Author: J.K. Rowling
Publication Date: June 26, 1997
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Along with many, this is not the first time I have read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I don’t even know which reread this was but I know it’s my second in the last six months and I honestly want it no other way. Now that I own all seven of the audiobooks I love turning them on at random times or when I need a good comfort read.
I want to point out how utterly fantastic the audiobooks are, the narrator Jim Dale was superb and I cannot imagine these books being read by anyone else now. As I write this review I only have about an hour left in the Chamber of Secrets audiobook! That review will also be coming soon. I wanted to do updated reviews of this series since I’m not entirely sure I have ever properly reviewed them, having only just started getting serious about my blog 3 months ago.
I know not everyone has read the Harry Potter series but it seems redundant at this point to give you a detailed synopsis of what happens in this book and series. This book is what started The Boy Who Lived story and his fight again He Who Must Not Be Named, but I’m going to name him, Voldemort! We get to learn of a magical school called Hogwarts and Harry’s time there as he studies to become a powerful wizard. He makes some amazing friends while also making some hated enemies. He finds himself more often than not in some kind of crazy scheme that lands him in detention. But in the end it is always worth it when he finds a way to triumph over evil.
I love the Sorcerer’s Stone because this book is so young, so new, so fresh! Everything in this book was so exciting because we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. A magical castle? Giants and three headed dogs? A stone that lets you live forever? An iconic villain that leaves you desiring more from the story? What is not to love from this story? This is a fairly short book but somehow there was so much detail packed in all of the pages. We never got an info dump so it never felt too unattainable of a read.
This is the book that started the phenomenon that is still ongoing to this day, over 20 years later. I know there is a lot of negativity surrounding this series now and a lot of drama with J.K. Rowling and Pottermore but I want no part of being involved in that. I love the Harry Potter books for what they are. They will always have a place in my heart because these are the books that showed me how magical reading can be. I still love rereading them and being immersed back in the world of Hogwarts and all of its still unknown mysteries.