Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter #1)

Read:  November 2019

Author:  J.K. Rowling

Published:  1997

Genre:  Fantasy / Young Adult

Length:  332 (hardcover)

Selected By:  BillMo

Average Review:  Scoring Loved Book

“Orphaned as an infant, young Harry Potter has been living a less-than-fortunate life.  Belittled by his pompous uncle and sniveling aunt (not to mention his absolute terror of a cousin, Dudley), Harry has resigned himself to a mediocre existence in the cupboard under the stairs.  But then the letters start dropping on the doormat at Number Four, Privet Drive.  Addressed to ‘Mr. H. Potter’ and stamped shut with a purple wax seal, the peculiar envelopes are swiftly confiscated by his relentlessly cruel family.  But nothing stops Rubeus Hagrid, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man, from kicking down the door and bursting in with astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard – and not only a wizard, he’s an incredibly famous wizard.  Hagrid spirits him away to Hogwards School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, setting into motion an incredible adventure that readers will never forget.”

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BillMo:  Scoring Loved Book

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.

Oh Harry Potter how do I love thee?! I love these books so much that I continue to read them over and over and it never gets old (except the 7th I detest the 7th book). I think I may have loved this one even more this time than I did the first time I read it. Also, this was my first time reading the UK version of the book which I liked better. I know it’s just subtle differences but I still liked it better. I want to live in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and I would like to be a witch. I think it would be fantastic! This book makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside and maybe when I got to the end I was sniffling a little bit because it makes me so happy! I am ready to read the first one again. There’s just something about being introduced to magic and a whole world of fantastic fun hidden behind the mundane human boringness that our Dursley’s love so much.

“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.”

Now who’s my favorite character? Let me see…. In the first book I am quite attached to Hagrid and I want to give him a big hug. I also really like Hermione. She is so funny and I love how she starts out so much the golden child and a bit snobby but comes around and softens a bit.

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.”

I really didn’t realize how mean Ron and Harry were to Hermione when I first read this book. They were kind of brats and very naughty liking to be mischievous and running amuck.

“What do you see when you look in the Mirror?”  “I?  I see myself holding a pair of thick, woolen socks.  One can never have enough socks.”

Now it still really made me happy to see Harry go from such a dour situation with the Dursley’s to finding friends and a place where he belonged. (Sniff, sniff) When he got Christmas gifts I was so happy for him and he was just astonished that he should get presents. By the way I LOVE Mrs. Weasley, you’ll see I just love her.

“So you mean the Stone’s only safe as long as Quirrel stands up to Snape?” said Hermione in alarm.  “It’ll be gone by next Tuesday,” said Ron.

I really wish that the movies had Peeves in them. I forgot how much fun he was and how much he was actually mentioned in the books. I wouldn’t mind being a ghost at Hogwarts. I think it would be rather fun! Well, except for the whole being dead part.

“To one as young as you, I’m sure it seems incredible, but to Nicolas and Perenelle, it really is like going to bed after a very, very long day.  After all, to the well-organised mind, death is but the next great adventure.”

I also like Snape. You find out at the end of the book a couple of things that appeared one way at the beginning but in the end it came out what was really happening. Maybe at this part I got a little sniff, sniff as well.

“The truth,” Dumbledore sighed, “it is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.”

I also very much NEED to go to school at Hogwarts. I want to replace math with Transfiguration and have my exam be that I need to transform a mouse into a snuff box where you get points for how pretty it is and points taken away if it had whiskers. I also want an exam to be that I have to make a pineapple tap dance across a table. Oh how much more fun life would have been to have been able to have taken these classes.

“He didn’t realise that love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark.  Not a scar, no visible sign… to have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.”

The movies did not do Quidditch justice. I loved the first game and pretending I’m flying along trying hit bludgers at people and knocking them off their brooms. Wizard’s chess was awfully fun and if you played with someone else’s chess board the pieces might not trust you and shout at you. “Don’t send me there, can’t you see his knight? Send him, we can afford to lose him.”

Dumbledore now became very interested in a bird out on the window-sill, which gave Harry time to dry his eyes on the sheet.

This time when I read the book there was a special place for Neville. I liked that Ron was able to boost his confidence to stand up to bullies but then when he stood up to Ron, Harry, and Hermione that Ron was like, “I didn’t mean us.” I feel bad for Neville but I like that Harry and friends are nice to him and don’t pick on him. I just want the little underdog to do well.

“Hopefully your heads are all a little fuller than they were… you have the whole summer ahead to get them nice and empty before next year starts.”

It seems like our Professor Dumbledore gave Harry a lot of opportunities to break the rules. Some of it is definite and some of it is speculation. Does Dumbledore have a bit of Divination in him or did he just trust an eleven year old boy to save the world…….the world may never know.

“There are all kinds of courage,” said Dumbledore, smiling.  “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

I can’t believe that this book was so short. I feel like it had so much in it but the copy I had said it was only 332 pages. I could start it over again right now and I might just do that.

BillMo’s Favorite Character(s):  TBA.

BillMo read the Grove Press mass-market paperback edition of this selection.

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