Hey readers, this is my post for the third week. The previous post was dedicated to how I started reading books. So, Harry Potter was the book that inspired me into this habit. This week’s post is the review of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the first in the series.
J.K. Rowling starts the book in a very typical way. The readers begin their introduction to the magical world through the Dursleys (Ironically). This particular day, Vernon Dursley, husband of Petunia Dursley and father to Dudley Dursley, gets ready to go to his office. On his way, he notices some peculiar things around him that makes him very uneasy. Owls flying in the sky in pure daylight, cats reading newspapers, and grown men wearing funny looking robes. But nothing shakes him out of his wits as when he overhears two grown men (in robes) talking about the subject of Harry his nephew. A very interesting development indeed.
As it turns out, that day Harry’s parents, Lilly and James potter, had been killed and Dumbledore had arranged for Harry to stay with his aunts. The next day, as Aunt Petunia saw Harry and screamed, Harry’s life changed. In 10 years from that fateful day, Harry grew in the household of the Dursley’s who despised him through no fault of Harry’s. He was scolded by his aunt, treated like a servant and he was bullied upon by Dudley, who was unnaturally large going by his age. So Harry wished there was someone who would rescue him from this hellhole. Then came Dudley’s eleventh birthday. The day was very eventful because Harry somehow managed to set a Boa constrictor on his cousin on the zoo.
But things really started to change for Harry in his eleventh birthday. Uncle Vernon had driven all the way to a beach due to constant letters for Harry from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. There, Hagrid turned up carrying Harry’s letter and forcing into the muggles (non-magical people) the fact that Harry belonged to the magical world. Harry also knew about his parents’ murder and how he had gotten his scar. But another completely different world awaited him, he had never dreamed of it. The next day Harry traveled to Diagon alley with Hagrid to buy books and stuff for his first term at Hogwarts. There he asked Hagrid about the wizard who had killed his parents and came to learn his name (Voldemort). The first day of Hogwarts arrived and The Dursley’s left Harry at King’s Cross station. There, he was helped by one of the wizarding family, the Weasley’s. Molly Weasley showed Harry how to get through the platform while Ron Weasley and Harry really hit it off on the first day and became friends.
Harry, along with the other first years were ferried across the lake to Hogwarts’s grounds by Hagrid. Harry had never seen anything like Hogwarts, with all its towers, turrets, courtyards, lake and the Forrest. At Hogwarts, Harry was sorted at Gryffindor, one of the four houses of Hogwarts. Lessons soon began and Harry found out he was like any other wizard of his age. Time went on and he was soon accustomed at Hogwarts.
That is it for today. I really don’t want to reveal the main story line so I have left many things out of here. So, currently I am reading Sidney Sheldon’s Morning, Noon and Night. If I finish it in time, the next blog will be about it. So stay tuned.