Posted in Book Review
#BookReview for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

I don’t remember the age that I first picked up my Harry Potter book. But what I remember clearly is the impact that it had on me and my life. It introduced me to a world of reading, a world that continues to inspire and strengthen me. It taught me the value of morals, the worth of friendship and above all courage in times of adversities. I believe that Harry Potter inspired people to work hard and strive towards living a life of dignity and courage.

I owe J.K. Rowling my childhood.

So while each book is unique and entertaining on its own, it is best to start at the beginning. If you want to enjoy the magical world of Hogwarts fully, read all the books in the order. In this post, I will review, the first of the Harry Potter book, namely Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. (It is called Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the UK)

This book forms the core of all the books as it helps the readers establish the main characters and creates enough suspense and curiosity in the minds of the reader to know what happens ahead.

The Bigger Picture

Harry Potter’s story begins on a seemingly ordinary night on the silent street of Surrey in England. Three people, an older man, a stern-faced woman and a huge bearded person are talking about a series of events. These events include a tragedy and murder and the reason why they must leave a sleeping baby on the doorstep of an ordinary home. This sleeping baby is Harry Potter whose parents died in a car crash, leaving him with only a lightning bolt-shaped scar on his forehead as a reminder. This would also mean that he would be raised in his aunt’s and her husband’s home for his entire childhood.

However, Harry’s life takes a complete turn when on his eleventh birthday, he discovers his true identity as a wizard. Over the next chapters, Harry realizes the true cause of his parent’s death. He finds out how his parent’s killer, Lord Voldemort, had mercilessly killed them. In the process, he had also taken away Harry’s childhood. From here, Harry journeys to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to fulfil his true destiny of becoming a wizard. Here, he forges strong bonds of friendships with Ron Weasley and Hermoine Granger who are also students at Hogwarts. But, everything is not what it seems at Hogwarts because Lord Voldemort wants to capture the Philosopher’s Stone hidden in the castle and which has the power to grant eternal life to its possessor. What follows is a tale of how Harry and his gang of friends try to thwart every plan of Voldemort in his attempt to reach his goal.

Analysis of The Story

What sets Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone apart is how the author introduces you to a completely magical world. With a strong eye for detail, Rowling has etched out a world that is easy to imagine and relate to, even for children. But the authors’ greatest success has been in the creation of characters that have today achieved cult status in the literary world. The bonds of friendship between Harry, Ron and Hermoine leave an inedible mark on the reader’s mind. Further, every character in the book creates a niche space for themselves in the reader’s mind. Whether Harry is attending his first-class or whether he is bonding with his friends, or when he comes face to face with Lord Voldemort, every incident is captured with immense thoughtfulness and flair. Another major aspect of JK Rowling’s writing is the use of humour which is interspersed in various chapters and incidents across the book.

“But from that moment on, Hermione Granger became their friend.
There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other,
and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.”

JK Rowling • AUTHOR

Final Verdict

4/5

Rowling clearly possesses both an ear and an eye for the unexpected, working her own brand of magic with turns of phrase and flashes of humour that are subtle and sly. This book is funny, moving and impressive and thanks to the immaculate writing of J.K. Rowling, the readers too enter a world as magical as the one that Harry Potter lives in.

Designated for teenagers, but written for anyone who loves a good story, this book is definitely worth a read.

Shop for Harry Potter Merchandise

  • Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter Series

    250.00

    An original Musings of a Reader design, our inspirational quote inspired notebook is the perfect travel companion. Compact in size, drop it into your bag and write your notes anywhere you go.

    The quote on the notebook is inspired by Albus Dumbledore from the Harry Potter series. Below is the quote that inspires the design of this notebook.


    So, said Dumbledore, slipping off the desk to sit on the floor with Harry, you, like hundreds before you, have discovered the delights of the Mirror of Erised. I didn’t know it was called that, Sir. But I expect you’ve realized by now what it does? It — well — it shows me my family – And it showed your friend Ron himself as head boy. How did you know –? I don’t need a cloak to become invisible, said Dumbledore gently.  Now, can you think what the Mirror of Erised shows us all? Harry shook his head.

    Let me explain. The happiest man on earth would be able to use the Mirror of Erised like a normal mirror, that is, he would look into it and see himself exactly as he is. Does that help? Harry thought. Then he said slowly, It shows us what we want… whatever we want…Yes and no, said Dumbledore quietly. It shows us nothing more or less than the deepest, most desperate desire of our hearts. You, who have never known your family, see them standing around you. Ronald Weasley, who has always been overshadowed by his brothers, sees himself standing alone, the best of all of them. However, this mirror will give us neither knowledge nor truth. Men have wasted away before it, entranced by what they have seen, or been driven mad, not knowing if what it shows is real or even possible.
    -Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone


    Need help with this product?
  • Dobby, Harry Potter Series

    250.00

    An original Musings of a Reader design, our inspirational quote inspired notebook is the perfect travel companion. Compact in size, drop it into your bag and write your notes anywhere you go.

    The quote on the notebook is inspired by the character of Dobby from the Harry Potter series. Below is the quote that inspires the design of this notebook.


    Dobby! she screamed, and even Bellatrix froze. You! You dropped the chandelier –? The tiny elf trotted into the room, his shaking finger pointing at his old mistress. “You must not hurt Harry Potter, he squeaked. Kill him, Cissy! shrieked Bellatrix, but there was another loud crack, and Narcissa’s wand too flew into the air and landed on the other side of the room. You dirty little monkey! bawled Bellatrix. How dare you take a witch’s wand, how dare you defy your masters?

    Dobby has no master! squealed the elf. “Dobby is a free elf, and Dobby has come to save Harry Potter and his friends! Harry’s scar was blinding him with pain. Dimly he knew that they had moments, seconds before Voldemort was with them. Ron, catch – and GO! he yelled, throwing one of the wands to him; then he bent down to tug Griphook out from under the chandelier. Hoisting the groaning goblin, who still clung to the sword, over one shoulder, Harry seized Dobby’s hand and spun on the spot to Disapparate. As he turned into the darkness, he caught one last view of the drawing-room of the pale, frozen figures of Narcissa and Draco, of the streak of red that was Ron’s hair, and a blue of flying silver, as Bellatrix’s knife flew across the room at the place where he was vanishing – Bill and Fleur’s . . . Shell Cottage . . . Bill and Fleur’s . . . He had disappeared into the unknown; all he could do was repeat the name of the destination and hope that it would suffice to take him there. The pain in his forehead pierced him, and the weight of the goblin bore down upon him; he could feel the blade of Gryffindor’s sword bumping against his back: Dobby’s hand jerked in his; he wondered whether the elf was trying to take charge, to pull them in the right direction, and tried, by squeezing the fingers, to indicate that that was fine with them. . . . And then they hit solid earth and smelled salty air. Harry fell to his knees, relinquished Dobby’s hand, and attempted to lower Griphook gently to the ground. Are you all right? he said as the goblin stirred, but Griphook merely whimpered. Harry squinted around through the darkness. There seemed to be a cottage a short way away under the wide starry sky, and he thought he saw movement outside it. Dobby, is this Shell Cottage? he whispered, clutching the two wands he had brought from the Malfoys’, ready to fight if he needed to. Have we come to the right place? Dobby? He looked around. The little elf stood feet from him. DOBBY!

    The elf swayed slightly, stars reflected in his wide, shining eyes. Together, he and Harry looked down at the silver hilt of the knife protruding from the elf’s heaving chest. “Dobby – no – HELP! Harry bellowed toward the cottage, toward the people moving there. “HELP! He did not know or care whether they were wizards or Muggles, friends or foes; all he cared about was that a dark stain was spreading across Dobby’s front and that he had stretched out his own arms to Harry with a look of supplication. Harry caught him and laid him sideways on the cool grass. “Dobby, no, don’t die, don’t die – The elf’s eyes found him, and his lips trembled with the effort to form words. “Harry . . . Potter . . . And then with a little shudder, the elf became quite still, and his eyes were nothing more than great glassy orbs, sprinkled with light from the stars they could not see.

    -Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


    Need help with this product?
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    200.00500.00

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the third instalment in the Harry Potter series. The Harry Potter series are described as ‘children books’, however, in my opinion, whether you’re twelve or twenty-two, we highly recommend them. The Prisoner of Azkaban cover is by far my favourite: Harry heroically brandishing a wand, from which a silver stag has erupted! To no one’s surprise, I give Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 5/5 stars!

    This poster is inspired by the magic of Harry Potter, which is one of the crucial pillars of the book. An essential reading, make sure you add both the book and poster to your collection right now.

    – Goods and Services Tax is charged on the product price.

    Shipping Fee
    – Each poster weighs 500 grams, which would result in a shipping fee of INR 50. This is applicable only to shipping within India.

    Need help with this product?

    Call or WhatsApp us

    +91 8454030051
    Mon-Sat | 9 am to 6 pm (IST)

     

  • Accio Coffee

    400.00

    There’s nothing we love more than home accessories inspired from literature here at Musings of a Reader. Modern and stylish, this literary-based ceramic mug is a great addition to your mug collection!

    This literary mug is inspired by Harry Potter and makes for a great gift for your Potterhead friend as well.

    Composition & Care
    -Ceramic
    – Dishwasher and microwave safe
    – Black and glossy

    – Goods and Services Tax is charged on the product price.

    Shipping Fee
    – Each mug weighs 500 grams, which would result in a shipping fee of INR 50. This is applicable only to shipping within India.

    Need help with this product?

    Call or WhatsApp us

    +91 8454030051
    Mon-Sat | 9 am to 6 pm (IST)

     

     

musings_of_A_reader_literary_merchandise

There are no reviews yet.

Leave a Reply

Start typing and press Enter to search

Shopping Cart