Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, written by J. Rowling, is a modern fantasy whose title alone brings the anticipation of magic. The cover illustration and the chapter headings, as well as the illustrations at the beginning of each chapter, will make the reader anticipate excitement and intrigue. The size of the print and the length of the book seem to deem the age range for this book is mid grade school to junior high, yet people of all ages enjoy it. The opening page ends with one sentence that will leave the reader waiting for more and anticipating an extraordinary story. .
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone tells a great story that children especially will enjoy because there is so much action and the plot is original and different. This story is not realistic yet it is believable and credible. The plot in this story goes in logical order and leaves no room for guessing because the author gives more than enough preparation for the events to come. The story as a whole has cause and effect and this makes the story easier to understand. There is an identifiable climax in this story and it occurs when Harry finds out about the Sorcerer's Stone and the events that lead up to the climax make it extremely exciting. Over all the plot in this story is incredibly well constructed.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone takes place outside of London in modern times. The time is indicated by the use of modern inventions (such as cars, toasters, and televisions) yet time seems to be distorted to add elements to the story that make it more interesting (for example, old fashioned uniforms are worn to boarding schools). The setting makes the story more interesting to the reader and it also affects the characters by placing them into a whole different world than that we are used to. This story has universal implications and could take place just about any time and any place. .
The theme of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is that if you keep trying and never give up eventually you will get what you deserve.