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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Posted on November 28, 2018 by James Shults

Published: June 26, 2018

Author: J.K. Rowling

Overall Rating: Good

The orphaned Harry potter grows up living a fairly normal life until he finds out he’s to become a wizard.

The Good

J.K. Rowling begins Harry Potter’s journey by writing him as a great underdog. It’s difficult not to root for Harry from the moment we meet him. Not only has Harry been made an orphan by a mysterious, tragic event, his caretakers, the Dursleys, are also a reprehensible family. It’s such a relief when Harry finally sets off for Hogwarts to become a wizard but it’s just a respite from the new challenges that wait for him ahead.

The Bad

What can I say bad about this book? Truly, not much. Though I may be a bit under this book’s spell. The only thing nagging me is the difference in the book’s title from it’s original UK printing, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The publisher apparently thought that a child would not want to read a book with the word “philosopher” in the title. I would disagree.

The Ugly

SPOILERS: There are three rooms that Harry, Ron and Hermione need to get through at the end of the book in order to get to the sorcerer’s stone. These rooms are really puzzles. Each one specifically, and conveniently, relates to each of the three’s individual skills. On the one hand, this works great because they each get a chance to prove their worth to each other. They cannot accomplish their goals without one other. On the other hand, this story mechanic is completely contrived. It’s an unnecessary though entertaining story mechanic.

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