Saturday, August 8, 2015

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

This review is a whole year late. Actually over a year since I read this last May, but I concluded the series in August of last year, so the review is exactly a whole year late!

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

First in the Harry Potter series

5 stars

Harry Potter is a normal ten-year-old boy going on eleven. At least as normal as you can be living with the Dursleys. His room is a cupboard, he’s ignored, and he hardly eats. One day something happens. Something Harry can’t explain.

 



Soon owls begin to arrive and Uncle Vernon goes insane.
 


Then Harry learns he’s a wizard and it’s off to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry he goes. As he makes friends and finally starts to belong, he learns who he really is, what happened to his parents, and that not everything is safe at Hogwarts. I have a confession to make. I have never read the Harry Potter series before this. I’m sixteen years old (Edit: I wrote this review a whole year ago and forgot to post it. I'm now 17.) and finally reading Harry Potter! You wouldn’t believe the weird looks some kids would give me when they saw me reading The Sorcerer’s Stone. Harry Potter is a kids novel, but it doesn’t feel like it. I LOVE this series. I read this book in five days, which doesn’t seem like much, but when it’s the end of the school year and summer’s approaching reading doesn’t occur much. But this book grabbed me and didn’t let go. I’m so happy I finally decided to read this magical series. It’s a treat. Bloody brilliant! I’ve never been so nostalgic about reading a series before. I love the movies to bits and it’s weird to see the differences, but it’s so cool. For me, The Sorcerer’s Stone was a great opening novel. It opens with the third person POV of the day that Harry arrives on the Dursley’s doorstep. I loved it! When I started this I was sitting in Geometry class bored out of mind because I understood the lesson and was tiring of hearing it repeated for the umpteenth time, but once I started this novel I forgot I was even in Geometry. Rowling writes in a way that transported me into the novel. I was there when witches and wizards were celebrating the fall of Voldemort and when Harry found out he was wizard. I was there at Hogwarts. I met Fred and George and Ron the same time Harry did. I saw friendships start and magic form. My mind was at home. Hogwarts became my home. I have a special place in my heart for this book. It was the start to a world I don’t want to leave. I want to be a part of Hogwarts forever. I know when I open up this novel again years from now, I will be.


Whimsical Writing Scale: 5

The main male character is Harry. Harry Potter.


I quite love Harry’s character. He’s sarcastic and he just makes entering Hogwarts a treat. It’s amazing to see him grow from a boy who isn’t sure at the beginning of this novel into a boy who knows he’s a wizard.


Swoon Wizard Worthy Scale: 4

I love Hermoine and Ron, but for different reasons in this one. I love Hermoine because I connect with her. I am Hermoine Granger, but I don’t love nonfiction nearly as much as her. I love Ron because he’s Harry’s best friend. He’s a good friend to Harry. There is one drawback to Ron though. He’s a jerk to Hermoine. It really makes me dislike him. Fred and George are just hilarious. This series wouldn’t be the same without them. Draco Malfoy may be a jerk, but he also happens to be my favorite jerk.


Character Scale: 5

The Villain- I remember the first time I watch this movie I was about to start kindergarten and when I saw what lay under that iconic turban I ran. My small child mind was horrified. The next day, I watched the movie entirely without running and fell in love. Of course, I think this villain is pretty creepy.



Villain Scale: 4.75

Hogwarts is my home and I wouldn’t have it any other way. After reading this series I know that I am a witch. I have gone to Hogwarts and I have fought battles alongside Harry. Whether it was the Dursleys, Voldemort, or friendship quarrels. I was there through it all.

Plotastic Scale: 5



Cover Thoughts: I love the cover. It’s so beautifully illustrated and it’s beautiful. Not my favorite of my box set collection, but it’s beautiful.



Have you read the Harry Potter series? When did you read it? Where you late to joining the craze? Let me know down below in the comments!

 

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