Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Book 1)
Author: J.K. Rowling
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Edition: Kindle (320 pages)
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books (June 26, 1997)
Date Read: 2/9/2017
Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.
Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.
Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.
Sixteen long years ago, I picked up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for the very first time, not knowing the effect it would have on me. This unforgettable tale led to my love of books and reading, and I will never forget that magical experience. After all these years of having the desire to reread this amazing piece of literature, the time had finally come. I was going to reread it… and that’s exactly what I did. But I wasn’t alone in my journey through Hogwarts once again. My blogging buds Jodie, Tiffany, Sammi, Stephanie and Jasmine tagged along with me for the adventure. You can find links to read their thoughts and opinions at the end of this review.
Because it had been so long since I’d read book one in the Harry Potter series, I hadn’t expected to remember a lot of the details. But I was wrong! When I began reading, it all started coming back to me, at the same time bringing back those feelings of magic and euphoria that I experienced while reading this in my childhood. It’s hard to explain in words, but this book put a spell on me back then, and did the same exact thing to me this time. This book is dripping with magic and enchantment, and I couldn’t take my eyes off it. I literally devoured it, wanting more and more with each turn of the page.
“After all, to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”
In this book, you’ll find characters who are unique in their individual personalities and brought to life in such a way that you feel like you actually know them. Like they’re students in your classroom sitting next to you. Like they’re your best friend. J.K. Rowling does a fantastic job making you feel as if you are inside the story with the characters and going through their experiences right by their side. The one thing I feel this book is lacking is diversity. I would have liked to see more diverse characters. Of course, when I read this for the first time, I was nine years old and not really focused on diversity. I just wanted a fun, intriguing novel to read… and that’s exactly what Rowling provided.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is in the Middle Grade/YA genre, according to Goodreads. With that being said, I’d like to point out that the writing isn’t anything spectacular. It isn’t poetic or beautiful. But the thing is… it doesn’t have to be. The way this book was written is perfect and makes it easy to fly through, completely enthralled in the story without having any issues. The writing is detailed and descriptive, fun and exciting… without being complicated. And that’s just one of the many things I enjoyed.
J.K. Rowling invented a world that no other can compare to. Many authors have tried, but in my experience, no one has yet to live up to the creative mind of Rowling. I always wondered how my ideas on the story would change once I reread it after all these years… and to be honest, they haven’t! I was still just as amazed and blown away by this book as I was when I opened that first page sixteen years ago.
“To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.”
If you haven’t read this series yet… I am telling you right now… do it already! Seriously, what are you waiting for? If you want to be enveloped by magic and amazement, this is the one for you. I am so excited to continue rereading this series with my blogging buds, and we’ll be starting book two, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, in the next day or so. I know I will be reminded of my love for that book just as I was this one. Five shiny swords to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone… and to J.K. Rowling for her incredibly creative work!
If you’re interested in checking out my reading buddies’ reviews, you can find their links below, along with five questions we asked Tiffany, our spotlight reviewer for this book in the series.
** Spotlight Questions for Tiffany **
*mild spoilers may apply*
Stephanie asked: If you could pick any sweet from the cart on the train, what would it be and why?
Tiff answered: I would choose the chocolate frogs as my favorite sweet is chocolate and I like the feeling of being able to collect the cards with each sweet you have.
Sammi asked: Who is your favorite bad guy in the book and why?
Tiff said: I would have to choose Professor Snape as even though he appears evil at the beginning he is only trying to help Harry at times and there’s meaning to why he’s not like the others.
Jasmine asked: Did you enjoy the book more rereading it or reading it for the first time and why?
Tiff said: I enjoyed the book rereading it more as it’s like meeting up with an old friend and jumping into their world all over again and I discover things that I have missed or forgotten every time I venture into it again. This time as I said I was reading the illustrated version so it also felt like I was reading it for the first time again as it had the pictures to enjoy as well.
Jodie asked: Who is your favorite character and why?
Tiff answered: Hermione is my favorite character as she reminds me of myself a lot as we both have very busy and messy hair which is hard to tame and we both are bookworms who like to try their best at school and stay out of trouble if they can. The fact that she also has a select few friends is very similar to myself as well. This is why shes’ my favorite character as I connect to her very easily.
I asked: If you could take one First Year course at Hogwarts, what would you pick? (Defense Against the Dark Arts, Transfiguration, Charms, Potions, Herbology, History of Magic, or Astronomy?)
Tiff answered: I would probably either take charms as I find spell work fascinating or Astronomy to be able to learn the different planets and moon cycles, etc.
Love your answers, Tiff! We’ll be doing a spotlight post for each book in the series, so be on the lookout for that! Below you’ll find links to all their reviews, so go check them out!
*Sammi’s review will posted soon!