J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone
Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone is the first book of the probably most successful series written by J.K. Rowling. Making her the most successful literary author the book has been sold over 400 million times worldwide. When I first began reading The Philosopher’s Stone I was addicted to this book as I’ve never been before. Rowling managed to write a story with a wit and charm which makes it absolutely adorable. But not just the tone makes this book outstanding. Also setting, characters and story are adding just the right mixture of joy, tension and sympathy for the characters.
Tenyearold Harry is an orphan who lives with his uncaring Aunt Petunia, loathsome Uncle Vernon, and his cousin Dudley. Since strange things always happen when he is around, he is forced to sleep in a cupboard under the stairs. Harry is astonished to receive a letter from the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry rapidly discovers that he is a wizard himself. Soon Harry finds himself in the magical world of Hogwarts under the care of headmaster Albus Dumbledore. Harry’s eventful first year at the school is overshadowed by dark thoughts of his parents’ murder. Harry’s curiosity is destined to lead him and his friends into trouble, before they discover the truth about the mysterious Philosopher’s Stone.
Despite very few negative reviews most critics wrote enthusiastic reviews about Rowling's legacy helping her to be the first billionaire author. Since this book shaped my childhood as no other book, I can name Harry Potter not only as my book of the month but also as one of the best books I’ve ever read.
Bela Katschinski, Year 12