Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – Book Review
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone???? This is the reaction I get! I know, I’m too late to the party, but when I saw the first Harry Potter movie, I didn’t even know it was based on a book. However, I loved it so much that I followed the series and ended up re-watching as well. I do know that the books are almost always better than the adaptations, but I really needed a break before I could read and enjoy the books as new.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is a terrific start to the epic fantasy.
When Harry sees the purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter ‘H’ on the envelope, he has no idea about how his life is about to change.
It’s only when a great beetle-eyed giant of a man named Rubeus Hagrid bursts in his home on his eleventh’s birthday that he finds out he is actually a wizard who is supposed to jin Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Why is it considered as a child fiction?
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone lays down a boring real world where a child is suffering at the hands of his uncle and aunt and then introduces a fantasy world where things are much more interesting and adorable. I believe it offers an escapism to almost every age group. We all are unhappy in our real world and the book provides us a way out. If I’m not wrong, this is one of the reasons why the series is celebrated so much.
Harry as a character is quite similar to us. No, I do not want to convey that most of us are abused at our homes. But many of us do feel isolated in the world. Many of us find it hard to make friends and many of us wish to find friends like Ron and Hermione.
I loved the writing.
I never knew that Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone has been penned down by J.K. Rowling in such an easy-to-read language. You can’t even track the time while you’re reading it. I wish I had read these books when I could spend an entire day doing nothing but reading. I have always adored simple writing. You can get into the story easily, feel for the characters and live with them in a fantasy world without working hard for it.
It’s easy to remember characters despite that there are many and that is purely because of Rowling’s narration. It is the way she writes that makes you instantly hate Malfoy and swear friendship goals after reading about Harry, Ron and Hermione. I absolutely loved Hagrid as well. It’s sad that I know what’s going to happen in the next book. It would have been so much more intriguing if I hadn’t seen the movie.
The fantasy is lovely.
Some fantasies are easy to grasp. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone sucks you into its world before you can acknowledge it. It’s a fun filled ride and the magical elements keep you fantasized and engrossed. If I say I enjoyed the spells, wands, flying brooms and a game of soccer in air, you can understand how well it has been woven. The idea might seem odd when you are an adult, but that’s the power of Rowling’s words, you just can’t get enough of it.
I laughed, I gasped and I found my heart beating faster with the story. I’m not exaggerating the facts. If you haven’t read and find it hard to believe me, you may ask your friends coz about two-third of them must have already read the books.
I just loved Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
No matter how late I am to join the brigade, I can now proudly say that I have read the first book (looking forward to the next) and enjoyed it to the core. If you are just like me, please pick it up. It will be one of your best decisions in life.
The truth.” Dumbledore sighed. “It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.
Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.
It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.
What happened down in the dungeons between you and Professor Quirrell is a complete secret, so, naturally the whole school knows.
It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.
Your mother died to save you. If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love. Love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark. To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.
As much money and life as you could want! The two things most human beings would choose above all – the trouble is, humans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things that are worst for them.
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