Nov 18

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling
“So it’s true then, what they were saying on the train.  Harry Potter has come to Hogwarts.”

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is a young adult fiction novel that is on our top 150 books list.  It is the first book in the Harry Potter series which is a wonderful series for young people and those who are young at heart.  In fact, being a school teaching for part of this craze I would say that it helped introduce millions of young readers to how much fun reading can be.  Most of the students I know hate to read and they would rather be glued to their social media outlets then have their nose in a book.  So, any book that can get children excited about reading in my opinion is a wonderful thing.

JK Rowling has an incredible talent for building a story that is unique and creative.  She takes a character that is rather vulnerable and having a miserable life and then that life is flipped on a dime.  Harry Potter goes from the boy that basically has to live in a closet under the stairs of his aunt and uncle’s home to finding out he is the most famous person in the wizarding world.  He goes from a forgettable life to an unforgettable one, and what young boy or girl no matter how good their childhood was or is going does not at one point or another wish to be famous.

Rowling makes it very easy to relate to her story by using characters that get excited about sports (quidditch) or the latest gadget (nimbus 2000 “broom”) and by putting those characters through a very realistic school like atmosphere.  I am not talking about the magic castle part, but the nervousness of the characters on their first day, to how friendships and enemies are made.  The relationships between teachers the young characters like and do not like is straight out most people’s educational experiences.  By making it so relatable almost anybody can enjoy this book.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is a wonderful young adult fiction book.  I give it four shells out of five because it kick started the phenomenon that became Harry Potter.  Rowling does a wonderful job at pacing her story, never making it too slow for young readers, but at the same time providing enough detail for adults who end up reading it to their children or to themselves will enjoy.   I do not give it the full five shells because it was not the best book in the series, but it is a great book that started a wonderful series.
4 shells

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