I first read the Harry Potter series several years ago. However, when I picked up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, I was surprised to find I couldn’t remember reading it at all. That’s probably because I have watched the movie several times since I last read this book, and while very well done, the details in the movie just aren’t the same as they are in the book.
Initially, I chose this book off my shelves to read this year as part of my “rainbow list” having recently watched the movies (again!) and deciding it was high time I reread the books. It then joined my 2017 Reading Challenge as #11, a previously banned, or controversial book. All of the Harry Potter books have been banned, or challenged at one time or another by schools around the world. Parents and teachers concerned that the stories glorify witchcraft and promote satanism. I’m not here to debate any of that. Odds are good, that no matter what I say about the Harry Potter books, I won’t be changing anyone’s mind on how they feel about them.
Let me just tell you then how this book made me feel reading it again for the first time.
I loved this book! It is tremendously fun, and makes me happy. I think that J. K. Rowling did a wonderful job telling a great story. I’ve also developed a whole new appreciation for the actors who portrayed the characters in the movies. They did an amazing job of capturing the essence of what Rowling created.
If you’re unfamiliar with the story (not sure how that’s possible!), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is the opening book in a series of seven. It introduces the character of Harry Potter and the rather bizarre circumstances of his early childhood. We get to see Harry’s dreary life as an unwanted burden on his horrifyingly ordinary uncle and aunt who took him in after the death of his parents. Harry’s life is then transformed by a letter inviting him to join Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
What follows is a terrific romp through Harry’s first year at wizard school. Through friends, enemies, adventures, mishaps and no small amount of foolishness, Harry begins to learn who he really is and what his destiny might be.
What are your feelings on the Harry Potter books? Love them? Hate them? Let’s stir up a little controversy and have ourselves a good (and civil!) debate.