Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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

Harry Potter is a series that should be picked up by any reader, be they old, young, fantasy fiction lovers or not. Even if the series has been read before or even just tried, it should be given a second chance. It’s really not that difficult to fall in love with the Harry Potter series, so pick up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the first in the series.

Although Harry Potter is a series which is often deemed as a written for children and the first few books certainly are written in a simpler manner, it’s still good reading for readers of any ages. Rowling shows that a fantasy series must be majorly supported by the characters which are in it, without them the story would be incomplete. Throughout her series, Rowling is able to create many well loved and well hated characters.

Harry Potter is a character who immediately grasps at the heartstrings of emotional readers. He is first presented as an orphaned baby lain upon a doorstep then suddenly he is an awkward eleven year old boy, teased and tormented by everyone he knows, forced to live in a small cupboard under the stairs in his aunt and uncle’s home. Slowly, incredible things begin to happen to him and he finds out he is a well known wizard who survived a wicked curse as a baby.

Ron and Hermione, Harry’s eventual best friends, are presented as being young, na├»ve, and even annoying at times. As eleven year olds this is very natural. Rowling presents a world where normal people are thrown into spectacular, life threatening situations. Even the bad characters have reasons for what they’re doing.

The first book is not only an introduction to a very complete fantasy world full of magic and magical creatures, it’s also an introduction to some of the best characters/friends a reader can meet.  This immediately grasps upon a fantasy that many people have, a fantasy where their normal life becomes anything but. It captures the attention and leaves many readers wanting more; therefore it should be given a try!

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