Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling



Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He's never worn a cloak of invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry's room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in eleven years.

But all that is about change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him...if Harry can survive the encounter. 


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I Enjoyed:

  • The main thing I love about Harry Potter is the nostalgia I feel. I just felt so happy while listening to this book. I cannot believe I have waited so freaking long to finally reread this series. I thought I wasn't going to enjoy it as much as I did when I was a kid. Boy, I was wrong!
  • I had fun comparing the book to the movie. I didn't realize how much was changed when I was younger. I was able to point out almost everything that was changed. I also had fun saying dialogue. It just made me so happy that because of the movies I can know what characters are going to say.
  • I love how you get to see Harry's thought process throughout this book. You obviously don't get that while watching the movie. You get to see his indecisiveness. You get to see him figure things out on his own.
  • Was Ron always this sassy? I don't remember him being this sassy when I was a kid. Maybe I just read it differently. He was my favorite character in this book. He was just so lively and opinionated. I can't believe Hermione ends up befriending him!
  • Peeves! I cannot believe they left him out of the movies. His character is fun and exciting. I know we don't get much of him in this book but I think he's in more of the next ones. He says things that crack me up. "Naughty, naughty, you're going to get caughty" I just about died.
  • The friendship in Harry Potter will always be my favorite. I just really love Harry, Ron and Hermione. They're such amazing friends. They're good about getting themselves into trouble and out of it again. It really makes me happy that Harry found people he loves and who loves him.
  • I really enjoyed the arguments with Draco in this book. They didn't include quite a few quarrels that they have in this book. I totally forgot that Ron even punches Draco!

I Didn't Enjoy:

  • This isn't a dislike of the book itself, but of the movie. (I did watch it when I finished reading.) They really toned down the Dursley's dislike for Harry in the movies. I know they probably didn't want a younger audience witnessing horrid treatment of a child. It just really aggravates me.

Overall Thoughts:

I really enjoyed my time rereading Harry Potter. I originally wasn't going to write a review just because I know I love it and I'm sure everyone else knows I love it. I decided to write a review just so I can remember exactly how I felt after rereading.

This book felt so magical. I'm so glad I'm finally rereading this series. It was such a fast read. I think I read this book in like three days. If I didn't have work or anything, it would have been read in one day.

I loved all the characters, of course. Even the villains in this book were great. This story was just wonderful. I cannot wait to reread The Chamber of Secrets!

5/5 Stars

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