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A modern classic, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, captures the imaginations of youth and adults alike. It introduces them to a world where there are flying brooms and people who wear emerald green capes. A world with moving staircases and wands are made with unicorn tail and phoenix feather. It’s also a world where there is good and evil, and black and white—which can be refreshing in today’s muddled world.
I know what you’re thinking: Do you really need to review Harry Potter?
Yes! Yes, we do.
For three reasons:
1) You may have already read it. Use these reviews as a benchmark for how we review other books. See if you agree with us. Maybe it’ll help you understand our style.
2) On our team, one person (J. Mackenzie) grew up reading Harry Potter. She was the same age as Harry Potter as every book came out. She waited in line at midnight dressed up as Hermione to pick up the book. Major. Fan.
Another person on our team (Amber) somehow made it to her late twenties without having read the books. (WHATTTT?!?)
So, what you get is a dual review. One from someone well-versed in all things HP, and another from someone reading it with fresh eyes. Great, right?
3) Why not? Who doesn’t love to read and think about Harry Potter?
So, on with the book review:
The story follows Harry Potter, a poorly treated 10-year-old orphan who is being raised begrudgingly by his aunt and uncle. One day, on his eleventh birthday, he finds out that he’s a wizard. He’s then whisked away to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he forms incredible friendships and makes terrible enemies.
He also learns that he had played a part in a story that’s much bigger than himself—taking down the evil Lord Voldemort. While learning about the new wizarding world is exciting enough, the reader also follows Harry’s experience as Voldemort makes his first attempt to rise from oblivion.
Amber’s First-time Review:
Starting this series as a full-grown adult was still pretty magical. I’ve been meaning to read these books for years, and I’ve seen a few of the movies thanks to ABC Family’s Harry Potter Marathons. So, I’m not completely unaware of how the story goes, the characters or the Hogwarts Houses.
Pottermore tells me I’m a Ravenclaw.
After settling in with book one, I found myself laughing out loud and on the edge of my seat throughout the story. It was an easy read, but very charming and much needed.
I can see how easy it is would be to get warped into reading all the books in one sitting, but I’ve decided to space out the series throughout the year to enjoy a little bit of magic between my many other books on the shelf.
J.Mackenzie’s Seasoned Review:
Reading this book for the umpteenth time, I was unsure if I would get anything out of it, but J.K. Rowling’s mastery at detail left me pleasant surprises that I had long forgotten. Her writing style is also a joy to take in: it’s simple and easy to understand, but smart and sharp. She’s honest and funny and can be harsh and wise, but she’s also clear and to the point.
Reading this book as an 11-year-old, I remember thinking how plausible it all was, what these children took on and faced. Now, as an adult, I had moments where I wondered whether a group of 11-year-old could really take on what they did. But then I remember, when I was 11, I knew that they could. This is what J.K. Rowling does so brilliantly. She remembers. She remembers what it was like to be that age, how strong children are, and she gives them the credit that many adults do not.
Would we recommend it?
Stay tuned for more dual HP reviews this year!
And, let us know in the comments below if you’re also partaking in the Harry Potter Challenge and reading the series with us this year.