Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone…

I have to admit that I have never read ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ by J. K. Rowling before. I know, how? It’s one of the best known children’s books out there and has such a big fanbase across the whole world. “How?” I hear you say again? I simply don’t know.

Harry is a wizard, except he doesn’t know it. Strange things have happened to him whilst growing up with his aunt and uncle and more things go awry when Harry gets his first letter in the post. It turns out to be an acceptance letter to Hogwarts: a school for witches and wizards. Harry is tossed into charm lessons and broomstick training, making friends and saving the school.

My, I would love to visit Hogwarts! Those staircases sounds intense the dungeons down right icy. I’m not sure I would be brave enough to visit the forbidden forest, although I think the centaurs would be great company to keep if I had to visit. Their fascination with the night sky is something else though. I enjoyed reading the contrast of the muggle world to the wizarding world and I’m looking forward to reading about it more.

Harry is a very courageous eleven year old. Especially since this is the first time he is learning about his heritage and the magic in his veins. Although, I suspect being Dudley’s punching bag all those years has built his character up. Bullies are not welcome around him and standing up to Malfoy is a step in the correct direction for Harry’s character development I think.

Ron and Hermione are great. They’re both the type of friends you need in life. After just a year together, they trust each other and their abilities and are able to come through the other side after ups and downs. Such events test the strength of friendships and I’m glad they are able to stick it.

I found friendship to be a major factor in this book. Harry is bullied his whole life, comes to a new school, with a new bully, and he’s not taking it anymore. He stands up not only for himself but for those who aren’t initially capable of doing so and that sends across a message to Rowling’s young readers. Courage is never wasted.

I found the writing style appropriate for a much younger reader. Even though there was great detailing, I found the majority of scenes finished before I could successfully absorb them. It was naturally a very quick read because of the mental capabilities that come with age but I  still managed to enjoy it. I could see my 11 year old niece go nuts for this.

I have seen all the Harry Potter films and so when I started reading this, I vowed not to compare or even try to remember the story. However, at certain times I found myself wondering when certain scenes were about to come up and I’m happy to admit that I was eagerly anticipating them. It was a magical ride and it took me back to my childhood when you could buy those chocolate frogs at Tesco. Those were the days.

“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.”

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