July 19, 2019

Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone | Review

Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone | ReviewHarry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone on June 26, 1997
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback

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Last semester while studying abroad in Dublin, I was lucky enough to take a Children’s Literature class, which my home institution actually doesn’t have! I was ecstatic as soon as I saw the class syllabus, but like any other reader, I was most excited to see Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone. Honestly, I immediately took the opportunity as permission to buy another copy of the first book (in yet another edition) and finally bought the Slytherin paperback one. I also ended up buying the second book eventually, just so I could start to have this new matching series on my shelf.

It has been a long while since I read Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone. I used to reread the entire Harry Potter series every summer, but it’s been a while since I’ve done that, especially because I started reading a lot of review books all the time. So, it was weirdly comforting to finally go back and reread it!

I think what helped a lot too was that I had the opportunity to visit the Harry Potter WB Studio Tour in England during a week-long trip to visit my friend studying abroad in London, which was a huge blast. It was so fun completely immersing myself in all things Harry Potter, especially after finally rereading the first book.

I don’t have much to comment on regarding the story and the characters — it’s all amazing!

  1. Lydia says:

    How fun! Do you think you’ll reread the rest of the Harry Potter books, too?

  2. Any excuse for a new edition, and great that rereading was part of your course! I am trying to stick to just owning my original copies and the illustrated editions but I am always tempted by pretty things.

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