Series: Harry Potter
Published by Pottermore Limited on March 27, 2012
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Also by this author: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
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. Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great
destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.
This is my first time reading the Harry Potter series, so of course I am one of the last ones to jump on the harry potter bandwagon. Like Katrina has said over and over again, “this series is magical.” And it really is, but don’t let that go to her head.
I will keep this short and sweet because everyone has reviewed this book I think. This is ten times better than the movie. There are so many details that are left out of the movies that ended up being some of my favorite parts. I loved the little scenes you see with peeves the poltergeist, I mean how could you not laugh at his insanity. Also Dumbledore is almost this smart wise silent guy with a few words of wisdom, while in the book he is witty and clever and I like him more than the movie.
Poor harry, I couldn’t imagine what it’s like to live a life like he did. I can only sympathize for him and I want him to really flourish in Hogwarts. I feel like he might have some rough roads ahead, but I feel like it can only make him stronger. Is it terrible to say I can already feel the attraction between Ron and Hermione. Of course it is more of a love/hate relationship right now but it is really cute to see them interact. Hagrid and all of his magical creatures are a hoot. How he can name these huge, mythical, and potentially dangerous and menace looking animals things like “fluffy” is hilarious.
The actual concept of Hogwarts is pretty radical, I think my favorite parts were the interesting foods, sports and the castle itself. All flavored jelly beans sounds really awesome and disgusting all in one. Quidditch is like the oddest sport I have ever seen and I mean that in a good way. I really like the idea of how the pictures are in the magical world. Ron’s reaction to pictures just being “stationary” is pretty hilarious.
To find out the reason behind the sorcerer’s stone and all the mystery was nifty, though I think the push of the perpetrator being a certain someone was a little overkill. I think it just made it way to obvious that this person wasn’t the bad guy. I am excited to continue on with the series and see what happens with Harry and his friends.