1st Book Of The Year: Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling (a different kind of review)

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If you have read me here at Book Journey for any amount of time you know that I am a huge Harry Potter nerd.  You also know, my son Justin was as well and it was this book – THIS BOOK, where he and I first started to connect on reading and talking books.  It became a wonderful connection for us when he was in Jr. High and continued to be “a thing” with us for all the days of his life AND will always ALWAYS carry wonderful memories for me.

I have this first book of the series in a beautiful 20 year anniversary edition.  I have it also in Spanish, in soft cover and in hard cover, in audio, and with the new cover (a gift from Justin Christmas 2014).  However this copy of the book I am holding will always be my favorite copy because THIS is Justin’s original 1st copy of the book.  It has long since lost its dust jacket (he always took them off to protect them while reading) and the cover is well-worn…. the signs of a beloved book.  And now… it still sits on his book shelf.

I loved choosing this book as my first book of the year because it was as I said… a place where we connected.  I liked knowing that each page I touched, he had as well.  Every word my eyes fell upon… his eyes had read these very same words on this very same page.  I do not know what I was hoping for when I read this book again for probably the 5th, 6th, or 7th time…. at first the reading felt like work.  It made me more sad than peaceful.  The words did not come easy and my mind drifted during the early pages of Harry and the Dursley’s, and the snake, and the closet under the stairs.  It wasn’t until the entrance of Hagrid where I started to fall once again into the familiar writing and I whisked myself and hopefully Justin too away to Hogwart’s.

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For those of us who love the Harry Potter books…. we know they contain a bit of magic that one can not explain to the common muggle.  I enjoyed getting to know Harry again as a first year, and remembering Hermione when she was all know-it-all and bushy eyebrows, and Ron when he was quiet and shy before he became a force to reckoned with.  I had to once again sit in awe as I read things in this first book that I know will not come to full light until the last book… the clues we don’t recognize as clues until much later, and I have to whisper the word “brilliant” as I turn each page.

I owe JK Rowling a dept of appreciation.  Her writing changed my life.  That may seem dramatic, but it is true.  These books connected my son and I on a level that we would not have reached without them.  These books are why we went to Florida three November’s in a row and had planned on a fourth…. these books – made magic come to life.

And I for one, am forever grateful.

The Harry Potter books to me are the new classics.  These are the books that need to be passed from generation to generation… it is something special to be among the first group who read them.

 

 

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Posted on January 26, 2016, in Book Review and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Sheila, this is beautiful. And I think you should write J.K. Rowling and tell her about what her books have meant to you and to Justin. She might not get it and she might not answer, but she might like to know this connection you feel. Just a suggestion. I’ve written many authors and heard back from many of them. I’m thinking of your 98% number in your previous post. Hugs to you!

    • I was thinking the exact same thought! I’ll bet J.K. Rowling would love to hear from you!

    • It looks like we’re all “on the same page” here! I most definitely think you need to write to her. This is the kind of stuff she should know—and does know—from other readers and you should be one of them. Though you shouldn’t actually expect a direct response, you just never know. I’m sure she will read it, either way.

      And yes, “brilliant” is, without question, a word that comes to mind when I think of her and these books. You already know how much I adore them. I’m so glad you read this book again and in this way, ((Sheila)) 😀

  2. What a beautiful post. I don’t really know what else to say except I’m digging out my year one Harry tonight. Hugs.

  3. I’m too choked up to write ❤️

  4. What a heartwarming post.

  5. Thank you for sharing this. What a special memory . The power of Books is unknowable.

  6. What a lovely, magical post.

  7. Loved reading this post. Feel like reading about Harry’s life all over again, now. 😌

  8. I am so glad you have this connection with Justin. It will be a comfort in the years to come. Thanks for this post. {{hugs}}

  9. Definitely a classic! I actually have this one in Latin… Not that I can read it! But I spent a year trying to learn Latin and at one point could read a bit of it. 🙂

  10. What a wonderful reason for choosing a book. I’ve still yet to pick up the Harry Potter books. I’ve seen a couple of the films though. Take care 🙂

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