Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Sorcerer’s to you Americans…)

Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy – until he is rescued by an owl, taken to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, learns to play Quidditch and does battle in a deadly duel. The Reason: HARRY POTTER IS A WIZARD!

(Fantastic) blurb from Goodreads

And here’s a picture of my old, battered, very loved copy
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“There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them”

I love reminiscing and reading these books! They truly are my childhood, and they will always be my favourite series.
First, I’d just like to remind everyone how clever this woman is. There are things in here that she mentions that don’t make sense until the final few chapters of the series. That’s how perfectly she’s planned out every little detail. Everything has some relevance at some point; the blue flames that Hermione uses when they’re sitting outside are later really important during the challenges to get the Stone. The Charms class where we learn how to make things fly is important when fighting the troll. Nothing is there just for the sake of it, or just to add a few more pages. Everything is important, even if it doesn’t make sense just yet.
My favourite part of this book is seeing the friendship between the trio grow. Which, of course, is why I had to add that quote to my review. To start with, Hermione is incredibly annoying. I want to punch her almost constantly. But then, she realises that actually, grades aren’t everything. You can see her grow so much in under 300 pages. She becomes the girl we all know and love. With Ron, the friendship is a lot more instant. Harry meets the Weasleys on the platform, and from there he’s practically one of them. I adore them all, but it’s Ron we really get to see in this book. He’s completely loyal to Harry, no matter what the risks. Movie watchers forget that, but it’s so important. Ron and Hermione really were the best friends Harry could have ever wished for.
In my millionth time reading this, I actually found a flaw. Everything is explained in so much detail; apart from the big exciting scene where he’s trying to find the Stone. I felt that that bit was rushed. I wanted to know exactly what they were thinking, I wanted long fight scenes. I wanted all of it, but we didn’t get nearly enough. Don’t get me wrong, it was still genius. I just wish we were given a little bit more.
But, I can’t fault this book too much. Like I said, it will forever be my favourite series

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