Harry Potter à l'école des sorciers (French Edition) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-20 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 111 user ratings

" Re-read again, this time it was the illustrated edition! " said.

I’m putting aside precious reading time to try and formulate a review for y’all so you should be grateful (and not attack me for my rating)

So clearly, I had a very very sad childhood since I had not read Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, or any other of those “must-read-or-else-you-never-experienced-happiness-as-a-child” kind of books. But I was actually a pretty happy kid. Go figure.


Harry Potter #1 was a GOOD book. It was fascinating, it was adventurous, it was different, and it was also average.

Now, I don’t mean average in a bad way, I mean that there was nothing in the book that made me gasp or cry or shout out in frustration or anticipation. It was a good book, nothing more nothing less.


I just want to say !! ALL OF YOUR JUDGEMENT IS CLOUDED by your nostalgia !! – there I said it, bye.

Everyone read this book as a kid, and yes that’s AWESOME im soooooooo happy for you and that you get to experience your childhood all over again with rereads. However comma as a person who’s reading this book with purely unbiased (im giving myself too much credit here) eyes, I have come to the professional conclusion that this book will not IN FACT knock your woolen socks off.

But it’s definitely fun to read.

The writing is clear, it’s easy to binge, its short and to the point without over-wordy prose. The plot was interesting. The characters were fun (thought Harry Potter is suffering from a serious case of Special Snowflake Syndrome).

So yes, it was a nice read. But so were many other books I read this year and this one definitely didn’t instill some newfound love in my soul for magic and wizards and woolen socks – I already have enough there, initially.


I’m just fricken glad I’m starting to get all the references all you muggles throw around all the time.

Don’t worry, I will most definitely be continuing with this series. :)))

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

3 stars!!



but hey, now I'll know what the colourful hat sorting names mean. :)))

Buddy read with the wonderful, Lacy and Peer Pressure
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"I read this book a couple of years ago and, for some unknown reason, never continued on. It was just as wonderfully magical as I remembered, a breath of fresh air during what is usually a stressful time of year for me. I have yet to find a story that feels so pure and childlike that appeals to such a broad range of people. There’s something for everyone here; whether you are 10 or 100, Hogwarts is a place you can escape to and enjoy hearty adventures that you won’t find elsewhere.

I truly love all of the characters and feel the entire cast is well done, but my personal favorites are the Weasley twins, Hagrid, and Professor McGonnall. While I’ve seen all the movies and know the general storyline, I’m really excited to experience the story “first hand” and see what all was left out from the films. I’m also intrigued to find out more about each house, especially the ones that took a backseat in this story. Not sure if I can say anything that hasn’t been said before, but I loved it!

Buddy read with Sam of Clues and Reviews!
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"As wonderful and magical as promised. Because I didn't remember the movie, the third act of the book was a delightful surprise to me.

I wish I'd had this book when I was a kid, because the idea that someone could be special without knowing it, and then get to visit a special world where the things that made him different were the same things that made him awesome would have been really inspiring to me.

Anne's finishing this, too, and I have to wait for her before I start in on the second book ... HURRY UP ANNE!
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"Can 35 Million Book Buyers Be Wrong? Yes.

Taking arms against Harry Potter, at this moment, is to emulate Hamlet taking arms against a sea of troubles. By opposing the sea, you won't end it. The Harry Potter epiphenomenon will go on, doubtless for some time, as J. R. R. Tolkien did, and then wane.

The official newspaper of our dominant counter-culture, The New York Times, has been startled by the Potter books into establishing a new policy for its not very literate book review. Rather than crowd out the Grishams, Clancys, Crichtons, Kings, and other vastly popular prose fictions on its fiction bestseller list, the Potter volumes will now lead a separate children's list. J. K. Rowling, the chronicler of Harry Potter, thus has an unusual distinction: She has changed the policy of the policy-maker.

Imaginative Vision

I read new children's literature, when I can find some of any value, but had not tried Rowling until now. I have just concluded the 300 pages of the first book in the series, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," purportedly the best of the lot. Though the book is not well written, that is not in itself a crucial liability. It is much better to see the movie, "The Wizard of Oz," than to read the book upon which it was based, but even the book possessed an authentic imaginative vision. "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" does not, so that one needs to look elsewhere for the book's (and its sequels') remarkable success. Such speculation should follow an account of how and why Harry Potter asks to be read.

The ultimate model for Harry Potter is "Tom Brown's School Days" by Thomas Hughes, published in 1857. The book depicts the Rugby School presided over by the formidable Thomas Arnold, remembered now primarily as the father of Matthew Arnold, the Victorian critic-poet. But Hughes' book, still quite readable, was realism, not fantasy. Rowling has taken "Tom Brown's School Days" and re-seen it in the magical mirror of Tolkein. The resultant blend of a schoolboy ethos with a liberation from the constraints of reality-testing may read oddly to me, but is exactly what millions of children and their parents desire and welcome at this time.

In what follows, I may at times indicate some of the inadequacies of "Harry Potter." But I will keep in mind that a host are reading it who simply will not read superior fare, such as Kenneth Grahame's "The Wind in the Willows" or the "Alice" books of Lewis Carroll. Is it better that they read Rowling than not read at all? Will they advance from Rowling to more difficult pleasures?

Rowling presents two Englands, mundane and magical, divided not by social classes, but by the distinction between the "perfectly normal" (mean and selfish) and the adherents of sorcery. The sorcerers indeed seem as middle-class as the Muggles, the name the witches and wizards give to the common sort, since those addicted to magic send their sons and daughters off to Hogwarts, a Rugby school where only witchcraft and wizardry are taught. Hogwarts is presided over by Albus Dumbeldore as Headmaster, he being Rowling's version of Tolkein's Gandalf. The young future sorcerers are just like any other budding Britons, only more so, sports and food being primary preoccupations. (Sex barely enters into Rowling's cosmos, at least in the first volume.)


The first half of a little piece I wrote from the Journal in July 2000. Rest is available at [].
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" This doesn't really need a review, does it?This series is brilliant and it will live on forever in our hearts and minds. " said.

"“There are some things you can't share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.”

Harry Potter is the most amazing series that I have ever read in my whole life, and it probably forever will be. I will never love any books as much as I love these. I don't think I have to tell you guys about how good this book is because most of you have already read it anyway.

I haven't written a review so far because I just did not feel the need to put this obvious opinion into words. I don't think anything I write here hasn't been said already. But I've just read the illustrated edition by Jim Kay and if it is possible, it makes this book even more outstanding than it already is. Jim Kay is awesome. Maybe you have read A Monster Calls and already know him. If not, you should definitley reconsider your life choices.
I am certainly going to buy an edition of this, it's so pretty I could die. Looking forward to the illustrated sequels!

1000/5 stars.

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"Here are three reasons why Harry Potter rocks my socks:

1.A Better World

One of the main reasons Harry Potter is so wonderful is because Rowling shows you a boring world; it is the world of reality, dry, boring and ordinary. Then under it she reveals fantasy; she reveals everything a reader longs for: she reveals pure escapism. I still want to go to Hogwarts. I always will.


2. We’re all a bit like Harry

Okay so not many of us are orphans, and not many of us are practically abused in their own homes, but a lot of us feel isolated in the world, a lot of us wish for a fantastic group of friends as a child. I know I did, and this again leads back to my first point. Not everyone finds a Ron and Hermione.


3. The magic

Seems a bit of an obvious point doesn’t it? But, seriously, not many books have such a well-developed system. We have different categories, spell names, potions and books, lots of books on magic. And who doesn’t like books on magic?

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