Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
J K Rowling
We all know the story of the boy who lived. Forced to live with his Aunt, Uncle and Cousin after “He who shall not be named” killed Harry’s parents and, on his eleventh birthday, finds out the truth of his bloodline. He is a wizard. But now he’s on his way to Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. With the help of Hagrid, he gets everything he needs for his first year at Hogwarts, including his wand from Ollivander’s and his snowy owl, Hedwig.
Gaining new friends in Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger and Neville Longbottom, but also an enemy in Draco Malfoy, Harry Potter begins his first year. As lessons take place and Harry becomes the youngest Seeker in Quiddich, strange things begin to happen. Someone tries to curse Harry’s broomstick as he plays his first game of Quiddich and on Halloween a troll is released into the school through the dungeons. With a three-headed dog called Fluffy guarding something precious yet dangerous, and professor Snape being seen on the forbidden third floor while the troll is loose the suspicion of Harry, Ron and Hermione settles on Snape. Are their suspicions right, or is someone else out for Harry?
This story is twenty years of age, not that you’d know it. It still seems like a fresh new fantasy about witches, wizards and strange mythical creatures. Though it is aimed at children, this book is truly universal, holding the attention of both children and adults alike. With amazing story telling and great adventures it creates an immersive and beautiful world you wish you were a part of. Able to collect your wand from Ollivander’s, get your cat, owl or even toad and all else you may need before you board the Hogwart’s Express to start your first year at Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
A couple of inaccuracies that you barely notice -unless you know the difference between poison and venom- are present but never take away from the thrilling magic of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Grab your wands, hop on the Hogwart’s Express and beware of going to the bathroom on your own because here is where the adventure begins!
Awarded: 4 out of 5 Stars