5 Reasons Why We Keep Re-reading Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling – A Book Review

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Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling – A Book Review

I personally have always admired and resonated, particularly as Harry, his struggles in the muggle world, the challenges he faces, the lack of empathy and love is something I feel like – Been there, done that… For me, life had been tricky and challenging at a point when I felt isolated, felt unloved, felt alone… Well, I guess all of us surely at some point see a bit of ourselves in Harry, don’t we? And that time Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling Came to my rescue.

Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling

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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!

Having now become classics of our time, the Harry Potter ebooks never fail to bring comfort and escapism to readers of all ages. With its message of hope, belonging and the enduring power of truth and love, the story of the Boy Who Lived continues to delight generations of new readers.

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

Well, wise words from an equally wise personality, one we all surely have been looking up to for ages now. Dumbledore. Yes, that one man who has always, for me at least, had the power to transform almost anything. People always say that with Dumbledore around, anything is possible. Yes, anything and absolutely everything.

You guys must be wondering why I am discussing Dumbledore today. Well, I thought let me do something really cliched today. Yaar, ”Suraj ko diya dikhane ki koshish kar rahi hoon.” Not understood?

READ: Return To Hogwarts: 12 Quotes From Our Favourite Harry Potter Characters Revisited

Well, I thought let me try and list down some reasons why we as readers need to keep rereading Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone time and again. In short, I thought of attempting to write the book review for this mega classic, a title that shall go down next to the most celebrated and revered titles such as the Bible or The Lord Of The Rings. A story that not only has an enigma but is a parallel world, one which we love to revel in, indulging in its magical alleys, basking in its mystique, resonating with its characters, living it through the entire series with them in fact.

  1. This being a story laced with magic and magical world-building, what I sincerely feel is that with such a premise, not only does reading become indulgent but the fact that it is a hypothetical premise is the perfect escapade for a truly delightful read. Possibly, the most ideal backdrop for a series-Magical world…
  2. Not only are the characters closer to life, but they are also relatable. Be it Harry’s naivety, Hagrid’s kindness or the benevolence and the wise demeanour Dumbledore is famous for, Rowling has ensured that each and every character has been carved -yes indeed carved to the utmost perfection. You cannot help but get smitten by their charismatic presence and the aura that they impart. You shall be absolutely enthralled and spellbound by the manner in which they connect with you and that too for keeps!!
  3. This is the first book of the seven-part series, one which pursues Harry Potter’s journey from a common ‘Muggle’ to becoming a great wizard, defeating Lord Voldemort, who happens to be not only the darkest wizard of all times but also his arch-nemesis as he is Harry’s parents killer too. The story gets intriguing right from the first instalment itself.
  4. Not only is fantasy one of the best genres to read but it happens to be the best one to expound and elaborate on. This I say from the Authors point of view as a strong premise and genre is needed to build upon in case one plans a multi-part series for the writing.
  5. A plot that promises emotion, fantasy, idea and execution, all equal parts is the constitution of this super series. Readers stand genuinely interested at the end of this one to know what transpires next in Harry’s life with regards to the magical world and his tryst with it. Whether he manages to find his true self in the strange world which has been introduced to him, where in spite of being the Magical community, people love and respect him or contrary to his human world where there is no love and respect he has ever seen in his life. A perfect premise for a perfect read !!

So, these were some of the reasons I feel are the true vitalities why we keep re-reading The Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling and love it to the core.

This was a piece of my heart for you guys, not a review to be honest but more amusing of sorts.

This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’ hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla in collaboration with RRE Studios.

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24 Comments

  1. Harjeet Kaur March 3, 2022 at 5:55 pm

    This was a good nostalgic trip to Hogwarts..Thiis was the only Harry Potter I have read..Loved the quotes you have shared.They really took me to another realm

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  2. Zenobia Merchant March 4, 2022 at 5:31 pm

    Nostalgia indeed. HP grows on you every time you pick up the book to reread or watch the movie. Love the quote shared.

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  3. Kaveri Chhetri March 4, 2022 at 5:35 pm

    awwww… so straight from the heart… I am not a potterhead but can totally relate to your feelings as I have many friends who are. Loved your writeup.

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  4. Jasmine March 4, 2022 at 10:23 pm

    I have not read many books but ur book review , the ratings and quotes has helped a non reader select the best books when i read anything

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  5. Swati Mathur March 5, 2022 at 2:08 pm

    I haven’t read Harry Potter but I think if I have to being with this should be the apt book to start with. Through this review I could know your love for Harry Potter

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  6. Nikita Jhanglani March 5, 2022 at 6:16 pm

    I’m not a HP rereader, but as someone who has favorite rereads, I understand the sentiment!

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  7. Flavia Cutinho March 5, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    Not a big Harry Potter fan but definitely liked what you hv had to say.

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  8. Ritu Bindra March 5, 2022 at 11:28 pm

    Enjoyed reading your post. I warmed up to the Harry Potter series quite late. Not much of a Potterhead. And all the controversy surrounding the author is such a downer.

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  9. Varsh March 6, 2022 at 9:20 am

    Another Potterhead here and I was happily nodding through your post. Added to this the one thing that stood our in Potter series was the friendship between Harry, Ron and Hermione. I loved how they had each other’s back and made the perfect trio!!

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  10. Madhu Bindra March 6, 2022 at 12:43 pm

    I have never read a Harry Potter book but I enjoyed reading your passionate post on it. Completely agree with the quote you shared.

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  11. Sonia dogra March 6, 2022 at 12:59 pm

    Not a potterhead but I know all the stories because both my children are ardent fans. So I know what you mean by saying that Potter must be read again and again.

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  12. Sadvika Kylash March 6, 2022 at 2:17 pm

    I am a fan of HP too. It is like I grew up with it. And love the review. I always love reading reviews from you,

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  13. Shail Thosani March 6, 2022 at 3:33 pm

    I am a potterhead and it is so exciting to read your review on Philosopher’s stone. It took me back to the days when I would wait for the book to release and my mother had a condition I would get to read the new book only if I did well in exams but ended up giving me the book before that itself.

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  14. Vasumathi March 6, 2022 at 3:43 pm

    I am a complete Potterhead. Not just The Philosopher’s Stone, but I read the entire series time and again. The story, the way it is written, the relationships, the love, the sacrifices – I find all of these inspirational. The books never fail to pep me up.

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  15. Sindhu Vinod Narayan March 6, 2022 at 4:11 pm

    The books take back to nostalgic memories for many, but sadly I have read only one and realised that it wasn’t my type of book.

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  16. Meetali Kutty March 6, 2022 at 5:10 pm

    This is one of my all time faves and I try to revisit rereading all of them once every two years. I plan to this year as well and you got me excited to start soon!

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  17. Abha March 6, 2022 at 5:46 pm

    Agree. Another Harry Potter fan here. My daughter also love reading this.

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  18. Monidipa Dutta March 6, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    I am an ardent lover of HP books. You have struck a chord by sharing this post. I mostly loved the quotes.

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  19. Kashish Mahtani March 6, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    Your post speaks to me! I’ve read each book at least thrice and watched the movies countless times so I know exactly where you’re coming from!

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  20. Jhilmil D Saha March 6, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    I guess I am the only one who has not read the series. But i will surely get my daughter to read it.

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  21. Bhawna Shah March 6, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    I have not read the book but yes, saw all the movies of Harry Potter for 3 times.
    My son is requesting me to bring this book and I promised him that I will buy after his exams.

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  22. Pooja Jha March 7, 2022 at 1:46 am

    I think I Am the only one who has not read any HarryPotter book. But I do agree with you here – I guess all of us surely at some point see a bit of ourselves in Harry, isolated, lonely, no empathy, being in a place we feel like, we actually don’t belong to. I am planning to start harry potter with my kids. May be from next month from his birthday

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  23. Vidhya Thakkar March 8, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    Not a harry potter fan! but loved reading this one

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  24. Noor Anand Chawla May 1, 2022 at 11:20 pm

    As a huge Potterhead myself, I agree!

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