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

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter #1)

I hardly need to give this book an introduction, ha! It doesn’t need any promotion from me. I first read this in 2001ish aged 13/14 (go on, do the maths lol). By then the first 3 books were out and I was then able to grow up with them. Never again will I be so hooked on a book series that I am counting down the months until the next one is released, avoiding talking to ANYONE to avoid spoilers. In fact, during book 6, I actually shouted at my boss who was trying to wind me up trying to reveal who died… I remember that being a theme in these books… in the last few, someone major always died! But still… despite the heartbreak, these books will always have a massive place in my heart. I have wanted to reread them for a long time, but life gets in the way doesn’t it? Well, I find myself with a few months of freedom so here goes… see how many I can fit in 🙂

Book 1 is seriously amazing. The film will never compare as they miss so much out. So many important things. Reading it a second time, this time as an adult, I feel I picked up on much more. And I also thought ‘ohhh, that’s why he says that! I didn’t notice before!’ It is so cleverly written, and knowing what I do about the story to come, I can see how J. K. Rowling keeps the readers hooked and hungry for more.

I actually forgot that there is another theme in these books… Dumbledore’s chats with Harry where something important is revealed at the very end! I always wanted to know what he had to say and was excited to find out the next big thing, so when I reached this point in the book today, I got giddy! Hehe, reliving my childhood again.

Right, onto book 2 it is. From what I remember, not one of my favourites… but that feeling could be influenced by the film.


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