Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first of all Harry Potter books, is one of the most read books of all time, with over 450 million copies sold. Translated into at least 70 languages, the plot follows Harry Potter, a young wizard, and his adventures after discovering his magical heritage.
At the beginning of the book Harry is described as an ordinary boy who lives with his Aunt Petunia, Uncle Vernon and his cousin Dudley. He is not happy with them, so when an owl turns up with a letter addressed to him from Hogwarts, the School of Wizardry and Witchcraft, he is literally rescued and begin living into a fantastic world of magic, discovering his powers and living into a parallel place where nothing is as it seems.
J.K. Rowling did a great work, not only for the success this book earned, but most of all for her amazing imagination, and all the themes she wrote about.
For the first time both readers and critics agree about the quality of this book.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is just the first of seven other fortunate books composing the saga, and as time goes on, we follow Harry as he grows up, with his friends Ron and Hermione always with him, and all the adventures into the magical castle of Hogwarts.
I love everything about the Harry Potter books, from the description of magical places like Diagon Alley, with all the magical shops and strange people, to the description of all the mystic rooms in Hogwarts, with the beautiful Great Hall and the four residences where all Hogwarts students live: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin. I could talk about what I loved about Harry Potter for hours, that’s without doubt my favorite saga, and I’m not the only one that has this opinion.
Also, the main theme of this first book, like all the others, is the fight between the Good and the Evil, the Evil represented by Lord Voldemort, always trying to destroy Harry.
All the characters are described in minute detail, like Hagrid, the trustworthy and loyal half-giant wizard who introduced Harry to the wizarding world, and also teacher of Care of the Magical Creatures; or, presented in the following books, the strange Luna Lovegood, a witch raised only by her father, after her mother died accidentally experimenting with spells.
I like the first book because we’re being presented to Harry and his new world, but I think that from the second volume, Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, we have more action and things happening.
What’s your favorite character of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone?