Monday, December 5, 2011

Mini-Review of HP and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He's never worn a Cloak of Invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry's room is a tiny cupboard under the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in eleven years. 

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him... if Harry can survive the encounter.
 [from the Harry Potter Wiki]

Rating:  4.5 out of 5 boxes
Target Audience: Muggles of all ages
High point:  J. K. Rowling's impressive planning process
Reader maturity:  13+

Wow, so many things happened in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone that I didn't remember, like the day Mr. Dursley had before Harry arrived and some of the things at the zoo and the extra tests Harry, Hermione and Ron had to make it through to get to the Sorcerer's Stone. I kept comparing the movie to the book and noticed that Neville is a much bigger part of the book than the movie, and Ron's a bit snobbier and not as cowardly.

I don't usually like to compare books and movies, but the HP franchise generally does a good job of hitting the important parts. The casting is phenomenal! I mention this, not because I'm intending to review the movie here, but because when I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone this time, I compared all the book characters with the movie actors and they're mostly in agreement.

It was crazy to read through and notice names and events that I'd never processed before, not realizing that they were going to be important. So now, knowing what happens, I'm amazed at how well J. K. Rowling planned these books. There are hints of the 6th and 7th books in the very first! Knowing how amazing the rest of Harry's story is and having the visuals of Hogwarts and magic from the movies (though J. K. Rowling did a great job with description, a picture is worth 1000 words) really changed the reading experience of the first.

What did you think of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone? If you've reread it, are your thoughts on it different than before you saw the movie/read the rest of the series?

Title:  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Author:  J. K. Rowling
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Year: 1997
Book Source:  Purchased

1 comment:

  1. It's always interesting to reread a childhood favorite when your older and see it from a different perspective. Everytime I read this series I pick up on something new, I'll have to keep a closer eye out for the referances to the 6th & 7th books in Sorcerer's Stone on my next reread. Great review!