All about Books
This is the page where I will be discussing what I'm reading, reviewing those books and be open to suggestions to keep adding to my To Be Read pile. Honestly, I'm never going to get through that thing anyway, so the more the merrier.
Today, I'm taking you on a journey to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It's been too long since I read the books, so let's get started!
Title: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone [20th Anniversary Hufflepuff House Edition]
Author: J K Rowling
Part of a trilogy: No, book 1 in the Harry Potter series
Original publication date: 1st June 2017 (First published 26th June 1997 in the UK)
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (Read October 2017)
As I'd never collected my own copies of the Harry Potter books, I knew I had to start when the 20th anniversary editions came out and to also show my house pride. The paperback Hufflepuff edition is so pretty and nice to look at. It was also fun finding out extras about my house. I can't quite believe it's been 20 years- I was 3 when this first came out! :) I also haven't read the books since my childhood, though I've seen the films many times. It's interesting to see how much was left out.
Anyway, it was nice to see how normal the Dursleys lived, until everything happened and Harry showed up. I had also forgotten how funny the book is! Visiting Diagon Alley with Harry and Hagrid, meeting Ron and Hermione, and seeing Hogwarts for the first time have always been some of my favourite moments and it was so exciting and magical to read about them again. I was 11 myself when I first picked this book up and can't say time has lost any of the magic and appeal for me. :) I'm so glad to have been able to enter this world through page once more.
It's interesting too, because although I know what's going to happen, there are so many details that I'd forgotten about, so often it felt as though I was experiencing pieces for the first time. And everyone needs a teacher like Professor McGonagall and a friend like Hermione.
Hermione Granger will always hold a special place in my heart. When you first meet her, she does seem really bossy and really, really smart. Ravenclaw was clearly a very close second choice for the Sorting Hat. But then you realise that Hermione is just afraid- afraid of being expelled from the only place he's ever truly fitted in, in a place where she can grow and thrive as a witch and be around people who truly understand and appreciate her for who she really is. Her early projection of her character is just her way of trying to fit in and be accepted.
I always related to that. My 11 year old self was thrilled that she'd finally found someone like Hermione to relate to. Whether for good or bad, my self now can still relate, in some ways. I understand Hermione's fears and anxieties because they were, and still are, my own. The people-pleasing and trying to get good marks in everything I could were a case of wanting a good job and hopefully then finding where I belonged. Everyone always says to be yourself. In my school days, I had no idea of who that person was. I'm glad to say that Hermione finds her true self a lot faster than I did.
In the next books, I'm looking forward to meeting the new characters and expanding on the ones we've already met. As a film, Chamber of Secrets is one of my favourites, and I'm so excited to see more of Molly Weasley in the book. Everyone also needs a Molly in their lives. :)
All in all, I've spent too long away from the books and am really glad to return to them. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone gets the full 5 stars.
Feel free to comment and let me your thoughts. Do you own a 20th Anniversary edition, or is it with the original cover? If it's the former, what house are you in? :)
Happy reading and all the best.
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