Awards: ALA Best & Notable Books
- Synopsis: Harry Potter has no idea how famous he might be. That's because he's being raised by his miserable Aunt & Uncle who are terrified Harry will learn that he's really 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.
- Information - 5/10: Themes: (Mild/Moderate) The Supernatural (immortality, Sorcerer's Stone, centaurs, dragons, broomsticks, wands, fantasy elements/creatures, friendship, self-sacrifice, ghosts, spirits)
- 4/10: Violence: (Children are in peril a great percentage of the time, but attacked by fantasy creatures usually. A three-headed dog chases Harry, Ronald and Hermione. Harry and Draco come into contact with a bloody injured Unicorn and are chased by a hooded figure in the Forbidden Forest. Harry, Ronald and Hermione fight a Mountain Troll and knock it unconscious, are nearly crushed by a constricting plant, are chased by flying keys, and injured by a life-sized chess board. Mostly friendly ghosts roam the halls of Hogwarts, one ghost (Nearly Headless Nick) shows how he got his name. Harry has flashbacks to the (bloodless) death of his parents, one involving a figure with blood dripping down it's chin. There is also discussions about how they died and the one who killed them).
- 2/10 - Language: Very Mild (there is two or three uses of 'God'. One or two uses of 'hell' and 'damn'. One use of the phrase 'Merlin's beard'
- 0/10: Sex Scenes/References: (None) - 0/10: Nudity: (None) - 0/10: Drugs: (None) - 11/50 = 22% - PG = 6 - 8 - Read Alone = 9+