I quickly got hooked on the Harry Potter books after I received the first one for my birthday in October of 2001. I picked up the other books that were out at the time and went to see the first movie within days of it being released. I have all of the books and have read them multiple times. I recently decided to read them again, the first time in just over two years.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone - Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is the original title in England - is the first book in the seven book series. It gets off to a good start, setting up things well and it does a good job of introducing the main characters. The story is interesting, and while it may not seem like it on a first reading, there are little hints and things being introduced that will be important later in the series.
While I love the movies overall - though there are things about them I don’t like - I like the books more and think they are better. I know many people have only seen the movies. It is definitely worth it to read the books for those people, and they should definitely start with this book. It is wonderfully detailed and very magical. The story ends up being very interesting and entertaining.
Reading the book again, I rediscovered some little details I had forgotten about, and some other things I just hadn’t thought about in a while, like Peeves. He would have been a very interesting addition to the movies, especially since he was frequently turning up to cause some mischief or complications. For the most part, I think the movie version of this book was done very well and stayed very true to the book. I remember some people complaining about that when the movie came out, saying it wasn’t different enough, something I don’t agree with. In this book, Neville was a little more involved in a few things, which ties into his overall development and it helps to set the foundation for what he ultimately does in the final book.
I feel that the books have more of a sense of magic and they definitely deserve to be read. I still love them and I really enjoyed reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone again. I will not let so much time pass before I read them again.
I did post a longer review on Epinions in 2003 that has been updated.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone