Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is beautiful. This is my childhood. This is the beginning to a story that means so much to me I have the Deathly Hallows mark tattooed on me.
So I finally joined the Wizarding World Book Club (one month late), but now I have finished the first book and I’m on track! (Will just write a post for all the themes concerning the first book before I’m really on track.) It is a wonderful way to reread these books. But now on with the review.
As I said, this is my childhood. The magic of these books spellbound me 14 years ago as my dad read them to me, and it has never let me go. J.K. Rowling has a writing style that draws you in, all the wonder Harry experiences plays out so vividly inside the readers head. Especially in this first book wonder is such a huge part, and even though there are dark parts to the story it is a children’s book. A children’s book only since it is told through the eyes of an innocent child. If the story was told through an older character, this would never be a children’s story (as can be seen as Harry grows up).
I’ve reread this book more times than I can possibly remember, but this was the first time I listened to it on audio. Stephen Fry has done such a good job narrating this book! *applause* I most definitely recommend him! I’d like to continue listening to these books, but at the same time I’d love to sit down with them and read them. I’ll just have to see what I’ll do.
“Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.
All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley–a great big swollen spoiled bully. 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 an incredible place that Harry–and anyone who reads about him—will find unforgettable.”