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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter #1

Goodreads rating: 5

Paperback 223 pages

Published: 26 June 1997

ISBN: 0439554934

My rating: 5

Ok so if you are a reader and you have not read Harry Potter, you need to stop what you are doing and read it right now! I have decided to do a reread of the series leading up to my UK visit in December where I will be going to Harry Potter World for the first time. I CAN’T WAIT!

The Philosopher’s Stone is one of my all time favorite books, I can honestly read it over and over again (if only there were time!) Getting your first insights into these iconic characters is such fun and this is really a story all writers can aspire to. For a series of books to capture the hearts of the world so thoroughly is truly something special!

The book starts out from Uncle Vernon’s perspective and we get some insight into how truly messed up the Dursley’s really are! The movie’s do not show the real level of abuse and neglect Harry suffers under their “care”, making Hogwarts his true escape. Which is interesting because as kids we generally hate school but to him it is his saving grace.

Harry Potter is not just an adventurous heart warming story of a hero boy, it is also brilliantly funny with relatable characters all with such amazing individuality and an insanely creative new world. It is really a must read series, the fandom is worth it!


Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.

Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.

Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.


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