Friday, 22 July 2011

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Title: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Series: Harry Potter #1
Author: JK Rowling
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 223
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Goodreads Average Rating: 4.23
Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility. 

All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley—a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry's room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in eleven years. 

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry—and anyone who reads about him—will find unforgettable. For it's there that he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic in everything from classes to meals, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him... if Harry can survive the encounter.
...A book and film series which everyone knows and loves, but for some reason I had never been able to find a connection with the 1-4 Harry Potter books. I had tried countless times to complete the first book, but somehow managed to get distracted. So I vowed a week before going to watch the last film that I would actually complete this book which I did.

I managed to read it in a day, which I will admit surprised me. I was completely hooked and am looking forward to reading the second book.

I'm sure there is not much in this review that I can say to convince someone to read the book, because I'm guessing a large majority of reader's already have. The storyline was one which is unique, and already starts the complex and excellent storyline which is shown in rest of the 7 book series.
Harry Potter is a series mainly aimed at children, but has been proven to be enjoyed by all ages.

The boy who lives, Harry is a character who I am not really that keen on, but in this book I see him as bearable, he is a great role-model for younger reader's. He teaches very valuable and responsible lessons throughout the book
Hermione, is another great rol-model for people of all ages, she shows that intelligence and brains are qualities worth having, and a great influence for reader's.
Ron, is the one in the golden trio who adds humor and a bit of a laugh within the book.

Each character shows and brings something to the book, despite the ages of the young characters, there is someone for everyone to relate to.

I give this book...

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