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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling

Hey guys. I’m sure most of you, if not all of you have some knowledge of Harry Potter, whether you’ve seen the movies or read the books or have heard about him through friends or family. I myself am a devout fan of Harry Potter and I have read all the books and seen all of the movies (my family and I even took a trip to Harry Potter World, which I would recommend if you’re a fan).


If you do happen to be a fan of Harry Potter, you are in luck! All of my years on Battle of the Books I really wanted the committee that chooses the books to pick a Harry Potter book. So I think its really cool that you guys get to read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling!

Fun Fact: In England the title is Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

If you don’t know a lot about Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone then you are in luck because I am about to summarize it for you, so here we go:

Harry Potter is an orphaned boy who lives with his aunt, uncle and cousin. They are absolutely horrible to him. His bedroom is in a closet under their staircase! Well, one day something happens that would change Harry’s life forever, he receives a letter in the mail from a mysterious school of witchcraft and wizardry. He gets taken to the school by a halfblooded giant and he gets to learn all sorts of new things that he had no idea existed. Magic is everywhere and everyone in the wizarding world uses it. Harry Potter is a wizard, not to mention that everyone knows exactly who he is and what his history is — before he even figures it out.

He gets to Hogwarts and meets all kinds of people and strange things. Harry’s family leaves a legacy that he knows nothing about, but in time he does learn. He learns about a very important and terrifying wizard named Voldemort (aka the Dark Lord). There is a rumor going around that one of the teachers at Hogwarts is helping the Dark Lord and Harry knows he needs to get to the bottom of it. He has to go through all these tasks and obstacles in order to discover the person he was looking for, and when I say tasks and obstacles I mean giant three-headed dogs and vines that strangle you and a life-sized game of chess. Of course he gets through everything and saves the day because he is Harry Potter.

 I really did enjoy this book when I first read it and I hope you will too. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves reading about far off places and things that are out of this world. You get to go on your own little adventure with Harry and watch him bring the light back into the wizarding world. Who knows, maybe you’ll want to read the rest of the series when you are finished!


State Battle

I wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS to the 9 teams that competed at the State Battle of the Books competition today! You guys are impressive 🙂

The teams that made it to the state finals were:

  • Belmont Middle School – Gaston County
  • Central Middle School – Surry County
  • Collettsville Middle School – Caldwell County
  • Durham Academy – Independent
  • Gray’s Creek Middle School – Cumberland County
  • Hope Middle School – Pitt County
  • MCS Noble Middle School – New Hanover County
  • Rogers Herr Middle School – Durham Public Schools
  • Waynesville Middle School – Haywood County

There were 36 rounds of competition! It was awesome to see how much everyone knew about the books.

Final results at the end of the day were:

  1. Gray’s Creek Middle School
  2. Central Middle School
  3. MCS Noble Middle School

Congratulations again to everyone!