Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Analysis

J. K. Rowling


In some ways, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is a traditional English boarding school located in the fairy-green countryside well...

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Literary Qualities

Whether because they offer a natural metaphor for coming-of-age audiences transitioning into the adult world, or because— either in cause...

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Social Sensitivity

In a television interview aired in July of 2000—just prior to the release of the muchanticipated fourth Harry Potter book—eminent...

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(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Beahm, George. Muggles and Magic: An Unofficial Guide to J. K. Rowling and the Harry Potter Phenomenon. 2d ed. Charlottesville, Va.: Hampton Roads, 2006.

Blake, Andrew. The Irresistible Rise of Harry Potter: Kid-Lit in a Globalized World. London: Verso, 2002.

Eccleshare, Julia. A Guide to the Harry Potter Novels. London: Continuum, 2002.

Gupta, Suman. Re-Reading Harry Potter. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.

Heilman, Elizabeth, ed. Harry Potter’s World: Multidisciplinary Critical Perspectives. New York: Routledge, 2002.

Nel, Philip. J. K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” Novels: A Reader’s Guide. London: Continuum, 2001

Smith, Sean. J. K. Rowling: A Biography. London: Michael O’Mara, 2001.

Whited, Lana A., ed. The Ivory Tower and Harry Potter: Perspectives on a Literary Phenomenon. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2004.

Topics for Discussion

1. J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone introduces readers to all sorts of interesting magical objects (the Nimbus...

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Ideas for Reports and Papers

1. The Harry Potter books are set in England, but the author, J. K. Rowling, lives in Scotland. What has the relationship between England and...

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Related Titles / Adaptations

To date, there are four "Harry Potter" books, each successively describing the adventures of one academic year at Hogwarts School of...

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For Further Reference

Cart, Michael. Review of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Booklist (September 15,1998). In a glowing review, Cart praises...

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