Author: J.K. Rowling
Reading Level: Middle Grade
Released: June 26th 1997
Review Source: Arthur A. Levine Books
Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived 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.
Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.
I remember hearing my aunt read this book back in 1997 to my cousin. I rushed home after the summer to beg my Dad to buy the book so I could see how it ended. I was a reader even then.
While I realize how slow book one is, it does lay a much needed foundation, of where Harry was coming from before getting to Hogwarts. I can understand how a few people lost interest and never moved on, but I loved it. Once you get a few chapters in it does pick up, but it can be a bit of a trudge.
However, at this point, it’s like returning home. Starting from the beginning, again. I love it. I love this book, I love the characters and the memories from reading and re reading these books over the years. I will forever read these books.