Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Author: J. K. Rowling
Publication Date: September 1, 1998
Genre(s): Middle Grade/Young Adult, Fantasy
Source: Audible (Jim Dale editions)
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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.
Writing a review for Harry Potter is a surreal experience. I first read this book when I was 7 (the same year the first movie came out), in my Catholic school. I remember my homework assignment one night was to complete the potion’s logic puzzle, and little Hermione in training (me) was one of the other kids that got it right. Harry Potter was the first series I fell head-over-heels in love with and is still one of my favorite series to this day (despite Rowling’s desperate attempts to ruin that).
This review will obviously be clouded by my decades of love for this series and will not be the same sort of analytical ~serious~ review but more of just me documenting my thoughts as I reread the series.
Oh, and there will probably be some spoilers.
It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.
Okay so this book is just so precious, oh my goodness.
I had a huge smile on my face most of the time when reading this, especially at the end when Neville was awarded points for Gryffindor at the house cup. Ah, it’s just such a great moment for Neville and it makes me so so happy.
But okay, let’s start at the beginning. I always forget how the Dursley’s in the book are so much worse than their movie portrayals (don’t get me wrong, the acting in the movie was amazing but they cut out a bunch of the stuff the Dursleys did). I was also surprised how many characters got cut out of the movies, especially characters from the first book. Dudley goes to the zoo with his friend Pierce, someone we see in the 5th movie.
I also forget how fast-paced this book is. Hearing the chapter titles lead to “oh my gosh, we’re here already” thoughts several times. I also love how Harry and friends don’t hide what they’re doing. Like in the movie, there are a few times where they’re much more hushed and secretive, yet in the book they’re like “Oh we figured out who Nicolas was months ago, we’re just trying to figure out how to get passed Fluffy” and Hagrid is like WTF?! Like, how does that not make you chuckle?
I also forgot that Malfoy was a dick to Harry right out of the gate. Like they meet when Harry is immediately put off of Malfoy’s demeanor and compares him to Dudley. This was a scene I had totally forgotten about and was interesting, especially after watching the new Super Carlin Brother’s theory about Dumbledore’s master plan. It makes you wonder if Harry wasn’t just put with the Dursley’s because of the protection magic but also so Harry can get an idea of the kind of friends he wants at Hogwarts. This kind of ties into the theory that SCB released, so definitely check that video out if you’re interested!
“You haven’t got a letter on yours,” George observed. “I suppose she thinks you don’t forget your name. But we’re not stupid- we know we’re called Gred and Forge.”
One thing I love about rereading the books is revisiting how many funny moments were left out of the films. Like I still remember some of the iconic moments from the later books, but it’s so much fun rediscovering these moments.
I think the one moment from the books I will never forget being left out to the movie was the potion logic puzzle (especially since they kept the fact that Snape is one of the teachers protecting the stone). Like 7-year-old me was salty about and 25-year-old me still isn’t over it lol.
Okay so was this a review or just a gush of Harry Potter? I don’t know. This book still holds up so so well over the years. Every time I reread this book I just pick up on new things and am transported back to my childhood. I loved working at the bookstore when kids would get Harry Potter for the first time and be able to talk to them about what they think of the books and the movies and fangirl with the parents. Currently, I have no desire to have kids, but if I ever did, I hope they’re a Harry Potter fan. My illustrated editions are in Minnesota and I can’t wait to reread this series with the Illustrated editions. They are so gorgeous and I can’t wait to see what magic they add to the series.
So I’m sure no one is surprised a proud Ravenclaw is still obsessed with Harry Potter. I can’t wait to see what my final ranking is since it’s been such a long time since I’ve reread the other books. I’ll probably do a post or video once I’m done reading all the books talking about that.