I started re-reading the Harry Potter series and realised that we hadn’t reviewed the books on our blog. Despite the delay, I thought I would review the series. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is the first book of the seven part series. We meet Harry Potter, a 11 year old boy who lives with his uncle Vernon Dursley, aunt Petunia Dursley and cousin Dudley Dursley following the death of his parents when he was but a year old. The Dursleys dislike Harry and treat him badly. On his 11th birthday though, Harry learns something. He is not an ordinary boy. Instead, Harry Potter is a wizard. And not just any wizard. He was the cause of the downfall of one of the most feared dark wizards of all time – Lord Voldermort – when he was just a baby.
Harry starts his first year at Hogwarts – a school for witches and wizards in England and befriends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. He is sorted into Gryffindor, one of the four houses at Hogwarts. Harry also makes an enemy in Draco Malfoy, from Slytherin and for some reason, has his Potions professor, Professor Severus Snape loathe him. During his year at Hogwarts, Harry and his friends find that someone is trying to steal the Philosopher’s Stone — also known as an elixir for life. The person who uses this can become immortal. Thus ensues an adventure to try and stop the stone from being stolen and misused. Who is after the stone and why? Why does Snape hate Harry so much? Will Harry, Ron and Hermione be in time to get the stone themselves and return it to Albus Dumbledore (the headmaster)?
Read the book to find out. [Don’t watch the movie first if you haven’t done either]
From the outset I must say I love the series. J. K. Rowling writes beautifully. It is a work of literature and you feel like you are there in person with Harry and the others. The characters are very well written and I must confess that Ron Weasley is my favourite. Although it is a book for children, I think adults will love it too. I started reading the books when I was 17 and continue to re-read them. It has action and adventure and a great deal of humour. The world of witches and wizards is bewitching and magical to say the least. And honestly, you want to be one yourself rather than the Muggles we are! Rowling has done a fantastic job in introducing us to a whole new world.
Unsurprisingly, I give this book a rating of 5.
Until next time,