Friday, May 2, 2014

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - A Review

Published - Scholastic Press 1998 (US), in the UK as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Author - J.K. Rowling

Series - Harry Potter #1

Title - Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone

Format - paper, hardcover, audio, ebook, mass market paperback

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Eleven year old Harry Potter doesn't understand why strange things happen around him. He has been living with his aunt and uncle since his parents died tragically when he was a baby. When a mysterious letter arrives, Harry not only finds out that he is a wizard but that his parents were murdered. The letter begins Harry's journey into the magical world and he soon finds himself having all sorts of adventures off at school.

I"m in the midst of rereading this series, and I realized that I never actually wrote reviews for this series. I've been a Harry Potter fan since I got hooked on the series by watching the first movie. I've even written short fan fiction pieces about this series. LOL.

I really did love reading this book, and I'm going to try to keep my comments to only the first book. I love how Harry's adventure begins. I love how he went from having no friends because of his cousin to having the best friend in Ron and another close friend in Hermione. I found that friendship was the biggest theme here. It's found with Harry and Ron. And then again with Harry, Ron, and Hermione.

I loved watching Harry grow from the timid little boy into someone who shows bravery and courage. With as much as he grew in this first book, I can hope he grows more as the series progresses.

I know that there is much debate in the Christian community about Harry Potter and if it is appropriate for children. All I can say on that front is that parents should read it first and then decide if they want to let their children read it. I remember when I was teaching 3rd grade, I didn't care if my students read the series, I just didn't have the books on the classroom library shelf for them to read. Most likely that was because I didn't want my hardcovers to be handled by several 9 year olds. :)

Still I recommend this to lovers of young adult fiction, middle school fiction, fantasy, Percy Jackson fans, fans of the Nicholas Flamel series, anyone who believes in magic.

I read this book for pure pleasure.

Rating - 5 stars

Fun Sites for Fans: 
Chamber of Secrets (my personal favorite)

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