Series: Harry Potter #1
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Published by Scholastic on September 1st 1998
Also by this author: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Format: Audiobook (320 pages) • Source: Library
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Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He's never worn a Cloak of Invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry's room is a tiny cupboard under the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in ten years.
But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him... if Harry can survive the encounter.
Let’s see. I started reading the series when book three was released, so that was back in 1999. I was eight years old. One summer, my friend was reading this book on our summer vacation (we were family friends that went to Cape Cod each summer together), and she started reading it out loud to us before bed. I remember being so fascinated by the series that I asked my mom for the books. I got this first book almost immediately after arriving home that summer. I only remember which year I started because I remember getting books two and three for Christmas that year, and book three had just been released.
I remember being in love with it all. The whole world was just so amazing to me. When the movie came out a couple years later, it refreshed my memory on the whole plot of the book. I am really bad at remembering things that happen in books – hence the fact that I have to write all of my reviews within a few hours of finishing the books. I’ve pretty much always known I’ve wanted to reread this series at least a few times in my life. I am normally someone who does NOT reread books because there are so many out there I haven’t read before that I still want to read. I’ve always thought, why bother? BUT, Harry Potter was definitely a series that I wanted to reread. I knew it for a fact. The books and movies have been a huge part of my life for so long that rereading them is a necessity. I could see myself rereading every year or two, for sure – especially now that I have the audio! I absolutely loved the little stars on the corner of each book page, so my friend and I went to get them tattooed on our ankles. I knew I needed to keep the series with me forever.Oh god my feels. I can’t believe I’ve never reread this series before. I was fully reminded of how PERFECT everything about this book is. The biggest thing I realized upon rereading the first book is how timid and lame Harry is at first! He’s absolutely hated by the only family he knows and he has zero self-confidence. He spends most of this book wondering if he can ever be successful or if he’s meant to be a wizard at all. Looking back on the rest of the series (which I am so excited to continue with reading ASAP), the freakin’ character development throughout is just amazing. Think about how strong, confident, fearless, and brave Harry becomes. God the character development is gonna kill me. Other than that, I completely forgot so many details! I didn’t remember their aversion to Hermione at the beginning either; I forgot the troll is what brought them together. I’ve definitely seen the movies multiple times and you just never realize how much they leave out compared to the books. Everything about this book was sheer perfection and I am the happiest human because I have a tattoo to commemorate these books.Oh god yeah. I can see myself rereading every year or every other year, especially now that I have all of the audiobooks saved. I think 2016 or 2017 will include a reread of the actual books though, because by then I better have the boxed set I’ve been eyeing. I’d highly recommend the audio for those who are thinking of rereading those; the narrator does a great job.