Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

This week’s classic is only twenty years old, but it’s a classic all the same – the adventure of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. It’s hard to believe that Harry Potter first appeared on the scene twenty years ago, isn’t it?

J.K. Rowling’s first book in the series is a roller coaster ride – one minute we’re dodging angry trolls and the next we’re dealing with three-headed dogs, zipping around on broomsticks, and fighting unicorn-killing evil wizards. It’s quite a thrill.

Rowling has made a world that is not only magical, but one that has surprising depth and detail: there’s bustling Diagon Alley where Dragon liver is sixteen Sickles an ounce, you can bag a tawny owl from the Eeylops Owl Emporium, or you can pick up a wand from Ollivander’s (although really the wand should have picked you first).

And this is just the start of the magical world that us ordinary muggles can’t see – train’s pull into fractional platforms, staircases turn and move as you walk on them, and petulant ghosts try to get you into trouble.

Yep, a cracking story in a brilliant world. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone has something for everyone. Highly recommended.

So what do you think? Have you read it? Did you like it? Would you recommend it?

Let me know in the comments!

If you like this one, you might want to try the Count of Monte Cristo or the Three Musketeers – they’re both cracking books that will fill you with the same sense of adventure as Harry Potter. Check them out here:

Review: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas - Insanely good – this one deserves its place amongst the classics. The tale alone is amazing: a guy gets locked away in a castle on an island, accused of treason by his jealous friend. While he’s there, he plots his escape and plans his revenge. It’s a boys own adventure book, but there’s a lot […]
Review: The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas - This is kick-ass. You’ve all heard the tales of the Three Musketeers right? Defending the king, fighting the Cardinal, wooing fair maidens? All with a devil-may-care attitude? Well, it’s all in here – with a lot more besides: A tricky relationship between the Cardinal and the King (the Cardinal is never quite all-in on being […]

6 thoughts on “Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

  1. Gosh it feels so weird saying that Harry Potter is a classic, a modern classic but still. I feel so old!
    I really liked the books growing up, I´m currently re-reading it in english since I have only read them in Swedish.
    So much fun visiting this magical world all over again and find hidden tressures that I didn´t care about as a kid. 😀

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  2. Love it. Have you read the illustrated edition? It brings the story to life in a whole new way, and offers alternative imagines to the characters and settings of the films. Always find it interesting that the first three are just straight, good old-style mystery stories.

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