Warning: This review contain spoilers
The Saga of Harry Potter started in Philosopher's/Sorcerer's stone. This is the First book. Without this book, and people who read and bought this, we wouldn't have other Potters to read. It's not a bad achievement. ;)
So, I like this book. It's not my favourite one, but it's a very good book and a lot better than Harry Potter 2 or 3 or 4. Number 5 (Order of phoenix) is just like this (good), and the others too. :)
And what's the Thing in these books? Why so many people are crazy about these? I have no simple answer, but I have two little things why I like Potters so much.
The World is the thing number one. Hogwarts, Quidditch, Diagon Alley... It's so big, detailed... and reader knows a lot of things about J.K. Rowling's world without reading about these things. I mean, that thigs somehow come to your mind along the way, and that's how the world starts to live. More important is what author doesn't tell and you still know/guess them than what she tells and you know that way. That's because the most important information is hidden between the lines, instead of author saying it straight.
The Thing number two is characters. Maybe a boy like Potter isn't very unique character in fantasy, but in the books are also many minor characters who are captivating and beautifully made. For example Luna Lovegood.
Philosopher's stone starts with prologue. There are archenemy who kills little boy's parents and tries to kill the Boy also but fails. The enemy dies for a while, and the boy who stayed alive gets a lightning-blot-shaped scar in his forehead. That's the beginning.
Book tells the story of Harry Potter's first year in witches' and wizards' school. He meets new friends and other caharacters, good and evil ones... and so the story goes on.
This book will do nicely for teens and children, and I'm sure that some adults can enjoy it like their children do. :) Maybe not everyone, but some.
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