Review – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

the sorceror's stone“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”

One of the most popular book series begins simply with the Dursleys.  They are “normal” and do not tolerate anything outside of that box.  This is the unfriendly world where Harry Potter spends most of his early life.  On his 11th birthday everything changes and his own normal life begins.  A life filled with friendship, heartache and magic.

I first read Harry Potter many years ago when it came out.  Reading it now, as an older (hopefully wiser) person, I appreciate it so much more.  The world J.K. Rowling created is not just entertaining.  It also teaches about the importance of being yourself.  For me, the heart of the story has always been the friendship between Harry, Ron and Hermione.  Reading about the start of this lifetime relationship was especially wonderful.

The Sorcerer’s Stone is considered a middle-grade book.  Kids love it – my 8-year-old nephew is currently reading it for the first time.  But, adults, seriously, if you haven’t read this then you are missing out on one of the most special series written.  Don’t let the fact that it was originally targeted towards a younger crowd dissuade you.  It is very profound in spots.  (For example, the Mirror of Erised shows you your strongest desire.  The temptation would be to sit in front of it and live a false life where you could see those you’ve lost or do things you are unable to do.  However, if you stay there, then you are missing out on your real life.  A lot of adults today could learn from this.)

My second read-through was so much fun.  It was interesting to remember some of the details I’d forgotten and also pick up on things that I missed the first time.  How was I supposed to know how special Sirius Black was when Hagrid mentioned very early on that he borrowed the motorcycle from him?!?!?  Mind blown.

A review is impossible.  What hasn’t already been said?  I loved it.  5/5 stars.


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