Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone... the novel...

This is the first book of the seven of J.K. Rowling's famous series, Harry Potter... I've just finished reading it this morning. It took me about an hour to finish it. The book is quite thin compared to the others. 223 pages only. =)

The early part of the book talks about Harry's early life with the Dursleys. Later afterwards, he gets to know his real heritage and goes to this wizarding school called Hogwarts. He meets Ron and Hermonie along the way, soon becoming best friends. The final challenge protecting the Stone is the Mirror of Erised. Quirrell forces Harry to look in the mirror to discover where the Stone is. Harry successfully resists, and the Stone drops into his own pocket. Lord Voldemort now reveals himself; he has possessed Quirrell and appears as a ghastly face on the back of Quirrell's head. He tries to attack Harry, but merely touching Harry proves to be agony for Quirrell. Dumbledore arrives back in time to save Harry, Voldemort flees and Quirrell dies.
At the end-of-year feast, where Harry is welcomed as a hero, Dumbledore gives a few "last-minute additions", granting enough points to Harry, Ron, Hermione and Neville for Gryffindor to win the House Cup!

Cause I have read all 7 books before, I found reading it again to rather boring... But it's still okay... I found that the ending of the story in this book to be the most interesting and exciting part of the book, when Harry was trying to protect the stone and the things he had to go through to save it...

"Shut up, I'm trying to remember how to kill it!" said Hermonie.
"Well, hurry up, I can't breathe!" Harry gasped, wrestling with it as it curled around his chest.
"Devil's Snare, Devil's Snare... What did Professor Sprout say? It likes the dark and the damp-"
"So light a fire!" Harry choked.
"Yes-of course- but there's no wood!" Hermonie cried, wringing her hands.
Taken from Harry Potter and Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling

Rating of this book: 6/10
Genre: Fantasy

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