Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)
If any of you love or like magic, dragons, sarcasm, heros with robes, and Quidditch, welcome to Harry Potter Year One. Learn about his adventure he has at Hogwarts and see who he meets. better then the movie.
I have never read this!!!!!! No Comment
I remember when these first came out, I never really wanted to read them. I thought of them as "kid's books" and even though I read YA, my overly-critical half just kept saying that these weren't for me. I don't know if it was the cover, or the insta-popularity of the books or what, but I didn't read them. I avoided them like the plague. Until a friend of mine was reading the 5th book, and was so engrossed in it that he would do the "...yes, yes, I'm paying attention..." nod while his eyes remained glued to the page. And as a reader myself, I know that look. So I asked to borrow the book he was reading, and he refused. He told me that if I was going to read it, I'd have to READ it, starting with the first book. So the next day, he lent me the first and second books, both of which I finished in record time, and then I understood. And I never looked back.
There's something about these books that is just... magical. Yeah, yeah, cliche, I know. But it's true. Yes, they are about magic, but they are about so much more than that. They are about love, and friendship and loyalty and trust and betrayal and commitment and all the things that we aspire to have and to be as humans. They are about understanding and forgiveness and learning who we are when it really matters. And all of these things are buried in this shell of fun and adventure and mystery that makes them irresistible.
I decided to read these again in the original UK editions, because I know that the US editions were "Americanized", and I wanted to re-experience them in their true form. I dislike when things are changed from their original format, I hate abridgments and condensed versions etc. I want to experience the story how the author wrote it, how it was meant to be experienced without some guy in a suit somewhere trying to make it "accessible" to me. I like the feeling that I get of learning something of another culture through the words they use, and the meaning that they give the words. This is why they taught us reading comprehension in third grade, so that we can read and LEARN. Learning doesn't have to be boring and tedious, it can be fun if we allow it to be. But it seems that we've lost that ability. Sad.
Anyway, I re-read the first book, now appropriately titled "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone", and I was surprised at how emotional I felt reading it, especially after knowing where it all ends. It was like seeing friends that you've missed for years again, and while it makes you happy to see them, it's also sad because you know they'll have to go again too soon. That's how I felt, like I was seeing friends and that my time with them is short. That's kind of a silly way to feel, because they are forever, and I can visit anytime I want to, but I felt that way anyway. Especially meeting Ron again. He's my favorite character for an absolute reason, which is because he is so loyal and funny and true, and he gives his whole heart when he gives it at all. I wish that there were more people like Ron.
I can't wait to re-read the rest of the series and see if this feeling remains. I love discovering the hidden gems that Rowling has left for us to find, in mythology and history and legend and word-play and in life. Who wouldn't love these books?
Good book... somtimes suspenful and full of action. I would recomend readin this I rated 4.5 stars because the book was AMAZING but some parts didnt make sense.
Harry Potter was the first actual novel that I’ve owned and read.
Although I read the first two volumes when they were released I only continued with the last five several years later – in fact I only continued when all volumes were out.
There was no particular reason behind it other than my never managing to re-read the first two.
When I finally got past reading the first volume over again I guess it got the bolder rolling; I ended up reading the series in a loop (... preventing me from continuing other books I had planned on reading) and counts as such to my favourite stories ever!
There are so many lovable characters – it makes it so hard to pick a favourite! Then, of course, I love school themed stories and even more: magic!
I only gave the first volume four stars despite liking the series so much. I enjoy the first volume as much as the others and it’ll always have something special as it was the first I’ve ever had and the first in the series. Still I believe that this book should have a somewhat lower rating compared to the following volumes. Although I would easily pick five stars if it were compared to other books altogether.