Reviewer: Jared (Grade 11)
Setting(Time): Same time the novel was published, 1998
Setting (Place): Little Whinging, England
Protagonist(s): Harry Potter and Friends
Antagonist(s): Lord Voldemort
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
I rated this book four stars, because it has a nice plot and nice characters that really take you into the book. I love the setting, but nothing really jumped out at me. Nonetheless, I still liked the book very much!
Born without a mother or father, Harry Potter is given to his aunt and uncle to be taken care of as a newborn. They notice a scar that is shaped like a lightning bolt in the middle of his forehead, which will show he is a wizard later on. Ten years later, he is treated like dust by his aunt, uncle, and cousin Dudley, and he is barely taken care of. Later on, a gigantic, lofty man with an enormous black beard and raggy clothes who’s name is Hagrid tells that Harry is wanted at Hogwarts, a school of magic that will exhibit his inner strengths, because of his lightning bolt scar and his two deceased parents that were wizards. Attending the school of wizardry, he makes friends with a brown-haired girl named Hermione Granger, and a red-haired boy named Ronald Weasley. Together they will help Harry on his destiny to becoming the best wizard he can be, despite the challenges that peers egg him to do, and the enemies that he will make along the way. Harry’s main quest is to find the Sorcerer’s Stone, a rock that can expand lifespans in order to decrease Lord Voldemort’s corrupt power. An orphan just like Harry, Voldemort is seen as a monster that takes his past life and forms it into selfish and corrupt power, the opposite of how Harry handles his orphan situation. On his final goal in the novel, he must find the Stone before Voldemort uses the stone to gain more corrupt power and to produce harm amongst wizards and non-magical people, or muggles.
Why do you or don’t you feel that others should read this novel?
This would be a great book for curious readers that like deep back stories to events, and people who love great plots in a novel. If you have heard of Harry Potter but did not read the novel, or if you have not even heard of Harry Potter at all, I highly recommend you read this book because it is an attention-getting, uplifting, and comical book that a person of any age will love.I feel that others should read this novel, because the authors touches on several themes for the real world, uses a wonderful plot and introduces amazing characters, and has an amazing setting. This book is definitely a good read for all of these reasons.
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* Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Young Adult Booklists
* New York Times Books Section (links to their Best Seller Lists)
* YALSA Book Awards & Booklists
* YALSA's Teens' Top Ten