Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling ~ My Thoughts, but not really a review…

I’m participating in a couple different challenges to get Harry Potter read, FINALLY!  Well, I just finished the first book and thought I’d get down my thoughts.  There’s a million reviews of the book and mostly all people want to know are my own thoughts.  They already know what it’s about and where they can buy it and all that.
So~ what did I think?
I liked it.  I wasn’t blown away, but I wasn’t let down.  I’ve been told that the series really takes off after book three so I’ve kind of expected the first three to feel like they are for a younger audience and maybe the others will be a bit more complex.
Before I read the book I wasn’t sure I wanted to read them because of the hype.  But I also wanted to know what the hype was about.  So far I don’t really have any opinion about that.  This book wasn’t enough for any hype, in my opinion.  But I still trust that the series will pick up and become worthy of it’s hype.
Before I read it I felt like it was for little kids, ONLY because this was a book I got for my little brother YEARS ago.  I guess I had tried to read it then and just wasn’t into it.  That was BEFORE the hype and I just put it aside not really caring.  Do I still feel like it’s for little kids?  Well, I felt like the book felt like it was aimed at younger kids, but once again I have confidence that as Harry grows older the books will grow in depth and complexity.
So my over all rating?  I’m a bit torn.  I wasn’t blown away, but I enjoyed the story.  I guess maybe a 3.5?

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  1. I completely understand how you feel, and trust me it gets very, very complex! By the time you turn the last page of Deathly Hallows you will me blown away at all the intricate details! J.K. Rowling is a genius!!

  2. I am glad your reading them! Like any series there are books that I liked and ones that I didn’t. I have read them all once and listened to the audiobooks dozens of times. The audiobooks are done really well.

    Looking forward to you thoughts on Chamber of Secrets.

  3. Yay for reading Harry Potter!!
    Actually, I’ve always thought that the third book in the series was the most complete and best written of the books… so I hope you enjoy that one!

    It’s true, too, the beginning books are much more child-like. One of the most interesting things to me about this series of books is that J.K. Rowling really did seem to be growing her characters with her audience. The first books are very YA, where the later ones are complex and deal with much more grown up emotions and situations.

    It’s truly interesting to watch the characters grow like that.

    I only have one major issue with this series… and that’s The Deathly Hallows… not the book, but the Hallows themselves. I’m not sure if you’ve seen the movies, or if you know what they are… so I don’t want to spoil it for you… but they *really* bugged me.


  4. I understand how you feel. I never wanted to read them and the hype was getting on my last nerve at the time :-) A friend of mine begged and pleaded with me to read them and I wouldn’t….I thought it was odd that adults were reading the series, actually. But, one night she convinced me to watch the movies. Like you, I wasn’t blown away but she convinced me to stick with it and by the 3rd one, I was interested enough to start reading the books. The 3rd movie is still my favorite so far and I remember liking that book a lot. I have a younger friend who grew up with the books and I think for that age group, the series means even more to them because they grew up with it and in a sense, with Harry.

  5. I expect you’ll enjoy the later ones more, as well. Of course the first one would be aimed to younger readers: Harry’s only 11 after all! He grows up and the books become much, much darker. I know what you mean about the hype though. Try your best to ignore it – if that’s even possible.

  6. I thought the first few books would have been better with a bit less Quidditch, but I also know that my students LOVED the Quidditch so maybe those sections are more for the kids. I love the whole series, but I agree it gets better down the line.

  7. I read them straight through when I was in fourth grade. I loved everything about them. They were my first long books.

    My brother is in third grade and he is reading them now. He is in the middle of the fourth book right now. He likes the Quiddich matches and any time Dobby/Fred/George are in a scene because they are usually funny.

    Yes, they get darker as you go along.

    Yes, they are as amazing as you have heard.

  8. Glad you are finally reading them. :) I hope you continue to enjoy them. I do believe that they get better and deeper as the series goes on (as most everyone will probably tell you). It’s like a friendship to me. At first, you just get to know the basics, and soon you will get to experience things together and know the characters from a deep perspective. Soon they will seem like your best friends (or at least they did for me). Good luck with the rest of them.

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