Calling all muggles and wizards! If you haven’t yet read this modern classic, this Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone book review gives you everything you need to know about reading the book on Audible. And because this is a book pairings blog “where books meet lifestyle,” I have also provided some recommended lifestyle companions for you to enjoy with the book.
(Of note, I’m deeply disappointed by J.K. Rowling’s recent transphobic behavior. I will not be supporting her current and future endeavors, but I came to the conclusion that the world of Harry Potter has transcended its association with her alone as an important part of our culture. When I first watched and read Harry Potter, I thought of a child in need (perhaps abused, neglected, bullied, or dealing with any variety of horrible life issues) and what a perfect escape this story was for the self-care of that child. I just can’t get that thought out of my head and, for me, it supersedes “canceling” Harry Potter.)
Review of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Chances are you have already read, watched, or at the very least heard of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone book, so I will keep my review short and sweet.
I first got into Harry Potter as a 37-year old by watching the movies. They weren’t my usual genre, but I was curious, and ended up loving them! I then listened to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on audio and loved the book as well. I found it to be a modern classic that was utterly imaginative and escapist for both the young and young at heart. I couldn’t be happier that children have these books to dive into both in terms of getting them into reading early and in giving them a magical world to which they may retreat.
But, if you do need a summary, here’s what the publisher has to say:
Orphaned as an infant, young Harry Potter has been living a less-than-fortunate life. Belittled by his pompous uncle and sniveling aunt (not to mention his absolute terror of a cousin, Dudley), Harry has resigned himself to a mediocre existence in the cupboard under the stairs. But then the letters start dropping on the doormat at Number Four, Privet Drive. Addressed to “Mr. H. Potter” and stamped shut with a purple wax seal, the peculiar envelopes are swiftly confiscated by his relentlessly cruel family. But nothing stops Rubeus Hagrid, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man, from kicking down the door and bursting in with astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard—and not only a wizard, he’s an incredibly famous wizard. Hagrid spirits him away to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, setting into motion an incredible adventure (Banks run by goblins! Enchanted train platforms! Invisibility Cloaks!) that listeners won’t ever forget.
If you haven’t read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone yet, what are you waiting for? And if you have, jump to the pairings to have some more Potter-ish fun!
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For more like Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone:
- Read the entire set of Harry Potter books and/or graphic novels. (I like to gift them to charity during the holidays.)
- Watch the Harry Potter movies, especially in the Fall!
- Make a delicious treat from a Harry Potter cookbook.
- Check out my Harry Potter gift guide.
- Check out my favorite Harry Potter ambient ASMR rooms on YouTube. (And if you don’t know what these are, just trust me on this! They are life-changing for book lovers.)
- Peruse the best Harry Potter Christmas decor.
- Get my Hermione Granger Halloween costume ideas.
That concludes this Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone book review with some recommended lifestyle companions for you to enjoy with the book.
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