Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!
Published: June 26, 1997
When I was re-reading this book it brought me right back to when I read it for the first time. I remember reading this book in the fourth grade, my family moved to a different area of the city after my parents got divorced and Harry helped me come to terms with it. I moved to a new school and had to make new friends, but Harry was there to help me through it. Reading this book helped me with my formative years and making new friends. I remember that after I read this book I HAD to read the others. It wasn’t until a year later that I bought the first four books from Scholastic, and then I had to wait until that summer for the fifth book to come out. I remember that it was agonizing waiting for it to be published!
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is a very important book to me and will always have a special place in my heart. The Philosopher’s Stone did a fantastic job of introducing the Wizarding world to the readers. I found myself noticing more details when I read this book as an adult that I missed as a kid. Rowling has a way with words that continues to astonish me. I wish that I could formulate my thoughts and create magical realms as well as she can.
The Philosopher’s Stone introduces the main characters and sets up the overarching plot for the series. We’re introduced to the “villain” of the series, Voldemort and what made him lose his power and control. We find out that he’s trying to come back into power, but it’s easier said than done at this point.
My favourite part of this novel is the Quiddictch matches, as someone who’s terrified of heights; I love how Quidditch is explained. It’s so detailed and I could almost see myself on a broom playing the game. There’s not one part of this novel that sticks out to me that I didn’t enjoy.
Harry Potter will always be my go-to comfort read when I need to find a way to deal with what’s happening right now. This book reads differently to me depending where I am in my life and I think that’s what makes these books so great to me. Harry Potter is the constant in my life which I will always go back to. My copies are looking a little worse for wear, but it shows how much I’ve loved them. I think I read the first four books at least five times.
Even though this isn’t my favourite novel in the series, I rated it 4/5, it gave a great introduction into the wizarding world, and were introduced to the main characters and supporting characters in the series. Overall it’s an enjoyable read and I could keep getting lost in the world that Rowling created time and time again.