Hannah2Go, January 14, 2011 (view all comments by Hannah2Go)
J. K. Rowling’s first Harry Potter book was interesting, but lacked of a true storyline in my opinion. I found myself daydreaming while flipping through the pages and then having to re-read them when I figured out what I was doing. Although this story did capture my interest at points, I would recommend it for younger teenage boys; I personally thought the book was a bit too long for me. Harry Potter is about a young boy named Harry, who learns he is a wizard. In the second chapter we learn he was abused by the Dursley family, who took Harry in when his parents died; “He found a pair of socks under his bed, after pulling a spider off one of them, put them on. Harry was used to spiders, because the cupboard under the stairs were full of them and that was were he slept.” A little bit after it reads, “Don’t ask questions— that was the first rule of the quiet life with the Dursleys” , which made me think of a boy trapped and had nowhere to turn. He was also bullied by his cousin Dudley, before Hagrid (a giant man) found Harry and took him to Hogwarts (a wizard’s school). Although throughout this book it does get a bit exciting, I was not at all in a hurry to finish it. I don’t know if I’ll be reading the next Harry Potter book soon.
Review by: Hannah Smith
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brunettegal418, December 30, 2007 (view all comments by brunettegal418)
This delightfully wonderful first book captures the hearts of everyone and keeps the pages turning. The reader is introduced to a cast of characters that set the tone of adventure, magic, love and friendship. J.K.Rowling has set down her name in stone as being one of the most accomplished writers in history.
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by Lee Siegel, The New Republic,
"[T]he rapturous reception of the Harry Potter books is heartening, because J.K. Rowling is a literary artist, and these three books possess more imaginative life than the majority of novels that are published in this country in any given year. They are full of marvelous invention and humor and fun, but they have more than that." (read the entire New Republic review here)
by Michael Winerip, The New York Times Book Review,
"A wonderful first novel....Harry is destined for greatness....Much like Roald Dahl, J.K. Rowling has a gift for keeping the emotions, fears, and triumphs of her characters on a human scale, even while the supernatural is popping out all over."
by Michael Dirda, The Washington Post Book World,
"Obviously, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone should make any modern 11-year-old a very happy reader. The novel moves quickly, packs in everything from a boa constrictor that winks to a melancholy Zen-spouting centaur to an owl postal system, and ends with a scary surprise."
What did Harry Potter know about magic? He was stuck with the decidedly un-magical Dursleys, who hated him. He slept in a closet and ate their leftovers. But an owl messenger changes all that, with an invitation to attend the Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches, where it turns out Harry is already famous.. . . Full color.
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