Friday, January 6, 2012

Book Review: "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When the Harry Potter series first came out, my youngest was just too young to read the books. So we waited, and this past month the entire family read "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone".

I must admit, I like the book more this time than I did the first time through. Maybe it was because I understood the universe more after reading all seven books, or maybe I enjoyed the joyful innocence of the book because I know exactly how dark things will get. But I found myself smiling at Harry's reaction to the wizard world in all its wonder.

For those who have not read this book, I recommend it for anyone who loves a good fantasy story. There are scenes of suspense and excitement here, but Ms. Rowling also includes a fair amount of universe building that matters to the entire series. I love how each character comes alive, and I simply drooled over the puzzles presented within. I even laughed, as Ms. Rowling provides several one-liners appropriate to the situation.

There are more than enough summaries out there, so if you want to know more I suggest you find one. Or just read the book.

I give this book five out of five stars, because Ms. Rowling simply gets it right here.

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  1. Totally agree on that! It is truly an excellent book...and suitable for adults in addition to kids. :)

    1. Thanks, Teresa! I must admit, the first book is my favorite.

  2. Agree with you 100 percent. It's magic for all ages. I have truly beautiful memories of reading this book to my son, who was then a toddler.

    He saw the commercial for the movie on t.v., and was two, and begged me to get the book for him.

    I was afraid to read it to him, as it 1)didn't have many pictures in it, and the few were very teeny 2)might frighten him silly.

    He kept on begging, so I purchased it and read it to him one chapter a time in my gliding rocker at bedtime. He would sit in my lap with his teeny little eyes wide and loved every minute of it.

    Eventually, he began to pick out small words like "and" and "or" and "Harry". By age three he was READING!

    Last year for spring break, we visited Universal Orlando and made a bee-line for Wizarding World of Harry Potter and rose the ride in the castle multiple times and drank butter beer together. It was the culmination of a decade long dream for us, and he read every single book and watched every single movie.

    Ms. Rowling helped my son WANT to read, and forever I shall thank her for that precious gift. Thanks for reviving this, Kat!

    1. Joey,

      Woot! I love reading stories like this! I think that everyone has that one, magical book where the ability to read clicks in. I hope that your son continues to love reading as he grows older.


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