Book Review, “Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone ” by J.K.Rowling 📚

Just starting to write this review my inner child is squealing! 😀 I am finally… after MANY previous reads… reviewing “Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J.K.Rowling”. Lets do this! 🙂 <3.


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SO! From an incredibly young age, I’d say around 6, my nan got me into a book series. This series was to be something that changed me as a little girl and even now as an adult. This was the Harry Potter book series. Me and my nan would have sleepovers; we would get a load of snacks, pop them onto a tray, I rather selfishly would kick my grandad out of his own bed for the night relegating him to the spare room 😮 (sorry grandad <3) and me and nan would sit with our snacks, a Harry Potter book and nan would read to me. She would read and read and read until I was falling asleep and no longer knew where about she was within the story anymore. We read all 7 together. Every single one. And this is why this book series is so incredibly close to my heart, for I am a massive nanny’s girl and always have been.




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This book series however made me wish I was going to Hogwarts. I was absolutely gutted when aged 11 I never received my acceptance letter 😦 like I truly was gutted. But! Just like many others, my dream of going to Hogwarts was only possible through the reading of the books and watching the films. So that is what I did. I read and re-read the books, over and over. I watched and re-watched the films till I knew each film off by heart including word for word (I am THAT friend I’m afraid)… Still doing peoples heads in today when we watch the films. And I just truly became engulfed in the world of Harry Potter, even playing the games on my PS1, my childhood evolved around it quite literally. It still does if you count playing Dungeons & Dragons once a week posing as a Witch from Ilvermorny school named “Darlia” 😛 but that’s another story all on it’s own.

So lets get into the book review :). Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone is the first book within the book series, it gives you as a reader the best starting view on how the world of Harry Potter will truly be; magical, dangerous and confusing. All three of them words sum up this first book for me,

1. Magical: you learn about a world you never thought could be true. It consists of something you believed could only exist in your dreams. Flying on brooms, wands, big three headed dogs, unicorns, centaurs, spells etc. Just about everything that could consist of “make believe”.

2.  Dangerous: three headed dogs, trolls, hooded figures, death curses, evil families, etc. Just to name a few. Who knew that a world full of such magic could also be so dangerous? Something Harry learns along his journey as a first year within the school of Hogwarts.

3. Confusing: And on top of all of this… The world itself is beyond confusing. So many secrets, so many mysteries, so much to find out. And all at the age of 11, Harry clearly had his work cut out.


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When mysterious letters start arriving on his doorstep, Harry Potter has never heard of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

They are swiftly confiscated by his aunt and uncle.

Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a strange man bursts in with some important news: Harry Potter is a wizard and has been awarded a place to study at Hogwarts.

And so the first of the Harry Potter adventures is set to begin.

Now everyone who is anyone knows how the Harry Potter stories go. So, I have no need to explain the story (hopefully). But I wanted to give my view on the book! :D. The book of course is full of huge amounts of detail much more then film for within a book everything can be much longer, it can afford to be. But, the film does miss out a few exciting details, such as the ghost Peeves. Peeves is also mentioned in the 1st ps1 game, he is described as the joker ghost, a “poltergeist” you could say for he is forever snitching on people, being a pain and just downright doing what he wants. I had forgotten a little about peeves till I recently re-read this book and I feel he could of been a good addition to the film, a funny light hearted need I think.

Also, the book emphasises on how the friendship between the famous trio, Harry Ron and Hermione, wasn’t as instant as people may be led to believe. I think this is an interesting thing to include for as much as the film does give off some vibes of this, the book portrays it better. Hermione is snubbed for being a know it all but really I feel she is just trying to fit in. She wants to make friends but feels her Muggle background (non-wizard folk) will prohibit this.

Overall, the 1st year for Harry is overwhelming. He ends up in the hospital wing towards the end of his first year after nearly being killed! Definitely not something every 11 year old experiences every day to say the least. Re-reading this book brought back so many memories for me so I am going to continue re-reading the books and review them on here, 5/5. So until next time..

With love, Charlotte x


23, Historian & Writer/Freelancer. Huge Book Worm & Massive Series Fanatic.

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