Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter has been a wizard all his life and has never known. His Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia always did, but they never told him; instead, they kept him in his cupboard (a.k.a. his bedroom) and treated him differently - much differently - than his cousin Dudley, who was spoiled beyond comparison. On Harry's 11th birthday, however, Harry receives a visit from, well, a giant. Named Hagrid. It is then that Harry learns of his past - and what his future could be. After dealing with Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia, Hagrid whisks Harry off to Hogwarts and a new life of friends, magic, flying and...and evil sorceror who is trying to knock Harry off his broomstick - literally.

I'm a first time Harry Potter reader. I've heard so many different opinions that when I started reading The Sorceror's Stone I was really excited to form my own opinion about the series. So far, I have to say that I'm impressed. I was expecting a bit of an "older" read, but I guess that is yet to come. As Harry grows older and progresses in wizardry, so do we. I like that. I'm very much looking foward to seeing that change in the story/characters in the coming books.

While J. K. Rowling has a very strong original writing style, there was one thing that bothered me every time I saw it. She has a slight case of the "run-ons". I hate run-ons. They seem so easy to find and simple to fix - and yet there are so many of them in literature today. However, I can't say that the few grammatical errors I found in The Sorceror's Stone ruined the book for me. It was much too good for that.

In one word, I think - and a few weeks ago I never thought I'd say this about a Harry Potter book - I would described The Sorceror's Stone as lighthearted. It was very funny and J. K. Rowling has a quite a bit of sarcasm under her belt. I laughed out loud multiple times. Fred and George Weasley were always making me laugh, from their smart mouths to them always getting in trouble. The Sorceror's Stone was a very good start to a series that I hope will get better and better as I continue to read.

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