Thursday, July 28, 2011
'Harry Potter and Philosopher's Stone' by J.K Rowling
Length: 223 Pages
What the 'blurb' says:
'Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy- until he is rescued by a beetle-eyed giant of a man, enrols at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, learns to play Quidditch and does battle in a deadly duel. The reason.....Harry Potter is a wizard!'
Opening Line: 'Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.'
What's good about this novel?
J.K Rowling's story of Harry Potter is engaging from the first page. The characters are well formed and believable, even though the circumstances that Harry finds himself are extra-ordinary.
The plot is fast paced and is crammed with action. I found that I had difficulty putting the book down. Rowling manages to fit a lot of detail into the environment she is describing, without bogging the reader down with a lot of detail.
What's wrong with this novel?
In some ways, I feel that the simplicity of this first novel, might put older readers off, from continuing with the series. However, for the age that 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' is aimed at (about 9-10), it's a very enjoyable read.
Is this worth a read?
Being a fan of the 'Harry Potter' series, I think that the later books are better written and more mature than 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'. However, if you're an young adult/adult who is debating whether or not to read this world famous series of novels, then I would say give it a try. 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' isn't the best installment of the Potter books, but it's a fun, imaginative introduction to Harry Potter's world.