Sunday, November 10, 2013

Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Title - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Author - J.K. Rowling
Series - Harry Potter
Genre - YA Fantasy
Format - Hardback
Published - January 1st 1997


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.


Harry Potter came to live with the Dursleys as an infant after his parents died. He’s spent the last ten years being treated poorly by both Mr. & Mrs. Dursley and their spoiled rotten son Dudley. Harry’s life starts to change when he receives mail but it’s snapped up by Mr. Dursley. When they see who the letters are from they attempt to keep them from Harry even dragging him away from their home. On his eleventh birthday while away from home Harry is startled awake by a strange visitor named Hagrid who tells him all about who he really is. 

As Harry embarks on the adventure of a lifetime, everything will be different from the last ten years and it won’t be easy/. Harry makes new friends in Gryffindor’s house where the magic hat as assigned him. Together with his two new close friends the trio are not only tasked with school but with trying to figure out what is hiding behind Hagrid’s dog fluffy. Not only does Harry learn about magic but he also learns about his past and who his parents are even uncovering a magic mirror. Everything isn’t all good something dark is lurking still intent on getting at Harry Potter. Will they solve the mystery and save Harry? 

I liked Harry granted he’s only 11 but his character doesn’t come off as a child he’s easy to connect with filled with courage and I couldn’t help wanting to cheer him on. I liked his friends however Hermione got on my nerves with her know it all. I just wanted to strangle her a few times. However when I mentioned this to my hubby he promised that she will get better as the books progress. I loved to hate Draco as well he’s such a pain. 

I decided to read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s stone for two reasons. My hubby has been harping on me to read it for ages even though I’ve seen the movie and it was perfect for my monopoly game. The characters are engaging and easy to connect with you can’t help cheering them on. The author has created a unique concept by putting her own twist on the boarding school loaded with magic. I’ve not read many witch/wizard books but this one was really good. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was a fast read I just had to find the time to sit down and read. I like the book it’s well written and flows along smoothly so kids as well as adults will enjoy the story. I watched the movie right after the only difference I noticed was how the ending was different but I think they did a really great job of making the movie match the book. Plus it had dragons!!!! I’m looking forward to reading the next one. I know my hubby is as well. 
5 out of 5 stars

1 comment:

  1. You've just given me a strong desire to reread this book. It's probably been seven or eight years since I've read it, and I don't remember how the book ending is different from the movie ending.