I m going to keep this brief since there isn t much to say that hasn t already been said clears throat I think the reason I waited so long to read this series is because I just couldn t imagine myself enjoying reading about an eleven year old boy and his adventures at a school of wizardry I thought it would be too juvenile for my taste I was wrong, of course.I can honestly say that I loved every minute of this It s a spectacular little romp with funny, courageous, and endearing characters that you can t help but love.It has talking chess pieces, singing hats, a giant three headed dog named Fluffy, a hilarious giant with a dragon fetish, a master wizard that s just a little bit crazy, mail carrier owls, goblins running a bank, unicorns, centaurs , trollsand probably muchthat I m forgetting And then there s the lead characters Hermione, the young scholar who starts out prim and up tight but soon becomes a true friend Ron, the boy who has little money but who has an abundance of family and loyalty to his friends to make up for it and then there s Harry, the boy who starts out sleeping in a closet and ends up being a hero Harry is kind to those that deserve it, fearless when it counts the most, and wonderfully intelligent What s not to love In regards to the ending view spoiler I feel silly saying this about a middle grade novel, but I didn t suspect Quirrell a bit If there were hints that he was the true culprit and not Snape, I obviously missed them hide spoiler I m on page 27 I can already tell this is going to be a big hit someday Everyone take note of this author He s going places Couldn t find him on Twitter, though Wanted to tell him how great I thought page 23 was. My original review was a comparison of sorts between Harry Potter and Twilight However, this is stupid as the two are incomparable Honestly, its not even worth discussing Its not just that Twilight doesn t come close, it is the fact that Harry Potter transcends other similar works Its peerless To quote Samuel L Jackson in Pulp Fiction Itain t the same fuckin ballpark, it ain t the same league, it ain t even the same fuckin sport There was a day when I thought I needed to defend Harry Potter, in the midst of the now dead Twilight craze, and you can see that below in what was my original review It is a testament to the power of this series, that while various other franchises Twilight, Hunger Games have surged into popularity and then faded, Harry Potter remains unwaveringly strong after nineteen years It is clear readers hold just as much admiration for these books as they always have Time has not dimmed that.I will, one day, write an essay about what these books mean to me Eternal, this is the one that started it all Original review circa 2010 A note in regard to the on going Potter vs Twilight debate Go ahed, tell me Twilight is better Tell me that James is scarier than Voldemort, That the Cullens are a better family than the Weasly s That Edward is cooler than Harry, and Bella is smarter than Hermione Tell me that Stephenie Meyer istalented than J.K Rowling Go ahead, I dare you Those who think the topic of Harry Potter or Twilight is worth debating and arguing over, are utterly stupid Quite frankly this book is amazing. Rereading for the 3rd time for the group read.Once upon a time, there was a 10th grader named Khanh who didn t get along with people very well She wasn t an outcast in school, and all the bullying and teasing stopped with the commencement of high school, but she had always been a bookworm and has generally preferred the company of her own thoughts.Lunchtime had always been dedicated not to eating, but to sitting in the library, browsing through books Not to worry, she got her nutrition in 5th period in the form of a giant 6 inch MM studded cookie and a package of Sour Patch Kids and or a package of Reese s Pieces Ah, the effortless metabolism of youth One day, there were shiny new books on her school library s New Releases shelf Harry Potter, books 1 through 3 She had heard of the books before, of course, since they were a constant presence on the NYT bestsellers list, but she had always avoided them, thinking of them as children s novels.At the grand age of 14, surely she was too old for a little kid s fantasy novel She had read the Outlander series earlier that year, after all And it had sex in it SEX She didn t really quite understand everything in the book, but the point is, she had read them Surely, at 14, Khanh was ready formature novels.And that did not include Harry Potter Harry Potter is 11 Khanh is 14 There is a vast difference in their ages Khanh was a teenager, dammit.But the Harry Potter books were new Brand new They were shiny, they had never been touched by another reader And Khanh was tempted.She picked up the first book in the series Harry Potter and the Sorcerer s Stone.The end.Or rather, the beginning. I will never ever rate this lower than 5 stars BEAUTIFUL. I ve FINALLY read a Harry Potter book Watch my review here Why the heck did I not read Harry Potter before nowits flipping magical literally Harry Potter S Life Is Miserable His Parents Are Dead And He S Stuck With His Heartless Relatives, Who Force Him To Live In A Tiny Closet Under The Stairs But His Fortune Changes When He Receives A Letter That Tells Him The Truth About Himself He S A Wizard A Mysterious Visitor Rescues Him From His Relatives And Takes Him To His New Home, Hogwarts School Of Witchcraft And WizardryAfter A Lifetime Of Bottling Up His Magical Powers, Harry Finally Feels Like A Normal Kid But Even Within The Wizarding Community, He Is Special He Is The Boy Who Lived The Only Person To Have Ever Survived A Killing Curse Inflicted By The Evil Lord Voldemort, Who Launched A Brutal Takeover Of The Wizarding World, Only To Vanish After Failing To Kill HarryThough Harry S First Year At Hogwarts Is The Best Of His Life, Not Everything Is Perfect There Is A Dangerous Secret Object Hidden Within The Castle Walls, And Harry Believes It S His Responsibility To Prevent It From Falling Into Evil Hands But Doing So Will Bring Him Into Contact With Forces Terrifying Than He Ever Could Have ImaginedFull Of Sympathetic Characters, Wildly Imaginative Situations, And Countless Exciting Details, The First Installment In The Series Assembles An Unforgettable Magical World And Sets The Stage For Many High Stakes Adventures To Come
Robert GalbraithAlthough she writes under the pen name J.K Rowling, pronounced like rolling, her name when her first Harry Potter book was published was simply Joanne Rowling Anticipating that the target audience of young boys might not want to read a book written by a woman, her publishers demanded that she use two initials, rather than her full name As she had no middle name, she chose K as the second initial of her pen name, from her paternal grandmother Kathleen Ada Bulgen Rowling She calls herself Jo and has said, No one ever called me Joanne when I was young, unless they were angry Following her marriage, she has sometimes used the name Joanne Murray when conducting personal business During the Leveson Inquiry she gave evidence under the name of Joanne Kathleen Rowling In a 2012 interview, Rowling noted that she no longer cared that people pronounced her name incorrectly.Rowling was born to Peter James Rowling, a Rolls Royce aircraft engineer, and Anne Rowling n e Volant , on 31 July 1965 in Yate, Gloucestershire, England, 10 miles 16 km northeast of Bristol Her mother Anne was half French and half Scottish Her parents first met on a train departing from King s Cross Station bound for Arbroath in 1964 They married on 14 March 1965 Her mother s maternal grandfather, Dugald Campbell, was born in Lamlash on the Isle of Arran Her mother s paternal grandfather, Louis Volant, was awarded the Croix de Guerre for exceptional bravery in defending the village of Courcelles le Comte during the First World War.Rowling s sister Dianne was born at their home when Rowling was 23 months old The family moved to the nearby village Winterbourne when Rowling was four She attended St Michael s Primary School, a school founded by abolitionist William Wilberforce and education reformer Hannah More Her headmaster at St Michael s, Alfred Dunn, has been suggested as the inspiration for the Harry Potter headmaster Albus Dumbledore.As a child, Rowling often wrote fantasy stories, which she would usually then read to her sister She recalls that I can still remember me telling her a story in which she fell down a rabbit hole and was fed strawberries by the rabbit family inside it Certainly the first story I ever wrote down when I was five or six was about a rabbit called Rabbit He got the measles and was visited by his friends, including a giant bee called Miss Bee At the age of nine, Rowling moved to Church Cottage in the Gloucestershire village of Tutshill, close to Chepstow, Wales When she was a young teenager, her great aunt, who Rowling said taught classics and approved of a thirst for knowledge, even of a questionable kind, gave her a very old copy of Jessica Mitford s autobiography, Hons and Rebels Mitford became Rowling s heroine, and Rowling subsequently read all of her books.Rowling has said of her teenage years, in an interview with The New Yorker, I wasn t particularly happy I think it s a dreadful time of life She had a difficult homelife her mother was ill and she had a difficult relationship with her father she is no longer on speaking terms with him She attended secondary school at Wyedean School and College, where her mother had worked as a technician in the science department Rowling said of her adolescence, Hermione a bookish, know it all Harry Potter character is loosely based on me She s a caricature of me when I was eleven, which I m not particularly proud of Steve Eddy, who taught Rowling English when she first arrived, remembers her as not exceptional but one of a group of girls who were bright, and quite good at English Sean Harris, her best friend in the Upper Sixth owned a turquoise Ford Anglia, which she says inspired the one in her books.
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