My favorite book series and book of all time is naturally Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling but more specifically the first one of the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The Harry Potter series of seven novels is what that has made J.K. Rowling the most successful literary author in our time. She has sold more than 400 million copies world-wide and I am proud to say than I am one of them.
The first book of the series was first published in the United Kingdom in 1997 by Bloomsbury and was published in the United States in 1998 by Scholastic Corporation where the title had changed from The Philosopher’s Stone to The Sorcerer’s Stone. The book won almost every of the British book awards that were at the given time which were also judged by children. It also won other awards in the US as well.
The books have also been made into a massively popular film series, perhaps more popular than the books.
With all the hype does Harry Potter live up to it? In my hones opinion when I first started reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone I was battered by how well and thought out the comedy was. It wasn’t too dark nor too light, I was literally laughing out loud which rarely happens when reading a book in my case.
With that being said I just couldn’t stop reading, I kept going for hours and hours, even while taking care of other stuff on the side. I am still struck by how J.K. Rowling has managed to both amuse and pleasure children and adults at the same time. Here’s an example from the very start of the book. Amazing. “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”
And of course, an example with the ending being exceptionally great. “Harry was frying eggs by the time Dudley arrived in the kitchen with his mother. Dudley looked a lot like Uncle Vernon. He had a large, pink face, not much neck, small, watery blue eyes and thick, blond hair that lay smoothly on his thick, fat head.
Aunt Petunia often said that Dudley looked like a baby angel – Harry often said that Dudley looked like a pig in a wig.”