Book Review – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone
JK Rowling
Rating: *****

Life isn’t much fun at number four Privet Drive, at least not for Harry Potter, living under the stairs in a cupboard full of spiders, but all of that is about to change. On the eve of Harry’s eleventh birthday the letters start arriving; letters written in emerald green ink on yellowing parchment with an unmistakable letter H on purple wax seals. Because Harry Potter is no ordinary boy, he is the boy who lived, the wizard whose name everyone in the magical world knows and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin and life for Harry Potter will never be the same again.


I wanted to re-read the Harry Potter books for two reasons:

1. I am going to the Warner Brothers Studios to do the Harry Potter Tour in a week
2. I have never re-read the books since I read them as a child.

I can tell you now, I was so excited to be picking up these magical books once again, full of magic, excitement, action and also a massive sense of nostalgia. I read all the books when they first came out all those years ago and have never thought about re-reading them. So what better time than now.

As I started the first chapter where Harry is left on the Dursely’s doorstep by Hagrid, Dumbledore and McGonnagall, I couldn’t help but think wow the films just got the characters so spot on!! As I read on I picked up on things that I didn’t notice when I first read them, how Sirius Black is mentioned in this book and now I know who they mean, it makes so much more sense.

Although the films were very spot on, I enjoyed the fact there are small snippets of the book that didn’t make it into the films.

The reason I got fed up of reading them as a young teenager was JK Rowling’s writing. I know these books are aimed at children and young adults but all the characters say “said” after everything and it drove me nuts, it still annoys me now. “harry said” “ron said” “snape said” hermione said” Find some other words for goodness sake does no one shout, scream, whisper?! This does annoy me and some of her writing isn’t the best. BUT of course I still loved reading this book!

The first book feels the most magical, as you get to experience everything for the first time, Diagon Alley is one of my favourite chapters and so is the sorting hat. The action at the end seems to fly by so quickly after a lot of build up, but I think a lot of her books are like this. Rounding off with a happy and glorious ending with the “defeat” of he who should not be named!!! Think again Harry he will be back!!!

Just a fun little review for Harry Potter, I have already finished The Chamber of Secrets so that review will be with you soon! How much do you love Harry Potter? Let me know! Katie x

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