Week 9 Blog: Book Review

     The Most Famous Boy to Never Exist 

For this week’s book review, I decided to go with Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone, By J.K Rowling (308 pages). By now everyone is already well-aware of just how big of a catalyst this book was for J.K. Rowling’s career. When this book first came out, I was still in Elementary School, and not that into reading at the time. It would take a good solid 10 years to finally pick up this book and see if all the hype was what it lived up to be.

The book starts off with a young boy named Harry Potter, Harry, who had been forced to live with his Aunt and Uncle, due to his parents dying in a car crash when he was a baby, was never treated like the other kids. He was constantly under siege of scolding for doing things that he had no control over, like getting yelled at by his guardians for his hair growing back too fast. Not only was it miserable living with his Aunt and Uncle alone, but the fact that he had to over-and-over again be hearing about how great of a child his cousin Dudley was. Dudley always had a thing for bullying Harry and anyone who even showed Harry any sort of attention.

Everything changed one morning when Harrys’ uncle was startled to see that Harry had actually gotten mail from someone. To Harry’s disappointment, he was not able to read the letter and it left Harry’s mind running as to who it could be from. The letters were not going to stop coming in until Harry had read it, which meant that the Dursley’s had to travel to a little hut in the middle of an island just to escape these letters. But that would not stop the letter from being delivered. This is when Harry gets his first taste of the Wizard World. Just as they thought they were safe from the letters, a man tall enough to make a professional basketball player look small strutted into the shack to give Harry his letter. This was the first non-Muggle that Harry had ever met, and from the stories that he told Harry, Harry was so bumfuzzled as to how a boy like him could be a wizard.

“To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”- J.K. Rowling

After going through the initial shock of having your whole world be turned upside down, the only thing Harry could help to do is question everything he was ever told about himself. It must not be easy for a boy to go from

After going through the initial shock of having your whole world be turned upside down, the only thing Harry could help to do is question everything he was ever told about himself. It must not be easy for a boy to go from ashamed kid living in a cupboard with a weird scar on his forehead, to being one of the most famous wizards in one day.

The rest of the book contains Harry’s first year of learning everything about a world that he never even knew existed. Thanks to the help of two of his fellow Gryffindor friends, Hermoine and Ron. With Harry already acquiring some enemies (both teachers and students) just by being the famous wizard who defeated Voldemort. But for Harry he is not just settled with being the man who mad Voldemort disappear, he wants to get his revenge back on Voldemort for the murder of his parents. With Harry having close eyes watch him wherever he goes, doing unsanctioned actions at Hogwarts is never an easy task.

 

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