Review: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling

For the love of books

Who has not heard of J.K. Rowling and her Harry Potter series?  The entire world has had its say about it, positive or negative.  Every volume has been analyzed thoroughly for messages and incorporated concepts while under steady attack by numerous religions (especially Christianity), the media, and the general literary public.  The series has the expected characteristics assigned by consent to the genre of fantasy fiction—the existence of undefined magic, the use of said magic by good and evil personae alike, and the lack of any central source of power or notable deities.  Nevertheless, Rowling is a talented storyteller; she has the necessary ideas and skills in order to draw a reader into her imagination at first glance.

Moreover, like any clever storyteller, she also knows how to transfix her audience’s attention with the flow and charm of her story.  The Harry Potter series is founded on the combination of interesting settings, characters that develop and change, and a continuous storyline that starts with the first volume and ends with the last, together with an easy writing style and simple language as well as an enthralling sense of action and self-transformation.  The unforgettable introduction to the world of Harry Potter is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, where the seeds of all characters’ origins (good and bad) are planted and the settings of the story are constructed.

It all begins and ends with Harry Potter, the boy who miraculously and mysteriously survived a fatal attack by a dark wizard called Voldemort.  Harry has been compared to Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist due to the neglect and abuse inflicted on him by his only living relatives, the Dursleys, but he still is a good lead character modeled on solid traits that are reflected by his choice of friends and enemies.  Harry’s eleventh birthday marks the revelation of his past, his present, and his future in the wizarding world and the true start of the series.

First of all, no one can deny that Rowling’s inventive additions to the world of fantasy are alluring and praiseworthy alongside her use of humor and comedic satire through the comparisons and stereotypes within the parallel worlds (real and magical) she has created.  Photographs and paintings that talk and move, owls used in lieu of postal service, Quidditch—all are distinct examples of how extraordinary the Harry Potter series is.  Moreover, Rowling builds the wonderful magic school named Hogwarts from the grounds up with detail and precision and sets every page with her many characters and magical elements.  Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Hagrid, and Albus Dumbledore are among Harry’s top friends whose diverse temperaments are appealing—who cannot like loyalty in the forms of a studious bookworm, the good-natured Ron and Hagrid, or the wise Dumbledore?  The trials Harry undergoes at the end of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone are just as marvelous; any student would prefer to endure an adventure that requires a live chess match and a test of logic to a written test.  Leaving enough mystery to lead any reader back to the sequel, the only thing Rowling has crafted in her debut novel is a fantasy novel that will make children simultaneously laugh, enjoy, and contemplate what they are reading without any “bad influences.”

Original review: One of the most popular fantasy series has a promising start, Examiner.com

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