Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: A Review by Rahul Bhatia

HarryPotterStoneCoverHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first book in the world famous series by J.K. Rowling, is a phenomenal introduction into a magical world. The novel follows three main characters: Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley, and Hermione Granger. This trio is our gateway into the Wizarding world, which is where our story takes place. The Harry Potter series focuses on this secret society of wizards, hidden beneath the facade of 1990’s England. These three children, aged 11, are all young wizards venturing to Hogwarts, the school for witches and wizards. Hogwarts remains an iconic location in the series and is where most of the action takes place. The main story focuses on an evil character’s search for the Philosopher’s Stone, which bestows immortality. Although this is the main plot, much of what makes up the charm of the story are the main characters. Harry Potter is the eponymous “Chosen One”, and is a young boy who must handle the responsibility of his newfound powers. Hermione Granger is a really intelligent girl, who is the brains of the trio. Last but not least, Ron Weasley is the clown, and makes for a hilarious companion.

As mentioned before, the setting of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is unlike any seen before. It is so believable because of the unbelievable detail that the author has put into her work. As well, it presents such creative rules and magic that you can’t help but smile at it. Philosopher’s Stone also carries heavy and positive themes. There are elements of friendship, and the power that it can bring. Perhaps the only way for these characters to win against evil, is to join together and fight. Such themes inspire and provide welcome layers to this novel.

To conclude, I definitely recommend Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone if you have not read it before. It serves as a wondrous introduction into this terrific series. The writing is superb and all the characters are fleshed out. I would rate this book 9.5/10.

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