Reviewed by Captain Lyaf Yarr
Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Author: J.K. Rowling
Grade Reading Level: 5.3, Ages 9+
Summary: An 11 year old boy, living with his Aunt and Uncle in Surrey,England, finds out that he is a wizard. Not only is he a wizard but he is labeled as The Boy-Who-Lived for defeating the Dark Lord Voldemort when he was a baby. Unaccustomed to magic, fame, and fortune, young Harry Potter must find his way in a whole new world. His first adventure is getting to school and making friends, but as dark stirrings begin to take shape a whole new adventure begins.
Why I Started the Book:
I read this book a long time ago, seen the movies, and felt like revisiting it. I plan to see if I can find hints of what happens in book seven in each story of the series as I believe Rowling left clues all along the way.
- Hogwarts is the most amazing place in fantasy. It has moving staircases, secret passages and rooms, talking portraits, extensive and beautiful grounds, not to mention quidditch! I want to go to school there and take classes learning magic. I can't believe any kid there would not do homework! I think Errol (the Weasley owl) must have been the one charged to deliver my Hogwarts letter because I am fairly certain I am a (pirate) witch.
- Harry's scar, which is distinctive, is a wicked cool feature that everyone recognizes. It is the mark of the killing curse, the one he survived as a baby that made him famous. It also is a signal for Harry at times that something is not quite right. This is because Voldemort is nearby!
- Hagrid is a wonderful character. He is Harry's first real friend and buys Harry a pet owl named Hedwig. Hagrid is taller than most wizards and works for Dumbledore at the school under the title Keeper of Keys and Grounds. Hagrid has a love of all things beastly from three headed dogs to dragons and back again.
- Hermione's clever solving of the potion bottle riddle Snape put in as his challenge in guarding the Sorcerer's Stone at the end of the book. I am so mad that scene isn't in the movie!
- Fred and George. They are my ultimate favorite characters and I want them as my brothers!
- Draco's pathetic trick of a midnight duel. What a cowardly thing to do -- just like the snake he is!
- The drinking of unicorn blood. It serves it's purpose to point out that Lord Voldemort is evil, but it's pretty disturbing thing to think about.
Rating: I give this book 4.5 treasure chests!
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