Hello classmates, I recently read over the past week (after being scolded because I hadn’t) “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” This is the first book of the long and famous “Harry Potter” series. The books are written by J.K Rowling and all have movie adaptations. She also incorporates many similarities in her Harry Potter books to her life. One is how they both share the same birthday (July 31st). Another is how Kings Cross Station is where Harry heads to Hogwarts. In real life, Rowling meets her family there every year. It is a short book compared to the other Harry Potter books at a mediocre 309 pages. The book was published in 1998 by Scholastic.
In the Book, Harry Potter is a young boy who lives in a rich household. He is forced to live with his aunt and uncle and their son, Dudley. Harry is told that his parents were killed in a car accident and is forced to live with them. But Harry one day gets the opportunity to go to a wizarding school, Hogwarts. Wanting to learn more about being a wizard and his past, he accepts the invitation to the school and goes to start his first semester. But, Harry learns far more about his past and meets his arch nemesis, Draco Malfoy. Harry also learns about his parent’s true killer, Voldemort. But the main part is about how someone is out to get the “Sorcerer’s Stone.” So, Harry is destined to find out who the thief is and to put a stop to him while still learning the truth about magic and wizards.
I was surprised in the story when we see how poorly Harry is treated, with him being a wizard. His family truly thinks less of him just because of how he was born. This is basically just another form of discrimination against Harry. They seem to hate him just because he’s a wizard and are doing whatever they can to neglect and reject him. It further angers me about how well Dudley is treated and privileged.
I liked the way Rowling used many just random and weird moments in the book to incorporate words of the wiser moments. It is really shown in a certain scene in the hallway. Harry is looking at a mirror that shows Harry whatever he wants to see. Dumbledore finds them and doesn’t scold them but, treat them with respect and give them wise words to look back on.
Lastly I really liked Dumbledore and his quotes. 2 quotes that stuck out were “To the well-organized mind, death is nothing but the next great adventure” and “Fear of a name gives fear of the thing itself.” These two quotes are really thought provoking, which is the way I think many have come to see Dumbledore. A man of few words, but yet still one of the smartest people we never knew. The first quote really makes me think that death should not be feared, but we should be ready for it and embrace it. The second quote though is as simple as a 1+1=2 but as complex as Hogwarts Halls. You could give the simple answer of that of course when fear is generated, it only increases the original amount. But you can also say that fear is not only used as fuel for the feared, but as negative fuel for the fearful. It makes the feared scarier and the fearful fear more. But in the end, Harry Potter is a solid 9/10 and is one of the best books I have ever read.