Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling (Bloomsbury, 1997)
Does this book need any introduction?
Is there anyone alive who hasn’t heard of the Boy Who Lived?
Harry Potter is an orphan who lives in the cupboard under the stairs at his aunt and uncle’s house. That is until mysterious letters – delivered by owls – keep turning up at the door. Uncle Vernon is not impressed and doesn’t want Harry to read them, so he takes the family to a small island in a stormy sea, knowing that the letters can’t reach them there.
Except, he doesn’t anticipate the arrival of Hagrid, a friendly giant who crashes through the door of the house and utters the immortal words, “Harry – yer a wizard.”
And indeed, Harry is a wizard. A very powerful wizard as it turns out.
I LOVE this book. In fact, I LOVE the whole flippin’ series of Harry Potter books.
J.K. Rowling is an expert at world-building and is a master of the little details that just suck you into Harry’s world right from the beginning.
I know Harry Potter has been reviewed to death but I had to review the book that basically inspired me to write. To me, this book is perfection.
Probably the only time in my life I have been truly envious of someone else’s talent. Rowling is a master of plot and a magic weaver of worlds.
And yes, I’m 43 and I don’t care that it’s a book written for young adults. I love it anyway.
And to those who have a problem with adults reading the Harry Potter books, I don’t f*~king care! 🙂
Personally, I think you’re missing out but that’s just my opinion.
Why don’t you give it a try and see what happens?
Great for those who love intricate fantasy worlds. Not so great for those…no, wait, it’s great for everyone!