Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
By: J.K Rowling
Pages 247 | October 6, 2015| Bloomsbury
Rating: 5/5

When a letter arrives for unhappy but ordinary Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is revealed to him that apparently he's the last to know. His parents were wizards, killed by a Dark Lord's curse when Harry was just a baby, and which he somehow survived. Leaving his unsympathetic aunt and uncle for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry stumbles upon a sinister mystery when he finds a three-headed dog guarding a room on the third floor. Then he hears of a missing stone with astonishing powers, which could be valuable, dangerous – or both. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

 "Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much." Is the sentence that shaped my entire world. That one hook line that I like to refer to as the 'gateway' into the fandom world. The line that respectively catapulted me into the world of Fantasy reading. I have read this book several times since I first finished it in 1999. This however, was a new and amazing experience.

It has never been difficult for me to immerse myself into the world of Harry Potter. The beautiful illustrations that accompanied this version of the story made me feel like a part of it. From the Cupboard under the stairs, to finding the perfect wand. It was almost as though I were experiencing all of these things for the first time.

Reading this book is once again joining Harry Potter as he discovers things about himself that he never knew. WE ARE HARRY POTTER. We were born and raised in the muggle world. As we read along in the story we too as experiencing Diagon Alley, Gringotts, Ollivanders, Hogwarts all for the first time. We go along with Harry as someone who never knew any of this existed. I wouldn't say that I had forgotten what it felt like, but it had been a while. While the movies were an immersion all their own, the book always held the true magic for me. This new edition was the reminder that I needed to bring it all back to life!

If you have not read Harry Potter yet, what are you waiting for? It is not a 'kids book' it is a book, a series that inspired and formed an entire generation! This new edition is also the perfect starting point to inspire the upcoming generation. I cannot wait to see if they continue to release illustrated editions.

I was part of the generation that got to wait in line for hours, just to attend the midnight release for the books. It was amazing, I only hope others, and future generations get the same experience.

 I didn't think it was possible to take one of my favorite books and make it better, but that's exactly what happened. Fantastic!

Favorite Quotes: 

"Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself."

"It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live."

"To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure"