Series: Harry Potter #1
Published by Scholastic on 06/26/1997
Genres: Children's, Fantasy, Fantasy, Middle Grade
Narrator: Jim Dale
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 cupboard under the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in ten 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.
This was not my first time reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. I’ve read Harry Potter many times, just like so many people (if there are books you are going to read over and over, what better choice than Harry Potter, am I right?). I joined the Harry Potter fandom early on, before the movies – before the fourth book had even been released. But since the release of book 5, Harry Potter and Order of Phoenix, I’ve only read the whole series (book 1-7) two times. And the last time I read Harry Potter was approximately 5 years ago.
However, in December I will be spending a day at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, so I thought it was time for a re-read. This is kind of a lot of background about why I decided to read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone again, but I guess what I am trying to say is that I am a huge fan, and that I’ve read this book too many times to count. So putting into words my feelings for one of my favorite series of all time isn’t really going to be an easy task. So forgive me if this gets rambley or nonsensical.
After finishing this book for the zillionth, I don’t know how it’s possible, but I love Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone even more than the last time I read it. I love how J.K. Rowling alludes to events that come into play much later in the series, and it’s really fascinating to see how much she had planned while she was writing book 1. I am always astonished with how much J.K. Rowling has planned out when she was creating this first book.
But, more than anything, and what I think makes Harry Potter such a popular and amazing series, is the amazing characters. Of course I adore Harry. Spending the first ten years with his unpleasant aunt, uncle and cousin has not made Harry’s life easy. But it made him into the eleven year old boy we see in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Although he is famous in the Wizarding World, he grew up knowing none of this, so fame has never gotten to his head. Harry is just such a realistic boy in his emotions and actions, even though he happens to be a wizard.
Oh my gosh, and my love for Ron and Hermione, Harry’s best friends! I can’t even with how much I love them. I love and adore them just as much as I love and adore Harry Potter. Their relationship is fantastic, and reading about how their friendship began, and how they eventually become so loyal and devoted to each other is just about the best thing ever!
And to top off the amazing characters in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, is the perfection in how J.K. Rowling tells this story. There isn’t a dull moment, and I feel like every word is exactly what it should be. Basically, I can find nothing wrong with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which really isn’t surprising.