Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling (ed. Bloomsbury)
Page number: 336
Book number: 7
Price: £12,99 (€14,99)
Released date: September 2014
Themes: Adventure – Friendship – Action – Fantastic – Wizardry
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!
Considering that I am fond of the Harry Potter’s universe and that I have watched all the film, I finally decide to read the book series. Someone offer me the first four books in French when I was younger, but I had some problème to began the first one. So I decide to wait for many times before retry to read the series. 2016 is the year of releasing of the book Harry Potter and the Cursed Child like the film The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them so I decided to read the Harry Potter’s series before reading the others, even if I already watch FBWFT. In the end, it is worth the wait because of a) I appreciated it more b) I can read it in English, and it is my favourite thing to do.
The universe of the book is magic, and we are easily amazed (even if we have seen the film.) The author creates a totally different world but complete with its habits and customs and also this world has a History. It turns out that we are deep down in this story. Equally, the main character, Harry Potter, don’t know anything from this new world, so we discover it as well. The explanation of every place and thing is not a burden or importunes the reading.
Next the characters, we have one main who does not know anything about the wizarding world and discover his eleventh birthday that he is a wizard. It takes this fact very well after one or two minutes of thinking. It emerges that Harry is smarter in the book than in the film. During the story, he met some other people, some are kind and become his friends (Hemione Granger and Ron Weasley) who help him in all the events. Contrastingly, others are his enemy, and according to the character, they are more or less mean. Some of them are surprising. One character poorly exploited in the film notwithstanding he is constantly there in the book is Neville Longbottom. Consequently, it is a shame because he is braver than we think.
The story in itself is fascinating, and we would like to discover something marvellous like that. The book is funny and happier than the film. I had many difficulties to close the book; I wish to carry on reading. I want to read the second book.
Conclusion: A book with a universe mastered, unusual characters, and we do not want to close the book. A classic of English literature to read when we have the feeling that it is the time to read it because we will love it more.