Thursday, 1 November 2012

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Book Review

In the first book, of the magical world of the Harry Potter you meet Harry, who has always been different from the kids around him. On his eleventh birthday, he discovers just how different he is. Harry Potter is a wizard! The news completely changes his life. He is taken from his cruel Aunt and Uncle and accepted into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Hogwarts is more than Harry could ever dream of, from the Great Hall being lit by hundreds of candles to a talking hat that sorts you into one of the four school houses: Ravenclaw, Slytherin, Hufflepuff and Gryffindor.  Harry is sorted into Gryffindor, where the brave at heart dwell. When Harry and his two newly found friends, Ron and Hermione, discover that evil threatens a secret treasure hidden at Hogwarts; they must summon all their courage to stop disaster from striking.

“There are some things that you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.”  This quote is from a very important part of the book when Harry and Ron first became friends with Hermione, creating the trio that travels through the whole series. This quote also illustrates that J.K Rowling writes beautifully with a touch of magic and whimsical humor, making the book much more interesting. One of the best parts of this book is how J.K Rowling writes about the world we know through the eyes of wizards. She uses places such as Kings Cross Station and puts a clever and magical twist on them, such as the invisible platform 9 ¾ that leads to the Hogwarts Express. The characterization in this book is also intriguing because the characters are normal kids with diverse personalities all sharing one abnormality - they have magical blood.  Creating interesting connections between the characters as they travel throughout the enchanting world of Hogwarts.  J.K Rowling weaves richly descriptive and imaginative worlds, incorporating friendship, bravery, love, and hope, along with a fascinating puzzle-piece plot. I think that the main theme of this book is that bravery can be found in surprising places.  I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy and magic and has always thought they have been different.


  1. Hey Kirsten,
    I've never actually read a Harry Potter book because I always thought it wasn't my type of book. You really changed my mind! You made it sound so interesting and different from everyone else's reviews on it. Great work!

  2. Iv read this book and i think that this is an amazing review, you didnt give away too much of the storyline but you made it interesting at the same time. Keep up the great work
    - Dannika