Another day, another blog post. And yes, if any of you eagle eyes have spotted it, I’ve used the same quote from this blog post as I have for this post. It’s a good quote and I feel, perfectly sums up the first book in the series.
Basically, Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone is the first book in the series. Here we see Harry find out, of course, that he is a Wizard (with a little help from some Owls, Flying Letters and of course, the lovable Hagrid) and thenceforth we find ourselves, much like Harry, being thrusted into the world of magic.
First off, Diagon Alley. This had to be my favourite part in the book, I loved the description of Diagon Alley and Harry’s first steps into the Wizarding world. What I loved about Harry’s character here is that he is seeing Diagon Alley for the first time, much like the readers. There is barely any description left out, compared to when he visits the vast array of shops in the other books in the series, which of course is understandable.
I have yet to buy the beautifully illustrated version of this book, released last year, this book includes wonderful imagery for new (and those not so) to the Harry Potter series, including Diagon Alley. It was pretty much what I imagined, all those little houses squished together full of all things magical. Of course though, when reading a book for the first (or tenth) time you’re bound to have your own image of what something or someone would/should look like, but I think they’ve done a pretty good job here.
Of course, no Harry Potter book is without adventure. Having met his two best friends; Ronald (Ron) Weasley and Hermione Granger on the Hogwarts Express, Harry is introduced to the joys of Wizard School and the various grand teachers; Professor McGonagall – Head of Gryffindor and the Headmaster himself – Professor Dumbledore. Luckily for him, he doesn’t have to deal with Maths or English, but magical subjects such as Potions and of course, Defense against the Dark Arts.
Quidditch is also included in the first book of the series, paving the way for explanations into the sport and various games throughout the book and the series. Oh and did we mention the House Cup and of course, the happy end at the end, to please all young readers.
What I also like about this book is the inclusion of Harry’s parents, although he’s an orphan. It’s a nice touch to add this, as unfortunately his parents were killed when he was so much younger and he grew up without them. (See my blog post about Harry Potter characters here).
I feel that, being the first book in the series, this is a great first step into the series, with so much more to offer as the years go by. When first released in 1997, it was a home for many and continues to be a home for all in the later years. It’s also having ‘face lifts’ to help bring the stories into the forefront of the younger generations attention spans. But for this book to end up in history, is probably not going to happen soon.
Let me know what you’re favourite part of the first book in the series is below in the comments, and stay tuned for my next Harry Potter themed blog post, due to be released next Tuesday!