Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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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.

Though 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 doing 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 installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.  

From the title of the book it should be obvious that this book review isn't about giving it introduction or marketing it a little or even just telling who is it for and not. This review will be completely filled with my thoughts just like the other books in the series. I had been requested by almost everyone I me to read this books series. Honestly, I have watched the movies but never bothered about reading the book series as when I had tried reading it a several years back, there was a lot more confusion in my head than fantasy.

I picked up this book again after I think a decade. Some things have changed by opinion about the book while some stays put yet. The book lacks a lot of description for a fantasy novel. I think there's a painful absence about the surrounding descriptions. I had to watch the movie to imagine the hogwarts castle, the alley where they shopped the school apparatus. How that shop would be, how the vendors looked, how was the train, basically there was a painful gap in imagination about its surroundings and even very little information about the characters itself. Maybe that's why I had DNF-ed it when I first got the books a decade ago.

I know many of you would have counter arguments but pick a person who hasn't seen harry potter movies yet and get them to read a book first. Either they will imagine completely something else or have difficulties in imagining what was going on there in first place. For a regular fantasy reader it might not be much of a problem but for someone who reads occasionally there might be confusion imagining things. For a fantasy which is a very strong point.

Other than that, I didn't find anything as such to mention. For me it was a okayish read, something I might read once and never read again. I might prefer the movie to the book for this when it comes to imagination part but book had some different scenes than movie hence there was a lot of depth about the characters and backstory about them in the book. Hence if you plan to read the book, just watch the movie first so it'll help you to imagine things much better.

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