Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K.Rowling July 23, 2009Posted by KJ theBookGirl in review.
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone is arguably the most famous children’s book worldwide. It is extraordinarily successful and as well as being the first of seven books (and further spin-offs), it has also been turned into a blockbuster movie starring Daniel Radcliffe.
The blurb reads as follows:
“Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy – until he is rescued by a beetle-eyed giant of a man, enrols at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, learns to play Quidditch and does battle in a deadly duel. The reason… Harry Potter is a Wizard!”
And on the inside flap:
“Follow the adventures of Harry Potter as he discovers the magical, the dangerous, the unpredictable world of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.”
For those of you living on the moon, the sotry follows Harry, an eleven year old boy as his normal life is suddenly taken (quite gladly) from him. His parents were killed when he was a baby and he had to go and live with his very prim and proper Aunt, Uncle and spoilt cousin, Dudley. This family truly hates anything out of the ordinary or not quite right, and so hate having Harry live with them, although he’s not quite sure why. He lives in a cupboard under the stairs and endures 11 years of misery until he is told, by a mysterious stranger, that he is, in fact, a wizard. But he isn’t just any wizard – he is famous. He is taken to the wizard boarding school, and here, for the first time, makes friends and learns to enjoy himself. We experience his new life before he is plunged into a serious adventure surrounding the terrifying wizard You-Know-Who.
This story, although written in a simplistic style as it is for children, is extremely easy to read. It is quite honestly a modern classic. The characters are all entertaining, the messages all noble and honourable, the plot thick and clever where we champion the good guy to overthrow the powerful bad guy. In fact, it is so honourable and noble, you almost want someone rebellious to be thrown into the equation. Yet that all comes in the later books.
The characters, of course, are fairly childish – Dudley is spoilt and a bully so therefore fat, piggy eyed and stupid. Harry is the underdog hero, so he is scrawny and begins the story with no friends and no love. Yet this is a children’s story, so it makes sense for it to be written in this way, you wouldn’t expect surprises and breaks in stereotypes for the first instalment of a children’s story.
The descriptions are beautiful and very vivid from the start and this adds to the whole theme of a magical story, making every part of it enjoyable to read.
The whole new world Rowling has created is realistic in the sense of that she has left no stone unturned in making everything work well and be logical, with humorous ties in all new names.
In conclusion, this is an excellently written book, and well worth a read, although don’t expect a thought-provoking response.