2007: 99. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.  They were the last people you’d expect to be involved in anything strange and mysterious, because they just didn’t hold with such nonsense.”

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling

So I, like everyone else on earth, re-read all of the Harry Potter novels in anticipation of book 7 (5 more days!! woo-hoo!!).  And there is probably nothing left to say about this book that hasn’t already been said (and there is probably a great deal that has been said that should be unsaid - my goodness, but the internet is weird), but I will just jot down some impressions of this, my fourth or fifth re-read of Harry Potter One.*

First and foremost, I have to state my hope for the record that the Boy Who Lived can keep his title.  I am too fond of them all - Harry, Hermione and Ron, and if one of them doesn’t make it, I don’t know what I’ll do.  Well, I’ll be sad and move on, but I will be sad - poor ol’ Sirius broke my heart! I was more prepared for Dumbledore.  

This first book is absolutely charming - the danger is real, but not too real (no Order of the Phoenix, for sure) and I loved the way that all three of our trio contributed to the success.  And the world building that Rowling has done is just inescapably brilliant.  She might not be Proust, but my lord, what an imagination that woman has.  She is fabulous.  

The part of this book that I loved best on this re-read is the Mirror of Esired.  Having read the whole series, the part that got to me is how Harry has been robbed of his family, and the thought that his number one desire is to be with them is touching and heartbreaking.  I can’t help but think that even if the theme that love conquers evil is a bit cliched, that Rowling does a really nice job throughout the books making us see how important having family and friends really is, and this time around that Esired scene really touched me (maybe because I know what’s coming for poor old Harry....).

* I’m not exactly sure, because I can’t remember if I started reading the books at book two or book three.  Ever since then I’ve re-read them all each time, though.

Recommended for:  Um, the last person on Earth who hasn’t read this book??

Date/Place Completed: 7/9/07; D.C.

Categories: Fiction; Re-Read; Young Adult

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017