April 16

Book Review – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

April 16, 2015

From Goodreads:
Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He’s never worn a Cloak of Invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry’s room is a tiny cupboard under the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in ten years.

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that’s been waiting for him… if Harry can survive the encounter. 

Ok…..I now get what all the hype is about :). It’s not that I was opposed to reading Harry Potter, it’s just that this world is full of so many amazing books, and initially it didn’t sound as if this type of book would be my favorite. However, when a book gets the raves that this one does, you know that at some point you will read it….and of course I’m glad I did!


  • The world that Rowling created is absolutely beyond words. The fact that she managed to develop not only a place that the reader can visualize without much effort, but also an academic curriculum, lifestyle, games, food, and so much more, in a relatively short amount of space, is nothing short of amazing! I’m not usually a fan of fantasy, but Rowling has sold me. I can’t wait to continue with the series.
  • All of the characters are extremely well-developed. You have such a sense of who they are as people and what motivates them. The book contains characters that you absolutely will not forget!
  • I love the magic in this book, and I love reading about the students learning about it.
  • I listened to the audiobook this time around, and the narrator Jim Dale is excellent. I still find myself walking around the house randomly saying “Harry Potter” in his lovely British accent. He does such a great job of changing voices for the characters, and making you feel as if you are there and part of actual conversations. If you are into audiobooks (or would like to give them a shot at some point), this is one I would highly recommend.
  • The pacing is solid. You never feel lulls in the action nor do you feel like certain sections are rushed through.


The weekend I finished listening to the audio, I also managed to catch the movie on TV. Here are my thoughts on that:

  • The movie is pretty close to the book, which I always appreciate. I recognize that some things need to be dropped or changed in order to capture an entire novel in a couple short hours.
  • Of course, the book is better than the movie. As much as I enjoyed the movie, it’s just not quite as good as the book.
  • Watching the movie immediately after reading the book really cemented the events for me. As you read the end of the book, and want to go back and take a look at certain parts to see what you missed, the movie helps to fill in some of those blanks.
  • The visual effects are so well done in the movie, and they added so much detail to my memory of the book.

I can pretty much assume that everyone has read this book at this point so….. tell me what your favorite part of The Sorcerer’s Stone is. Or…..what is a memory that you have of reading/watching The Sorcerer’s Stone?

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Posted April 16, 2015 by Lisa @ Reading, Writing, and Random Musings in category "book review", "movie comparison


  1. By Amy on

    I first read the Sorcerer’s Stone because of a few negative comments it was getting – I wanted to read it and make my own decision. That began a ten year or so journey of reading each book as it came out (I did not go to the store at midnight to get each new one but it did devour them in a few days!) and going to see each movie. I agree with you Lisa that the characters and stories are so strongly developed. I will admit that when I finished the last book I was a bit sad that there wasn’t going to be any more!!

  2. By Missie on

    I am so geeking out that you enjoyed the first book. HP has a special place in my heart and I have read them all like at least 6 times! I can’t wait to see what you think of the next one! I think 4 or 5 are my faves!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings


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