This is my…8th? 9th? (possibly more…) time reading this book it’s pretty obvious I enjoy it, so instead of a straight forward review I wanted to share a bit about my experiences with the book and the path it set me on.
Harry Potter first entered my life when I was 8 years old, in 4th grade, which was actually a year after it had already come out and the second one was already on the shelves. My fourth grade teacher had purchased a copy at the school’s book fair (they let the teachers have first pick, and then the students) and she began reading it to us. I was hooked. So hooked that as soon as they let the students start buying books I purchased a paperback copy of my own and read it along with her in class. So hooked that I remember begging her to read more, and once it was over I started the second book. Unfortunately I let a friend of mine borrow them, and she never gave them back. Luckily my father understood my fierce love of these books and bought me new copies as soon as he found out. I haven’t looked back since.
The love only grows the older I get and I own more HP stuff now than I ever did while in school (I had very little in school actually…)
- Owning so much Harry Potter stuff…one might say too much stuff. (Not me…to me it’s no where near enough)
- I own several copies of the books. I have the original (US) hardcovers, and several versions of the paperback though I don’t have all of the series in either version. I even have the Mass Market paperbacks that they stopped printing after the first two books. Two of the audiobooks, because they are super expensive. I have my sights on the new paperbacks for Christmas.
- I’ve been to Wizarding World in Orlando and I NEED to go back since they’ve added Diagon Alley and the Hogwarts Express. If you haven’t been able to go, you should! Just save up a ton of money…more money than you think you need, because you’ll step into one of those stores and lose it.
- Midnight release parties – These were so amazing and it’s part of the reason I mourn Borders so badly. I loved these events. There was trivia, butterbeer, candy, games, and other Potterheads all waiting for that midnight hour. People were wearing costumes, kids and adults, everyone was happy. This was pure bliss.
- Watching all of the movies in theaters, sometimes twice…or three times.
- Early acceptance into Pottermore! Then making my boyfriend join early too! Now I freak out whenever new content is added.
- I’ve joined Hogwarts is Here, and I love it! Though I’m seriously behind in my lessons…
In short, life is so much better with Harry Potter in it. But back to Sorcerer’s Stone. I’ve noticed that some quotes I use to think were funny actually make me sad now…I won’t mention which ones because I don’t want to spoil it for those who are first time readers but once you get to the last few books somethings will never be as lighthearted as they were to begin with.
My boyfriend and I picked out some of our favorite quotes from the books.
“Ah music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here!”
– Chapter 7, The Sorting Hat
The fact that Fred and George were just singing like complete loons and Dumbledore just goes with it is amazing.
“Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!”
-Chapter 7, The Sorting Hat
“I don’t expect you will really understand the beauty of the softly simmering cauldron with its shimmering fumes, the delicate power of liquids that creep through human veins, bewitching the mind, ensnaring the sense…”
-Chapter 8, Potions Master
This is why I love Snape. He’s so distant and stoic trough out most of the book, only showing anger…but this paragraph showed something more. Also just so you know, I’m highly bias when it comes to our potions master…he’s my favorite character despite his vast amount of flaws.
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
– Chapter 12: The Mirror of Erised
“So light a fire!” Harry choked. “Yes…of course…but there’s no wood!” …
“HAVE YOU GONE MAD!” Ron bellowed. “ARE YOU A WITCH OR NOT!”
– Chapter: Through the Trapdoor
- Fred and George throwing snowballs at the back of Quirrell’s head! Yes! These boys are my heroes!
- Anytime Ron was super snarky to Hermione.
- Neville fighting Crabbe and Goyle by himself! I don’t know why I was so insistent on hating Neville when I first read these books, but this kid has some serious bravery hidden under all of that misfortune. That being said I’m still sitting as far as I can get from him in the potions room…just follow the directions!
Also this…what’s up with this Dumbledore!?
It’s been a real treat reading these with my boyfriend. I love that he asks me questions and points out things he never noticed before. We’ve even had some heated debates on things like if the Dursleys were child abusers or just toed the edge. He likes to be the devil’s advocate in debates because we share opinions on pretty much everything, so occasionally he’ll pretend he doesn’t just to see how I’ll react. I can’t wait to see what he thinks of Chamber of Secrets.