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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

by J.K. Rowling

Analysis: Genre

Adventure, Children's Literature, Fantasy, Quest

Harry Potter is hard to classify as a single genre – it's more like a recipe. For excitement. The primary ingredient is probably Children's Literature. Yet, while it's got youthful protagonists and age-appropriate themes and characters, the book's wide readership and cult-like fan following keeps it from being considered solely Children's Literature, or even Young Adult. Next, the magical content and context give it a strong dash of Fantasy – how can a text about wizards and magic be seen as anything else? Once the Children's Literature and Fantasy elements have been combined, then we've got the adventurous elements, mixed through and stirred with all the aspects of a classic Quest. Bake in the oven for approximately three hundred pages and enjoy!

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