Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Review by Laura T.
Yes, I’m aware that I’m very late to the party but I finally had to read this novel to see what everyone’s been talking about. I have many friends and family members who love the Harry Potter series and I must say that I’m now a huge fan as well. The national bestseller by J.K. Rowling begins with a flashback to the beginning of Harry Potter’s life. His Uncle Vernon started noticing very odd things happening around him, such as seeing people huddled together in long cloaks and a mysterious black cat lingering by his home. He even thought he heard one of the people in cloaks say something about the Potter’s, who are Vernon’s in-laws because his wife, Petunia, had a sister who married a Potter. However, Vernon and Petunia Dursley never see or even speak of the Potter’s. That same night that Vernon noticed strange things happening, baby Harry Potter was placed on the Dursley’s front doorstep because his aunt and uncle are the only family he has left. Then, just over ten years pass, and readers are brought to the present.
We learn that Harry has lived a miserable life with the Dursley’s, who make Harry sleep in the cupboard under their stairs and don’t care about him nearly as much as they care about their own son, Dudley.
When Harry’s eleventh birthday finally arrives, his life completely changes when he receives an invitation to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He has no idea what awaits him and that he is famous in the wizard world. On the train to Hogwarts, Harry meets Ron, who turns out to be one of his best friends. The boys also meet Hermione at Hogwarts, who not only helps them with their studies, but get through some troublesome moments. The three friends are always together, and readers are taken on so many adventures with them, whether it involves Quidditch, the popular sport at Hogwarts, helping a friendly giant, encountering a troll on Halloween, sneaking late at night under an invisibility cloak, and ultimately, solving a mystery. Needless to say, Harry has never had so much fun in his entire life. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is a book that is extremely difficult to put down and, like many great authors, Rowling made me feel that I was in the setting and going through all these twists and turns with so many interesting characters. I am looking forward to reading the next novel in the series to see where Rowling takes me next.