Thursday, January 26, 2012

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1 of Harry Potter)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (1997), J. K. Rowling. Paperback, 320 pages. 

Summary: A boy discovers that he is the only survivor of an attack on his family by an evil magical lord, and his parentage qualifies him to attend a magical school in a magical world that exists parallel to Britain. For a more detailed summary, click here.

     "Call me Hagrid," he said, "everyone does. An' like I told yeh, I'm Keeper of Keys at Hogwarts -- yeh'll know all about Hogwarts, o'course." 
     "Er -- no," said Harry. 
     Hagrid looked shocked. 
     "Sorry," Harry said quickly. 
     "Sorry?" barked Hagrid, turning to stare at the Dursleys, who shrank back into the shadows. "It's them as should be sorry! I knew yeh weren't gettin' yer letters but I never thought yeh wouldn't even know abou' Hogwarts, fer cryin' out loud! Did yeh never wonder where yer parents learned it all?" 
     "All what?" asked Harry. 
     "ALL WHAT?" Hagrid thundered. "Now wait jus' one second!" 
     He had leapt to his feet. In his anger he seemed to fill the whole hut. The Dursleys were cowering against the wall. 
     "Do you mean ter tell me," he growled at the Dursleys, "that this boy -- this boy! -- knows nothin' abou' -- about ANYTHING?" 
     Harry thought this was going a bit far. He had been to school, after all, and his marks weren't bad. 
     "I know some things," he said. "I can, you know, do math and stuff." 
     But Hagrid simply waved his hand and said, "About our world, I mean. Your world. My world. Yer parent's world." 
     "What world?" 
     Hagrid looked as if he was about to explode. 
     "DURSLEY!" he boomed. 
     Uncle Vernon, who had gone very pale, whispered something that sounded like "Mimblewimble." Hagrid stared wildly at Harry.
     "But yeh must know about yer mom and dad," he said. "I mean, they're famous. You're famous."


Writing Quality: 6/10

Depth of Concept: 4/10

Rounded Characters: 5/10

Well-Developed World: 7/10

Page Turner: 9/10

Kept Me Thinking: 4/10

Overall Recommendation: 6/10