For today’s selection, I chose to revisit a magical friend of mine whose life transformed much of my childhood. While all of the books in the series are incredible, I chose to read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. After receiving a letter informing of his recent acceptance to Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, young Harry Potter learns of his miraculous survival and the truth of his parents’ deaths and his lightning bolt scar. Harry’s world is turned upside-down as he learns of the most horrendous wizard, He Who Must Not Be Named (or Lord Voldemort for those who are brave), who disappeared the night he killed Harry’s parents. Thus marks the journey for the “The Boy Who Lived” as he is taken out from his cupboard underneath the stairs and sets off to Hogwarts. With the help of his faithful friends, Hermoine Granger and Ron Weasley, they conquer a giant troll in the girl’s bathroom, a three-headed dog named “Fluffy”, and begin to uncover more details of Harry’s life.
This series is a great challenge for advanced young readers as it provides a secret world to engage their imagination and creativity. J.K. Rowling has provided her readers with an ageless classic as each year Harry attends Hogwarts, her readers are developing at the same time as Harry’s growth. While the books continue to become longer and longer, this provides students with the opportunity to be involved in a series that will last throughout their childhood and make a lasting impact as they learn valuable themes such as loyalty, bravery, identity, good vs. evil, integrity, and other qualities of what it takes to become a leader, a friend, a student, and above all, a world-changer. I followed Harry Potter and his friends throughout my upper elementary and middle school years and in a lot of ways (without the whole wizard thing) it was like looking into a mirror as they all encountered issues such as relationships and classes much like Muggle students. I would recommend the series for any aspiring reader with an interest in fantasy, magic, and a love of British humor and vocabulary! Happy reading!
Post by: Hannah Ladendorf