Following on from Percy Jackson – The Lightening Thief, I decided to pick up Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone. Growing up I would go to the bookstore on every release day and cue for the next book in the series, alongside my sister. However I never actually read any of these books. They sat on my bookshelves until now. I love the movies so I always put off picking them up after I watched the movies in case they turned out to be a disappointment/less than I was expecting.
WHAT WAS I THINKING? I was clearly delusional. I am fully kicking myself for not trying to read this series sooner.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone follows a young seemingly ordinary boy Harry who grows up in the care of his Aunt and Uncle following the deaths of his parents. But Harry isn’t an ordinary young boy, Harry is a wizard and once this is revealed we begin our journey into the magical world of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone which is also named Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone for our American readers is truly a story of Good VS Evil. Of course where there is good magic there will be evil magic not far behind. The world of Harry Potter is one that is so intricately painted you find yourself fully immersed, living and breathing these characters.
J.K Rowling is a fabulous author who has the ability to engage any reader into her magical world and her writing ability has the power to evoke emotion from each chapter whether this be laughter or sadness.
More over, J.K Rowling’s desired reader knows no bounds, there is not one specific age limit or group of people Harry Potter appeals more too. Whether you are 11,20, 30 or 50, you can enjoy Harry Potter and find yourself fully immersed into this magical world. If you are a fan of the movies and are yet to read the books then I would highly suggest doing so, you learn so much more about Hogwarts and Harry’s life prior to finding out he is a wizard.
I would whole heartedly give Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone 5/5 stars. I had no problem getting into the story as J.K Rowling has the ability to draw her readers in and paint a perfect picture of the surroundings in which you are reading about. I have already begun reading Chamber of Secrets and I’m sure I will read the others in quick succession following this.
The pictures alongside this review are copies of the book which I own personally, I have the original cover and the new cover both published by Bloomsbury. The newer version is a wonderful bright purple version which also features a map of Hogwarts Grounds a few pages in.
P.S I am totally Gryffindor.