Look at this magnificent cover!!
I remember reading this when I was near 11 years old and just praying for a Hogwarts letter to tell me I was a witch or held some sort of magical powers (*Points aggressively* “Accio Remote!”). The inception of the grandest book series ever holds a special place in my heart. I think I’ve read it close to 8/9 times (every time a new book would come out, I would re-read the series in preparation). And now the time has come for me to re-read them all again because I have acquired the paperback edition!
~Look how pretty~
My grandma bought me the book. She read it then shipped it to me and my brother. I read it first because I’m the oldest. Looking back, I can’t remember why I liked it. I guess it has a lot to do with why I read fantasy now, it takes me out of my own world. I love it because it introduces us to Harry, Ron, Hermione, Hagrid, McGonagall, Draco, and Snape, and everybody else. I love knowing the potential these characters have in the future.
So reading it now that I’m 14 years older? I can still relate. First day of school/ first day of a new job. Moving to a new place/ making new friends. Solving magical mysteries? Maybe not. Realizing that I have my own potential to fulfull? Absolutely! It’s not the best written in the series, since the audience is clearly middle grade. I know that every piece of information about Gringotts, Hagrid, Dragons, and other magical creatures is building the foundation for what is to come. As a fan of books that are well-paced, this is also in that league. I was able to fly through it, just like I had done in the past. Rowling’s writing is just as strong as I remember, too. We have clear character development and plot-driven action. It’s the structure I base a lot of my reviews on.
Is there anything more I can say without getting full on nostalgia? I think that’s what’s driving most of my emotions re-reading.
I’m so pumped to read all the other books!!!