Friday, July 29, 2011

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (#1) by J.K. Rowling


Reading this book the second time around - after having already read the whole series and watched all the movies - is surprisingly even better than reading it the first time!

The wizarding world really is brilliant. J.K. Rowling must have had so much fun creating this world. As a children's book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is fantastic. The writing is clear and concise, and characters are well-developed. There is humor as well as suspense and excitement, and it doesn't leave any unanswered questions, even if there is a lot going on.

J.K. Rowling obviously - and impressively - had everything laid out from the start. There is a reference to Sirius Black in this book, and a passing mention of Dumbledore defeating Grindelwald. I glossed over those names the first time around, but now that I know who they are, it's cool to see the names dropped into the story before the characters are properly introduced.

The book is rich with details, and, not surprisingly, it is better than the movie. Neville has a larger role than he did in the movie, and Ron is actually quite capable and not at all the "least of the three" that the movie makes him out to be.

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