Fantasy · Middle Grade

[Review] Harry Potter (Harry Potter Series #1) by JK Rowling

When I was in fourth/fifth grade I had this friend who LOVED the Harry Potter series. He did his women’s history month project on JK Rowling, praised it to the moon and back, and basically worshipped the series. I’m sure he reread those 3-4 books until they fell apart! As I grew up I realized a lot of people liked Harry Potter, possibly everyone except me (because I hadn’t read it). Fast forward many years later and I figured it was about time I check this series out!

Now, in case you’ve been living under a rock (don’t worry, I don’t judge, I live under one too), I’ll give a quick summary of this book:


11-year-old Harry Potter has grown up constantly abused (mentally and physically), by the Dursleys (his mom’s family), ever since he was left on their doorstep the day his parents died. One day, while going to get the mail, he notices he’s received a letter, which is immediately confiscated by his uncle, and nothing he says will get him to return it.

The next day the same thing happens. And the next.

Every day Harry receives a letter, the Dursley’s confiscate them.ย Of course, nothing they do stop Harry from finally opening that letter, finding out he’s a wizard and attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he meets great friends and overcomes great trials.

Going into the HP series I had high expectations because everyone LOVES these books. I’ve watched the movies and also love the world but wanted to read the books because of hype. Considering it’s the first book, it’s not all that great but that’s me saying this because I know what other adventures await Harry and his friends.

From just the first chapter I was instantly hooked. I really liked how everything was set up and how I could see all the characters in my mind, the descriptions were fun, and some of them disgusting (which was the point). I really enjoyed the interaction between the characters, especially how Hermione wasn’t initially part of the trio. For some reason, I had blanked out on this little fact and it was nice to see their meeting once again.

Even though Fred and George didn’t have much ‘screen time’ I was still reminded of why I loved them and I can’t wait to see them again! Not to mention Molly, she’s such a beautiful woman :”)

I do think the ending was a bit rushed, but in a way, I also didn’t care because I’d watched the movie. If I hadn’t watched it maybe I would have been more upset because they just breezed through every trial and I guess I had wanted it to be drawn out a bit more. I think everything just happened in a coupleย pages

Can’t wait to check out the rest of the series!

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5 thoughts on “[Review] Harry Potter (Harry Potter Series #1) by JK Rowling

  1. I agree! Of course I watched all the films from the moment that the first movie came out when I was a kid, but it wasn’t until about 2 years ago that I decided to read the books, and only because my little sister asked me if I had the books so she could borrow them. I didn’t have the books, but it got me thinking and I decided to buy them and read them. I’m so glad that I decided to read them. So awesome!

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  2. I loved these books from the age of 12, one of the wonderful things about them was that the books grew up with the readers as much as the other way round. I’ve been rereading them and I just started the third, The Prisoner of Azkaban. As much as it was lovely to revisit the first two for nostalgic reasons, JK’s writing got a lot better as she went along with the series. You have so much to look forward to, I’m kind of jealous that you get to read them for the first time!

    The books and movies will always hold special memories for me. And Snape’s revelations with Lily in the Deathly Hallows Part 1 film will destroy me every single time. I’m getting ready for the blubberload when I get to that part in the books.

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    1. i wasn’t into reading back when i was a kid otherwise i think i would have been taken away by it too. i have heard that her work gets better which i kind of assumed, it wouldn’t be good if it didn’t lol

      ahhh, i guess i won’t be able to get that since i’m already way older than the character are D: though i’m sure it’ll still be awesome to see them grow

      i’m still on the second book for blogging purposes, otherwise i would have already been on that one too xD

      i’m actually really excited about learning more about harry’s parents! i watched all the movies but felt they didn’t go over them as much as i’d liked and am crossing my fingers that in the books they give more info! i guess it’s because they’re not the MCs that i’m sort of obsessing over them Lol!

      it also helps i have a terrible memory. i’ll be reading these now for the first time and in like 2-3 years i could do it again ^^;

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  3. I’m so glad you’re finally reading them, it’s my favourite series in the entire world! They definitely get better and better from here on, I agree about the challenges being a bit rushed. I just have so many feelings about this series, I am OBSESSED ๐Ÿ™‚
    (commenting from #eotybh chat)

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