February 5, 2015 by Bernadette ~ The Bumbling Bookworm
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling
Publisher/Year: Bloomsbury, 30 June 1997
Genre: Young Adult, Middle Grade, Fantasy
Source: I got it for Christmas just over 14 years ago!
Rating: 5 stars!
Other books from author: Harry Potter series, Hogwarts Library series, The Casual Vacancy, Cormoran Strikes series (as Robert Galbraith)
***This review will be spoilery, so I’d avoid it if you haven’t read Harry Potter before***
Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy – until he is rescued by an owl, taken to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, learns to play Quidditch and does battle in a deadly duel. The Reason: HARRY POTTER IS A WIZARD!
What I Thought…
WHEN I First Read
I received this book for Christmas from my mum and dad in the year 2000. Honestly, I thought it was a bit of a dud gift and wasn’t all that keen to read it… I has it in my head that I wouldn’t like the books, for some bizarre reason! Shows what I know…
Anyways, I thought I’d give it a crack and I read it not long after that fateful Christmas. This kicked off my love affair with JK Rowling’s brilliant writing, and I’ve re-read it countless times since. The rest, as they say, is history!
WHAT I Remember
After I finished reading this for the first time, my preconceived notions had been completely shattered. I was a Harry Potter convert, and I immediately started pestering my parents for books 2-4!
I remember reading this and feeling absolute joy. I love this book so much and I find something new to love each time I read it. Hagrid was always a favourite, but the Dursleys were so awful! I really identified with Hermione and just wished she could be friends with Harry and Ron, so I loved it when they bonded over a troll 😀
WHY I Wanted to Re-Read
It has been a long time since I’ve done a full re-read of the series and I was keen to do it again. I don’t think I’ve done it since Deathly Hallows was released and that was back in 2007, so… That’s a bit of a crime IMO! I guess I just wanted to recapture the magic and see if I love it as much as an adult as I did when I first picked it up at 12 years old…
HOW I Felt After Re-Reading
I couldn’t believe how much I’d forgotten! I knew the basic story off the top of my head but some of the intricasies had slipped from my mind. I totally forgot about the Hogwarts song and also the Sorting Hat’s song. I’d forgotten about the ghosts and Nearly Headless Nick (i.e. that he exists!). I was a bit surprised at how much I’d forgotten, to be honest.
I loved this just as much this time around as I did the first time. I suppose I noticed that it was more middle grade, now that I’m nowhere near that age bracket, but that didn’t stop my enjoyment one little bit. I revelled in it, and in a way it was like reading it for the first time all over again.
WOULD I Re-Read Again
Of course! Only this time I won’t wait almost eight years to do so… Silly me!
What did you think of this book? Did you enjoy it?