Book Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Cover of "Harry Potter and the Philosophe...

Cover of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
English version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter turns from the little boy who lives under the cupboard into a wizard.  Harry receives letters, which his Uncle Vernon does not let him see.  That’s until a giant named Hagrid breaks down a hut door and thrusts Harry into world he’s never known.  In that world, Harry learns how to fly a broomstick, eats Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, plays wizard chess, and learns how to do some magic.  Harry meets new friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.  Ron Weasley is from a prominent wizarding family, and has red hair like all the men in the family.  Hermione Granger is from a Muggle family (non-magic folk), and is the smartest in their class.  Harry also meets his nemesis, Draco Malfoy, who seems determined to undermine Harry, Ron, and Hermione.

However, this grand new world also holds a dark and potentially dangerous secret for Harry:  Voldemort killed his parents when Harry was just an infant.  This has prevented Harry from ever knowing his parents.  In this world, danger lurks around every corner.  The reader never really knows who is good, and who is evil.  Even a teacher from Harry’s school could turn out to have evil moments.

This book is a magical beginning to the extraordinary seven book series from JK Rowling.  Inside, the reader finds new adventures and is whisked away into the Magical World of Harry Potter.

Just a thought:  I wonder what happened to Fluffy?  The last time we saw Fluffy, Harry, Ron, and Hermione were going down the trapdoor.  We never hear about the three-headed dog again.  Do we hear about him later?  Or is this a plot hole?

Also, for this being the 1st book in the Harry Potter series, this book has a great amount of character development.  Harry changed from being a scrawny little boy who did not really have a place in the world to taking on a very dangerous task.  What a transformation!

The next post will have my review of the movie adaption of this book.  I give it 4 stars.

© Amy Burney, Amy’s Fantastical Writings


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