Book Reviews

Book Review :: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

RATING :: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

AUTHOR :: J.K. ROWLING

GENRE :: YA FICTION

“”Harry – you’re a great wizard, you know.”

“I’m not as good as you,” said Harry, very embarrassed, as she let go of him.

“Me!” said Hermione. “Books! And cleverness! There are more important things – friendship and bravery and – oh Harry – be careful!””

Summary:

Harry Potter’s world has been turned upside down; not only does he discover that he is a wizard, he also discovers that he is famous for defeating an evil wizard called Voldemort, who everyone refers to as ‘You-Know-Who,’ when he was an infant.

Both his parents are dead-killed by Voldemort-and Harry has been looked after by the only family he has left-the Dursleys, who are cruel to Harry.

On Harry’s 11th birthday, he receives an acceptance letter from Hogwarts: School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and before he knows it, he’s on the train to his new school. Once there, he makes friends, is selected as a Seeker for Quidditch (a wizard’s sport), and learns more about who his parents were.

Trouble starts when Harry and his friends discover that the evil Lord Voldemort is still alive.

Can they stop him before he gets his hands on the sorcerer’s stone-a stone that can give immortality? Is Professor Snape, who obviously hates Harry, helping Voldemort get his powers back? And will Harry make it out alive again, or will he meet the same fate as his parents?

I finished watching all the Harry Potter movies a few weeks ago and then decided to give the books a try to see if there were a lot of details missing in the movie… obviously there were many.

For one, I can now understand Harry’s perspective in a way I wouldn’t have been able to if I had just stuck to watching the movies.

Thoughts on the story: 

The plot is fascinating and every page had me sucked into the story; not a minute went by that I didn’t enjoy this book. Rowling’s style of writing makes it easy to visualize the story in your mind. Everything that she wrote blended well together; the character’s stories, the arrival to Hogwarts, & the mystery behind certain characters that you wouldn’t think were good or bad. Her writing also makes it very difficult to put the book down; if I’m more eager to put a book down, or to find some type of excuse to not finish reading it, there’s def a problem!

Of course, because I watched the movies before I read the book, there were certain parts of the book that I was a bit disappointed by (like when Prof. McGonegall took 150 points from Gryffindor because Harry & Hermione tried helping Hagrid, who I personally believe is really annoying and irresponsible at times)… however, my disappointment faded when Rowling turned the whole situation around towards the end.

Character Reviews: 

Harry Potter :: Harry’s story nearly brought me to tears at times; I could feel his frustrations, struggles, and pain on a different level after reading the book since it gave me insight into his thoughts and feelings. I felt slightly annoyed when he’d fail to listen to his friend’s advice to not do certain things, but after being stuck with the Dursley’s for over 11 years… can you blame him? Even though he is sometimes unsure of himself, irrational, and pretty nosy, he’s also courageous, daring, and willing to do what is right.

Hermione Granger :: Book worm, bossy Hermione. I love and dislike her all at the same time. She’s confident, feisty, and almost always butting into other people’s business. However, her smarts are what keep Ron and Harry in check (if not alive), and hey, looks like they need it more times than they care to admit.

Ron Weasley :: Ron kinda reminds me of Neville- timid and clumsy. He can come off as a bit annoying but I love how he’s loyal to Harry. He must have been my least fav character, aside from Hagrid, but he had some good character qualities that saved me from hating him.

Other Characters: 

Neville Longbottom :: Neville seems pretty annoying throughout the whole book. He comes off as the character who is least likely to succeed at anything; he breaks his wrist during his first flying lesson, he forgets a lot of things, and seems to be walked all over more than half the time by the other kids… but, his courage to fight Harry and his friends towards the end, believing to do what is right, earns him point for Gryffindor, which causes them to win the House Cup. I have to admit, I teared up when Dumbledore addressed him with this beautiful quote ::

“There are all kinds of courage,” said Dumbledore, smiling. “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends. I therefore award ten points to Mr. Neville Longbottom.”

Neville, you won my heart.

Dumbledore :: what’s not to love about Dumbledore? He seems to have a perfect response to everything. It’s hard to tell what he’s really up to but that’s what makes his character interesting.

Snape :: Oh Snape. Always finding some odd reason to take points away from Gryffindor; Always keeping a hateful eye on Harry; Always lacking charisma. It’s so easy to see why he would be judged the bad guy of the story… which is why I love the guy! If I had not watched the Harry Potter movies nor had I known anything at all about the story, I would have immediately assumed Snape was the bad guy all along, and then be pushed off the edge of my seat when I’d discover things aren’t always what they seem.

Quirinus Quirrell :: boy oh boy. Who saw that one coming, eh? JK Rowling did an amazing job with this character. I couldn’t help feeling sorry for him at some point until he turned out to be the opposite of what I thought he was.

Hagrid :: I like and then strongly dislike this character at the same time. I couldn’t help cheering when he put the Dursleys in their place, but I couldn’t help screaming inwardly when he gave out information to the Dark Lord for the sake of obtaining an illegal pet!!!! My gosh, Hagrid! Wth?! You’re smarter than that!!! *sighs* ok, so he didn’t know it was the dark lord, but damn it! Anyway, aside from that he’s a pretty awesome character. The end.

What are your thoughts on Harry Potter? And who’s your all time favorite character?


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