“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
I’m reviewing the Bloomsbury edition of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone‘ so I want to start by saying that the cover art (by Jonny Duddle) is absolutely enchanting. Sometimes I’d stop reading just to flip the cover over and look at it. It capture’s the mood of this book so well; I absolutely love it!
Now for the review of the actual story.
J.K. Rowling created a unique and absolutely brilliant series that serves as the perfect escape. This is a children’s book, but anyone at any age can get swept away in its magic. I recommend this series to everyone, young or old!
From the very first pages of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone‘ I was drawn to Harry and just wanted to gather him up in a hug because of how poorly he was treated by his awful (and I mean awful) aunt and uncle, Petunia and Vernon. You’re instantly pulled into his world and want to know so much more about little Harry Potter, aka The Boy Who Lived.
We soon learn that Harry’s parents were wizards who were killed by Voldemort, who’s mostly known throughout the book as “You-Know-Who,” “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named,” or “the Dark Lord.” Once Harry arrives Hogwarts, a wizarding school full of mystery and magic, he learns of a valuable missing stone, which leads him and his new friends, Hermione and Ron, on a great adventure.
Because there’s not much left to say about this book that hasn’t already been said (I’m pretty sure every bookworm in the world has read this book by now), I’m going to do this review a little differently and simply point out the things I loved about the first book from this beautiful world. Here we go:
⚡ There is never a dull moment; J.K. Rowling keeps you glued to the book from start to finish.
⚡ Each character has their own unique quirks and charm. They’re all massively endearing. Rowling doesn’t recycle characters—literally every single character she writes in this series has their own “voice.” I have a special spot in my heart for Rubeus Hagrid.
⚡ Magic! How could you not love a story about a wizarding school in a castle where there are huge feasts and ghosts and butterbeer and enchanted ceilings and moving pictures and shifting staircases? While reading ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone‘ you can truly free your mind from our world and let it drift into Harry’s.
I mean, look how pretty:
⚡ Humor! J.K. knows how to make you laugh.
⚡ The friendships. Harry, Hermione and Ron quickly become the best of friends, which is set in stone (pun indeed intended) with the quote:
“But from that moment on, Hermione Granger became their friend. There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.”
I feel like I’d be here all day if I continued with my list of things that I loved about ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,’ so I’ll leave you with this: If you haven’t read it and you’re on the fence about it, just give it a go. Give your mind a break from reality and let yourself get swept up in spells and potions and Quidditch and trolls and darkness and magical chess boards. You won’t regret it!