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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) by J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré
Series: Harry Potter #1
Published by Scholastic on June 26th 1997
Genres: fantasy, YA
Source: Own book
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Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy. He lives with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and cousin Dudley, who are mean to him and make him sleep in a cupboard under the stairs. (Dudley, however, has two bedrooms, one to sleep in and one for all his toys and games.)
Then Harry starts receiving mysterious letters and his life is changed forever. He is whisked away by a beetle-eyed giant of a man and enrolled at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
The reason: Harry Potter is a wizard! The first book in the "Harry Potter" series makes the perfect introduction to the world of Hogwarts.
So I’ve read the books a bunch of times, but I don’t think I’ve reviewed all of them. I struggle to write reviews of super popular, been around for a while books, because what am I possibly going to say that hasn’t been said a million times before?
That being said, we’ll call it a mini-review.
So, this is my second least favorite of the books. When I first read this book – fifteen years ago, when I first got married – I didn’t really “get” why the books were so wildly popular with adults. I mean, it was good, sure, but what was the huge crazy attraction? A friend of mine basically said to look at this first book as a world-builder, and that I got, and I read the next one, and was in love in the series & I finally “got” it, and got hooked on young adult books as a new-ish adult… (I was 24 or 25).
I think one of the things that bugged me is that Harry & friends don’t act like any 11 year old that I know of. Once I got beyond that, I was able to really enjoy the series.
Rereading this book, after having given the entire series a break for at least a few years, did give me new perspective on the book, and I hope I continue to enjoy rereading, and I definitely look forward to reading my favorites!