Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

hp1origby J.K. Rowling
Children’s / YA Fantasy
4 of 5 stars
Debut novel: June 26, 1997

1999 – Some dull party that my introverted best friend and I were avoiding by sitting on the couch in a corner.

“He doesn’t look like a wizard,” I told her when she handed over her copy. “Just read it,” she assured me with a knowing smile.

I read it in 2 days. I immediately read the next two books in the series. Then I began the agonizing wait for book 4.

It’s pretty much impossible to be unbiased about these books! They were my childhood—I grew up on them—they cemented my love of the fantastical and the heroic. Rowling captured my imagination and didn’t let me go.

hp1ukI’d never read about a world like this one before (and for a twelve-year-old I’d read a lot of books). Harry, Ron and Hermione were exploring a world I desperately wanted to be a part of! That combined with keeping the books a secret (witchcraft was definitely taboo in my house) and obsessing over what was going to happen in the next books gives this series some of my favorite memories.

Going back and rereading the first one is always the most charming—they are all so young, and so different from what they grow up to be. Harry’s first thought when he puts on the Invisibility Cloak is, “I’ll go to the library!” I mean, really? It’s the restricted section, but still!

Rowling’s trademark sense of humor is already here, the foundation for the series is here, and it never gets old reliving the Firsts over and over. The first letter, the first Hogwarts Express journey, first meetings between characters, first glimpses of Diagon Alley and Hogwarts. All of these and more are beautifully depicted in the illustrated edition as well. (Can’t wait to collect all of these!)

24490481This is a classic, and definitely a foundation for anyone reading Middle Grade or YA fantasy. The movies may be fun, but they don’t come close to the experience of reading these books!

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