Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
ISBN: 9780545582889 (15th year Anniversary Ed.)
Published: August 27, 2013 (Original: June 26, 1997)
Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He’s never worn a Cloak of Invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry’s room is a tiny cupboard under the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in ten years.
But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that’s been waiting for him… if Harry can survive the encounter.
“You know, the Stone was really not such a wonderful thing. As much money and life as you could want! The two things human beings would choose above all – the trouble is, humans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things that are worst for them.”
I’d like to first apologize for saying that I never wanted to read Harry Potter because it is probably over hyped. I am a fan of this series but I will not drag people down for not enjoying it. I never really have been that type of person. We like what we like, and I completely understand that.
The balance between the characters and the world is incredible. There were never long boring descriptions of the setting and the conversations and characters always kept me turning the pages. I give J.K. Rowling a round of applause for that because I can see how it would be difficult when writing a fantasy novel.
All of the characters had their own personality.
The plot twist at the end actually surprised me. Throughout the novel I had no idea! It never occurred to me that Hagrid getting a dragon egg was bad, that Snape was a jerk for a very important reason, Professor Quirrell was also… well You-Know-Who. Shh! I won’t tell anyone if you won’t. I really wasn’t expecting an ending like that. Instantly I knew that I would continue with the series. There was and still is no doubt in my mind that I will pick up the second book after writing this review!
The friendships in this book are really nice to read about. They all have a sense of humor and boldness to them that I really enjoy. Ron, Hermione and Harry all have a particular skill set that just blends well together. They can get out of any situation as long as they have each other. In other books you often find that friends will sometimes clash when certain situations arise.
I was surprised at how many emotions I felt while reading this. It made me sad when Harry looked into the Mirror of Erised and saw his family. I just wanted to give him a big hug. I also wanted to give Hagrid a hug when he apologized to Harry at the end. He’s such a sweetheart and his intentions are always good. One other weird part that made me sad was just knowing that Nicolas Flamel would die because the Stone was destroyed. I am an emotional person, and things like that just make me sad. Don’t judge me.
I was always angry with Draco Malfoy and his posse Crabbe and Goyle. They were all brats. I hated Snape for how he treated everyone, but now I’m not sure how I feel about him.
I laughed out loud quite a bit throughout the story. I didn’t end up tabbing this book as much as I wanted but when I reread it in the future I will definitely find all of those great moments again.
The only bad thing I have to say about this novel is that it takes a bit to get started. This is the first book, and even then it kept me turning those pages.
I am a Hufflepuff, and I am not mad about it. I love that the ghost of this house is named Fat Friar. It makes it all worth it. I felt like everyone in the novel was a Gryffindor or Slytherin so I was happy to be a Hufflepuff! *sings black and yellow song by Wiz Khalifa*
Those were all my thoughts after reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I’m excited to continue my journey! If you read the first book let me know what you thought of it? I’m sure many of you have. No spoilers for any other books though!
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