I grew up with Harry Potter. Well, his rise to fame began when I was in high school. I was not much of a reader by then. However, I was completely intrigued with fantasy and animations, so I had to watch the movies. So, I watched the movies. Even though I watched all the movies, I had to admit, I never read one Harry Potter novel, until now.
Limited wi-fi meant that I had to get creative. As we were leaving the house, I discovered a very tattered and taped up 1997 edition of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”. It belonged to my tween daughter. Apparently, I had some how given this edition to her…. And she loved it!
Book Review and Reflections
This was the book that started it all. It’s hard to imagine this story was rejected by so many publishers before it got published. It was filled with a lot of imaginary names and ideas that can get a bit overwhelming at first. Thankfully, I was able to match up what I recalled from the movie to the book.
Harry Potter reminded me of the Cinderella story. He spent his whole life being bullied and harassed by his own family. He thought that he was nobody. Until that fateful day when he received the admission letter to Hogwarts, he learned that he was special. Very special….
2. Useful Themes
I loved the feeling of success and triumph that exploded as I became absorbed into the pages. I took my time to walk step by step along with his best friend, Ron and my favourite heroine, Hermione, as they ventured deeper and deeper into trouble.
3. Must-Read or Pass
It is a must-read for me! I loved how the movie really was able to bring the characters to life. The book helped me to appreciate the movie more. And yes, I will continue to read the following novels ….