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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone : J.K. Rowling

So, I finished my first book of Harry Potter series: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I have really mixed feeling about this book. I neither liked it too much nor hated it.

The plot was built nicely unfolding the magical world of Hogwarts and fascinating the reader with each turning chapter. The magical fortress of Hogwarts, the sorting ceremony, the Quidditch match everything was so enchanting; I wonder why an eleven-year-old won’t wait for his invitation letter for admission in Hogwarts. I really admire how Rowling has meticulously imagined this whole magical world. This world has its own government, railway station, bank, market, and school.  The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where the central part of the story is weaved, has been imagined with its own rules, house system, classes, boring subjects, assignments, and exams all very similar to our normal world yet so different that every kid wishes to be enrolled there.

Till now my favorite character is Hermione. She seemed to be a bit irritating in the beginning being a ‘know-it-all’ but later in one chapter when she lied for his friends I started to develop a liking for her. She turns out to be a very good friend and it was not her fault that she is super smart. In her defense, some people are like that. I would love to be like her.

Harry’s character grows with time too. He has a curious mind. The story begins with the impression of a boy who is famous just because of his parents and you can feel sympathy for him when he is treated badly by Dursleys. But with time his character builds up beyond just sympathy with so many admirable traits. He is a loyal friend and hasn’t let his fame get into his mind. He has this desire to mark his place on the basis of his talents and abilities, not from the fame and royalty he got in heritage.

I also liked the Weasley’s especially Mama Weasley. She is such a motherly character. And of course, I liked Hagrid. He is a huge giant who is gullible but with a loving heart of course. The character of Snape is mysterious. I would love to see it growing more in the books. I hope I will get more of Dumbledore too in the coming books. 🙂

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