Saturday, 3 September 2011
Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J.K. Rowling
The reason: HARRY POTTER IS A WIZARD!
Harry Potter Series:
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: Illustrated Edition (Illustrated by Jim Kay)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Illustrated Edition (Illustrated by Jim Kay)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (with John Tiffany & Jack Thorne)
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies (Short Story Collection)
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists (Short Story Collection)
Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide (Short Story Collection)
Harry Potter Products:
Harry Potter: Winter at Hogwarts: A Magical Colouring Set (Colouring Book, Gift Tags & a build your own 3D Firebolt in a Keepsake Box)
Visit J.K. Rowling's website or the Pottermore website for more information
I've been a Harry Potter fan for years now, I think I first started reading the series when only the first 2 books were available way back before any of the films had been released. Yes, I was one of those fans that was queueing outside my local supermarket at midnight on release days and who came home and stayed up all night reading just so I could find out what happened next. I've read all of the books several times over the years but have been wanting to re-read the series again for some time now. The trouble is that with all of the new books I keep adding to my to read pile I find it difficult to make time to re-read old favourites. A visit to Alnwick Castle gave me the perfect excuse though - how could I resist reading the book when I was at the castle used to film Hogwarts in the earlier films?
There are already thousands of reviews out there for the series and pretty much everyone I know who likes reading has already read the series so I'm not going to write a detailed review. What I will say is that it doesn't matter how many times I read these books they still make me feel like a child again every time I pick one of them up. I love the magical world of Hogwarts with staircases that move, talking pictures and flying broomsticks. Not to mention the characters we get to see grow up throughout the series, characters who come to feel like old friends that you can look forward to spending time with. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone may not have the most complicated plot, especially when compared to the later books in the series, but it is a solid start and a great introduction to the world J.K. Rowling created. An introduction that is sure to leave you wanting to continue the journey - I can't wait to join Harry, Ron & Hermione on their next adventure.
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