Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

“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 seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly 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! (Goodreads)

This book has always been my favorite in the series ever since I first read this book back in 2012.
This re-read, which happened 6 years after, confirmed my conviction that this will always remain my favorite.

Simply put, this book is full of “magic” and “enchantment.” Everything about this book is so vivid and vibrant, it never ceased to make my heart swell with excitement, warm and fuzzy feelings, and delight. I never expected to be so thrilled and excited by this re-read given I’d already read the entire series as well as watched all the movie adaptations.

Knowing the story line didn’t deter me from fully enjoying this book; I listened to the audiobook narrated by Stephen Fry and I am strongly convinced Stephen Fry’s performance brought magic to the story, had his audience spellbound.
Seriously, I have no words other than to say his performance is “brilliant” and “majestic.” It was truly astonishing that he perfectly portrayed all the characters single-handedly, but he also breathed life into each character and made the story even more jovial, powerful and captivating. I don’t think I would have enjoyed this re-read as much as I did had I physically read this book instead of listening to the audiobook. This is all to say that I was so impressed by his performance. Stephen Fry definitely doubled the magic this book possesses and cast a spell on me.

Audiobook is not the only thing that impressed me; I was amazed by how strongly and well-crafted the entire story was. I love this book for its entire package. The writing sprinkled with humor, the story, the friendship Harry developed with Ron, Hermoine and Hagrid, last but definitely not least, Hogwarts and the protection ingrained into Harry’s skin by his late mother…
The world J.K Rowling created literally held me in thrall from beginning to end, I don’t think my meager words can ever describe how enamored I was by this book and you all know what fantastic, glorious this book is already without having me to reiterate it.

But there’s one thing I want to add; well, this comes from my ignorance and the fact I’d read this book only once before this re-read, but I cannot tell you enough how dumbfounded I was when I spotted “Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them” listed as one of the prerequisite reads of Hogwarts. Where have I been, quite honestly? Never did I imagine how well-thought out this book was! Had the idea of “Fantastic Beast” already been in J.K Rowling’s head when she penned this book?? How incredulous!! My hat’s off to the author. Simply astounding!!

That’s all I have to say about this book. In other words, like I said, I don’t think I could ever articulate my feelings at this point.

If you are thinking of picking up this book, I highly recommend the audiobook. If you do so, make sure to pick Stephen Fry narrated audiobook! The magic is definitely there and I want you all to experience the majestic, truly captivating, scintillating sensations.

My Rating: shooting ★★★★★ stars!!!

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  1. Great review Nori.. 🙂 🙂 I reread this series almost every year but not this year coz I was busy with my writing and there are too many new books on my shelf that needs to be read. 🙂 But for me this book is still the best in the series.

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