Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Author: J.K. Rowling

Read: August 2018

I chose to read this for the N.E.W.T.s Readathon, hosted by Book Roast. It’s a readathon based on the magical exams the older students take at Hogwarts. If you’re interested in watching my vlogs, you can watch them here!

I have read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone many times. I first read this series when I was in the fifth grade and I didn’t really enjoy the first one. It has never been my favorite from the series. That’s the reason why I’ve read it so many times. Because I waited to read the sequel, I always had to go back and reread it before trying to continue the series.

Mainly, it’s the way it starts. I can’t stand that it starts with a bunch of backstory and info about the Dursleys. I think that Rowling put it in there so that readers understand the type of people they are? Or maybe just to show the contrast between Harry and the Dursleys and the life he was living before going to Hogwarts? I don’t know, but I don’t see why we need so much. Throughout the books, readers can see for themselves that the Dursleys are mean (terrible) people. It’s not that hard to see. At all.

I always found this book to be boring. It’s not that exciting. I’m trying not to compare it to the rest of the series, but it’s just that the first one is so meh compared to the following books. I understand that it’s an introductory sort of book. It’s the first in the series and the reader is being introduced to the characters, the world, the magic system. It’s a lot. I often feel this way about a lot of books that are the first in a series, just because it feels like it’s packing a lot of information into it. But it also might be because Sorcerer’s Stone is a middle grade novel. This series develops into a young adult book series, but it starts out intended for a younger audience.

In August, I decided to reread the Harry Potter books. I haven’t read them since middle school. Clearly, it’s been a while. I remember what happens because I’ve seen the movies a million times, but I also knew that there were things that were left out of the movies. So, it was nice to be reminded of things that I had forgotten.

I am listening to the series as audiobooks this time around. I never had the books read to me when I was younger, and I’ve never listened to the audiobooks before. I didn’t intend to do an entire reread audiobook-style, but that’s just how it happened. So I’m slowly making my way through the series now. It’s taking me a while because I’m borrowing them from my library and the wait time for each book is super long.

I’m really appreciating listening to them this time. It’s a new way to take in this story and I’m really loving it. I’m not sure how I feel about the narrator. I think that I like him. His voice that he has for Hermione kind of annoys me, but other than that I think he does a good job. His voice for Hagrid sounds like the actor from the movie and I love that! If you haven’t tried listening to the Harry Potter books, then I highly recommend you do!

What do you think about audiobooks? Do you listen to them? Have you ever listened to the audiobooks for the Harry Potter series? What do you think about the differences? Talk to me down in the comments!

Happy Reading!

Love, Lece

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