Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Times Read: 2
Excerpt: "Harry Potter has no idea how famous he is. That's because he's being raised by his miserable aunt and uncle who are terrified Harry will learn that he's really a wizard, just as his parents were. But everything changes when Harry is summoned to attend an infamous school for wizards, and he begins to discover some clues about his illustrious birthright. From the surprising way he is greeted by a lovable giant, to the unique curriculum and colorful faculty at his unusual school, Harry finds himself drawn deep inside a mystical world he never knew existed and closer to his own noble destiny."
Disclaimer: So I've never read the last book because it was always checked out at the library back when I was in high school and I wouldn't buy the last book if I didn't own the rest of the series. Eventually it got forgotten about and now its years later, multiple watches of the movie later and I've decided to reread the first 6 so I can finally read the 7th.
In light of all the issues that is Rowling that have come to our notice I understand this may not be the best time to do this but the books have been owned for years at this point and I'm not investing more money in her. For better or worse I'm oddly good at separating art from artists. While yes she is the one that created the story, I think it belongs to the generation that grew up with it more. It instilled a love of reading and comradery in kids that hasn't been seen in a while. Even now there are talks of their just "isn't a market" for middle grade/teen anymore. (I'm also convinced that people in publishing don't really talk to readers either but that's another ramble)
My Rambles: It was such a weird feeling to reread this, it was like everything happened too fast and nothing was happening all at once. I don't know if its because I have watched it so many times that because there was nothing new it caused that or if its the writing style itself. Sometimes I forgot that it is originally English (UK) until certain phrases are what I'd consider wrong. Like I'm pretty sure at one point Ron says "suits me" but "search me" was written and I just didn't get why he would tell Harry to do that. Lee Jordan is far funnier in the book than in the movies which was great. I had forgotten all about Peeves and just how prevalent the ghosts were. The centaurs were done dirty in the movies. I'm excited to the later books where one becomes a teacher (that or I'm hallucinating lol) Plot holes are abundant though. Why on earth would detention require the kids to go to a forbidden area? How did Voldemort get into Quirrel's head? (lol) Neville needs more love and I'm glad he is more important in the book than he was in the movie.
Side Note: Vernacular is a fun way to argue with friends. Nothing like growing up in different areas and not understanding the same slang
Recommend: I'm going to refrain from this for this series.