What is it about?
Now, most people know the story of Harry Potter, but for the sake of appearances I shall still write out this part of the review. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone tells the delightfully fanciful story of a young wizard boy with a lightning-shaped scar on his forehead who gets whisked away from his abusive Muggle aunt and uncle on a steam train to a magical castle where he encounters dragons, ogres, ghosts, and every schoolboy’s worst nightmare – a teacher who wants him dead. Suddenly he finds himself juggling not only homework, being the sports team’s star player and a busy social life, but also the fate of the entire magical world.
Is it any good?
This is my third time reading the first book of the legendary Harry Potter saga – and this time I’m determined to get through all seven books – and it’s just as magical as the first time I read it. It’s a book that just makes you smile over and over, be it at Hagrid’s ridiculousness or Ron’s humour. I particularly love the way that the wizarding folk find mundane things from the Muggle world (eg, parking meters) fascinating and strange; it makes the real world seem a little more magical. A real highlight of the novel is Rowling’s fantastic characterisation and dialogue, the likes of which many authors can only dream of achieving. A fantastic read that children and adults alike will be enchanted by.
How long did it take to read: two days
This book tastes like: hot chocolate with marshmallows and whipped cream