Book Reads: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (by JK Rowling) [☝]

December 10, 2012

I'm a HUGE Potterhead (this is what HP fans call themselves). I've read all the books and I've seen all the movies. I even have an account in Pottermore. Actually it's because of that site that I had the urge to read the books again. Just last month, the House Cup was awarded to the House with the most points in Pottermore. Weeks before that, I was working to earn more points for my house (I'm a Hufflepuff!). I was able to go through the story of the Chamber of Secrets book. I got really nostalgic so I decided to reread the first book. I don't have a copy of the book yet (It's part of my wishlist actually) so I bought one at a local bookstore. I recall I read the book back when I was in college in the creepy library of the College of Education.

Harry's first adventure
Reading Harry's first glimpse of the wizarding world is a whole new experience now that I know the whole story already, especially the part about the special connection between Harry and Voldemort that has been mentioned right from the first book.

I was really amazed to find hints here and there about the story as a whole. Do you know that the event about the Elder wand has already been mentioned in the first book? Notice the description for Albus Dumbledore at the back of his Chocolate Frog:

"Considered by many the greatest wizard of modern times, Dumbledore is particularly famous for his defeat of the Dark Wizard Grindelwald in 1945, for the discovery of the twelve uses of dragons blood, and his work on alchemy with his partner, Nicolas Flamel. Professor Dumbeldore enjoys chamber music and ten-pin bowling."
 If you have read the seventh book, surely you'd be familiar with the name Grindelwald. He was the owner of the Elder wand by then. Dumbledore defeated him, thus became the new owner of the Elder Wand. This means he was using that most powerful wand ever since 1945. Really, it was so cool for JK Rowling to be able to weave all those connections together.

Also, I don't know but Dumbledore's image was not that appealing to me anymore, unlike when I have not read the last book yet. Reading the first book, I had this same feeling that Harry had when he began to doubt Dumbledore's sincerity about him. Remember Harry's thoughts, wherein he feels that Dumbledore just saw him as the 'chosen one' that will fulfill the prophecy and that he's not really concerned about him? I realized that Dumbledore might have actually purposely lured Harry to meet Voldemort face-to-face past all the obstacles to get the Sorcerer's stone in the first book. I believe Dumbledore was watching and observing Harry all the time that he was curious how this boy would be the key to destroying Voldemort.

I really enjoyed reading Sorcerer's Stone. It was like a reunion with old friends again. I missed reading about Ron, Hermione, Fred, George, and all the other characters. I am motivated to read the rest of the books. Maybe I could find again little puzzle pieces of information within the chapters, that I was not able to notice before, that will make me understand the story of Harry Potter even more.



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