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Let it be known: I have been a Potterhead since Day One. When Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling was published in the U.S. in 1998, I was a young mother who read voraciously. Back in the day, however, adults rarely ventured into the children's section of the library and never the YA area (if, indeed, there was one at all). It wasn't a thing yet, so I felt a little silly reading a kid's book, let alone adoring it as I did. My unabashed Harry Potter love continued unabated as the series went on and the rest of the world caught on to what I already knew. Now, everyone's an HP fan. I don't blame them a bit. I loved the books as I read them and I love them still today. My daughter claims to have read each of the installments in the series eight times; I've read each once and that was when they originally came out. Clearly, a re-read of the whole series has been in order for a long, long time!
Naturally, I started at the beginning with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. I'm not going to give you a plot summary as you all know what the book's about. Suffice it to say that this is a magical, transporting read that is just tons of fun. It's got action, adventure, suspense, mystery—all the good stuff! The characters are lovable (most of them, anyway), intriguing, and unique; the supporting cast is as delightful as the main one (maybe even more so). There are many, many reasons Harry Potter has be-spelled so many. If you haven't read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone at least once, you're missing out.
I'm going to leave off with some of my favorite quotes from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Enjoy!
"I hope you're pleased with yourselves. We could have all been killed—or worse, expelled." -- Hermione Granger, to Harry Potter and Ron Weasley, p. 162
"It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that." -- Albus Dumbledore, p. 214
"Oh, honestly, don't you two read?" -- Hermione Granger, to Harry Potter and Ron Weasley, p. 219
"... to have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever. It is in your very skin." -- Albus Dumbledore, p. 299
"There are all kinds of courage ... It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, but just as much to stand up to your friends." -- Albus Dumbledore, p. 306
(Readalikes: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets; Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix; Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows; Harry Potter and the Cursed Child; Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; Quiddith Through the Ages; and The Tales of Beedle the Bard—all by J.K. Rowling)
If this were a movie (and it is!), it would be rated:
for mild language, violence, and scenes of peril
To the FTC, with love: I bought a copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone back in 1998 when it first came out!