Book Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (HP #1)

Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1)
Author: J.K. Rowling
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Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.

Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.

Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.

After 12 years I’m writing my review. It’s been so long since I first read this book and I can honestly say, with my whole heart, that I love it. I loved it then, and I loved it now. Always. When I first read this book I was around 13 years old. I had started it way before that, but by that time I wasn’t that much into books so I didn’t finish it, until I saw the movie (yeah, I know…), after that, I was a goner. I read every single book the moment they were released, and saw the movies, the second they came out. I grew up reading this magnificent story and I can proudly say, I am a Potterhead. I don’t think there was (is) a better way for someone to start their way into the reading world, than it is with Harry Potter. It has absolutely everything you need. Love. Friendship. Evil. Goodness. Action. Sadness. Happiness. Magic.

“He didn’t realize that love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark.”

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone introduces us to a world of magic and possibilities. This story let’s us believe in the impossible. We meet Harry Potter, a boy who was raised by his aunt and uncle, Petunia and Vernon Dursley, after his parents died. He’s never felt comfortable at his family’s house. He never felt wanted or loved there. That is, until he receives the amazing news about his past and his present. He’s not only Harry Potter, a boy without parents. He’s a legend. He’s a wizard. In this book we start the journey that going to Hogwarts means; we find the meaning of friendship and loyalty. For one thing, the writing to me is just flawless. The story and each character grows in their own way, and they never fail to amaze you. They’re all part of this incredible story and, without one of these characters, it wouldn’t be the same. They each give something that makes the book even more extraordinary. Harry is just a kid who’s living his life for the first time ever. He’s finding new things every day and more than that, he’s finding his own way to himself. Then we have Ron. If there’s one character who’s loyal to his friends, it’s him. He’s always believed in Harry, and supported him no matter what. He’s kind and funny. Next is Hermione. Well, she’s a know-it-all. She can be annoying at times, but overall, she will always stay by your side, doing her damn best to help you. The three of them combined make the best of friends, the best characters. They’re their own family, and I loved that, because then they became my own family. The three of them are the bravest and most loyal characters I’ve ever met. And you won’t EVER regret meeting them.

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

There are a million other characters who play an important pat in this story. If you don’t know them, then you NEED to read the books. There’s no fun in me telling you all about it when you can experience it for yourself 🙂 I truly believe that reading Harry Potter while I was growing up was just the best experience ever. This story, these characters gave me the opportunity to travel to a whole new world without even leaving my house, but most importantly, they started my love for books. I can’t say “thank you, J.K. Rowling” enough.



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