Book Review – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

First I’ll say – I’ve watched all the movies, and they were ok. The latter ones being broken up a making me angry notwithstanding. I like Harry, kind of. I liked the story – mostly. I wasn’t sure what more I’d get from reading the books, so I just haven’t bothered.

The first book is well done. I enjoy the story, I like some of the witty and somewhat sarcastic way things are presented. A quidditch match that went on for 6 months? You don’t say. The characters are, well, children, so not highly entertaining or awesome, but they aren’t stupid either which makes them tolerable.

I couldn’t help thinking – well here is another great example of a book that is totally trumped by modern technology. Want to message your friend across the globe? Don’t send a letter by owl, text them. Pictures that move on their own! Apple has you covered. Can’t remember that potion recipe? Ask Cortana. Siri, what’s the proper pronounciation of Wongardium Leviosa? (yes I spelled that wrong on purpose).

“Locked in my under the stairs closet again, time for some #CandyCrush” – Harry tweets
“@PoorHarry I’m on level 11ty billion, where are you?” – Hermione
“@PoorHarry @Smartgirl1011 Quit trying to show off, there isn’t even that many levels” – Ron
“@PoorHarry @Gingersareawesome99 If you unlock the super special level by getting over 10million points on level 10ty billion and 99 then double tap the head of vice minister” – Hermione
“@PoorHarry @Gingersareawesome99 this stupid character limit is ridiculous, how can anyone type a reasonable thought or idea when it’s limited to just so many characters, so like I” – Hermione
“@PoorHarry @Gingersareawesome99 like I was saying, if you …” – Hermione
ETC.

Anyway. Not like the book is trying to be totally realistic and such, since it’s about kids doing magic and a whole other world of fantasy stuff going on. The story is entertaining, the is some suspense, misdirection, an ‘ah ha’ moment toward the end. Everything you’d expect from a well told and thought out story. I quite enjoyed the read, even if I just visualized the movie scenes playing out all over again in my mind. Sorry Daniel, you’ll always be an 11 year old boy now.

My favorite character is of course Hagrid, because he’s awesome. He should get his own spinoff series.

Favourite Quote:

“Don’t play,” said Hermione at once.
“Say you’re ill,” said Ron.
“Pretend to break your leg,” Hermione suggested.
“Really break your leg,” said Ron.”
~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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