Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K. Rowling


From the back cover –

Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick.  He’s never worn a cloak of invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon.  All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley.  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 a wonderful place he never dreamed existed.  There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that’s been waiting for him… if Harry can survive the encounter.

Ok, so I have read this book several times already, but periodically I feel the need to reread this series because it is one of the few comfort reads I have.  And lately, I’ve been reading a lot of ARCs and other books that I’ve committed to review, and even though I’ve been enjoying them, I felt the need for something easier, mindless, and something that I really love.  So I decided to reread the series in its entirety.  And since I’ve never reviewed these books on the blog before, I decided to at least let you all know that I am reading them.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is a great introduction to Harry’s world and these characters.  It’s actually one of my least favorites in the series, because it takes half the book before you really understand what’s going on and start to settle in with the characters – and just like that, the book is over at a measly 300 pages.  However, it really is a fabulous book for children and I think Rowling does a wonderful job of introducing the characters and their relationships with one another in this first installment while still making the book pretty action-packed and exciting.  So, yeah, good start to what is probably my favorite series.

Has anyone NOT read these books?  Why  not?  Is it because of all the hype, or just not interested in fantasy, or kids’ books, or what?  The reason I ask is because I was reluctant to read them for a long time myself, and only started reading the series after Order of the Phoenix came out.  So I’m just, ya know, kinda curious.

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6 thoughts on “Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”

  1. I love this series too. The first and second books were my least favorite, but obviously good enough to keep me reading! I know a few people who read the first one and didn’t continue. I keep telling them to keep reading, but to no avail.

  2. I can’t pick a favorite from the series. I know I’m going to have to read them all again when I finally review them, maybe I’ll be able to then!

  3. I have to agree with you – this is my least favorite in the series as well (it’s the most “kid-lit” of the books, in my opinion), but it’s absolutely essential if you want to have any idea what the Potterverse is all about.

  4. I downloaded an audio version of “…Deathly Hallows” off the internet and I’m listening to it on my way to and from work. I’ve already read it twice. We are geeks, aren’t we?

    It was all the hype that got me started on the series. I get tired of book snobbery where some people refuse to read something because it’s popular, like they’re “above” it somehow. Smetimes books are popular because they’re good!

  5. I didn’t start reading Harry until just before the first movie came out. I remember seeing stuff about the hype and people standing in line for the newest release, but didn’t pay it much attention. It wasn’t because I didn’t want to read them or thought the hype was silly. (Unlike how I think the Twilight hype is utterly ridiculous.) I had other things going on in my life. My dad adored the books, and kept suggesting I read them. I finally read Sorcerer’s Stone right before the film came out so I’d know the story.

    I loved it. I read the others (I think there were three at the time, and everyone was waiting for Goblet of Fire to be released). I love the entire series and I got each new book the day it came out and read it that same day. I’ve read all of them so many times, I can’t count. They’re like old friends. Very comfortable and safe. I go back to them again and again. Like you said, it’s nice to read them after all the ARCs you’ve committed to read!

    My least favorite is actually Chamber of Secrets, but I still love it! I think J.K. Rowling is amazing. Not only are her stories entertaining and creative, but they’re well written and enthralling. I enjoy watching my children love reading them too.

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