Description on Amazon
“Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter ‘H’.”
Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!
What says I
I love it. No surprise. The end. No but seriously. I love the Harry Potter series. The characters are amazing! The setting is beautiful. The interaction of the characters with one another and their environment is totally believable. And so I can go on and on. Of all the HP books, this one is my favorite. I’m attracted to properly written English books. I love the English language and if you can craft a story that showcases the English language in it’s most glorious richness, I give you bragging rights! I loved that about this book. The English is not dumbed down and bland. It’s vibrant and challenging. It expanded the readers’ vocabularies and it sure is doing it to this day.
Although I’m using the American version for the links etc, we read the UK version. Old library versions mind you. I think it was the first ones shipped world wide! Now why this is relevant, apparently the US publisher felt that the UK editions are not up to par with their reader base and had the cover and the title changed. Therefore my title reflects the UK title. Frankly I think the US publisher insulted his countrymen… Anyways, Huffington Post wrote about it when the HP brand celebrated 20 years.
All of that put aside, this is a great book. Fantastical! Magical! All things children’s imaginations are made of.
What says others
The Guardian agrees with me. And that a non-fantasy fan! Mind you, I’m also not very excited about the average fantasy books but sometimes there are sprinkles of light in my bland world… Fantasy Book Review liked it as well. Neverimitate had a tribute to the HP brand here. As did The Invisible Mentor, Best Fantasy Books Blog and Empire Online.
Where to connect with the author
Where to connect with JK Rowling? Well, everywhere! She’s very active on Twitter. She enjoys Facebook. Pottermore is the Harry Potter stronghold. But then you can visit her website, her Amazon author page and read more about her on Wikipedia. Now I’m going to stop sharing links. She’s everywhere!
Where to buy this book
Everywhere! Like I mentioned, we read the library version but you can find it in all formats on Amazon, Audible, Kobo, Takealot, Makro, yaawwwnnn… And so it goes on. Obviously at your local brick and mortar shop, you should be able to find a copy to dig into.
And that is it from me today.
Until next time sweet peeps!
PS. I’m getting nothing from this review. There is no affiliate links. I liked it. I shared it.