The first installment of this enchanting, wildly popular series is perfect material for read-aloud family time. Harry is introduced as a self-reliant boy who has been mistreated by his custodial family for most of his life, including being relegated to a "bedroom" that is actually a tiny cupboard under the staircase. Delivered into the magical world of Hogwarts, Harry is finally able to forge supportive relationships with peers and adults. He does have an adversarial relationship with one of his teachers, Professor Snape, who calls him an "idiot." Harry encounters a few dangerous situations and creatures with fright potential for younger readers -- a monstrous three-headed guard dog, a giant troll, a cloaked figure drinking the blood of a dead unicorn, and a man with two faces who threatens Harry's life.