The first book in J.K. Rowling’s wickedly popular series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, tells us the story of poor little orphan Harry Potter, whose parents were killed a while back. He was left on the doorstep of his wicked aunt Petunia and uncle Vernon (Muggles–aka non-magic-wielding folk) who force him to live under the staircase, and give him only the bare essentials of existence while lavishing all their attention on their spoiled son Dudley. Then Harry begins getting daaily visits from owls who deposit—some would say deluge—the poor lad with letters inviting him to come enroll in a school for wizards, because he’s apparently a wizard. And destined to be a great one, too, as he’s soon to find out. His Aunt Petunia loathes the fact that her horrid sister’s secret is out, that the wizards found Harry, but off he goes to this magical school, Hogwarts School of Magic, where he meets two other young wizards, Ron and Hermione. These two youngsters are destined to become his best friends, along with a kindly hulking, motorcycle-riding groundskeeper with a love of odd pets, the mild-mannered headmaster and a whole gaggle of others. Harry’s delighted with the prospect of the school, of learning to control his powers and well, he’s not too disappointed that he gets to play sports, flying on a broomstick.
He’s also the proud owner of a pet owl, and all sorts of wonderful things abound at this school. But he has to enduring sneering teachers like *shudder* Snape, and sideways glances from people who really wonder how he ever survived the attack by the evil You-Know-Who, (*whispers* Voldemort) the wizard that killed Harry’s parents.
When You-Know-Who comes back, seeking the magical Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry will have to face his greatest fears, and a weird wizard with two faces named Quirrel, who wants the Sorcerer’s Stone for his master You-Know-Who. And Quirrel/You-Know-Who are sure Harry has it.
Problem is, Harry doesn’t have it and there are quite a few obstacles to go through to get it.
Can Harry survive where his parents, didn’t? Where is the stone and what is it? You’ll have to check it out to see, if you haven’t already.
The books of course, have become wildly popular, been made into a movie, and even a theme park attraction at Univeral Studios park in Orlando, Florida. And for whatever silly reason, it put Ms. Rowling on the American Library Association’s banned authors list.
What? Oh, you have heard of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone? Silly me. Well, if you haven’t, and you’d like to, you can get it at…well, Amazon, the Tampa library, barnes and noble, heck, virtually anywhere in any format you’d like.
Oh and I did this a little out of order, so if you’d like to see my review for the second book Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, it’s up here.