July 20th, 2016
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.” – (Albus Dumbledore) J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Now, I get most of you may be thinking, “Wow, aren’t you a little late to the party mate?”. No, I am not. This is not the first time I am reading Harry Potter, nor the last, but I have never reviewed the series on my blog before, so expect a lot of these!
When I picked up book one, obviously I knew what was going to happen, but in a sense, it was if I was reading them for the first time. The last time I read through the series was a year after Deathly Hallows was published right around the time Half-Blood Prince, the film, was released. So for the past few years I have only been re-watching the films and as amazing as they are, they still aren’t the books. So, I thought I would crack open my new books which haven’t been read yet and get started.
The first thing I noticed while reading this book was that even though Rowling had written it in third person, it was still as if I was looking through the eyes of a child and I love that. I could feel Harry’s emotions all throughout it and the way every setting was described sent chills up my spine. My favourite part in both the book and the film is when the First Years see Hogwarts for the first time and how much in awe they are. From the small boats to the grand doors of the main hall to the sumptuous feasts, it was just very spectacular to read.
There are some characters that were left out of the films and I get that, but I forgot how much I missed the Hogwarts Poltergeist Peeves. He is a flighty little ghost who causes more problems than the Weasley Twins, then again I think Fred and George learned a lot from him when they were first years. Also, there are so many little foreshadows in the first book, for example: When Hagrid first delivers Harry to the Dursley’s he is on Sirius Black’s motorcycle…funny that Sirius would provide transportation for Harry…
Also, another little bit that I really love is when the trio get off the platform at the end of the book and little Ginny Weasley is so excited to see Harry. I think it is just the most adorable thing in the world. She looks up to him so much in the earlier books, but then soon…those feelings change…OTP.
Then of course, after the trio go down the trapdoor, I had forgotten about the other two trials they had to face before Harry finds himself face to face with Quirrell in the dungeon. There was the troll and the potions and I really wish that would have been added in the film.
As a kid, these books were my life. I grew up reading them. Obviously as the first book was published only 25 days after I was born, I wasn’t reading them as they were released. Yet, as soon as I was able to read I was barreling through them like Ron eats turkey legs. My whole childhood I read these books and others like “The Chronicles of Narnia”, “The Lord of the Rings”, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, and I was able to develop this imagination and creativity that I still retain today. These books made me want to be a writer in the first place. I don’t think that without picking up Sorcerer’s Stone that one day when I was a kid, I wouldn’t have started reading as religiously as I do now.
Harry Potter became a hero to me and still is to this day. I don’t know if it’s because he was so courageous or maybe it was because he did it not only to defend his friends and his world, but also to avenge his parents. Lily and James always make me cry when they are written about. I am nineteen years old and I still tear up when Harry first looks into the Mirror of Erised and sees his family.
I give this book a 5/5 of course and all of the books will probably be that, sorry. I am really excited to read once again how Harry grows up and becomes the man he is.
I have now realized that these “reviews” turn more into just my personal reactions and how I am an emotional young adult that should probably get a proper job and stop reading children’s literature, but whatever. I love reading and I am not going to read stuffy books because they don’t fuel my creativity. If you have a book series that allowed you to develop a creative mind as a child, I want you to hold onto it! Whether it was “Harry Potter”, “The Chronicles of Narnia”, or anything by Rhode Dahl, please just never let go of that feeling you had when you first read it. That is what will make you become a better writer and in my opinion, just a happier person, and someone who can see the beauty of the world, even in the darkest of times.
“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
― ( Albus Dumbledore) J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban