Book Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Genre: Fiction, YA, Fantasy, Adventure

Winner of the National Book Award (1997)

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Harry Potter is an ordinary boy who lives in a cupboard under the stairs at his Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon’s house, which he thinks is normal for someone like him who’s parents have been killed in a ‘car crash’. He is bullied by them and his fat, spoilt cousin Dudley, and lives a very unremarkable life with only the odd hiccup (like his hair growing back overnight!) to cause him much to think about. That is until an owl turns up with a letter addressed to Harry and all hell breaks loose! He is literally rescued by a world where nothing is as it seems and magic lessons are the order of the day. Read and find out how Harry discovers his true heritage at Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft, the reason behind his parents mysterious death, who is out to kill him, and how he uncovers the most amazing secret of all time, the fabled Philosopher’s Stone! All this and muggles too. Now, what are they?

The Harry Potter Series is now a worldwide sensation, it has captivated an entire generation of adults and children alike. This is the first book that ultimately inspired 8 award winning films.

The book itself if you are unaware of the storyline is a new world where magic exists amongst normal (muggle) people, you are dragged into an entire hidden world of magic, we are introduced to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Throughout the book we learn of Harry Potter who knows nothing about the wizarding world or how famous he is until he is rescued by a giant called Hagrid on his 11th birthday. We follow his story during the school year as he adapts to this new life with the help of his friends Ron and Hermione.

I grew up with these books and therefore they are a part of my childhood as I assume they are with many others. Rereading this book years later I am still as captivated and enticed as I was when I first read it and I was immediately engrossed in the world of Harry Potter. The writing makes you believe as if you are actually there, it is so descriptive and has such a vivid atmosphere.  If you are a fan of fantasy then I would highly recommend this book. Similar books to this would be Narnia or any book by Roald Dahl.

Rating: 5/5

Summing up: Magnificent!




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