Reading the Harry Potter series for the first time: volume one


This was actually my second time to read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. When I first picked it up in high school, I was behind the curve and was too pretentious to allow myself to like a child’s book.

That’s certainly not the case now (I highly recommend the His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman) and I did enjoy The Sorcerer’s Stone. I managed to finish it in a few days around a busy schedule and found myself caught in a few must-keep-reading moments — particularly toward the end.

However, the book wasn’t as captivating as I thought it would be. I attribute this to knowing the story and knowing something of the characters. Not having a feeling of discovery takes quite a bit out of the book.

Volume one of the series is also made for very young adults, and Rowling perfectly sets the stage to Harry’s world. Even though characters and feelings are made to appear simple, the circumstances, prejudices, and bullying are very real. It’s also great to know that studies have shown how reading Harry Potter makes people more tolerant.

Fiction can change the world, y’all.


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