Harry Potter Book 1
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  • I love reading about the architecture and the outlay of Hogwarts as it sounds like such an amazing place to be
  • I definately recommend it if you haven't given the books a shot yet

    • by Lauren0924
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      I absolutely adore Harry Potter and am one of his biggest fans! Those people you see on the news who go to the midnight release party, yep I am one of them. However, it has not always been that way. I only recently got into Harry Potter, after the fourth book had been out for about a year. One night I was bored and was looking at the books in my house and saw Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I had heard about him and all the hysteria surrounding the books, but had just brushed it off not really paying any attention. Well I had nothing better to do so I picked up the book and read it. Not only did I finish that book that night, but I was a new, devoted, obsessed HP fan. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is the first book in the series.

      Since it is the first book it is much shorter than the other books, lighter and less complex, but still wonderful! For all of you who have lived under a rock for the past seven years ;) Harry Potter is a normal boy whose parents were murdered when he was about 1 years old. Because of that, he has been forced to grow up at his aunt and uncle’s house with his evil cousin. Harry is treated like scum basically, living in the cupboard under the stairs, being forced to do all the chores, being picked


      on and ignored, and always left out of everything. Right before his eleventh birthday, letters start appearing at his house for him. His aunt and uncle (who know that Harry had wizards for parents, but haven’t told him) refuse to let him see the letters. So more and more letters begin arriving in much more creative ways, in the egg carton and down the chimney (great classic scene). So Harry’s uncle packs them all up and takes them away hoping the letters won’t reach Harry.

      However he’s wrong, at their hotel, the letters (this time theres 100 of them) find him. Then they settle on a shack on a rock in the middle of the sea. As they sleep that night, Harry notices its almost his birthday. When the clock strikes midnight, the door to their “shack” busts down and in walks a gigantic man. At first Harry is scared but once the man introduces himself and starts talking to Harry, he realizes everything’s okay. This huge man is named Hagrid and has come to deliver Harry’s letter to him. Harry finally finds out that he, Harry, is a wizard and that he’s actually the most famous wizard in the wizarding world.

      When Harry was a baby, the most evil and dark wizard, Lord Voldemort (commonly referred to as He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named or You-Know-Who) went to Harry’s house and killed his parents. He then turned on Harry to kill him but when he tried, something happened. Instead of

      killing Harry, Harry was left with a scar on his forehead, and a blown up house. However Voldemort was basically destroyed. Because Harry was the ONLY person to survive Voldemort and because Voldemort disappeared after that, Harry is famous and known everywhere as “the boy who lived. ” (This is a running theme and mystery throughout the series: Why did Voldemort come after Harry and his parents? Why did Harry survive? What happened to Voldemort? Questions will be answered and some have not yet been answered)Then Harry learns that he has been invited to study at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. At first shocked, Harry is later obviously thrilled to be leaving his aunt and uncle’s house to go live with people like him! After travels through London and Diagon Alley (the wizarding village where Harry buys his magical supplies) Harry sets off for Hogwarts.

      On the train there, he meets his future two best friends, Ron Weasely and Hermione Granger (pronounced Her-my-uh-knee). The book then follows Harry and his friends through their first year of school. They take the coolest classes like Potions, Transfiguration, Charms, Defense against the Dark Arts, and History of Magic. I love reading about the architecture and the outlay of Hogwarts as it sounds like such an amazing place to be! While at Hogwarts, Harry is sorted into the house of Gryffindor. There are four house, Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin. (People in Slytherin tend to be a bit on the ...


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      evil side. ) Harry becomes a member of the Gryffindor Quidditch (wizarding sport; sort of mixture of basketball and soccer on brooms) team.

      He begins finding his place and enjoying his new life. However mysterious events begin happening: a troll is let loose in the school; Harry, Ron and Hermione have the misfortune of running into a three headed dog guarding the third floor corridor; overheard mysterious conversations, etc. The three soon realize that Hogwarts is guarding the mystical Sorcerer’s Stone (which can turn anything to gold and when made into an elixer can give immortal life. ) and that someone is trying to steal it. No one will listen to Ron, Hermione and Harry and when their headmaster, Dumbledore (who is the coolest!) is called away one day; Harry, Ron and Hermione believe that’s the day someone will steal it. So they go into the place where it is hidden to recover it first. Going through all the obstacles and tests is one of my favorite parts of the book! The chess game is fantastic as is Hermione’s skill with the potions and wit.

      And then the climax is wonderful, when harry discovers who has been trying to steal the stone. (I won’t tell you who, but I will tell you he is working for Voldemort, yep the evil man is not gone but trying to come back. )Harry then must battle in order to keep Voldemort from getting the Stone. This book is awesome. For anyone who

      believes Harry Potter is evil or not for children, they can not have read the books. These books are all about friendship, bravery, consequences of actions, loyalty, and that love is the greatest magic there is. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone obviously has a lot more going on in the book then what I mentioned above.

      The quidditch matches, Harry’s interactions with his evil professor Snape, Albus Dumbledore’s idiosyncracies, the classes, the adventures in the forbidden forrest, Harry’s owl Hedwig (love her!) and just everything else make this book such a delight to read. I have to confess that I have in fact read this book now probably somewhere between 10 and 15 times. I love it!! The characters are awesome and JK Rowling just draws you in to her story and her world. At the end of the book, you feel like you know Harry and his friends and that you wish your school was as cool as Hogwarts. Harry, Ron and Hermione will soon become your best friends. You’ll love Harry for his bravery and loyalty, Ron for his comedy and friendship and Hermione for her wit and smarts. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is an outstanding book that is great for anyone and everyone.

      I definately recommend it if you haven’t given the books a shot yet. This is such a good book and it will make you want to jump right into the next one! Definately one of my favorite books ever!




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