BOOK REVIEW: Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling


When a letter arrives for unhappy but ordinary Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is revealed to him that apparently he's the last to know. His parents were wizards, killed by a Dark Lord's curse when Harry was just a baby, and which he somehow survived. Leaving his unsympathetic aunt and uncle for Hogwarts, a wizarding school brimming with ghosts and enchantments, Harry stumbles upon a sinister adventure when he finds a three-headed dog guarding a room on the third floor. Then he hears of a missing stone with astonishing powers which could be valuable, dangerous, or both.
Harry Potter is the worldwide phenomenal book and film series that has ever come to human eyes. It is the most original novel that is currently out and it is now classified as a classical novel! So Harry Potter can join the likes of Emma, Oliver Twist, Jane Eyre and To Kill A Mockingbird. Magic surrounds this book, with spells flying out everywhere, broomsticks shooting about with some amazing flyers and the feel of the book makes you want to become a wizard, y'know if you are a muggle. Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone is the hit debút of this series that Rowling has produced. I may be late to reading this series, I am immensely glad that I have finally done! This book is bursting with description of Harry's life and you begin to feel for Harry from page one! Rowling really plays with your mind in this book and as soon as a new character is introduced, you fall in love with them! The author of this book has written a jumpy plot. It is like you are on a roller coaster that will never stop!

Harry Potter is told from the point of view of, well, Harry Potter and this book really shows the light on him growing up throughout the whole novel- and the rest of the series. This book drags you into the world of chaos at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and you do really feel as if you are a student and a friend of Harry Potter and all of his friends. The thing I really love about this book is that you always question yourself and the book on what will happen next. For instance when the Forbidden Forest is first mentioned, you want to know why it is forbidden. The element of surprise is glowing in this book! The characters didn't really link well with each other in this book, I think the only relationship in this novel that I enjoyed was the Harry/Draco relationship because is was a funny thing to read when you saw that Draco was trying to manipulate Harry! I did enjoy the way the characters were written, to Hermione Granger to Ronald Weasley. But the character that stood out the most to me was, Neville Longbottom. He was a brave and cunning character and I was quite upset that Rowling gave him a small part in her novel!

The plot in Harry Potter doesn't really click into place until half-way through the book or so. This disappointed me because most of the action didn't slide in until towards the end of the novel. Most of Philosopher's Stone is about Harry's first time at Hogwarts and don't get me wrong, that's great because you get a brilliant image of the school in your head and you feel like you study there but it would be nice to understand why/what happened to Harry's parent's properly. Nevertheless, the plot is quite good in this book and after a while of reading this book, you cannot put this book down. It was glued to my hands when I was reading it! Some of the scenes in this book were written fabulously. My favourites were when Hermione was telling Ron on how to say the levitation spell and the journey to Hogwarts itself!

Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone is a very well written book and it does start off an awesome chain of events that fills up seven books. (No, it is NOT eight books if you have just seen the film. SEVEN BOOKS!) The characters are very likeable and the end of the book does lead you straight onto the second book, Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets. I do recommend this series and if you love Harry Potter as much as I do, then come join me in the Potterhead fandom! DFTBA!

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