Sunday, August 31, 2008

book review: "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" by J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling

I remember buying the paperback of Harry Potter Books 1 and 2 together at National Bookstore Cubao 8 years ago when I was in my sophomore year in university. I remember getting angry with my brother, who was in 5th grade then, for wearing down the cover of both books because he brought them to school every day to read. I remember my brother and my best friend and I joining the HPatSS Trivia Game contest sponsored by NBS. I remember buying the HP Uno and the Gnome Toss Card Games.

However, I stopped reading after Book 3 for several reasons, including the long time it took for the local release of the paperback [I was living on a student budget] of Book 4, and later and more importantly, losing my interest in the series after learning that Sirius Black dies in Book 5.

I reread Book 1 because it would have been difficult to pick up where I left off 8 years ago. The experience has been nostalgic [as you have read above]. It was easy and fun to get into Harry’s world again, from the night he is left on the doorstep of Number 4, Privet Drive to 10 years later when he starts at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. And I could now imagine it better, having seen the film adaptation 6 years ago.

I still have Books 2 and 3 to reread, and I only hope the experience will be the same if not better after that even though I have a general idea of how everything will turn out, because I do not want to drop the series again before I get to the end.


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