Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) by J.K. Rowling

Star Rating : 5 out of 5

Content Rating :  MILD

Back Cover :
“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 closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in eleven 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 :

What child has never dreamed of flying or being able to cast spells? Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is the first book in the Harry Potter book series. This book, even as an adult, allows you, the reader, to live out your childhood dreams through Harry and his whimsical adventures. The reading style is geared more to late elementary and middle school aged readers, but it is still a thoroughly enjoyable read for high schoolers and up.

 It was a perfect book to read while at college. I generally have no time to myself with my schoolwork load; but, this book was a great book to have on hand when I did find myself with a break or free time (or avoiding homework and responsibilities).  I loved the movies and enjoy watching them whenever I see them on television. So, I always wanted to pick up the books; but, I have never seemed to find the time to. Basically if you are one of the few who haven’t already, PICK IT UP; I am glad that I finally picked up the first book to start the series.

I gave it 5 out of 5 stars; I also gave it a MILD rating because there is some violence and bullying but no language.

What I liked :
  • Characters – I loved a male lead character, Harry Potter. Nowadays, it is popular for the lead character to be a strong female or a female that is dynamic and grows throughout the story. There is also a character for everyone to relate to, whether it be the nerdy girl, Hermione, or the clumsy individual, Neville. There are also plenty of other characters that allow the reader to relate a situation to such as being bullied (for Harry by the Dursleys and Malfoy).
  • Sorcery and Magic – I loved how this theme throughout the story is not the typical cheesy stuff that you’ll see in movies such as Sorcerer’s Apprentice (which I did enjoy by the way).

What I didn’t like :

I really did not have much that I disliked though I did not spend loads of time analyzing every aspect of the story. This one I read for fun. Though I will give one that I am sure every reader would dislike.

  • The Dursleys – Who wouldn’t dislike them though? I did love that their resentment towards Harry is so ridiculous and the living situation they put Harry in; however, it does not seem ultimately realistic. Though, I am sure there are crazy people in this crazy world, it is not very relatable to the majority of readers.

What Others Are Saying :

"Readers are in for a delightful romp with this award-winning debut from a British author who dances in the footsteps of P.L. Travers and Roald Dahl." --Publishers Weekly

 "Rowling's wonderful ability to put a fantastic spin on sports, student rivalry, and eccentric faculty contributes to the humor, charm, and, well, delight of her utterly captivating story."

 "Harry himself is the perfect confused and unassuming hero, whom trouble follows like a wizard's familiar. After reading this entrancing fantasy, readers will be convinced that they, too, could take the train to Hogwarts School, if only they could find Platform Nine and Three Quarters at the King's Cross Station."
--School Library Journal
Reviewed by Jennifer Snow

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