TITLE: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
AUTHOR: J.K. Rowling
AGE RANGE: MG
Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.
“Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.”
When I started reviewing books, the Harry Potter series was the one series that I thought, no matter how many times I reread, I’d probably never review, because really, what’s the point? Nearly everyone on this site has read at least one book in this series or watched at least one film, I’d wager, and they have so many reviews that mine would just be a little drop in the ocean. But then, earlier this year, I started my first full reread of the series in a very long time, and it brought back so many emotions that I couldn’t help myself.
“There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.”
It had been so long, I worried that the books wouldn’t hold the same magic for me anymore, but I was wholly mistaken. From the very first page, I felt transported back to my childhood, to growing up with Harry and Hermione and Ron and all the rest of the kids at Hogwarts, to a simpler time when I desperately wanted that letter of invitation and I thought maybe, just maybe, if I wished hard enough and whispered the spells just right…
“I hope you’re pleased with yourselves. We could all have been killed – or worse, expelled. Now if you don’t mind, I’m going to bed.”
As many times as this has been said before by others, I’ll say it, too: even after all this time has passed, I still think J.K. Rowling created one of the most tremendously lovable worlds ever seen in fiction. If the wistful little ache that forms in my chest every time I think of this series is any indication, I think I’ll love Harry and his adventures all the way to my grave.
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