Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone | J.K. Rowling

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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 cupboard under the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in ten 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.

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Well …. this was a re-read and it was like catching up with old friends.

It’s where it all began. Harry’s discovery that he was a wizard and his introduction to the wizarding world and all its danger and splendor. It has reinforced my love of these books, the settings, and the characters. I remember why Hagrid is such a warm and gentle soul, why McGonagall is strict but motherly, why Dumbledore is … well, Dumbledore, why Malfoy is smug and horrible, and how Snape is mean and multi-layered.

Each time I re-read this series I pick up new things that I hadn’t noticed before. Small snippets that help the penny drop about things that happened later in the series. I can see the early signs of later plots that J.K. discretely embedded into the story. I can see how the characters started, and compare them to how I know they grew later in their lives.

J.K. did so much to get kids (and adults) into reading. Her impact is unmeasurable. When I wrote my first book, The Golden Scarab, I made sure that I wrote some of it in the same place that J.K. wrote Harry Potter (sitting in The Elephant Cafe in Edinburgh, looking out the window towards the castle). I wanted to be where the journey began, and to hopefully channel her energy and skill.

This book was a great start to the series. It set up the characters, the world, the settings, the conflict. It hooked the readers…. it hooked me.

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20 responses to “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone | J.K. Rowling”

  1. Definitely a great start to the series!


    1. Agreed 🙂
      Thanks for dropping by.


  2. I remember falling in love with the books long before my son wanted to read them. I read passages aloud that I thought would get him going and it finally worked.

    Bedtime reading to a turn after that. 🙂


    1. The thing with books is that they live on. Good books never die, they just hang around a shelf waiting for new people and generations to discover them.


  3. It’s visiting the old neighbourhood, Steve! Cheers!


    1. Seems a bit like time travel too…… back to the start.


  4. Oh, how interesting! When I read the title, I thought “Oh, that’s one of the later books in the series”, until I realized that in some parts of the world (*ahem*) it’s called Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone whereas in other (currently colder) climates, it’s called Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone! Ok, ok, I know this is completely shocking but I’ve never read them (I can hear the gasp from here). I have them all on my ereader though – that’s a step in the right direction, right? lol Thanks for linking your post in the Kid Lit Blog Hop and for your excellent marketing of the Hop – those are some mighty fine words! 🙂


    1. You’re welcome Renee.
      You really should get into the HP series. It spawned a new generation of readers. My plan is to re-read all of the books this year …. 1 down … 6 to go.


    2. Oh wow I am gasping Renee. I admit I read them about 5 years after publication but now I can sincerely say they are in my top 10 all time favourites. We joke that our kids will never be allowed pets as we are going to tell them instead we will use the money for a family tip to Harry Potter World lol. Great review Steve cheers Julie


      1. Thanks Julie…We’re planning to take our kids on the long promised trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida next January. 🙂


  5. Stopping by from the Kid Lit Blog Hop. Thanks for the awesome shout out!
    Harry Potter is one of my all-time favorites. 🙂


    1. Hi Katie ….. Mine too!
      Thanks for hopping by :^)


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  7. What a wonderful start to the Harry Potter series! Perfect for the young ones that are just starting to read chapter books! Especially the boys!


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