Publisher and Publication Date: Kindle edition. Pottermore Publishing. 2015. First published in 1997 by Bloomsbury.
Genre: Fiction. Fantasy.
Source: Library copy.
Audience: Readers of the Harry Potter stories. Readers who love fantasy fiction.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is Book #1 in the series.
The other books in the series:
•Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
•Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
•Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
•Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
•Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
•Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
This is the second time I’ve read this book. I’ve not read all of the series, but only the first few.
My granddaughter, Celeste, has all of the books. I began buying them for her when she was just a baby. She adores them.
Book one introduces the main character and hero of the books, Harry Potter. This first book answers the questions of how Harry Potter came to live with people who are not his parents. Other information given is Potter’s personality and what he looks like. And, who his parents are and about his special gift. This first book is important to read, because it is the starting point for the rest of the series. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is a must read if you want to understand any of the other books in the series.
An interesting character enters Harry Potter’s life with a huge revelation. This person’s name is Rubeus Hagrid. He tells Potter that he is a wizard; and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This school is for boys and girls ages 11-18. Students must show a gift for magic. Potter’s parents and what happened to him when he was a baby gives him a place at this school.
Since the restrictions began with the Covid-19 I’ve wanted to read fantasy fiction. I plan to read, for the first time, the trilogy of books by J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings. In the past, I’ve read two books by Tolkien: The Hobbit and The Children of Húrin.
Which brings me to the Harry Potter book: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I’ve just been in the mood for some Harry Potter.
Reasons why I love this story:
•Harry Potter is a kid that’s easy to love. He is imperfect. He lives in a terrible home with people who don’t understand him, they fear him, and they want to change him to something of their creation. He is a kid that I can cheer for. He is a kid that I could be friends with. He is a kid that rises to the obstacles in his life and it doesn’t change his personality but only makes him better.
•He has friends who bring him a better quality of life. They have his back and he has their back. They each bring strengths to the relationship that make them all stronger.
•The good and evil are easy to see. I don’t have to look for them. I don’t have to figure anything out.
•The story is endearing. I love the characters. I love the storyline. I love the closure with the hope and knowledge there will be more books in the series.