Sequel September #4 – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Review

Three weeks into the challenge and I have managed to finish my 4th book! Here is my review of a well known favourite, hope you enjoy…

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Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.

Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.

Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.

What can I say about this book that hasn’t already been said? J.K. Rowling entered the book world with this phenomenon over 20 years ago and to this day it is still a much loved favourite amongst all people, big and small. I remember reading this when I was 10 years old and falling in love with the characters but to reread it as an adult you realise just how much creativity, passion and originality this book brought into the world.

Not only did J.K. Rowling provide us with memorable characters she opened up this new world to us all where anything seemed possible. I would love to travel to Hogwarts for a day, riding on a Nimbus Two Thousand, casting spells or just eating amazing food in the great hall!

It goes without saying that J.K. Rowling is easily a contender for one of the greatest children’s authors of our time and I can see why she has been put on a pedestal with some of the other greats such as Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton etc.

I look forward to working my way through the rest of the books in the series and rediscovering the magic I once read as a 10 year old child.

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