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Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

By pcurd

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Slow start, but once it gets into Chapter 3 and onward the story picks up and hammers through. An easy read over a couple of days and worth the investment of time. The characters need more developing, but the seeds are clearly there.

There is less world building than you’d expect in a “first book” of a series and most of the characters are likeable, with believable back stories and personalities. I’ve never read any of the standard “British Boarding School” stories so I can’t say if the usual tropes are met, but the mix of people fits my preconceptions.

The writing style fits a typical YA story more than a children’s book, perhaps this is what makes the story so popular with adults, and is very easy to follow. Editing is tight and the quality remains high throughout. When I first read the book (when it came out) I did not expect a 7 book series to come from it, but clearly Rowling had a large world in mind during her writing and didn’t write herself into corners.

The language choices, the place names, and the character names don’t suffer from Fantasy syndrome – many are old English terms so have a ring of realism about them – and this really helps with the immersion.

Several of the ideas and characters come back and add significance later – especially in Deathly Hallows (the last one) – so this book is a definite must read on a re-read as well.

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