When I was in fourth/fifth grade I had this friend who LOVED the Harry Potter series. He did his women’s history month project on JK Rowling, praised it to the moon and back, and basically worshipped the series. I’m sure he reread those 3-4 books until they fell apart!
As I grew up I realized a lot of people liked Harry Potter, possibly everyone except me (because I hadn’t read it). Fast forward many years later and I figured it was about time I check this series out!
Now, in case you’ve been living under a rock (don’t worry, I don’t judge, I live under one too), I’ll give a quick summary of this book:
11 year old Harry Potter has grown up constantly abused (mentally and physically), by the Dursleys (his mom’s family), ever since he was left on their doorstep the day his parents died. One day, while going to get the mail, he notices he’s received a letter, which is immediately confiscated by his uncle, and nothing he says will get him to return it.
The next day the same thing happens. And the next.
Every day Harry receives a letter, the Dursley’s confiscate them. Of course, nothing they do stop Harry from finally opening that letter, finding out he’s a wizard, and attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he meets great friends and overcomes great trials.
Going into the HP series I had high expectations because everyone LOVES these books. I’ve watched the movies and also love the world but wanted to read the books because of hype. Considering it’s the first book, it’s not all that great but that’s me saying this because I know what other adventures await Harry and his friends.
From just the first chapter I was instantly hooked. I really liked how everything was set up and how I could see all the characters in my mind, the descriptions were fun, and some of them disgusting (which was the point). I really enjoyed the interaction between the characters, especially how Hermione wasn’t initially part of the trio. For some reason I had blanked out on this little fact and it was nice to see their meeting once again.
Even though Fred and George didn’t have much ‘screen time’ I was still reminded of why I loved them and I can’t wait to see them again! Not to mention Molly, she’s such a beautiful woman :”)
I do think the ending was a bit rushed, but in a way I also didn’t care because I’d watched the movie. If I hadn’t watched it maybe I would have been more upset because they just breezed through every trial and I guess I had wanted it to be drawn out a bit more. I think everything just happened in a couple pages
Can’t wait to check out the rest of the series!