Book Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling

March 10, 2016 Audio Review, Book review 14 ★★★★★

This was a re-read via the audiobook.  And this is not really a review just more so some bookish thoughts on finishing up yet another reread of a series that means so much for me.

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J K RowlingHarry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) Published by Bloomsbury Publishing on June 30th 1997
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, YA
Pages: 223
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Length: 8 hours 33 minutes

"Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter 'H'."

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle.

Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

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If I were to put on my objective rating hat (which is very different to a sorting hat!), I probably wouldn’t rate this book as highly as book 1 and book 2 are just not as well developed as the remaining books in the series. But this is Harry Potter and I can’t be objective, I adore these characters and I do love how the world is built up in this first book.

I love the humour at the beginning with all the letters trying to get to Harry and it makes me realise that there is no way my letter got lost in the post. Damn it. I have to face facts that unlike Harry, I’m no wizard (or witch for that matter). But thankfully I still got to go to Hogwarts via these books and my life is all the richer for it.

Plus a reminder of this powerful quote is always apt for me, as my mind can tend to wander down the path of untravelled roads and I don’t think that is a good thing.

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

Wise words Dumbledore 🙂 I love when you reread a book and you take away something new every time you do and that is exactly what happens when I read Harry Potter. So I’m looking forward to continuing on my reread journey with the rest of the audiobooks.


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Overall: five-stars




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14 Responses to “Book Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling”

  1. Sarah @ One Curvy Blogger

    The great authors are the ones who grow from book to book 🙂 I think if I were to read 1 and 2 again I probably wouldn’t enjoy them as much as I did because you’re right they really weren’t as well developed as a kid but man oh man was I obsessed with that series!

    • trish

      Me too Sarah and I have to admit I’m still obsessed! They are characters that you never really leave behind.

    • trish

      Exactly Amy! I know too much about what happens and so I can appreciate how much was built up even in these earlier books.

  2. Wattle

    Oh you’re re-reading by audio too! That’s fun 😀 I’m on book 4 at the moment and I am loving every second!

    Are you listening to the Stephen Fry or Jim Dale versions (I may be blind, but I don’t see that info in your post)? I’ve got the Fry ones and I can’t imagine him being topped because his narration is wonderful (I’ve heard the Dale ones are a bit plodding and don’t compare, but I’ll probably do another re-read with those one day haha)

    I think the Harry Potter series will be re-read forever <3
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    • trish

      I’m loving my reread via audio too Wattle. I’m listening to the Jim Dale version but only because I’m signed up via a US audible account and so that’s the version I have. But I love Stephen Fry so I think I might buy the others from my UK audible account as I can’t imagine anyone topping Stephen. His voice is fab!

      I love how reread-able these books are, I can see myself when I’m old sitting in a rocking chair and still enjoying them.

  3. Rita @ View From My Home

    Trish, did you listen to audio the first time around also, or did you read it? I was wondering which experience was better for you, or both great?

    My grandson is obsessed with HP and in third grade he is already on book 3 since just last summer– and he’s only an average student. My daughter gathers the family around after he’s finished a book and they celebrating by watching that corresponding movie and she puts out butter beer (she found a recipe) and jelly belly many-flavored candy 🙂 I was thinking of getting him an audio book of the first one.
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    • trish

      I read the books the first time Rita. I am finding the audiobooks great and I think either would work really well. But for a young reader but I like the idea of kids reading books as it’s just such a great habit to form early in life. Buying the audiobooks afterwards for him to reread them though would be a fab idea, it’s such a fun way of revisiting the story and the narration is really good too.

      • Rita @ View From My Home

        Thanks, Trish! Good idea– after he’s finished a book already I can gift him with an audiobook of it if I’m looking to buy him something, so he can prolong his excitement without discouraging the sudden interest in reading.

        Kudos to JKR for making it “okay” for little boys to tote around books at play instead of space guns and other socially-expected boy toys.
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      • Rita @ View From My Home

        As you had mentioned, my grandson had the longest time reading the first (and shorter) volume. After that the story takes off and his interest spiked and he’s going one after another. My daughter’s family always does movie nights at home once a week but now they all gather for a HP movie and she puts out the silly snacks and they make a big deal of it. His birthday is this week and she found a frog-shaped mold and is making chocolate frogs too!

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