Harrius Potter et philosophi lapis (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone)

Harrius Potter et philosophi lapis (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone)

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In case you don't remember, Harry Potter is an eleven year old wizard. Long ago, Harry's parents were killed in a battle with the evil Lord Voldemort. When we first meet Harry, he is living miserably with his repulsive and non-magical (or Muggle) Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon and their even more revolting son Dudley. Following a bizarre but hilarious chain of events, Harry finds himself at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, with an outrageous cast of characters, including super-smart Hermione, vile Draco Malfoy, sinister Professor Snape and the wise Headmaster Albus Dumbledore. Adventures galore ensue...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582348254
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 07/07/2003
Series: Harry Potter (Foreign Language Editions) Series , #1
Edition description: Latin-language Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 337,986
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.86(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

J. K. Rowling was born in Chipping Sodbury in the UK in 1965. Such a funny-sounding name for a birthplace may have contributed to her talent for collecting odd names. Jo always loved writing more than anything and in 1996, one year after she finished it, Bloomsbury bought her first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.


Perthshire, Scotland

Date of Birth:

July 31, 1965

Place of Birth:

Chipping Sodbury near Bristol, England


Exeter University

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Harrius Potter et Philosophi Lapis (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Aelius More than 1 year ago
It was lots of fun reading this book and having it in Latin was a special treat indeed. The translation is great and reading it I felt that the book was written in Latin. The translator, Peter Needham, has done a pukka job at rendering modern language into an ancient tongue, and words such as car (autocinetum) or elevator (anabathrum) seem to come natural. This just goes to show that far from being a dead language Latin has been in use continuously from Roman times right up to the present. New words have been added to Latin just like English gets new words for new things and even though the number of Latin speakers today is much lower than in the past it is still a living language that continues to be used. I wish the rest of the Harry Potter series could be translated as well. It's so much more fun than reading De Bello Gallico, for example, and would a lot more encouraging for students to learn Latin and indeed make learning Latin more fun.
marielise.vw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Couldn't miss this one in my collection: a latin translation of book 1. Not an easy read... :-)
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DGH0 More than 1 year ago
Great Book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely amazing! Harry potter is a tale of bravery, friendship, love and many more, if you start this book you won't want to put it down! Its the start of a great series.  
lillywright095 More than 1 year ago
If I could describe how I feel about this fantastic book, it is one of the best books I've read in a while. I absolutely love this book. This book is full of twist and turns, and cliffhangers. Although this is a child book this is so breathe taken. I have and would recommend this to anyone who reads. I have been recommended to read Harry potter books for a while, but never really was interested. I just liked watching the movies like everyone else. Now that I have read the first one and it’s the first one J.K Rowling wrote, I figured out what I have missed. One of my favorite parts is when Harry flies his broom for the first time and races Draco. I enjoyed this part because it just shows strength and courage to stand up to someone. I believe this part is great because he's finally standing up for himself. Another great thing I enjoyed about this book is how J.K Rowling typed it. J.K Rowling is a very descriptive writer. She makes me feel like I'm really in the book. As if I am in Hogwarts and I am a Gryffindor just like Hermione, Ron, and Harry. Due to the book being such a page tuner, I actually wish this book was a little longer because it was very entertaining. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Vanessa2763 More than 1 year ago
The day I found out that Harry Potter was available in Latin, I knew I had to have them. I haven't read much of the bok yet, but I looked up a few of my favorite quotes in the first book. My biggest hurdle is the vocabulary, but I will read it if I have to look up every single word!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Do you adore adventure? Do you admire true bravery? Well then I have the book for you, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. This is of a boy eleven years old that has never met his parents for the reason that they died in a "car crash" when he was only a year old. His name, his name is Harry Potter. Moving in with his aunt, uncle, and cousin he knew nothing about his parents only what they would leak out once in a while. Little did he know that he would be the most influential child that ever lived. Being a boy with nothing given to him easily, he would be saved by a mere letter that arrived to his cupboard under the stairs to tell him that he is a wizard. The "Boy Who Lived" is now to become part of something bigger that himself. His parents did not actually die in a car crash but under the wand of the evil wizard, Lord Voldemort, and he was the only one to survive the killings of him. From Delightful Dumbledore to Quivering Quirrell and to finish with Sly Snape, the professors of this school really are hiding something from everyone. However, Harry wants to find out what that little something is, with the help from his new friends, Ron Weasley and Herminone Granger, they learn to discover there is more to the whole thing than the eye can see. Join Harry on his journey through his first year of being someone and his decisive battle with his long lost connection to the wizarding world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An excentric read. A heart stopping thriill ride.The young wizard who has a historical past. Meet the boy who lived. This magical adventure keeps you reading and reading. Who ever heard of a super magical orphan who is the greatest wizard ever. I read the first chapter then i knew i was going to love it. Reccommended to all ages. My favourite part, Harry looked out onto the dazling red hogwarts express. Slowly he edged nearer to the beauty that shone before him. A MUST READ
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is exceptional for expanding latin vocabulary and for gaining fluency in reading latin. Having read the Harry Potter books in English many times it is not so difficult to read the first book in latin. It does not hurt that I have also read the first four books in French as well giving me the advatage of a greater number of derrivitives to refer to. I highly recommend this book to any latin student.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Latin translation is not only for 'scholars' -- the Latin in fact is hardly Ciceronian. Anyone who has learned Caesar's grammar can certainly read this. Most of the vocabulary (other than neo-Latin and the vocabulary of wizardry) can be found in any pocket dictionary. For the difficult words, the English version can always be used as a pony, or at least a trot. Latin scholars in fact will probably find the Latin version too Anglicized, but that shouldn't mean that the rest of us can't enjoy the fun. Some readers may also be put off by the translator's practice of beginning sentences with lower case letters, but in fact it gives the prose a hint of the continuity found in Roman prose much more than in English. Highly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a high school Latin student, and this is one of the best things I've ever seen! I love Latin and Harry Potter and to have the two combined is a dream come true. Whoever wrote this, thank you, and plus scribe!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes, that's right, holy cow. Who reads a children's book in Latin anyway?? :-P This is the sort of thing I'd get for my Latin teacher, y'know, as one of those 'fun and educational' tools. But frankly, I and most teenagers I know are far too lazy to struggle through an entire book written in the most complicated language that uses our alphabet... a dead langauge at that. So, whereas the other foreign language versions can be useful to people who don't speak English as a first language, this one can really only be enjoyed by scholars. Not to say that I disapprove of this. I admire the translator's work (quite strongly, since I got a 71 on my first year Latin final :-P), and of course the story itself is a classic. I would suggest this (and any other foreign language versions, for that matter) to teachers and people who are trying to improve their vocabulary without studying *too* much. ;)