BOOK REVIEW: Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone – by J.K. Rowling


Title: Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone
(Harry Potter Series #1)
Author: J.K. Rowling
Genre: YA, Fantasy
First published: June 26th 1997
Finished reading: September 3rd 2014
Pages: 310
Rating 5

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


I’ve long lost track of the times I have read this first book of the Harry Potter Series. I still remember getting a copy as soon as the Dutch version came out when I was nine… I have devoured Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone probably at least a dozen times since then in three different languages, and I just cannot get enough of it. Every time I pick up this book, it transforms me back into the nine-year-old kid than first experienced the magical world of Hogwarts and its witches and wizards. I remember wishing I could go to a school like Hogwarts myself and learn how to use magic… Hermione was like a role model to me when I was growing up, and these books have definitely left their mark on my childhood. Books and cleverness indeed!


Poor little Harry Potter is forced to live a miserable life with his absurdly normal Muggle aunt and uncle after his parents die. Harry’s only living relatives fear anything not normal and they keep the fact Harry is in fact a very special and famous boy a secret. But secrets are not made to be kept forever. Just before his eleventh birthday, someone tries to contact Harry with a message that will change his life forever. His uncle tries to stop it at all costs, but with the help of Hagrid he finally learns the truth about the past anyway. Harry is in fact a very famous wizard! The boy with the strange lightning scar has been invited to attend the Hogwarts School Of Witchcraft And Wizardry to learn all about magic. His aunt and uncle are against it, but Hagrid takes him along anyway. Soon the magical world starts to show its secrets to Harry…

Harry meets his now famous side kicks Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger at the Hogwarts Express that takes them straight to Hogwarts. Ron and Harry hit off straight away, and this friendship grows only stronger when they get sorted into the same house named Gryffindor. Harry feels at home for the first time in his life, although he does have a tendency to get into trouble a lot. Unfortunately, that isn’t the only thing that he has to worry about, as something dark is about to happen at Hogwarts. Something that involves the Dark Wizard that attacked and killed his parents when he was little… A wizard so dangerous people fear even speaking of his name: Lord Voldemort. You-Know-Who needs something that is currently hidden at Hogwarts, and it seems that he has the help of one of the teachers in retrieving it… Will Harry and his friends be able to stop them in time?


Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone without doubt deserves the full five stars. It brings back great memories and J.K. Rowling is simply a genius creating such a rich world full of magic with a limited amount of words and pages. An incredible children story I would definitely make my future kids read!

12 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW: Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone – by J.K. Rowling

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    • The last time was quite a few years for me as well, and I’m definitely enjoying rereading this series after such a long time. And I still prefer reading HP in the original language; it just sounds better. 😉


    • I guess that part of the charm of this book is that it appeals to both young and old… I’m having no less fun rereading this as an adult seventeen years later. 😀


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