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

Title: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Author: J.K. Rowling

Genre: Fantasy Fiction, Children’s Fiction.

Review: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ

Synopsis: Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing  a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter “H” ……..Harry Potter is a fantasy fiction series written by J.K Rowling and The Philosopher’s Stone is the first book in the seven part series, that follows new wizard Harry as he discovers his past and learns wizardry at Hogwarts.

Review: This novel catches the reader’s attention from the very first line, “Mr and Mrs Dursley of number four Privet drive, were proud to say they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you’d expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious.” The reader is sucked into a wondrous world filled with magic, strange beasts and mysterious occurrences. You follow the main character, Harry Potter, and learn of a sordid and grim backstory that’s sure to pull at your heart strings. Harry, always different and a bit of an outcast, finds a home in the most unlikely of places – A magical castle built away from the eyes of muggles or “non magic folk”.

Harry Potter finds his place in this magical world, and so do we, the reader. If you enjoy the first book, you are sure to enjoy following Harry Potter on the journey for the remainder of the series. I highly recommend reading the series even if you have watched the movies.  There are many subtle nuances, subtexts and backstories that you will only discover within the engrossing pages of these brilliantly written novels. I’d recommend the Harry Potter series to children from ten-upwards but don’t be mistaken, anyone young and old with a love for intrigue and magic will enjoy this page turning mystery.

If you enjoyed the Harry Potter series, make sure to take a look at the off-shoot of this series, the book screenplay and movie series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

You can order this title by requesting it online from your local library and make an appointment to visit your local library and collect it when we notify you it has arrived.

There are also eBook and eAudiobook versions of this entire series available on BorrowBox now.

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