Saturday 22 December 2012

Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling

Summary (from Goodreads)
Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He's never worn a cloak of invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry's room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in eleven years. But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him...if Harry can survive the encounter. Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Firstly, I don't really know why I put a summary of the book in this review because if you haven't read this book then you have literally been living under a rock your whole life. Like me. But I have put the summary in this review because I can only hope that I wasn't weird and the only child deprived of wizards and potions. (Feel sorry for me.)

Anyway, there isn't much you can say about Harry Potter that hasn't been said hundreds of times over. This book is, in one simple word, magic. The fact that Rowling thought this all up, the world, the characters, the words is just astounding. I take my hat off (just FYI...I don't actually wear hats but if I did I would totally of taken the hat off...) to a woman who has created a fantasy world that is written about children and still captivated me so, very wholly.

When I told my friends I was finally going to read the Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, after they did a little screaming, jumping and screaming while jumping, the first thing they said was that they were worried. They said that when they read Harry Potter now one of the biggest feelings they experience is nostalgia. They remember what it felt like to read Harry Potter with their mum/dad before they fell asleep, they remember the excitement of waiting with friends for the each installment to be released and the utter joy of devouring the book in a matter of hours. So, because they were worried, I was also worried but.. I didn't need to be because although I didn't feel the type of nostalgia they feel I did feel nostalgic while reading this book because of the innocence making me feel really innocent like a... young child. That's probably one of the things I loved most. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone made me feel really warm and fuzzy inside.

Yes, this book isn't completely, completely perfect but it doesn't matter because this book is definitely enjoyable and will stay enjoyable for years to come.

Lastly, before I sign off (as a warning, this is going to be super cliché) I can't handle how much I adore Quidditch! Seriously though, I want to play! I want in!

Music choice: This song.. I don't know... this is my pick for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 'It must have been cold there in my shadow,
to never have sunlight on your face.' - for Ron. 
The whole song can be interpreted in so many ways to fit this book, the way that everybody thinks of Harry, the way Harry remembers his parents but for me I think both the song and this book is mostly about friendship. Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler (first recorded in 1982 but Midler's performance of this is most fitting I think)

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