“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
I’m sure this thick book became even more legendary than the author ever dreamed it would.
Rowling uses cookie cutter characters to create a fascinating world of magic, wizardry, and the great divide between good and evil which has always captivated all age groups and which always will. The world building is one reason the novels – and then movies – became so famous. Getting that invite to Hogwarts must be such fun - I’m sure many normals in this world fantasize it happening to them at that age.
Harry Potter is likeable, but simple. His friends are the same. The villain promises to be a fascinating one but he’s not really uncovered yet save for whispers of legends and foreshadowing.
The book was especially enjoyable at the beginning, where Harry is unfortunate in his demented average family. There’s humor that works, sometimes, pushing the story along. The real excitement starts when Harry steps foot onto Hogwarts ground, meeting the bizarre blend of professors, other students, potions, classes, and challenges.
I know the movie was rated poorly by some in comparison to the book. To me it’s almost word for word, including dialogue. Some of it, such as emotion, worked better in page form. I do have to prefer some of the movie though, especially when playing Quidditch, because the effects made it more interesting. I think Rowling drug it out too long in book form, and because of this dragging on I grew a little bored at times.
Overall a cute and quirky, simple novel that opens a door to a world that skyrocketed. I’m hoping I enjoy the later novels more, just like I did with the movies.
This was originally published on the site Feb 22, 2015, but is being republished for the Harry Potter Special Week even.
“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
“To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”
“Ah, music," he said, wiping his eyes. "A magic beyond all we do here!”