Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Posted July 8th, 2013 by in Uncategorized / 2 comments

harry potter 1Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Author: J.K. Rowling
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: June 1997
Classification: Middle Grade Novel

Summary from Goodreads:

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.

My Thoughts:

Obviously this isn’t my first time reading Harry Potter but I love this series and at the end of last year I made myself a promise that I would re-read the Harry Potter series this year. I think these books have a lot to offer no matter how many times you read them and I can’t wait to dive into the whole world all over again.

The characters of this series are obviously amazing. I feel like if you are reading this series for the first time it might be one too many characters to keep track of but for me it was like returning to people I have known for a long time, through 7 books and 8 movies. I really enjoyed reading about how Harry grew up and how he was willing to be part of the wizarding world even though he knew nothing about this whole other world. He was able to dive into something new and magical with limited fears and that makes him a great role model for everyone out there who is sometimes too scared to dive into new ideas or projects. I also love Ron and his family and how simple they can be but how loving his family is. Of course Hermione is on the edges of this story considering the guys do not get along with her at first but I love her. She is similar to myself in her ways and I know that made me not liked by guys growing up but she grows with the series so I can’t wait to read more of these three and how they grow and change in the series.

The plot line is not like anything you will ever get in any other series. Rowling makes such a great world that there is no doubt that you can visualize the entire thing and all of the spell and castle walls that hold everything together are so real. Rowling has a way with a story that I have never seen by any other author. The world Harry lives in can never be fully recreated by any author. This book is special, this world is the ultimate in world building and it will only get better with more time.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I did get a little bored with it from time to time though because I have read it so many times and watched the movie a lot I knew a lot of the lines before they were even said in the book. I can’t wait to get deeper into the story though because I know the story becomes bigger and more complex with each book.

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2 Responses to “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”

  1. Andrea @ The Bookish Babe

    I love this series, too, and have always wanted to re-read them. My son is a huge fan of the movies, and was excited when I told him we could start reading one chapter/night at bedtime. He could not believe all of the details missing from the movies. I am having a lot of fun experiencing the series again, and I’m glad you are, too, Alexa!

  2. Stephanie @ Once Upon a Chapter

    You are absolutely correct! This book is like slipping on a worn in and very comfy hoodie. I loved returning to it this year. It’s been heralded as the Chronicles of Narnia of our time but I feel like it’s so much more than that. Hogwarts is so much more fleshed out. This is probably my favorite childrens/YA series. It is one of the few books that I have read more than once!

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