Book Whimsy: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

imgresI’m almost embarrassed to write this review because I’m pretty sure I’m the only person alive on Planet Earth who hadn’t read any of the Harry Potter books before now. Nevertheless, I feel the need to write this review to say that I enjoyed Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone — the first in the Harry Potter series — very much.

I have mentioned before that I was simply being stubborn. I got my dander up because of all of the hoopla surrounding the books and subsequent movies and swore I would never read a single book in the series. People, however, kept telling me that I was only hurting myself by not reading the wonderful stories. My daughter-in-law attributes her kids’ love of reading to J.K. Rowling’s wonderful books.

As I read the story, I could easily imagine how delightful it would be to read the words to young kids’ listening ears. The tale is absolutely magical.

Harry is a wizard, the son of wizard parents whom he never knew since they died when he was a baby – killed by “the one who can’t be named”. Harry was brought up by the sister and brother-in-law of his mother, and they are muggles. Muggles are what wizards call non-wizards. But not only are they muggles, they are despicable people who care nothing for their ward.

At age 11, he learns he is a wizard and after a series of misadventures, begins attending Hogwarts School, the training and educational platform for wizards such as himself. Through the course of his first year at school, he meets a variety of interesting characters and makes several very good friends.

I won’t go into details, but I can only wish that I had Rowling’s astounding imagination. The tale is full of unicorns and trolls and witches and warlocks, all in a traditional setting of a school. The story is fun and grabs and keeps the readers’ attention, even if the reader is almost 61 years old.

Deciding to go all-in, I borrowed the movie from our library and enjoyed that as well.

I’m not sure that I will find it necessary to read all of the books because THERE ARE SO MANY BOOKS TO BE READ! I might, however, watch the movies, because it seemed as if at least the first movie followed the book very closely.

If there is one amongst you who hasn’t read the book, or even more importantly, introduced the books to your kids, do so now!

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9 thoughts on “Book Whimsy: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

  1. The movies do follow the books but had to leave out a lot from the books. I will always recommend a book over a movie. And, if you had been reading them as they were published over the years, you wouldn’t be faced with the choice of reading them all at once. Just sayin’.

  2. You aren’t the only one since I’ve never read a single Harry Potter book. I’ll do you one better-I’ve never read the Hunger Games either.

  3. Well done Kris!! I HIGHLY recommend reading them all because there is so much left out in the films, and I am sure they are a fast read for you. My favorite was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix because they are all coming of age and have to make choices about what they believe. If you do decide to movie watch, I would recommend watching the movies up and to the double finale, and read that last book before watching the movie. It is deeply moving and full of choices about good and evil, laying down one’s life for a friend, and so many other universal themes. Kris, I love your writing so much.

    • I can’t believe how many people I’m hearing from — either on my blog or on my Facebook post — telling me I need to read the books rather than watch the movies. My suggestion that I wouldn’t read any more seems to be the biggest scandal since Watergate! 🙂

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