Harry hates living with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia, and their spoiled-rotten son, Dudley. Harry's room is a tiny closet beneath the stairs, and the entire family treats him with disdain. What's more, Harry keeps getting into trouble for making strange things happen - things he seems to have no control over. But then Harry discovers the truth about himself when a determined messenger delivers an enlightening message. It turns out that Harry's mother was a witch, his father a wizard. And not only is Harry also a wizard, he's a famous one! His survival of the attack by the evil wizard who killed his parents has marked him as a legendary hero - as has the lightning-bolt-shaped scar on his forehead.
Soon Harry finds himself attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he receives training in some magic basics, masters riding a broomstick, and discovers his incredible talent for a game called Quidditch, which is played in the air on flying brooms. And for the first time in his life, Harry has friends who care about him: his fellow students Hermione and Ron and a giant named Hagrid. But all is not rosy when Harry discovers his true destiny and finds he must once again face the evil one who killed his parents. His survival will depend upon the help of his newfound friends, as well as his own wit and powers. (from Goodreads)
It took me a very long time to give in and read these books. My sister was reading them and she kept telling me I would like them but, merely because of all the hype surrounding them, I refused to even give them a chance. Then one day I was visiting my sister and niece and the first movie happened to be on tv and I had to admit that I enjoyed it. The next weekend we went to see Chamber of Secrets and after that I was officially hooked. I went out and bought all the books that were out at that point, the first four, and I read them all in a week. I was already obsessed. So here without further ado, is our group review of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling!
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is the first book in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. This book opened up a door to my imagination that had been closed up for way too long. It really made me love reading in a way I hadn't in a long time. J.K. Rowling created a fanciful universe that invites you in and dares you to want to leave. This book is the beginning of an enchanting journey for readers of all ages.
We meet Harry, who is a seemingly normal orphan living with his unhappy relatives on the verge of his 11th birthday. When Harry finds a letter on his doorstep it changes everything. Suddenly he's moved from the cupboard under the stairs to the smallest bedroom on the second floor of the house. This begins a whirlwind adventure where Harry finds his true heritage and begins his life where he's meant to be; Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
I loved Rowling's humor and wit and the depth of each and every character in the book, no matter how seemingly small they may be in the overall scheme of things. Perfectly written and brilliantly plotted, this book is one of my very favorites of all time. The characters really are what sets it apart from other stories, in my opinion. I really loved Hagrid & Hermione from the very first time they came on the scene; Hagrid is such a lovable character! Huge and slightly off-center sometimes, yes, BUT he's fiercely loyal & would do anything for Harry. I could relate to Hermione in a very real way, I too, was a know-it-all at one point in my grammar school career. And then we come to the Weasley twins. Oh, how I adore them. They are hilarious, and yet, not a joke. They are some of my very favorite characters in this series!
However, it was Harry himself who really won me over from the beginning. I don't know how anyone can read this book, see him suffer and struggle and not root for him. Honestly, he is such a dynamic and interesting character; loyal, brave, smart, funny & compassionate despite his dreary life with the Dursleys. He made it easy for me to love this book.
And now for the movie! The first movie was directed by Chris Columbus and oh, how I wish they would have kept him for the entire series. I loved this movie, every moment of it! It was brilliantly cast; especially Professors McGonagall, Snape and Dumbledore. Also, Robbie Coltrane as Hagrid was pure genius! At first I was worried that Alan Rickman may have been too old to portray Snivelly but he was absolutely perfect! I really don't think anyone else could have captured Snape as perfectly as he did. Maggie Smith was exactly as I pictured Minerva McGonagall and Richard Harris simply WAS Dumbledore. And the Weasleys were all perfect, in my opinion.
My major complaint is this; why could they not put some green contacts in Danielle Radcliffe's eyes? It's such an important detail, and it comes into play so much over the course of the series. Everyone says Harry resembles James except he has Lily's eyes. SO important! Yet,I thought he was absolutely perfect for Harry other than that. My second complaint is minor, I guess, to some, but where the hell is Peeves? Why wouldn't they include him? He had some hilarious scenes and I was sad he didn't make it to the film adaptation. My last complaint is about Neville. They removed him from a couple scenes and made him more of a secondary character than I think he is. And I just love Neville, so that was hard for me to deal with. (By the way, Matthew Lewis was perfect!)
I loved seeing Hogwarts come to life, the Halloween feast and the sorting scene were both favorites for me. I pretty much loved the whole movie. I thought it was just excellent!
Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone was a book I had no intention to ever pick up. I’ve been watching the movies since I was little but I never felt the need to read the book and ruin something I was so attached to. But, we’re doing the reviews here, so I figured it couldn’t do too much harm—I could get over it, right?
So, I read the first book. And frankly, I don’t understand the hype of it. Sure, it was a good read and I was drawn in quite easily, but from what I’d been hearing, the books made the movies look terrible. Maybe it’s because I’ve already seen all the movies, or because I know how it ends, but when I flipped the last page I wasn’t panicking because I needed to find the second book right NOW.
What this did do, however, is make me remember WHY I do NOT like Ron Weasley. I was hoping the movies just made him rude and took away a filter and he wasn’t so awful in the books, but no. He’s almost worse. I’ve never liked Ron, honestly, but the books make it hard for me to tolerate him.. Don’t hit me, Weasley Lovers, I love the twins and Ginny, I assure you ;)
Hermione and Harry are wonderfully adorable, though, and I do love Neville! You hardly see him in the movies and it’s nice seeing why this character was even mentioned in the first place—what do ya know, he has a purpose! Those three are adorable and charming, and I love it! I also loved Hagrid even more in the books, and Dumbledore was very likeable to me, and didn’t seem so…well…uncomfortable. He was funny! Whoa.
All in all I think it’s an adorable little read and I’m very glad I picked it up :3
As for the movie: What is wrong with some of you people? Mel has told me the first two books are very close to the movie (which I see now) but honestly, everyone who has seen me reading it has told me what a massive difference it’ll make in how I watch the movies. Um… No. Really, I watched the movie after I finished just so I could have the book fresh in my memory as I watched, and it is the best book-to-movie I’ve ever seen!
The casting, I believe, fits just perfectly in this one and the script has actual lines from the book! I’ve never seen this before, how AWESOME is this?! The scenery was magical (no pun intended ;P) and kept me glued to the couch for the entire duration. And not once was I muttering, “That didn’t happen” or, “Where did THAT come from?”
I do have one complaint though; in the books, we get so much more Draco (Malfoy) and Neville (Longbottom), both of which I adore, and in the movie, they’re both kind of brushed aside. Mind you, I know they both get their climaxes later, but the rivalry between Harry and Draco is so much more… In-Your-Face! And Neville is mentioned so much more… I love these two and I just wish they were put a little more heavily into the movie adaption.
But, as just a movie, I adored it. Will forever by a favorite. <3
And as usual, I am backasswards! I watched movies 1-4; read books 5&6; watched movies 5&6; read book 7 THEN read books 1-4! I will tell you this.. it was Harry Potter that rekindled my love of reading. I couldn’t wait for the movies any longer, I had to know what was going to happen next!
We start our story under the stairs. I tell you the life this poor boy had to live and endure in the beginning had a completely different affect on me via the books than in the 1st movie.
Harry is dropped on his mother’s sister’s doorstep and thrust into a life where he is unwanted; they treat him cruelly and lie to him about his parents death, who were actually killed by a dark wizard named Voldemort. After getting an overwhelming invitation to Hogwarts via 500 Owls (!) he begins his journey and slowly unravels the truth about himself, his parents and Lord Voldemort.
Rowling uses Harry’s story to reel in readers of all ages, enticing them with this magical world, beginning with his parents death and his neglected childhood. His story is so sadly relatable that I’m certain many people began reading for this reason; our wonderful world of Hogwarts being an added bonus. Upon boarding the train for Hogwarts, Harry not only begins a new journey but a new life where he matters and he gets to actually live and be a boy and have friends. Harry’s growth from a shy, neglected boy into a fierce and loyal friend and protector is so fascinating and engrossing I couldn’t help but fall in love with him and his cohorts (Ron and Hermione).
Though slow in some parts of the novel, Rowling's use of imagery creates a suspenseful tale that had me anxiously awaiting what would be on the next page. Its simplicity makes sense in the end as it makes it an easy read, but it also allows the reader to relate with Harry's story as well as his friends and enemies alike.
Can you believe she started this novel on a train on a napkin?!
My Rating: 4/5 Quills
The movie starts right where the book did, with Dumbledore, Hagrid and Minerva leaving Harry with the horrible Dursley family.. ick! I had the pleasure of seeing this movie with my eldest son who is now 22 and hates everything Harry Potter aside from the books and the first 2 movies. Oh well, at least we got to share it at the time. Having not read the book yet myself (but he had) it was quite cute to hear him say “That’s just like the book” or “That wasn’t in the book”. Several years later I can relate! LOL
I absolutely loved the way they brought the characters and the scenery to life in the movie. Daniel Radcliff is the embodiment of Harry Potter; he took that role and he owned it, and at such a young age! Most of the actors they chose fit well with the role they played, even after going back and reading the book I didn’t really have any “he/she was NOT what I pictured” moments.
I was rolling in my seat when Dudley fell through the window at the zoo, and then one of my favorite scenes was when the letters drop on their heads, it was perfect. They kept the action flowing with the birthday cake delivered via 10 foot tall Hagrid! And then his birthday present, his owl ,and our introduction to Diagon Alley was so intriguing; I swear I’ve seen this movie hundreds of times and every time I watch it I find something else in Diagon Alley! The Sorting Hat was spot on for me and Harry begging it not to put him in Slytherin, the floating candles in the Great Hall. Hagrid again “I shouldn’t have said that, I should not have said that!”, the three-headed dog, Fluffy (LMAO) and Professor Quirrell, all well portrayed in the movie.
My favorite part of the 1st movie would have to be Wizards Chess! Loved, loved, loved this part. Ron gets to shine and you get to see the spark there with Hermione when she screams at him for wanting to sacrifice himself so Harry can get the stone. I have been a Ron/Hermione fan from day one and always knew they’d end up together; the first clue for me was when she ran off to the bathroom crying and got cornered by the troll. Girls don’t cry over boys unless they like them! And then we come to the end and sadly, Harry has to go back to the Dursley’s. BOO! Very good family friendly movie that stuck moderately close to the books for what it covered. I give it 4/5 quills, as well.
But that’s just my Two Cents!
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