Trust me when I say that I had second thoughts about writing this review because, one a hundred thousand people have probably already done it and two I don’t want the entire fandom to come after my sad ass for something I said because in all honesty, fandoms are scary. So anyway my latest read is Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone. I’m pretty sure most of you know the story but in case you’re like me who waited till the age of twenty three to finally read it, well here’s the synopsis.
At number four, Privet Drive lives a boy who is forced to live in a small closet beneath the stairs by his heartless aunt and uncle. With his parents dead, Harry tries to get through each day of his miserable life without provoking his relatives. His fortune soon changes when he receives a letter that tells the truth about him, that Harry is a wizard. A mysterious visitor soon arrives and rescues him from his relatives taking him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Withcraft and Wizardry where he eventually learns how to use magic. When Harry finally starts feeling like a normal kid he soon realises that people treat him with utmost importance in the Wizarding community. He is the boy who lived, the only person to survive a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry. Even though Harry is just in his first year at Hogwarts, things are not perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls and Harry believes that it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. But in doing so, Harry finds himself face to face with forces more terrifying than he could imagine.
Yes you heard me right the first time; I’m finally reading Harry Potter at the age of twenty three. Its better late than never right. I never read it as a kid because of two main reasons the first being I thought it was over hyped. I didn’t want what others thought about it to affect my judgement when I finally read the book hence I stayed clear of it. The second being, I was crazy about Percy Jackson and my whole childhood revolved around Greek Gods.
Anyways back to Harry Potter, someone did tell me that I wouldn’t enjoy it as much because I was now an adult and wouldn’t be able to relate. Truth be told I enjoyed it thoroughly. It is the definition of a good book; I didn’t have to be a kid to enjoy it. This is definitely a classic and is one of those books you’ll enjoy reading at any age. The characters were lovable including Malfoy, the plot was good and yes it was a page turner. It definitely kept you wanting more and I haven’t read a book that made me feel like that in quite a while. My favourite part was the Quidditch match and the whole concept of it. Incorporating a sport with flying broom sticks, what’s not to love? I can’t go without saying that I was amazed with Rowling’s imaginative power. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to conjure up spells, creatures and settings like that. She did a really good job and I wish she’d done the same with Fantastic Beasts and what I mean by that is she should write a series first and produce the movies later. Honest to God, I cannot find fault with this book and yes now I get why people were going crazy about it.
All things considered I’m giving this a five star rating and I think this is the second book this year that I’ve given a top rating. The other being Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman which I didn’t write a review on because I read it before starting this blog. Thinking about it, I think I will. Before I go I will leave you with words of wisdom from none other than the head master of Hogwarts, Albus Dumbledore.
“The two things most human beings would choose above all – the trouble is, humans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things which are worst for them.”