Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.~First Line: "Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much."
All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley--a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry's room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in eleven years.
But all of that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry--and anyone who reads about him--will find unforgettable.
For it's there that he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic in everything from classes to meals, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him...if Harry can survive the encounter.
~Last Line: " 'I'm going to have a lot of fun with Dudley this summer. . . .' "
Review: This was a reread for me. I probably wouldn't have read the thrilling series-beginner if it hadn't been for Marcie hosting her Harry Potter Reading Challenge.
The well-known Harry Potter begins his years at Hogwarts hoping not to disappoint. However, even if he isn't as good as one of his best friends, Hermione Granger, who can make any teacher proud, he makes people (especially us readers) proud because of his definite bravery.
My favorite character in this book . . . I'm not really sure. I love Dumbledore for sure, and Fred and George always make me laugh. But I don't think I have a favorite character for this series. Maybe I'll have one after I read Chamber of Secrets!
I think my favorite scene, however, was when Ron, Harry, Hermione were trying to save the Stone from ending up in the wrong hands. Let's just say that those very brave first years definitely had some challenges to solve :).
This really was an awesome start to an awesome series. I will have to start rereading Chamber of Secrets sometime soon!
Quotes from the Book:
" 'We'll send you a Hogwarts toilet seat.' "
" 'Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here.' "
"There are some things you can't share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot troll is one of them."
" 'But we're not stupid -- we know we're called Gred and Forge.' "
" 'What happened down in the dungeons between you and Professor Quirrel is a complete secret, so, naturally, the whole school knows.' "