Monday, January 03, 2011

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Bk. 1) by J.K. Rowling

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.

Happy Reading!

6 comments:

Stacy said...

I have not read the books nor have I seem any of the movies!! How does that make you feel? I think I have seen a total of 30 minutes of bits and pieces of the movie while jeremy has had it on!

Lori @ Pure Imagination said...

Haha! I'm happy you liked it and they do get really, really awesome...the third one is where things get darker and it will be hard not to read the rest of the series straight through after that one.

Anne said...

I'm so glad you're reading these with us. The movies really don't do the books justice - I was very upset when they took out my favorite character, Peeves. Speaking as one who grew up with these novels, I wish I could share it with the world, and while I mostly do, it's always fun to see someone new's reaction =)

~Anne

Candace said...

Well, your not the last person! I read this one this week as well for the first time. But unlike you I haven't watched the movies. I've watched bits and pieces but never any from beginning to end. I can picture a few things from one of the movies, like the forest and Hogwarts itself, and the characters, of course, but I don't know the story line at all. I'm looking forward to getting more involved in this series though!

Megan said...

Candace-- I'm glad I'm not the ONLY person that hasn't read these! Can't wait to hear what you think of them!

Amber @ LitPool said...

Hehe. I am now going to go read the rest of your reviews in order. I can't wait to see what you thought of them over the series as a first time reader. Wow, I'm a Harry Potter dork. :) Oh! and BTW I really like the look of your blog.