Title: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Author: J.K. Rowling
No. of pages: 332
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Children’s
Publication date: June 26th 1997
Date read: August 22nd 2017
Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter “H”.
Harry Potter has never heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
An incredible adventure is about to begin!
I have been wanting to reread the Harry Potter series since forever now and I’m so happy I started last weekend. I think I have read the first book a couple of times now, but I have read the other five books only once and I really want to refresh my memory. Of course I have seen the movies hundreds of times, but that’s just not the same as reading the books. There’s just so much left out when it comes to the book-to-movie adaptations.
The first time I tried reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was when I was about six/seven years old (in Dutch). I think it was just me being too young to understand it all, because I only managed to finish the first chapter and then quitting (and this went on for a couple of years). After finally having finished the series I have never reread the whole series, and I really don’t know why. I think it must be the fact that I now still have about 100 unread books on my shelves, which I reallyreally want to read as well.
Opening these books and reading the stories in them really makes me feel right at home, as is the experience of most potterheads! They seem very cute, but there’s more than meets the eye while reading. At the age of 22 I still enjoy these so-called children’s stories and I think I will enjoy and love them until I’m not able to anymore. After finishing HP #1 today I looked through the illustrated version I have on my shelf, which makes the reading experience even richer! The illustrations by Jim Kay are absolutely gorgeous and capture the feeling I get from reading HP exactly right! This afternoon I also got a mail from Book Depository that the illustrated version of HP and the Chamber of Secrets was only 21 euros instead of 35! So guess who’s already “patiently” waiting for her book(s) to arrive?
I know this isn’t how I normally review my books, but I just wanted to share some of (the many!) thoughts I have on the brilliant Harry Potter series. I think I’m going to start the second book very soon, because I’m already starting to miss Hogwarts again!
If you have any questions or just want to share your own thoughts, don’t be shy and mention them beneath in the comment section! I’d love to hear them!