- Author J. K. Rowling
I have read all the Harry Potter books before, and very much enjoyed them (although I vaguely recall getting frustrated with a couple of the books). Getting them on the Kindle was the step I needed to be able to read them all over again. I’ve been looking forward to this, they are part of my Big Read challenge, and all the stars are aligned for me to rattle through the series in one go.
Thus, beginning at the beginning with the Philosopher’s Stone. I’m not fanatical about Harry Potter the way some people are, there’s plenty about it that raises an eyebrow or two, but what I love is the fantastic magical world that JK Rowling has created. It’s rooted in the world we know and love but improves upon it, makes it that little bit more wonderful. This first book is a great introduction to the magical wonderland in store for us, and we get to see it the way our hero sees it, as he is completely unaware of what he is.
Other things to like about the book include the fact that we know Harry, Ron and Hermione become best buds and more, but they don’t instantly hit it off. Harry and Ron spend much of the first book irritated beyond belief at Hermione’s goody-two-shoes act, and it’s not until they share in their first mini adventure that the ice starts to thaw between them.
The Philosopher’s Stone is a relatively short, simple book to consume, guiding readers gently into the Hogwarts world with what could almost be a standalone adventure.