Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Title: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Author: J.K. Rowling

Published: 26th June 1997

Genre: Children’s literature, Fantasy, Fiction

Start Date: 18th July 2022

Finish Date: 19th July 2022


Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter 'H'.

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple, they are swiftly confiscated by his horrid aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin.


This is the first time since the movies come out that I have read the Harry Potter series; I have fond memories of Harry Potter.

I can tell you now the book is better than the film! Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone introduces us to orphan Harry James Potter. We see him navigate through the world of magic after being raised by his horrid muggle aunt and uncle.

In Harry’s first year at Hogwarts, we see him make new friends, stand up to the school bully and become the youngest quidditch player in over a century!

The way J.K Rowling introduces Harry and us to the world of magic is fantastic, it is done so perfectly that you are adjusting to this new world just like Harry is. She makes the transition from the Muggle world to the Magical world a pleasant experience. J.K Rowling has built a fantastic multi-layered world with such a tremendous amount of detail. But, she has written it in a way that is not overwhelming, but at the same time it is not tedious; she slowly builds the world up. It is not rushed.

All the book's characters are believable; there is someone you somehow relate to. For example; I know he is the main character but I do relate to Harry, I do not feel like I have a world that I fit in due to being partially deaf. But, I know it will feel magical once I find somewhere where long I feel like I b. The friendships and relationships between the students, teachers and even the bad guys are what drive the book forward.

There are also characters in this book that will remind you of someone you know. For example, me it is Dudley; I have suffered abuse at school from a bully who thought that he was protected and entitled just because he had a bad life at home due. We have met someone spoilt and self-centred as Draco Malfoy (but sorry I love him! Tom Felton just made me love him) and someone as kind-hearted and bright but bossy and interfering as Hermione Granger.

Harry is a relatable character that many young readers will be able to connect with through their feelings of isolation and a sense of not belonging, but then the excitement of finding his world and leaving his horrible life behind.

Hogwarts is a magical place, J.K Rowling has gone into an incredible amount of detail to describe it. As I am reading the book it is coming to life. It is a book that has every child wishing that they get that life-changing letter at the age of eleven.

Honestly, this first book has you hooked! And I am eager to start reading Chamber of Secrets!

So I have seen the films many times they are ingrained into my head, and I would like to compare the book and the film. Already I feel like the book is ten times better than the film as there is so much more detail.

In the film, Harry does not spend a full month with Hagrid between Hagrid crashing into Harry's life on the 31st of July. Instead, the Dursleys drop Harry off on the 1st of September without a care in the world. In the book, Harry met Draco Malfoy at Madame Malkin's Robes for All Occasions, they do not exchange names but Draco says some mean things about Hagrid which causes Harry to instantly dislike him and that snide comment was made on the Hogwarts Express on the way to Hogwarts. The way Professor McGonagall comes across in the film is a lot sassier but it does make us love her more. Hermione's role is seriously underplayed, when they are trying to get to the Philosopher's stone there was a whole other challenge before Harry gets that and if it was not for Hermione, Harry would have never done it. In the film, we do not meet Peeves the Poltergeist which is such a shame as he adds so much humour to the book.


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