Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter was a bright eleven-year old who lived with his miserable aunt and uncle and their horrible son Dudley. Harry’s parents were killed when he was a baby and he had lived with his relatives ever since. Dudley and his friends were bullies who tormented Harry whenever they could. Harry could only recall a handful of days in his life when he had been truly happy.
But on Harry’s eleventh birthday, he suddenly discovers that his parents were wizards and he is being invited to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Here, he will learn to function in a world of magic users that is kept hidden from “muggles” (non-magic users such as his aunt and uncle). He will be taught to make magical potions, perform incantations and even join the Quidditch (a sport played while riding broomsticks) team! Harry eagerly accepts the invitation but will soon find out that amongst all the advantages the school offers, bullies, evil wizards and other dangers are also in the mix.
Although this is not a complex story, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The entire premise, a world of magic users living amongst us “muggles” without our knowledge, is fresh and inventive. The story is very easy to read (adults can finish this book in a day or less), yet the story still had a plot twist at the end that I didn’t see coming. Character development is adequate for a juvenile fiction work and it is easy to empathize with poor, long-suffering Harry. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series.
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