Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Boy Wonder Rogers

Writer; J.K. Rowling

Synopsis; Harry Potter discovers a secret about himself which propels him onto a fantastical and magical adventure to Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry.

In 500; the first of Rowling’s Harry Potter series to be published the Philosopher’s Stone is undoubtedly a book for children. The apparent simplicity of the book, however, does not alienate an adult readership thanks to the strength of Rowling’s authorial voice which never condescends and which is always charming and engaging. Episodic in nature most chapters revolve around some magical misadventure which in some cases advances Harry’s inevitable encounter with the wizard who killed his parents while introducing magical elements which make up Harry’s new world of magic.

There is an unadulterated sense of whimsy about Rowling’s writing as she gives seemingly ordinary objects a magical and imaginative twist. Philosopher’s Stone covers a lot of familiar territory but Rowling infuses the seemingly…

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