Don’t you just revisiting your favourite book series! I read Harry Potter for the first time when I was 27 years old; a whole 20 years after The Philosopher’s Stone was first released. Of course I’d watched the films but I am a firm believer of ‘the books are better’ so at 27 I begged my better half for the set distributed through yearly events; Valentines, Mother’s Day (obviously I’m not his mother before you think that there is a scandal here), birthday and Easter…. we like to celebrate the commercial crap #sorrynotsorry
Anyway, back to the book, I was so bloody surprised about how magical the trip to literary Hogwarts would be! I loved it straight away and I’ve been meaning to re-read the books but as always life gets in the way SO this year is the year for a full 12 month long readathon (details of read-along here if you’d like to learn more / join) under the hashtag of #Ayearofpotter
For those of you who don’t know the Harry Potter series was written by J.K. Rowling and falls into YA fiction (?) but is completely enjoyable and very much loved by adults across the world! The first in the series is Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone which was released in 1997.
I started HP1 on one gloomy January morning and finished around midnight that same day, I was like a kid in a sweet shop and just couldn’t get enough of the spec-wearing wizard and his world. I’m not usually one for re-reading books because I can get relatively bored but I was as engrossed the second time around as I was the first.
About The Book
In a nutshell: Harry Potter is known in the wizarding world as ‘The Boy Who Lived’, in fact this is the name of the first chapter of this book. As a baby, Harry was orphaned due to both his parents being murdered. He is then sent to live with his mother’s sister’s family who make his life hell. On Harry’s 11th birthday he is told that he’s a wizard.
“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!”
The two scenes that always seem to get me, developing the biggest lump of emotion in my muggle throat are: *contains spoilers after Minerva Mcgonigall GIF
- The moment Hagrid finds Harry (and gives that little s**t Dudley a pigs tail!) in the little shack when Harry was just about to give up hope. For this reason, Hagrid will always be my bearded hero!
- The first trip to Hogwarts gets me, as a small tear rolls down my cheek from the pure beauty of Harry’s arrival, I am just plain happy for him.
I loved reading HP1 for the second time, I picked up on various details that I hadn’t during my first read through, for example (maybe hardcore fans can explain) if Nigel Flamel will die after he destroys the Philosopher’s stone due to not having access to life preserving elixir, how is Dumbledore still able to live for so long? I’ve read that it has something to do with the powers wizards / witches have help live a longer life. If so, what happens to muggle born witches and wizards?
The whole world of Harry Potter is so breathtakingly beautiful, it’s all down to JK Rowling’s words, how she took all her negative feelings and made a read that is so magically, that fills so many reader’s hearts with love and happiness.
I had also forgotten how much I love the characters. Oh how I love them. The development of each of the characters are beyond perfect and they all interact with each other on an almost complimentary level, it seems each character has a yang. For example Dumbledore and McGonagall, Harry and Malfoy, Hermione and Ron etc.
Although this book is probably the most unadventurous of the series, it is used as a platform step in which the characters and settings are initially introduced and described. That being said, it’s still a wonderful place to start!
Am I the only one that wishes that Luna Lovegood had been a character earlier in the series?
I really think that Luna would have been a fantastic member of the trio, making it a quartet. It’s also a possibility that Hermione may have loosened up a little bit instead of always feeling that she needed to (s)mother Ron and Harry. Also, maybe Harry would have ended up with Luna rather than Ginny! (That’s a relationship that I love to hate!)
Who is the worst Dursley in your opinion?
For me, the worst Dursley is Petunia because in a way she treats Harry with such contempt, I know that the dynamic of that family but I can’t help but hate her plain and simple. You would think that part of her heart would have warmed to Harry in the 11 years he lived with her, how can she be so meanly cold. Breaks my heart.
What subject would you like to study at Hogwarts?
Out of the seven core subjects, I would LOVE to study transfiguration and herbology. Why? Because I guarantee that potions and defence against the dark arts are going to be filled to the brim with those mean Slytherins, so i’ll be with the plants!
Who is the most evil character in the book?
You’ll be surprised, but for me the most evil character isn’t Malfoy, Snape or Voldemort, its Argus Filch. What a miserable old fart! We get that he’s a squib but does he really need to detest magical kids that much? Talk about taking your job too seriously.
Did you join my read-along this month? Feel free to answer the discussion questions, or even start another discussion in the comments. If you haven’t read the HP series, I can’t recommend it enough!
Next month, we’ll be reading The Chamber of Secrets, so keep tuned next month for the discussion OR JOIN IN!
Whatever you’re reading in February