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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Are you looking for a bestseller that will peak your interest? Bestsellers are bestsellers for good reason. They top the charts because they are books you can’t put down. If you have never read the bestselling Harry Potter book series, you are certainly in for a treat. The books are of the fantasy genre, and although they are for children and teens, they certainly can appeal to adults as well. Start with the first book in the series entitled Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.





In this book, the main character, Harry Potter, is a young boy living in a suburb of London with his cruel aunt and uncle and a cousin who is both empty-headed and a bully. Forced to live in a crowded nook under the stairs, Harry has a difficult life with real parents who died in a car accident, pseudo parents who don’t love him and no friends. All of that changes when an owl drops an important letter at his uncle’s house one day. The letter contains an invitation for Harry to attend wizarding school at the Hogwarts Wizarding Academy. When a large man named Hagrid ends up whisking Harry away to save him from his aunt and uncle and take him to the school, Harry enters a magical world of centaurs, giants, witches and wizards.



In this first book by author, J.K. Rowling, we are taken on an awesome adventure that leaves Harry saving the day along with best friends Hermione and Ron. J.K. Rowling writes in an easy to understand manner with short and digestible chapters. Just get ready for cliffhangers! Children especially will love the way this book offers humor, adventure and life lessons on love, loss and friendship. Throughout the story, Harry learns multitudes about his true family and even more about himself, but in the end, there are still questions and mysteries that haven’t been answered. This generally causes readers to go directly out and buy the next bestseller in the series. Not only are the story lines of this book and the rest completely enthralling, the characters themselves are written as if they are truly real. Dumbledore, the head wizard at the school is a strong leader and mentor to Harry, reminding diehard fantasy readers of Gandalf the Grey from the J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings book series. Harry’s friends are loyal and kind, and they offer great role models for children.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is a great read for kids, teens and adults alike. Follow Harry and the friends he makes for non-stop adventure in the next six books as well. You won’t be able to put them down. You can find Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as well as other best sellers online, in libraries in book stores.