Review: Harry Potter and Philosopher’s Stone (J.K. Rowling)

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Blurb from Goodreads:

Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter “H”.

Harry Potter has never heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

An incredible adventure is about to begin! 

RATING

                                                              5 STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

HERE’S MY REVIEW!

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

I once read this following quote on Twitter, “If you haven’t read any of Harry Potter books or watched any of the movies, you will never know love… or friendship. And I feel sorry for you.” God, this quote is so accurately true.

I take my time to reread this wonderful book during this summer break to prepare myself for the new release of Harry Potter – A History of Magic and Harry Potter – A Journey Through A History of Magic on October.  To my surprise, there are a lot of people who still haven’t read the series. The movies are everywhere in the net and TV so I will faint if you say you haven’t encountered those 8 worthy of movies to me. For me, no matter how many times I read and watch the books and movies, my heart will always be filled with warmth and happiness.

Friends will always ask, what is really Harry Potter about? Is is about dark magic? Is it about killing people in school? Guys, guys, you are wrong! It is more than that. It is about love, friendship, courage, sacrifice, acceptance and death. The themes found in this children series are wholly and suitable for all ages for them to devour this story.

As a 20-year-old rereading the Harry Potter series, it was a lot easier to read and appreciate this story as a whole. You become conscious on every single detail such as the background information, you empathise on the characters easily and also you can connect to their emotions even though they are only fictional characters. You guys can also devour this story by listening to the audiobooks available from Stephen Fry or Jim Dale. So now there is no excuse!!! I am currently listening to the Chamber of Secrets by Jim Dale, and it is AMAZING!! 

… to have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.

J.K. Rowling’s story is very well-written and well-developed. Characters, emotional developments, background stories of the world and characters, plot line and her writing touch are excellent! I never encountered such a perfect story with no major flaws in my entire life! Her details on the magical world are priceless! From spells, potions, books, histories, magical creatures, ghosts and Hogwarts! All are narrated in a distinct way.


The story follows a 10-year-old boy named Harry Potter, who is an orphan living in an abusive household, The Dursleys. His parents were killed by a dark sorcerer named You-Know-Who, Lord Voldemort. This muggle family did not want any magic associated matters in the house and as a form of punishment and their hatred towards the Magical World, they treated Harry so badly.

Harry’s world turned 360° when a giant named Hagrid, who is also known as the Keepers of Keys and Grounds of Hogwarts, came and told him that he is a wizard and he has magical descendants. The Dursley were mad because they couldn’t keep the ’embarrassing’ secret from Harry anymore. Harry then accepted the offer to enrol to Hogwarts. He also didn’t know there was a big fortune his parents left him at underground London at Gringotts, the wizard bank.

He met his best friend, Ron Weasley in one of the train compartments to Hogwarts. They eventually became best friends after their meeting in the train. Harry shared his fortune with Ron by buying snacks and sweets from the trolley witch. They then met Hermione Granger, a bossy girl but a brainiac on the way to Hogwarts.

Adventure begins when he, Ron and Hermione were sorted into Gryffindor. They had classes together, meals at the same table but haven’t created the friendship bonding yet with Hermione. Until there was one incident, Harry and Ron went to the girls bathroom to save Hermione from a mountain troll. They eventually became best friends with an awkward start.

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.

The story becomes gripping when Harry was selected to become the Seeker of Gryffindor to play Quidditch, their friendship became stronger and the rumour of the Sorcerer’s Stone. The friendship bond between Harry, Ron and Hermione is probably my most favorite element of the story. Their friendship drive really keeps me reading, besides from the plot. I love it how concerned and engrossed they were to find about the mystery behind the Sorcerer’s Stone. They were willing to break half a dozen of school rules just to protect the Stone from falling to the wrong hand. Their courage and intelligence made them successfully failing Voldemort’s attempt on attaining the stone.

I am grateful for the movies because our imagination of the world is perfected by the visuals and characters portrayed. I can say that 80% of the books content is similar to the movies and I am proud that the movie franchises are adapted flawlessly.

It is amazing how a children’s book could be a life-changing experience to all walks of life. Children, teens and even adults adore this series so much! J.K. Rowling has successfully placed this wonderful and magical story forever in our hearts and minds. I will still get teary-eyed when reading the first and last sentence of each book.

All in all, this series will and always be my favourite of all times. The Wizarding World is indeed the 8th wonder of the world. ❤

Comment down below on what is your favourite character of the whole Harry Potter series!

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Sabrina

 

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14 thoughts on “Review: Harry Potter and Philosopher’s Stone (J.K. Rowling)

  1. This is a great review! I put off the HP books for years because I just couldn’t get into the “wizard thing,” but it’s nice to see that people are still reviewing them so long after they were published. Up until Order of the Phoenix a book had never made me cry. JK did a phenomenal job of funneling her own emotion into her story.

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    • Thank you so much for the nice words! Harry Potter and Hogwarts will always welcome us home! She’s really a great writer and I couldnt never find an author who put so much effort to develop a complex story like her! Anyway Happy Reading to you! ❤

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  2. I’m re-reading the HP series (currently moving onto PoA) and I have a slight different perspective than what I thought when I was 15-16, which was the lack of representation (even though it was published in the 90s), and that it does have a lot of information to take in. Other than that, as amazing as I remember!

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    • Hello! I am also currently listening to the audio book of the Chamber of Secrets! Yes, I do agree with you. When the time goes by we mature as a reader, eventually we will realize different theme and aspects in a different way. We begin to appreciate complicated details better than before. Thank you for reading my review and Happy Reading to you ❤

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  3. This is such a great review! Your passion for Harry Potter really comes through and reminded me why I loved the books too! My sister is finally listening to the audio books after many years of nagging so I highly recommend the audio for any reluctant readers! Thanks for sharing your review 🙂

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    • Thank you so much! I feel like I really have to share my thoughts on my favourite book in the world and I am glad that it touches you! Audio books are a good way to immerse yourself in a story. Happy Reading to you ❤

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