I’m reposting this review as it still holds true. I reread the first Harry Potter and loved it just as much as the first time.
Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Author: J.K. Rowling
Publisher: Scholastic 1997
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Rating: 5 / 5 stars
Reading Challenges: HP; Read My Name – R
How I Got It: Own it!
This one is a reread for me. It’s been awhile since I read the series. I remember reading the first couple of books out loud to the boys when they were infants. SO that’s what eight years ago? I read the last few books as they came out, but overall it’s been awhile.
Instead of doing a traditional review, I thought I would just give you some of my reread thoughts. Things I noticed, things I loved, quotes I like, etc. And then I will have a mini review of movie vs. book.
- Favorite scene: Diagon Alley, you can just see the wondrous shops and Harry enchantment. I love that moment!
- Favorite character: Hagrid. He’s just such a character in this book. And I loved seeing him on the movie screen.
- Favorite expressions: “Gulpin’ gargoyles” (Hagrid), “Load of old tosh” (Uncle Vernon), “Codswallop” (Hagrid), “All right, keep your hair on” (Fred), “Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak” (Dumbledore)
- Didn’t notice (or didn’t pay attention) to the fact that Hagrid borrowed the motorcycle at the beginning from Sirius Black! I probably thought it was just another name when I read the first time.
- I feet sorry for Petunia Dursley. As nasty as she is, I can’t help that think that everything she’s done has been because she’s jealous of Lily. Maybe if she had more love, or acceptance, or a talent than she wouldn’t have turned out so urgh!
- How much foreshadowing is there when we meet Professor Quirrell? Good graciousness! And that story that he met a vampire… yeah he met a vampire, named Voldemort!
- The password for the Gryffindor tower was “pig snout.” Awesome!!!
- I almost feel sorry for Professor Quirrell at the end. Almost, but not quite…
- “Couldn’t make us a cup o’ tea, could yeh? It’s not been an easy journey…” — Hagrid’s entrance (pg. 47)
- “I think we must expect great things from you, Mr. Potter…. After all, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named did great things–terrible, yes, but great.” — Mr. Ollivander (pg. 85)
- “Professor Dumbledore enjoys chamber music and tenpin bowling” — back of chocolate frog card (pg. 103)
- “Troll–in the dungeons–thought you out to know.” — Professor Quirrell (pg. 172)
- “You haven’t got a letter on yours,” George observed. “I suppose she thinks you don’t forget your name. But we’re not stupid–we know we’re called Gred and Forge.” (pg. 202)
- “The truth.” Dumbledore sighed. “It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.” (pg. 298)
- Diagon Alley — All the shops! All the things! The introduction of all the wizards in the background. Such detail!
- Sorting ceremony — All those kids! All those nervous, excited kids! And the way that the sorting hat talks to Harry is priceless!
- Christmas at Hogwarts — It’s just too pretty.
- More scenes with the ghosts. They severely underused the genius that is John Cleese in the movie! The ghosts are great; the little intrigues and mysteries are so much fun. And Peeves should have at least made an extended appearance.
- Charlie and the escape of Norbert the dragon.
- Snape’s logic puzzle after the chess match — really showed Hermione’s intellect