Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is the first book in the Harry Potter series. It is about a young, orphan boy of 11 years old who discovers that he can do magic and finds himself shipped off to the prestigious Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. There, he makes friends with Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, studies incredible magic and takes part in the fantastic wizard sport of Quidditch.
However, Hogwarts isn’t all happiness and wonder. Harry’s parents were killed by a dark wizard when he was just 1 year old – a wizard so bad that people are still too afraid to say his name 10 years later. Although he seemed to disappear when he tried to kill Harry, his followers are still out there in the wizarding world. There are people desperate to bring him back so that he can continue his reign of terror.
Seen through the eyes of an innocent, 11-year-old boy, it can be easy to forget that the wizarding world can be a very scary place! However, danger and adventure are always lurking around the corner…
Harry Potter is personally one of my favourite book series out there. Of course, there is no such thing as a perfect book or a perfect author and there is a lot that I disagree with Rowling on. However, there is no denying that she has created a wonderful world that is perfect for children of all ages.
Frankly, there’s a reason why Harry Potter was such a big phenomenon back in the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. It is escapist fantasy at its finest: no matter how rough things are going or how bored you are with your life, you can always go back home to Hogwarts and imagine you’re drinking a lovely glass of butterbeer.
The Harry Potter series turned so many indifferent children into avid readers. The films intrigued kids enough to make them pick up a book. Once they finished all 7, they started looking elsewhere to find something that would scratch that Harry Potter itch. They quickly devoured all of the books that they could find. I see no reason why Harry Potter can’t be a great gateway book for another generation of kids.