Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling – special anniversary addition

In the beginning…. it was The Dursley’s at the (now famous) address of Four Pivet Drive, also the opening line to the book.  The Dursley’s kept to themselves, not liking anything out of the ordinary – but that was about to change.

One day… a very odd day filled with strangely cloaked persons and owls everywhere…. a package arrives on the doorstep of the Dursleys…

a baby actually.  A baby called Harry Potter.

Certainly by now you know the story.  Harry is raised by his Aunt and Uncle – if you can call living under the stairs, not being acknowledged, and pretty much treated worse than a house mouse, being raised. 

Until one day – a visitor comes.  A large visitor and it is suddenly like Harry won the lottery.  He is taken to a school for wizards – wizards!!!  And this is really where Harry’s story takes flight.  With his new friends Ron and Hermione… who knew that Harry Potter would become a household name – and that this amazing book, about an orphaned boy with a scar was only the beginning…

I have looked for a hard covered version of this book for years.  I could not find book one in hard cover!  Then, this past May in New York, I not only found it at the Harry Potter Exhibit, I found it as the ten-year anniversary edition.   SSSQQUUUEEEEEEE!!!!!  

SO this week – the week before the final movie release and an end, really, to an era.  I had to dive into Harry’s world once again.

It wasn’t me who grew up on these books… it was my kids.  But really… I think in a way, I did too.  These books became as important to me, as they did my two sons.  We read them together…. three copies of each as they came out.  Three readers, noses buried deep into a fantasy world of magic, friendships, dark forces, and a school that makes all of this

Snape, as J K Rowling always saw him. This was scribbled back in 1992 or 3. Although J K spent years denying that Snape is a vampire, even she admits now he looked a little like Count Dracula in the cloak.

happen.

*sigh* Is it no wonder I love these books so much?

Now I know many die-hard Harry Potter fans were reading either the entire series on preparation for the final movie, or the last book, or the 6th and 7th book again.  My goal was to read the first, (this one) and the last. 

Why?

Because when something is ending… I like to remember the beginning.  Reading Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone was going back to Privet Drive, before Harry had any idea he was a wizard, back to when Hogwarts was exciting and new, and school friends were the best thing in the world. 

I had a blast remembering Harry’s first classes, how at first he and Ron found Hermione annoying and bossy (you may remember the fight in this first book where Hermione overheard Ron talking about how annoying she was…. ).  This led to the whole troll in the castle chapter where we who have been through this book (and/or the movie) will always be able to recall the term “troll boogers”.

Pretty much from that point on – the three were friends for life. 

Reading this book prior to seeing the final installation of The Deathly Hallows really opened up a bigger picture for me.  It was hard to look at the screen as Hogwarts was no longer the beautiful and magical school it was under Dumbledore’s reign…. instead it lays in near ruins not only under poor management, but also being destroyed under the death eaters watch. 

It is also pretty amazing to look at these three characters that in this book are all new to the joys of the magical world… and see them in the final movie as hardened young adults facing their destiny head on.  Times… they have changed….

I think the biggest thing to remember about Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone is that it was and always will be… the beginning of something that changed the world as we knew it.  It changed the way we read books and it really in all truth, set the bar high for future such reads.  I myself can think of a couple of series that made valiant efforts to touch the greatness of Potter and ultimately failed.  In truth, I am not sure if anything can ever touch this level of world-changing reading and writing again.

I for one, would love to read a fantasy book that even comes close to the phenomenon that is Harry Potter.

Harry, Hermione, and Ron... Then and Now

The 2011 WHERE Are You reading Map has been updated to Include Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone

I purchased this lovely hard cover anniversary edition in New York at the Harry Potter Exhibition

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Posted on July 15, 2011, in Book Review and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. I was lucky enough to come across that 10th anniversary edition a few years ago in Borders and OF COURSE I picked it up! Such beautiful illustrations inside it too!!!

    It’s become a tradition of mine to read these books every year, and I have a feeling that tradition will happen for a long time.

    • They are my comfort reads Amanda – they remind me of such a wonderful time of discovery of owls, wands, and an amazing friendship. JK had it right from the start. I still chuckle when I read the part about Malfoy offering to help Harry pick out the right sort of friends… this is a big deciding factor early on in the books and Harry chooses wisely…

  2. Fun “then and now” pics – we really did watch them grow up!

  3. Excellent post!
    I loved how you commented that you didn’t grow up them but you kind of feel like you did. I feel the exact same way.
    One of the comments said they read these books every year. I might steal that idea to keep Harry, Ron, and Hermione real for me. I’m not ready to let then go.

  4. I love that drawing of Snape! He is my favorite character.

  5. By the time I discovered Harry Potter, Rowling had already written and released the third book. But I devoured these book so quickly. And ever since then, I couldn’t wait for more. Until the seventh installment came out. The end. And I approached that book with a mixture of excitement and fear. I wanted to know what would happen, but I didn’t want it to end. And I couldn’t help but approach the movie the same way. It was so strange seeing how much has changed. And at the same time also realizing how much has changed for me, in my life. I did grow up with these books and I am so happy to have had them for all these years. And I look forward to revisiting them … someday. I didn’t want to do it because of the movie, but now that the movie is over, I know that I will be revisiting the books — all seven of them sometime in the near future.

  6. Great post! I sort of grew up with these books. I was in middle school when it began but didn’t get really into Harry Potter till high school. The year I graduated from high school was the year Order of the Phoenix came out! I was so excited! The year I graduated from college was the year the last one came out too.

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