Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Prepare to be spellbound by Jim Kay's dazzling depiction of the wizarding world and much loved characters in this full-colour illustrated hardback edition of the nation's favourite children's book - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Brimming with rich detail and humour that perfectly complements J.K. Rowling's timeless classic, Jim Kay's glorious illustrations will captivate fans and new readers alike. When a letter arrives for unhappy but ordinary Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is revealed to him that apparently he's the last to know. His parents were wizards, killed by a Dark Lord's curse when Harry was just a baby, and which he somehow survived. Leaving his unsympathetic aunt and uncle for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry stumbles upon a sinister mystery when he finds a three-headed dog guarding a room on the third floor. Then he hears of a missing stone with astonishing powers, which could be valuable, dangerous - or both. An incredible adventure is about to begin!


Reviewed: 2019-08-12
Reading this for the first time as an adult with a fair knowledge of Harry Potter from the movies and general cultural zeitgeist I can say it is a different experience. As a writer as well it’s interesting to see the tricks and even miss a few a get surprised and see how they get folded back into the story later on. That one YouTube video by justwrite on how j.k. Rowling writes a mystery definetly influenced my reading of this book too. I liked how Neville got more screen time as well compared to the movies since he will be important later on. Also all the little name drops like Sirius and the parvels?? (I can’t remember their names but I think their mrs. weasleys brothers) makes me dying to see what sort of world building she did before even writing. I’d love to see her notes. Despite the authors decline in personality these books I think are going to be modern classics and be taught in literature classes not just because they were a phenomenon but because there actually good writing.
Reviewed: 2018-07-09
Read this a bunch of times and yes, you get a little sick of it but still a good go-to if you want an easy read that’s not too heavy. Pictures are beautifully illustrated.
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