Review: Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone

Title: Harry and The Sorcerer’s Stone
Author: J.K. Rowling
Publication Date: June 26, 1997
Genre: Fantasy
My Rating: 5 stars

Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.

Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.

Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.

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This month I launched my end of the year Harry Potter reread. This was my second time rereading Sorcerer’s Stone and I was swept away by this magical world J.K. Rowling created both times. I am always in awe of the human mind when I read books like Harry Potter, Narnia, and Lord of The Rings. The intricacies, the depth, world-building, and characterization never ceases to amaze me. J.K. Rowling is a [expletive] queen. My God. Bow at her greatness. I finished reading this book while I was traveling to Missouri for a wedding. I missed my connecting flight and had to spend two hours at the airport until the next flight. During that time, I dived into it, read on my flight, and finished shortly after I landed. Let’s get into my thoughts:

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The Sorcerer’s Stone is the first book in the Harry Potter series. In this book, we’re introduced to the Wizarding World and the major characters. When we meet Harry Potter, he is an infant left on his relatives’ doorsteps after his parent’s are killed. Eleven years later, Harry is still living with his relatives, The Dursleys, and we learn of their abusive behaviors towards him. The Dursleys love their biological child, Dudley, and treat Harry Potter like [EXPLETIVE]. I am always stunned by the fact that Albus Dumbledore, the Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, left Harry in this home for 11 years. He lived in a cupboard under the stairs and the Dursleys basically starved him. The fact that he live in this abusive home for eleven years fills me with rage, but I will save my rant for some other time. Upon his 11th birthday, Harry learns that he’s wizard and the adventure begins.

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone

I enjoyed reading Sorcerer’s Stone and being reintroduced to the characters. The story is narrated from Harry Potter’s point of view so you’re learning about the world as Harry learns about it. This first book does a fantastic job of showing Harry’s innocence and kindness. He is a pure soul. As for the other major characters, I loved Hermione Granger (she is an icon and legend in my eyes), Ron Weasley, and appreciate Rubeus Hagrid more after finishing. Rereading it now allowed me to see the characters from a different perspective (I’m much older than when my cousin first introduced Harry Potter to me). Sorcerer’s Stone helped me see Hagrid differently and conclude that he is an underrated and under-appreciated character.

Sorcerer’s Stone is the perfect first book and sets the stage for future books in the series. The book is well-written, action-packed, and the world is intricately developed and vibrant. Hogwarts just jumps off the page with Rowling’s vivid descriptions. The characters are enjoyable, memorable, and will definitely elicit some kind of emotional response. There are some characters you’ll love and others you’ll absolutely abhor. The beautiful thing about Harry Potter, aside from the magic, are the friendships Harry starts to develop as he becomes immersed in this world. It’s a beautiful to see this character find a place of belonging and people to connect with.

“There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.” – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone

If you’re looking for something with an intricate world-building, magic, and adventure, you’ll enjoy this.

Thanks for reading!

-Merline


Have you read or reread Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone? If so, what were your thoughts?

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