Sunday, 21 October 2012

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling Book Review (2) - Free Reading Challenge



Harry Potter has lived with the Dursleys, his only living relatives, for as long as he can remember. The Dursleys are an obnoxious and selfish family, who like to think they’re normal, and hate anything that isn’t. Harry spends his whole life being pushed around and treated miserably by the Dursleys, until his 11th birthday…when he finds out he’s a wizard! Before Harry can say “I’m a what?” He has been enrolled to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, learns to fly a broom & play Quidditch, encounters a three-headed dog, and learns about his dark past. Harry Potter is anything but normal!
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was an outstanding piece of literature, for J.K. Rowling had me on the edge of my seat the entire time! While I was reading, the characters came to life in my head, because Rowling showed the character’s personalities instead of telling them. She gradually built up each of the characters throughout the book, so that the reader could get to know them personally. Rowling also used her characters to hint the readers about the hidden theme in the book; the theme that I think she shows in the book is the idea of free will. Throughout the book, J.K. Rowling mentions many bizarre similarities between Harry Potter and Voldemort (an evil, horrible wizard). For example the twin wands, their rare relationships with snakes, and many others mentioned throughout the series. When the Sorting Hat thinks about putting Harry into the Slytherin house (it is usually where the bad wizards end up and Voldemort's house), Harry tells the hat he doesn’t want to be in Slytherin, and that’s where the idea of choice and free will comes in. Though Harry could have easily followed Voldemort’s path, he chose not to. Harry is later on told; “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” All in all, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is a must read book, and I promise you won’t regret it!

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