Series: Harry Potter #1
Published by Pottermore on 1997-06-26
Length: 322 pages
Reviewing Hardcover from My Book Shelf
Harry Potter's life is miserable. His parents are dead and he's stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he's a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.
Though Harry's first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it's his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.
Here I am, at the end of a long weekend, enjoying a glass of red wine, reading one of my favorite installments in one of my favorite series. Bliss, right?
I haven’t read HP1 in a long time, I mean actually read it. One of my favorite pastimes is to actually listen to the Audible version of this series, because Jim Dale is absolutely brilliant. I have loved this series since college, and I’m so glad I took the opportunity to immerse myself in it once again. And I must say, it was rather nice to hold an actual book in my hand! I love the flip of the pages and the smell of paper and dust. (Tell me I’m not the only one??)
As a children’s tale, I cannot recommend this series enough, and it begins beautifully. I love it – and I especially love the Audible version. Our family loves the whole thing, though. Our HP DVD’s are almost totally worn out from our watching them so much. We’re slowly collecting the hardback editions of all the books, too. I have them all in a digital format and, as I said, on Audible format. We kinda can’t get enough of it.
I have three kids, and one of them is on the autism spectrum. She loves fantasy of all kinds, to the point that we have to monitor her to make sure she’s not too immersed. She sometimes has difficulty, even at 9, distinguishing fantasy from reality. Her fantasies, good and bad, make it into her subconscious and into her dreams if we’re not careful, and can cause nightmares. So when I say that Harry Potter is good for the whole family, I truly mean it.
I feel like the themes of true love, friendship, courage, and family strength is enough to recommend this series. But the storytelling is to be admired and studied, especially if your little one is interested in writing. J.K. Rowling is one of the best, especially concerning character development, plot, and sticking with themes!
One big round of internet applause for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone! 🙂