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review 2017-08-02 08:00
Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling

The review below was based on my first read of the Harry Potter books, ages ago and in Dutch. Updated reviews will follow after a reread (in English) I plan to do.

 

I took me years to start reading Harry Potter. I think the main reason was my parents didn't like fantasy, and I used to think this would mean I wouldn't like it either.

I'm glad I tried Harry Potter anyway. For me, like I said, it's not covered in sauce of youth memories. And as a book I liked it, but didn't think it was that great. I liked the world JK Rowling created but saw that it was far from flawless.

Sometimes it feels like you like everything around it better than the original book. It is quite hard to describe...

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review 2016-02-25 17:41
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Illustrated Version) Book Review

I am one of those people fortunate enough to have grown up reading and waiting every year for a new HP book, from the time I was in third great to about the end of high school. I went to midnight screenings for the movies, went to the midnight opening for the final book and am a long time obsessive HP fan. So of course, I was excited to see an illustrated version of book one. And it is gorgeous. 

 

Harry Potter has only known life with his evil Aunt and Uncle and his cousin Dudley. But when he turns eleven he receives a letter inviting him to Hogwarts School of Witch Craft and Wizardry. There he finds the best of friends, goes on the best of adventures. And soon realizes he's famous for stopping an evil wizard, Voldemort, who may not be dead like everyone thought. 

 

Having been to wizardry world of Harry Potter and even a Harry Potter convention my standards were set very high for this book. I absolutely loved the illustrations. It has been several years since I have read this series again and the added pictures really do make it feel like you are reading a different book. They are so pretty and bring wonderful color to the characters we have loved over the years. 

 

 

 

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review 2015-11-18 21:48
THE SORCERER'S STONE Review
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré

Synopsis: Harry Potter has no idea how famous he is. That's because he's being raised by his miserable aunt and uncle who are terrified Harry will learn that he's really a wizard, just as his parents were. But everything changes when Harry is summoned to attend an infamous school for wizards, and he begins to discover some clues about his illustrious birthright. From the surprising way he is greeted by a lovable giant, to the unique curriculum and colorful faculty at his unusual school, Harry finds himself drawn deep inside a mystical world he never knew existed and closer to his own noble destiny.

 

*****

 

By now everyone knows the tale of Harry Potter and his adventures at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and if you don't know.... well, what rock have you been living under?

 

The Sorcerer's Stone is the first novel in the seven-book series, and it's one of the most memorable if only because of the introduction of Harry, the friends he makes at school, and Hogwarts itself. It's a pretty straight forward story without the complexities and earth-shattering consequences of the later stories. In that lies its charm: while I'm a big fan of the last four book in JK Rowling's bestselling fantasy series, it's also nice to go back and reread the beginnings of the adventure starring The Boy Who Lived - when Harry Potter just begins learning how to be a wizard and how famous he is in the wizard world.

 

It's quite amazing how easy Rowling makes it look, setting up such a series as this in only three hundred pages. Within those pages she introduces us to several of the key players that return in the sequels: Harry, Hermoine, the Dursleys, the Weasleys, Hagrid, Snape, Dumbledore, Malfoy. Every character here is fully drawn and stands apart from the others in description and dialogue alike. As well, Rowling does a fantastic job of introducing her reader to the wonderful and mystical world that is Hogwarts.

 

This is an excellent introduction to one of my favorite book series. It's a nice feeling to go back and reread because I caught so much this time that I didn't pick up on the first time around - specifically, the threat of Voldemort's eventual return (I didn't remember the series having such an edge at this early stage) and just how awful life is with the Dursleys before Harry goes away to school. Coming back to this book for a second read was like visiting with old friends again, sitting in the Gryffindor common room with a glass of butterbeer. 5/5

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text 2015-06-29 19:50
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré

I can definitely see how the movies condensed the events of the book in a favorable way. I don't really enjoy the constant running around, doing unexplained things, Harry barely asking any questions about the new world he's entered... It leaves me feeling a bit lost. And I still don't like Rowling's writing. I know this is supposed to be a children's book, but I've read plenty of children's books that don't feel this immature. 

 

I do like it for the most part, but I'll probably give it three (possibly four--possibly) stars for this one. I'm hoping the next books mature a bit. Like I've said before, I do like most things about Harry Potter, which is why I love the movies--so there wasn't really a chance I would hate this. 

 

I'll finish today!

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text 2015-06-26 18:47
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré

Well, here we are.

 

So, those who kind of know me know that I tried to read the Harry Potter books when I was about fourteen or fifteen, and I just didn't like them. I got halfway through the third book before calling it quits. I love the movies, I love the story, I love the characters--I just don't love Rowling's writing. 

 

I'm trying again to see how it goes, and my friend (who Harry Potter is as Lord of the Rings is for me) lent me the first book to read for our summer break. My goal is to just read them all, finally, but it might be slow going because there are other things I'd like to read as well. And as to how it shapes up compared to what I remember from the books, well...it's not too different.

 

I think it's a little wordy, and I feel very disconnected from Harry as a character. He's taking the whole wizard thing in stride, without much surprise or disbelief--at least, that's how it feels. The problem with me knowing the movies so well is that I'll constantly be comparing, and I don't really have a way to switch that off. Rowling's writing is still not really doing it for me, but I'm more patient than I was six years ago, so I'm willing to pull through and see how it all comes together. At the very least I'll get to learn more about the world I love so much (and the haters can finally sit down).

 

We'll see how it goes!

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