Harry Pot­ter And The Philoso­pher’s Stone JK Rowl­ing, 1997

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It’s easy to be sniffy about the boy wiz­ard, to see his ad­ven­tures as dull board­ing school fod­der jazzed up with a bit of magic. And yet as any­one who has ever read one of the nov­els to a child will tes­tify, the magic here lies not in the de­scrip­tions of spell cast­ing, but in the com­bi­na­tion of what’s- go­ing- to- hap­pen- next? plot­ting and char­ac­ters you grow to love. Not con­vinced? You’re an uber- mug­gle and there’s no hope for you.

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