Book Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

January 8, 2011 Whitney Review 5 Comments

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s StoneHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #1
Published by Arthur A. Levine Books on October 1, 1998
Genres: Fantasy
Source: Bought

Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.

All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley—a great big swollen spoiled bully. 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 an incredible place that Harry—and anyone who reads about him—will find unforgettable. For it's there that he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic in everything from classes to meals, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him... if Harry can survive the encounter.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, what is there to say that hasn’t already been said?  Magical, creative, spellbinding, suspenseful, cleverly crafted with a sense of camaraderie, just to name a few.

Harry Potter, the boy who lived has no idea that he is special or famous, how could he with a cousin like Dudley Dursey?  So when Harry gets his letter to Hogwarts School of  Witchcraft and Wizardry a whole new world opens up for him filled with adventure.

It is hard not to fall in love with Harry Potter and his slew of run-ins with danger, not to mention defeating Voldemort the most powerful Wizard not once but twice.  Although, even though the stories are enchanting, they have a kind of nostalgia to them as this was one series I read over and over again (and obviously still do).  Recently, my mom told me that when she would read the novels to my brother and I it took everything in her power not to continue on after we had fallen asleep.  I think it really says something about a book (or books) if they can be read and enjoyed by multiple generations.  Classic.


5 responses to “Book Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

  1. I've read this series so many times I've lost count. Haha. Last time I read it was December 31st, 2008. I started the series and finished the last day of the year. I did this because I wanted to not read the series again until all the movies are out on DVD including Part 2 of Deathly Hallows. So far I feel like I'm in rehab =P

  2. i have heard the most marvelous things about it and i still have not read it. it is presenting a giant hole in my cultural literacy. my students just look at me in wonder that i do not know the game quidditch. i do not even know how to spell quidditch–must read them soon!!!!!!

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