About the book:
Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.
All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley--a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry's room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in eleven years.
But all of that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry--and anyone who reads about him--will find unforgettable.
For it's there that he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic in everything from classes to meals, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him...if Harry can survive the encounter.
Re-reading this first book after finishing the 7th and final book is fun. There are so many little hints and items of interest that, at the first reading, seem so benign and unimportant. But, Rowling had her books plotted so well, that many little things are significant to the series' climax.
Harry is a terrific character. As he discovers the magical world into which he was born, it's simply delightful. The idea that there is a magical world running parallel to our own is brilliant. The details and the lexicon are so clever: muggles, wizards, sorting hats, Quidditch and Voldemort to name a few.
Well-written, this is, quite simply, a charming, delightful book.
I read my personal copy, but you can purchase your own copy here.
Last read 6/08
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