Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone


 

Stars: ★★★★★

Author: J.K. Rowling

Year: 1997

Country: United Kingdom 

Genre: Fantasy

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Who on earth doesn’t know Harry Potter? And even when the answer is “almost no one”, I think it deserves a place in this blog. Not to tell you about something new, but to remember a book that will remain in our memories forever.

In case you answered “no” to the previous question (wait… really?!), I’m gonna tell you who Harry Potter is. Apparently, this boy is as ordinary as anyone else who’s eleven years-old. I say apparently because, although he’s completely sure he’s ordinary, everything changes when a giant of a man appears at the door to tell him that he is a wizard. Yeah, no more and no less than a wizard. This means a whole new life in front of Harry’s eyes. His escape from the horrible uncle, aunt and cousin he has to live with since his parents’ death. Lots of knowledge to learn in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Loyal friends to make, as well as evil enemies to fight against.

It means that Harry will finally find the place where he belongs.

JK Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is huge. I really cannot understand how a woman can have such imagination to make up a whole new world like this.  Nevertheless, I think it is not only the incredible creativity that this book contains what makes it unique, but also how brilliantly written it is. J.K Rowling describes the characters’ emotions marvellously, producing laughter as well as crying. She’s also got the abbility to finish each chapter with exactly the right words, making the reader eager to jump into the next one.

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The little wizard was a sensation everywhere. Kids and adults queueing for hours (or should I say days?) to get his last book, wearing Hogwarts’ uniforms, going to enourmous theme parks. And then came the movies and merchandising and web pages and… well, you got the idea. Before Harry Potter, Joanne Katherine Rowling was almost poor and thanks to her master piece of writing, she became millionaire.

This book is actually very special to me, as I think it is for many people. I was eight years old when I read it for the first time, and though I already liked books very much before it, Harry Potter was the one that made me a voracious reader. Anyway, once I held it in my hands, I couldn’t leave it until I finished it. And then I got so into the story, I even had a tiny hope I would get a letter from Hogwarts at my eleventh birthday. I loved this magic world and I would get absorbed in this book and its sequels for hours. But I wasn’t the only one, there were lots of other children who experienced the same as me. And the best thing about it is that it encouraged us to keep reading other books. We discovered the simple but amazing act of lying on the bed just reading.

And after this I grew up, and the saga reached to its end. But once in a while I grab one of Harry Potter’s books to read it again. And every time I do this, it is different. I discover new things or I see them from other points of view. I think I’ll never get tired of Harry Potter. And I’m also pretty sure this will be considered a classic in the future. 

– Written by GuadiRC –

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3 Responses to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

  1. Pingback: Books – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone | Glutton for books, movies & series

  2. Ben says:

    I agree. J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series will soon be a classic and I am looking forward in witnessing it, seeing, after a three or four decades, the grade school students reading it for discussion.

    Its a bit of bummer though. I read Harry Potter, consicously, when I was in college. But still it means everything to me and like you it made me a voracious reader.

    • fictionworms says:

      Whether it does turn into a classic or not, I’ll force my future children to read it anyway xD It is awesome if you read HP when you were a child, but it is also great if you read it at any other time. My father’s forty-something-year-old friends read HP and loved it, and even my seventy-year-old grandma enjoyed it xD So you’re not thaaat old to read the series anyway 😛
      As always, thanks for your comment 😀

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