Harry potter and the Philosophers stone written by Jk rowling is the 1st book in the harry potter series. If you dont know what this book is about however most people do here is the synopsis:
“Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry. Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined. Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.” (Taken from Goodreads!)
This was a reread for me as part of the buddy read in which me and my friends aka Stephanie , Jasmine , Sammi , Jodie and Megan from the #HPblogateers are doing. However this time i read the Illustrated edition for the first time. I loved reading this and seeing how the illustrator aka Jim Kay portrayed some of the characters and scenes in his artwork which really suited the book. I loved this book as its the book that started me off my reading and will always have a special space in my life. Reading this book now after its been like 5 or 6 years showed parts of the story that i had forgotten since i last read it and made the experience so much more enjoyable and i feel in love with my characters even more. This is a book i highly recommened for readers of all ages starting from about 7 0r 8 years old.
A part of our buddy readalong we have decided to give each member a book to be spotlighted on where the other members of the group will ask the spotlighted member a question each which will be answered in their rewiew and will feature in all the other’s reviews too. For book 1 i am the spotlighted reader so here are my 5 questions and answers:
Stephanie: If you could pick any sweet from the cart on the train, what would it be and why?
I would choose the chocolate frogs as my favorite sweet is chocolate and i like the feeling of being able to collect the cards which each sweet you have.
Sammi: Who is your favorite bad guy in the book and why?
I would have to choose Professor Snape as even though he appears evil at the beginning he is only trying to help harry at times and theres meaning to why hes like he is not like the others.
Jasmine: Did you enjoy the book more rereading it or reading it for the first time and why?
I enjoyed the book rereading it more as its like meeting up with an old friend and jumping into their world all other again and i discover things that i has missed or forgotten everytime i venture into it agian. This time as i said i was reading the illustrated version so it also felt like i was reading it for the first time again as it had the pictures to enjoy aswell.
Jodie: Who is your favorite character and why?
Hermione is my favorite character as shes reminds me of myself alot as we both have very busy and messy hair which is hard to tame and we both are bookworms who like to try their best at school and stay out of trouble if they can. The fact that she also has a select few friends is very similar to myself aswell. This is why shes my favorite character as i connect to her very easily.
Megan: If you could take one First Year course at Hogwarts, what would you pick? (Defense Against the Dark Arts, Transfiguration, Charms, Potions, Herbology, History of Magic, or Astronomy?)
I would probably either take charms as I find spell work fasinating or Astronomy to be able to learn the different planets and moon cycles ect.