Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.
Through Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doubt so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.
Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details, the first instalment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.
A lot of people are probably really surprised that I haven’t gotten to this book sooner. And I guess it’s probably because I’ve already read the book. But that was back in year four or something, so I don’t really think that counts.
As you probably know, Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone is about Harry Potter and his two friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, and their adventures in which they uncover the mystery behind the special stone. The story starts off with Harry and Ron meeting, and later coming to be friends with Hermione.
So far, I can see why Harry Potter is such a highly regarded middle grade series. Although it is mainly aimed at a younger audience, it is still very entertaining for any age. The novel is also quite easy to read, and paints the most vivid image of a wizarding world.
This book was actually better than I expected, which is surprising because I had quite high expectations going into it. I flew through the book, reading it in a matter of days, and am already a little ways into the next.