Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.
All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley--a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry's room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in eleven years.
But all of that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry--and anyone who reads about him--will find unforgettable.
For it's there that he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic in everything from classes to meals, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him...if Harry can survive the encounter.
I really think I left my brain in 2010. Just forewarning you.
I think I've seen this movie at least 10 times (although it's been a REALLY long time since I've seen it) but this is the first time I've ever read the book. And I call myself a reader?? I know. Anyway, I liked it, about as much as you can like a first book in a series. When it's a planned series--and not just a stand alone book that did really well so the author decided to do a sequel-- it always seems like half the book is boring descriptions. I hate that. Just get on with the story.
I did have a bit of an embarassing lapse when I was trying to figure out what in the world Nicolas Flamel had to do with the story. I kept thinking, I swear he's looking in the mirror in the end of the movie! He's looking in the mirror! Why isn't the book ending?? but I totally forgot about (DUH!) THE SORCERER'S STONE. Oh wait, what's this book called??? Harry Potter and the WHAT? Oh yes, that would be the Sorcerer's Stone. I told you. I struggle. I blame it on 2010.
Anyway, since I'm the last person on earth to jump on this bandwagon, I'm sure I don't need to tell you to read these. You've probably already beat me to the punch.