Monday, January 30, 2012

(12)Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Publication Date: January 28, 1987
Pages: 309

If my title of "Last person on the planet to read The Help" is questionable, I most certainly can claim the title as "The Last Person on the Planet to Read Harry Potter."  My Step-Daughter asked us to get the movies to watch and since I was looking for something new to watch on the treadmill, I decided to it was high time to read/watch Harry Potter.

Since I only spend an hour at a time on the treadmill, it took me longer to watch the movie than it did to read the book.  If you don't know, Harry Potter, is the story of a young boy who discovers on his eleventh birthday that he is a Wizard who goes off to school to study witchcraft and wizardry.

I think I was more impressed with the cinematic beauty of the movie than I was with the actual book.  I do think that, at least with the first book, that the movie stuck pretty close to the story-line of the book.  J.K Rowling's words truly come to life in the movie.  It was quite impressive.  Do I think the book is the "greatest story ever told" - not yet.  But it is only book one.  Ask me again when I finish the series.

Have you read the Harry Potter series?  What was your favorite book in the series and do you think the movies stay true to the books?


Sara Bell said...

I'm also a recent addition to the Harry Potter club. I had read the first and second books a lot time ago and just couldn't stand them.
I read the third and fourth last year and found them to be very interesting. I agree, they aren't the best books in the world, but they're good enough to keep me coming back. I haven't watched all the movies yet either. The only one I really remember is the fourth, since it was the most recent, and I was frustrated by a pretty key character being replaced, obviously just to save on time.

Lisa said...

This is the only Harry Potter book I ever read and I do recall the movie being very faithful to it. After the first one, both of my boys decided they were going to read the books on their own. I have seen all of the movies and enjoyed them.

Mimi said...

My mom just sent me a link that said, "How to read a Harry Potter book in a week" and asked me if I thought it was a post about reading very slowly ;)

I have read them more than once, but not as obsessively as others have read them. I'd say my favorite of the early ones is #2, "The Chamber of Secrets" and then probably the last one.

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