Title: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Author: J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #1
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Urban fantasy, Witches
5th sentence, 74th page: ‘Anyone sitting here?’ he asked, pointing at the seat opposite Harry.
Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy – until he is rescued by an owl, taken to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, learns to play Quidditch and does battle in a deadly duel. The reason: HARRY POTTER IS A WIZARD!
I don’t think that you can say anything about a Harry Potter book these days that someone else hasn’t said. It is so ingrained into our culture and our minds, that I can’t even imagine a person who hasn’t read or at least heard of, the Harry Potter novels. It is certainly ingrained into my memory and childhood.
I can remember exactly where I was when I started reading the first Harry Potter book. I was ten. My mum had given it to me because it just happened to be something she picked up, skimmed and then gave to me. I was hooked from the first page. And I, like most of the children of my generation, spent the lead up to my eleventh birthday waiting on my letter from Hogwarts.
I think that the thing that makes the Harry Potter books so damn wonderful is J.K. Rowling’s brilliant writing. Yes, it’s the storyline and the world that she created. But this would be completely useless if it wasn’t for GREAT writing. The sense of humour, the way that her words invoke visions and feelings – that’s what makes me read these books again and again and again. I know the story off-by-heart, but it’s the one-liners, the language and the way the words just wash over me that makes me read these at least once a year.
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