Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
In 2011 I decided that my Harry Potter holdout was over. After years of avoiding the books and the movies I dove in head first. I made the choice to see the movies first, since they were easily accessed through Netflix. I wrote about my experiences with the films on my movie blog. After seeing all of the films my next step was to read the books. Thanks to my awesome family, I became the proud owner of all the novels during the Christmas season.
The first novel introduces us to Harry Potter, the sad young boy under the stairs of his aunt and uncle’s home. He’s disliked by almost everyone he knows and desperate for a way out. That way out comes when he’s introduced to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As he enters his first year at Hogwarts, Harry establishes some wonderful new friendships. He’s also introduced to his own legend. He has had little idea that the scar he bears has been a symbol of hope the triumph against evil for most of the magical world. As the school year continues, Harry is able to learn more than he had ever hoped about the parents he never knew. This knowledge also thrusts him into a battle against dark forces who are after a mythical object known as the Sorcerer’s Stone.
The first book is really pretty good. I was surprised at how quickly I was sucked into the mythical world of Hogwarts. I was also excited to see the detail with which all of the characters were introduced. Rowling paints a wonderful picture of the world that Harry Potter lives in. She also used her writing to bring characters to life. Thanks to the movies, I felt like she was writing about the same people I had seen on the films.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who has avoided this series. I don’t blame most people my age, since we were just at the right age to dislike these books and the movies on principle. Well, age has opened my mind and I hope that this might open a few more. This is much more than a really successful movie series. This is a wonderful book series and the first book is a great read.
Author: J.K. Rowling