Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone [Review]
#1 in Harry Potter series
Published 26 June 1997
Harry hates living with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia, and their spoiled-rotten son, Dudley. Harry's room is a tiny closet beneath the stairs, and the entire family treats him with disdain. What's more, Harry keeps getting into trouble for making strange things happen -- things he seems to have no control over. But then Harry discovers the truth about himself when a determined messenger delivers an enlightening message. It turns out that Harry's mother was a witch, his father a wizard. And not only is Harry also a wizard, he's a famous one! His survival of the attack by the evil wizard who killed his parents has marked him as a legendary hero -- as has the lightning-bolt-shaped scar on his forehead.
Soon Harry finds himself attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he receives training in some magic basics, masters riding a broomstick, and discovers his incredible talent for a game called Quidditch, which is played in the air on flying brooms. And for the first time in his life, Harry has friends who care about him: his fellow students Hermione and Ron and a giant named Hagrid. But all is not rosy when Harry discovers his true destiny and finds he must once again face the evil one who killed his parents. His survival will depend upon the help of his newfound friends, as well as his own wit and powers.
I'm not sure what to really say about this book other than I remember reading it for the first time when I was 12 (over 10 years ago!) and it blew my mind. It still does that today. The style of writing and the amount of imagination and creativity that went in to creating such a brilliant story (characters, places, plot, etc.) is just pure genius. JK Rowling is a genius. I cannot wait for my kids to read it one day!
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