5 Sept 2010

Book Review – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Book 1) by J K Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneHarry Potter is an ordinary boy who lives in a cupboard under the stairs at his Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon's house, which he thinks is normal for someone like him who's parents have been killed in a 'car crash'. He is bullied by them and his fat, spoilt cousin Dudley, and lives a very unremarkable life with only the odd hiccup (like his hair growing back overnight!) to cause him much to think about. That is until an owl turns up with a letter addressed to Harry and all hell breaks loose! He is literally rescued by a world where nothing is as it seems and magic lessons are the order of the day. Read and find out how Harry discovers his true heritage at Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft, the reason behind his parents mysterious death, who is out to kill him, and how he uncovers the most amazing secret of all time, the fabled Philosopher's Stone! All this and muggles too. Now, what are they?

Oh dear, when unpacking my boxes I found the whole set of Harry Potter books, which I had completely forgotten I had read! How is that possible! Just from reading the back of the book, I can remember so clearly what effect each book had on me at the time I read them because they played a very important part in my reading life. Back when the first Harry Potter book came out, I was smack bang in the middle of a reading slum. I don't know why but I could not pick up a book. I had no interest in reading. I was more about the movies than anything else. Then I had heard about this amazing new book that everyone was raving about. It was about wizards and I remember thinking, this was completely up my street, why don't I give that a go? So I did and what it did was wet my appetite for not only reading the rest of the Harry Potter series but for reading in general. From then on, I have not looked back.... So, I would have to say that this book does have a very special place in my heart as being the book that brought me back to life, reading-wise.....

I loved this book from start to finish. I loved the way the character Harry Potter went from being this geekish schoolchild into this young boy that has this shiny new future ahead of him...

10 out of 10

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