Title: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Author: J K Rowling
Genre: Fiction / Fantasy / Middle Grade
First published: 1997
Edition: Paperback, published in 1998 by Bloomsbury
2018 update (★★★★★☆☆)
Listening to this book twice (courtesy of our daughter) over the course of a two-week holiday during long car rides I started noticing some annoying things in this book. The fact that rules for Quidditch absolutely make no sense for instance. Also, the bit behind the trapdoor seem badly designed, etc. Still a wonderful book though and I love how much my six-year-old daughter is into it now.
2017 review (★★★★★★☆)
I finally decided to re-read the Harry Potter series. I read it only once before, this particuarly one almost twenty years ago, so it was about time.
I enjoyed Philosopher’s Stone a lot this time around. This is such an incredibly charming book. The characters are wonderful, the story is pure magic and it is simply a phenomenon of its time. So many people grew up loving this series that is hard not be a little bit biased.
The one thing that bugs me about this first book in the series is that if Dumbledore is so clever, how does he not realise how oddly his teachers are behaving? Surely he would have noticed and investigated? And how does he let Snape get away with behaving like a spoiled brat in general and being so petty? I just do not get it and seriously, it annoys me a little…
Apart from that, this is a wonderful book and I am sure my daughter will love reading it in a few years’ time.
I am looking forward to re-reading the rest soon.
6 out of 7 stars