I don’t actually know a single person who doesn’t love the Harry Potter series, if you’ve read some of my other posts you’ll know how much I’m an advocate of books over films and although the Harry Potter films are amazing in their own right the books are (you guessed it!) even more fantastic.
J.K Rowling offers vivid descriptions of the events that happen and the world that she creates through her use of setting and characters. ‘The Philosophers Stone’ is the first book of the series and is shorter than some of the later books, perhaps this is because the first books of the series were written as children’s books (you can clearly see the development of the books as you read further into the series, they grow and adapt as the readers do). Therefore, at whatever age, the first books make a great introduction to the series, especially if you’re not an avid reader.
The story introduces the protagonist who gives the title to the series; Harry Potter. It explores his backstory and follows his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main plot line to this book involves Harry and his friends unveiling the antagonists, Voldemort’s, attempt to return to power. The book is full of action and adventure and excellently sets up the plot by which the series will follow, including the continuing battles between Harry and Voldemort.
I definitely recommend reading the series if you’re a fan of the films, or even a fan of the fantasy genre in general! The imagination that has been used to create the plot and the magical world in which Harry Potter exists is admirable for any reader.