Number of Pages: 320
Publication Date: June 26, 1997
Rating: out of 5
Themes: Loyalty, Friendship, Good vs. Evil, Bravery
Harry Potter had such a shock on his eleventh birthday when he learned that not only is he a wizard, but an extremely popular figure in the wizarding world. No one knows why, but of the three that were killed on Halloween years ago, Harry, as a baby, was the only one to survive Voldemort’s attack.
Now, he is brought to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardy and learns spells, proper wand formation, potions, and even the popular sport, Quidditch. However, as time passes, Harry with his two buddies, bookworm Hermione and loyal Ron, find a three-headed dog guarding something.
Can they stop a certain someone from stealing whatever Fluffy, the three-headed dog, is guarding?
This is one of my ultimate favorite books and series. Why? This is the reason why I fell in love with books. Without Rowling’s creative world, I’m not sure if/when I would enjoy books. A big thank you to this amazing and talented author for introducing such a captivating to world to many!
One of the biggest positives of this book is how detailed and creative the wizarding world is portrayed. There’s a school with curious classes and a competitive sport, a Ministry of Magic, an evil force at play, varying creatures and ghosts that all come together in this smooth read.
Re-reading this book (for about the seventh or eighth time; I’ve lost track) brought back so many great memories. As a reader, I wish I could be friends with Harry, Ron and his siblings, Hermione, Neville, and so many of the Gryffindor members.
The plot is full of twists and turns. It leads up nicely to the following books. It is easy to see how Rowling had included little questions here and there in order to fill in the blanks later on in the series. Rowling has created something unique that I can appreciate more now as I have read so many other books.
Overall, I love this book and have loved reading it for years (over a decade!), and I can see myself re-reading again!
Click on the links to see my reviews of other books in this series:
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)
While re-reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, there are some observations that I’ve made and would like to write down:
- How can eleven-year-old children be so brave?
- I didn’t think about how life changing it was for Hermione to lie to a teacher when the troll was set loose in the castle. She realized that friendship and gratefulness is much more important than honesty and her appearances in front of teachers.
- Hogwarts is such a safe place for many of the students that attend, especially those, like Harry, who’s life outside the castle isn’t so comforting. For me, I feel Hogwarts is also comforting. It’s one of the reasons I keep returning!
- When starting this series, I didn’t appreciate how broken Harry is, and yet he is so loyal and an amazing friend. He is introduced to a lot in this book – parents’ true death, Voldemort, being a wizard and all that entails, along with making friends and understanding Hogwarts and its teachers. Above all, Harry’s trying to understand out all the people in the world why was he and his family targeted a decade ago? Given all this uncertainty and how sweet of a boy he is says a lot about him.
- I like how Rowling sets up the Voldemort story line. It’s clear even after this book alone that he isn’t gone forever. You almost question why, but then you just enjoy that there are more books to come. Eventually, Rowling demonstrates how Voldemort is able to keep living, which I thought was clever and was done well.
- When first reading this book (as a child), I didn’t truly appreciated how much love impacts the series and how it is the overarching theme. Re-reading now, I can see love everywhere, especially within Harry.
Just love it! Thank you, J.K. Rowling!