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Book Review – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Series: Harry Potter, #1
Pages: 320
Published: June 26, 1997
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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.


Before I start my review, let me tell you a short story. When I was just in elementary (I’m not really sure what grade I am at that time), my mom bought this movie named Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s stone. I’m not really sure when it started but I always have an eye with anything or anyone who’s cute, and young Daniel Radcliffe with those circle sunglasses instantly won me over, haha sucker I know. Even as a kid, I am already fascinated with suspense movies with those that have killings in it, so when I found out that Harry Potter is a fantasy one, I instantly concluded that my relation with the movie is just a petty crush for the actor, but I was wrong! I became a fan after that but not as fanatic as most of the Potter fans out there.

I’ve watched all the movies of this series and know a little about it because I had the privilege to have a die-hard Potter fan classmate when I was still in College, haha. I can’t really relate at her at that time because I haven’t read the book yet. I’m not really a fan of reading long series before so I didn’t tried reading Harry Potter and just did it now. And I have to say, I can finally relate about this series’ popularity. One challenge also is whether this story would be able to get my attention considering that I’ve watched the movie already, but to my surprise it got my full attention as early as its first chapter, isn’t that just amazing?!

The first thing I noticed when I started reading this book is that it’s so very easy to read. The words used and the tone of the story is so relaxing that I can’t help but admire the author even more. I don’t think I’ll be making this review a long one ‘coz I know a lot of people even those who haven’t read the book yet already know how amazing this story is.

This might get me into a little trouble with those die-hard Potter fans, but I want to be honest so I’ll say it haha. I was really hesitant at first to accept that Harry Potter is a great book. Even after watching the film, I know the producers just added something to it to make it more desirable for its viewers and it’s not in the book. But dang! I now totally understand why most of its readers says it’s the best book they ever read. Even if I am still in book one, I can clearly picture out why. I really don’t know how to explain it, so if you haven’t read the book yet, I really recommend that you read it now!

Deym! I can’t believe I’ve been this coward considering I’ve finished A Song of Ice and Fire series by JRRM that is almost a thousand pages per book. But I’m still happy that I finally able to start reading it and is planning to finish it before Christmas, yay!

It think it would be rude of me to comment badly about J.K. Rowling for obviously, she’s one of the great authors out there. But luckily, I don’t need to haha. I guess my 5-star rating would be the evidence. Also, I think it’s the first time or maybe the second time that I was able to give a perfect 5-star rating to a first book of a series because normally I tend to have a reservation and ended up omitting1 star. And for the record, I’m still getting a hang with fantasy, but reading this book, I think I am finally adjusting?! Yay!

The words used, the characters, the way the scenes are weaved and the story plot, I couldn’t be more happier. This story indeed is a great read and I can’t wait to read the second book!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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