Harry Potter and Philosopher's stone

Book review of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter Book 1)

Hey fellow readers,

You apparently know that Harry Potter is my favorite book series. Watching movies and reading books are entirely different adventures. I had watched the movies long ago and didn’t feel the need to read the books as I knew the storyline already. However, my friend was always super excited while talking about the books so I thought to give it a try. I must say that it was worth it. For some reason, I just find these books enchanting.

Here begins the review of the first book. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone by J.K. Rowling is the first book of the Harry Potter series.

“There are all kinds of courage,” said Dumbledore, smiling. “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” 

Storyline of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone:

The story of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone begins by showing how miserable Harry’s life is. Harry’s parents were killed by a wizard named Voldemort (Yes I said the name out loud 🙂 ) so he lived with the most heartless people – The Dursleys that constituted his uncle Vernon, aunt Petunia and utterly spoiled cousin, Dudley. They made Harry stay inside a cabinet below the staircase.

Soon Harry’s misery seemed to come to an end when Hagrid (a stranger who gradually became Harry’s closest friend) paid him an unexpected visit on his 11th birthday. Hagrid informed that Harry belonged to the wizarding world.  “Yeh’ll get yer firs’ sight of Hogwarts in a sec”– this is what Hagrid said to Harry while he was taking him to Hogwarts. 

Hogwarts is an extremely magical place but in an unconventional fashion. It is a school where children follow a curriculum to become wizards. Harry met new people including Hermoine Granger (my favorite), Ron Weasley, Professor Macgonagle and of course the most amazing Professor Dumbledore. He even found an enemy, Draco Malfoy. Further, the book is about how Harry, Ron and Hermoine break rules to save the Philosopher’s stone as Voldemort would be after it. 

“The truth.” Dumbledore sighed. “It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution. However, I shall answer your questions unless I have a very good reason not to, in which case I beg you’ll forgive me. I shall not, of course, lie.”

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My thoughts on this book

Even after watching the movies, I felt as if I was going through the story for the very first time.

The author has done a commendable job when it comes to describing every little detail in a vibrant manner. I experienced complete escapism and I didn’t know that my imagination skills were that good. I felt connected to the characters in the book. After reading this book I couldn’t wait to start the second book (I actually started it the very same day after finishing the first one). 

I honestly love the writing style of J.K. Rowling as it becomes so much easier to escape into the world of fantasy without getting stuck on the heavy and difficult vocabulary. This book also contains some witty humor which makes it a light read. Dumbledore’s words of wisdom for Harry left a positive impact on me as well. 

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If you have read this book then do let me know about your views as well and if you haven’t then I recommend this book even if you are an adult. I am aware of the fact that this book is considered a children’s book yet this wizarding world will keep you pretty engaged. And yes Harry Potter is worth all the hype!

Happy Reading : ) !!

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