Book Reviews

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by J. K. Rowling (1997).

As the Harry Potter reaches his 20th birthday, celebrations all over the world have been held by muggles, and therefore given me the perfect excuse to re-read an old beloved favourite and lovingly write a book review. 

It was in 1997 that J. K. Rowling was first able to publish Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, after prior rejections and obvious disappointments, and began what was surely as much of an astonishment to the author herself, a story that would influence generations of children. In this, the first book, we are introduced to a brilliant variety of characters that quickly capture the readers imagination and heart. Harry, Ron and Hermoine, are each special in their own way, making a strong trio. Within the storyline of these three there is at least one thing that happens that every reader can identify with, whether the reader is old or young, each one can relate to one of the characters in some way. But these three hardly stand alone, there are the Neville Longbottoms of the world (everyone knows one of these), and the Draco Malfoy’s (again everyone has had to deal with one of these at some point). The adults within the novel help steer the younger characters along the storyline, and in doing so create an amazing world of magic, and in turn produce an entire world that readers relate to and become lost in, making the story impossible to put down. It’s so easy to dive into this world and not want to return to reality.

Through this novel Harry and his friends teach us so much along our journey with him at his first year of Hogwarts. From the true meaning of loyalty and friendship, to what it means to be family, and even the sadness of loss. Basically this novel has everything that any young reader would adore and much more that parents are thrilled they are actively learning morals without being force! As a child I was engrossed with the Harry Potter, and things haven’t changed. Harry and his friends, in their incredible other world, will always be a tale dear to my heart. Definitely excited to have an excuse to re-read the series.

I would recommend this novel to anyone with the ability to read! It is just a fantastic story. I give this book the rating of 9.5/10 stars.


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