Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Author: J.K. Rowling
Genre: YA Fantasy
Date of Publication: June 26, 1997
Goodreads Synopsis: Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.
Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.
Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.
I feel as if I need to apologize for not reading this book until now. I have no idea why I never read the Harry Potter series, but so thankful that this community is so obsessed with it. My goal this year is to read the entire series and after reading the Sorcerer’s Stone, I know that it’s not going to be that hard either!
I read this book in 2 sittings and it was so much better than I expected it to be. To be honest, I thought that it would be too much like the movies. I was wrong and in such a good way! So let’s get to my thoughts!
Things I Like:
This book is so addicting to read. I didn’t think I would be able to finish the last 130 pages in one sitting, but I did. There is something that is so magical about this book that made it hard to put it down. I read page after page immersed in the story.
J.K. Rowling has a great way with world building. I love the description she uses. It was as if I was actually in the wizarding world. The characters also play a big part in this world because they all have magical powers. Well besides the Muggles, but they’re no fun. The goblins and the dragons all have their role in this book and it’s because of their roles that we get a better look at the world. I can’t wait to read more about this magical world.
Things I Don’t Like:
Ugh. I know we’re not supposed to like them so that we like Harry more and all, but they are terrible people. You think at some point someone would have reported them for child abuse. These people treat Harry terribly just because his parents are different. Their undeserved anger towards Harry, a child that has no idea what’s going on, is unfathomable.
Like most people, I’ve seen the movies for this series. So, for awhile I had a hard time imagining what I was reading without thinking about how the movie shows it. Once I got past that it was smooth sailing and I was able to read the book with little movie references.
Now, this one is just me nitpicking. Okay, maybe the other ones were too, but deal with it. The house points seem forced down your throat at every turn. Losing points and gaining points. There is no system, from what I can tell, on how points are gained or lost. Also the varying amounts of points lost for similar bad behavior. I just don’t get it and wish it wasn’t brought up so much.
Overall, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is worth the hype. It’s full of magical world-building and magic. It’s a fun and addicting read that keeps you reading from the very first page. Besides the Dursley’s and House points, everything about this book is enjoyable. I will admit that keeping my mind away from the movies was a bit hard, but in the end, was countered by the events that are different between the book and the movie. I highly recommend reading this book! There will be reviews for the rest of the series as I finish each book and I will link them down below! I give Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone…
What is your favorite magical creature in the wizarding world? Do you like the movies or books more? What do you think about this book? Let me know in the comments below!