Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Philosopher’s Stone

Hey everyone! Since I’m currently rereading the Harry Potter series for the first time in a DECADE (!), I thought it would be fun to blog some of my thoughts now that I’m returning to the books with an adult perspective πŸ™‚

Obviously, these posts will potentially contain spoilers so please use caution if you haven’t read the series yet (though if you haven’t, where have you been?! Go read it and then come back!)


Initial Reactions…

Omg it’s actually happening. I’m rereading Harry Potter! Please let it be as good as I remember.

This is very young in tone… I’m scared this was a terrible idea.

Some of this dialogue is a bit stilted!

I hope it’s a warm night, baby Harry will freeze on that doorstep!

Ok, I never fully comprehended how vile the Dursleys are… surely making him sleep in a cupboard and not buying him new glasses or clothes of his own is child abuse?!

It’s so interesting to see the differences between the books and the movies.

How can Quirrell shake Harry’s hand in the Leaky Cauldron?!

Hermione bragging on the train about having tried a few simple spells… but they’re not allowed to do magic outside of Hogwarts?

Does Snape know the crack with Quirrell and his turban?

They got detention for being out of bed at night – but the detention is taking place at 11pm? LOL

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Thoughts Upon Finishing…

Ok, so it was a bit difficult at times to withhold my criticisms. I always praise Rowling on her foreshadowing but knowing that she’s so good at it causes me to question the tiniest inconsistencies! I don’t know if I’ve just forgotten things in the space of ten years.

I did feel like this book was very young in tone; but then, even reading the series in my younger years, I felt that this one was the most immature. Rowling’s writing becomes progressively more amazing and I can certainly make allowances for the quality of her debut.

I am just so thrilled to be back in this world. The amount of magical detail Rowling provides is truly stunning and her plots really are so clever. Knowing what is coming down the line, it is a joy to pick up on little hints that I missed as a child.

Rereading has also made me realise just how much is missed out of the movies (even the first one where you assume they got most of the details in). This book features some really great moments that I had forgotten about and which, sadly, are missing from the big screen.

Overall, while I am reading this more critically, I am trying hard to leave my reviewing hat OFF and just enjoy re-immersing myself in this magical world for the first time in ten years!

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When was the last time you read Harry Potter? Did you pick up on any of the inconsistencies I mentioned?! x

 

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12 thoughts on “Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Philosopher’s Stone

  1. I re-read the first book last week for the first time in four years and it was even better than I remembered!! (I already had ridiculously high expectations after approximately 10 million re-reads lol) I’m just picking up on how abusive the Dursleys are though!!

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  2. The last time I read this book I must have been in third or fourth grade β€” so I’m guessing a decade as well! I don’t think I could reread it though. I’d be so scared to ruin my precious memories with this book… To me, Harry Potter was a whole lot more than just a book. It was my β€œreal” transition from kid books to slightly-less-kid books. And I remember picking this book from the library and bringing it on my holiday to Spain and finishing it in 3 days! Ah… I don’t know… For me, some things are better not touched. I can’t wait to read your thoughts on the rest of the series!

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    • I was apprehensive (and still am, if I’m honest). That’s why I haven’t reread it in the 10 years. But the time was just right – I needed to revisit my old friends!! πŸ˜€

      That’s so sweet, thank you! It means a lot to me that you’re interested in what I have to say ❀

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  3. I’ve become a more critical reader than I was when I first read the Harry Potter books. I only re-read Half-blood prince this year and didn’t enjoy it much despite the fact that it was my favourite in the series. As you said, there were some great moments which I had completely forgotten about.

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  4. I think the first book is the youngest in tone and Rowling becomes a more assured, less studied writer as she goes on. Some of the humor in the first books especially always strikes me as a little forced.

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