5 Things about Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

March 4, 2016 Review 50 ★★★½

5 Things about Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling
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Narrator: Stephen Fry
Publisher: Pottermore
Source: Borrowed
Length: 8 hours 30 minutes
Release Date: March 29th, 2012
Series: Harry Potter
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Middle Grade
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Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy. He lives with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and cousin Dudley, who make him sleep in a cupboard under the stairs. Then Harry starts receiving mysterious letters and his life is changed for ever. He is whisked away by a beetle-eyed giant of a man and enrolled in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The reason: Harry Potter is a wizard!
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I’m finally in the know

Harry Potter is one of those book series that it seems like everyone has read. Everyone but me that is. I haven’t even seen all the movies. The intense love shown for this series by the massive fandom is so interesting and I wanted to know why these books have such a following. Plus it’s fun finally having context for all those quotes and edits I see on the internet and I can be in on the jokes now!

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Stephen Fry is a great narrator 

Who doesn’t love having a british voice read them a story? I haven’t listened to many audiobooks but I must say Stephen Fry did a great job. His reading kept me plenty entertained and was nice and expressive. Plus his character voices were fairly unique and easy to understand. My favourite voice was Hagrid. One unexpectedly hilarious thing was listening to the fast talking characters at 1.5x speed. It was suddenly Alvin and the Chipmunks speaking hahaha

The story was charming

The one thought I had repeatedly listening to Harry Potter was “this is so charming” because it was. It’s a nice little story with a fun little world and easy to follow plot. A good world was essential otherwise this could have been a boring book. I’m looking forward to seeing how the world and plots develop as the story grows with the characters.

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I never got annoyed with the characters

Something I’m always worried about when I go into MG novels is that the main characters are going to annoy me. They’re children and children can be really annoying and make stupid decisions (which is part of being a child, but there are some days when it just gets on your nerves, you know?). The kids in Harry Potter are 11 which is not an age I’ve read about since before I started high school. Lucky for me these kids are smart and yes, while they can be silly and rash sometimes, they were also good kids who made me laugh at things every now and then.

It is very much a set up novel

Like I said when talking about how charming the story was, not a lot of plot things or action scenes happen in this novel. THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE sets up the world and the characters really well and gives us just a little hint of the big bad villain. I cannot wait to continue the series as the plot becomes more details and darker.

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I may be super late to the Harry Potter train, but hey at least I’m starting to run after it now. This first novel was so charming and fun, I can’t wait to follow the characters and plot grow into the darker, more intense moments of the later books. Chances are I’m going to continue to enjoy this series and I’m so glad I finally decided to read them.

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Overall: 3.4

50 Responses to “5 Things about Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”

    • Bec

      YAS FOOD! It was a tonne of fun :D Right now I’m up to the 4th book and really enjoying them :)

  1. Kara @ Diary of a Teen Writer

    Is this your first time reading this?! Oh, how I wish I could reread them for the first time again!! And oh my gosh, YES, Stephen Fry is a BRILLIANT narrator. You have no idea how many times I’ve listened to these books as a child! :) I’m really thrilled you enjoyed this one–and trust me, they only get BETTER. (and darker.)
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    • Bec

      It is! I’m 21 years old and only just now getting to this series haha.

      He reads the story so well! I can’t wait to get into the darker stuff :D

  2. Wattle

    I’m so glad you’re enjoying these! I love Stephen Fry’s narration (to be honest, at this point, he could read a dictionary and I’d listen to every single second) <3 I'm having a great time re-reading the series with the audiobooks and they just get better and better (I've just started book 4, 3 was the best so far – I assume I'll change my mind each time I finish one) and I'm watching the movies as I finish them too haha

    I hope you continue to love it! Welcome to the club ;)
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    • Bec

      He is a very good narrator!

      Right now I’m beginning book 4 and still enjoying them! My favourite order right now though is: 3, 1, 2. I’m planning on watching each movie as I finish the corresponding book too!

  3. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    YAAASS!! Needless to say, I was really, REALLY looking forward to reading your review for this one (really.) I know what you mean about how your the characters are here but the good thing is that they age one year with every book so soon they’re teens! After a ton of rereads, I listened to the series on audio and I adored it too! Oh I can NOT WAIT to see how you make out with the rest of the series – looking forward to your reviews on the next books already :D
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    • Bec

      I’m going to be doing reviews for each book so you have plenty to look forward too! The audio is great :D

  4. Kyra @ Blog of a Bookaholic

    YAY! Welcome to the Harry Potter fandom! I also read the books quite late. I read the first 4 books when I was 12 but then I never finished the series, then I read them again plus books 5 and 6 when I was 16 (last year) and now I’m going to be reading the last book shortly. I think the reason I’ve really dragged out the reading process is because I DON’T WANT IT TO END. *cries*
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    • Bec

      I’m 21 and only getting into them for the first time now! I’ve been putting them off because there is so much hype! It’s daunting.

    • Bec

      My reviews will pop up as I read them! I’m currently up to book 4. It’s really interesting reading them now because I know a lot of spoilers and have been surrounded by the fandom for so long (even though I really haven’t seen many of the movies either haha)

  5. Anissa @ She Reads Too Much

    OH MY GOSHHH, I had no clue that you hadn’t read Harry Potter yet! I was totally and utterly obsessed with this as a kid, but I don’t know how much I’d like it if I read it now…? I feel like I’ve put it in such a positive place in my head that if I did read it again it might totally ruin my childhood memories of it haha. xD I much preferred the first 4 books in the series, I think book 4 was my favourite because helloo… DRAGONS! :D Great review!
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    • Bec

      I am a bit behind the times haha It’s strange reading them with all the hype + the knowledge of most spoilers. Fortunately they’re good enough they’re still enjoyable.

      I’m reading book 4 now and have a feeling the last 4 will be my favourites because I like the darker stuff haha.

    • Bec

      The illustrated versions are cool! But out of my price range haha

      I can’t wait to read them all :D

  6. Lola

    That’s so exciting you’re finally reading Harry Potter I read the books in dutch when i was younger and loved them I still plan to re-read them English once now. MG can be a bit of a hit or miss for me too, there are some great ones out there, but also some where it’s hard to connect with the characters as they are too young. It’s good Harry Potter has great characters which act smart most of the time. And the first book is very much a set-up and introduction book indeed. Great review and I hope you’ll continue to enjoy this series
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  7. Sarah J.

    Yay! I’m glad you are joining the story of Harry Potter. It’s a story that I’m seeing more people finally getting around, too (including myself a few years ago). It’s such an immersive story and after being a fan for so long I just love seeing new people discover the magic of the world.
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    • Bec

      Everyone loves it so much, it’s hard NOT to get into it! I can’t wait to explore the rest of the world.

    • Bec

      I’m one of those rare humans that hasn’t until now haha! Spoiler for my future reviews: I’m still really enjoying all the books :D

  8. ShootingStarsMag

    Yay!!! I’m glad you finally tried Harry Potter. I”m one of those people that gush “Harry Potter was my CHILDHOOD’ because it was, so it’s great when people finally check out the books. :) I’m glad you really liked the first book. I really want to do a whole series re-read, using the illustrated edition of the first book to start. I have not listened to the audios but I would love to hear Stephen Fry read me a story. I’ve heard he does a really good job! The books definitely get darker and more intricate and interesting – so hopefully you will love them all! Oh, and believe it or not, some of the books get FUNNIER. The sixth book is one of my faves because it’s quite amusing, despite the darkness surrounding the overall story.

    -Lauren
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    • Bec

      It was the childhood of so many people! I’m surprised I didn’t get caught up in the hype until high school.

      Stephen Fry is a fantastic narrater! Can’t wait to see how it goes as the story develops more. I’m up to book 4 and already there’s been some great humour haha

  9. Terri M.

    I often wonder what it would be like to re-read these books. I read them while in college. If I recall correctly, book 2 had just come out when I started student teaching. Maybe someday I’ll have time to refresh my memory.

    Glad you enjoyed book 1.

  10. Dinara Tengri

    You kind of make me want to read this book again. I loved the series when I was youner, but after book #4 I just lost my interest. did’t finish the series. Now that I look back, “charming” is the perfect word to describe this book. Charming and cozy.

    • Bec

      The best compliment a book reviewer can receive!

      Aw that’s a shame :( Maybe if you reread them you’ll get the urger to complete the series!

  11. Sakina

    I just reread the Philosopher’s Stone last month for the first time in years! And I can honestly say that you summed up my feelings exactly! There’s so much nostalgia surrounding those books for me and it was incredible being able to jump back into this world. I completely forgot how the first book was more of a “set-up” book for the rest of the series, and how “light” it was compared to the later, more darker books. But it was definitely a cute, fun read

    • Bec

      I sort of have second hand nostalgia from seeing the fandom freak out over it for years. It’s a strange feeling haha. The first few books have been so light!

  12. Lonna

    I haven’t read any of the books! I’ve seen a movie or two here and there. So, I’m definitely, unarguably late to this party. Books are evergreen, and I am so undisciplined. I really read when I can and what I get my hands on. At this point, I think I’ll just read it with my boys when they are a bit older. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I love a British accent!!
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    • Bec

      I was in the same boat as you until I picked this up in January! It’s a charming book and I’m sure your boys will love it :D

      British accents are great haha

  13. Ashtyn @ Wonderland's Reader

    Yay!! I’m so happy you’re reading this! I recently reread the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th books in the series and it was so amazing being able to sink into the world again. I hope the charm and magic of the story, world, and characters continues for you as you move to the next books!
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    • Bec

      I’m currently getting into the 4th book and can’t wait to get deeper into the series! I’m still really enjoying them :D

  14. Zeee @ I Heart Romance & YA

    WELCOME, WELCOME! I’m so happy you decided to read this HP! I read this when I was a Freshman in college just to see what all the fuss was about AND I ABSOLUTELY FELL IN LOVE! Like you, I was wary about it because MG – I mean, I haven’t been reading a lot of MG book at that point so I thought it would not be awesome. I was dead wrong! I understand that Philosopher’s is a set-up book but I loved it. I felt like I was like Harry, who didn’t know anything about the wizarding world at all. I loved how it made me feel like a child experiencing new things!

    Yes, the books do get darker as they age and I think that’s what the appeal of the series is. For those who read it around the same age as Harry and the gang, it is even dearer to them because they GREW up with the characters! It’s a wonderful feeling, I think and something that I wish happened to me! I was 12 when the series came out but read it 4 years later and I wish I read it when it first came out!

    Hope you enjoy the rest of the books!
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    • Bec

      Thank you! I’m delving into the series now to see what the fuss is about and I’m so glad I started.

      The characters are really relateable and it would have been great to read this book and grow up as the characters grew up. I’m kind of sad I missed out on that opportunity.

    • Bec

      I’m still really enjoying them! Pretty sure I will like them more and more with each instalment :)

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