Title: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Author: J.K Rowling
Summary: When a letter arrives for unhappy but ordinary Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is revealed to him. His parents were wizards, killed by a dark Lord's curse when Harry was just a baby, and which he somehow survived. Escaping from his unbearable Muggle guardians to Hogwarts, a wizarding school brimming with ghosts and enchantments, Harry stumbles into a sinister adventurewhen he finds a three-headed dog guarding a room on the third floor. Then he hears of a missing stone with astonishing powers which could be valuable, dangerous, or both.
My Rating: 8/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: Out of all the seven Harry Potter books. This is probably my least favourite. Not to confuse it with being a bad story. I just found when you compare it to the level of the rest of the series, this one falls short. With that being said, this is a must read, because you need to read it to read the others. What I liked about this story is the characters, the kind you instantly fall in love with, care about and want to learn more about. Harry, Ron, Hermione are the three main characters you mainly get to see and watch their friendship grow. It is a lighthearted story, as the three friends begin to solve the mystery of the Philosopher's Stone, along with the adventures of being first year student's at Hogwarts. The first story brings you a lighthearted story of friendship and the adventures around it in this fantasty wizarding world. You're introduced to the magical wizarding world and experience just as Harry does for the first time. The story isn't very climatic, but it does set the ground work and the building blocks for what's to come. It is a bit predictable, and very "fluffy" at times, as it is children's fiction. For those who haven't read it, don't expect the first book to be some amazing story that blows you away, or to come up to par with other works by fantasy athours. Harry Potter, the series as a whole comes up to that level, but the first book doesn't. This book is kind of like the story that introduces everything, and hints at what to come. Overall a great read, but not the best of the series.
Would I recommend it to read: Yes. Of course, You need to read this, inorder to read the others. It's a great book, but don't expect top end fiction. It is for children/ young adult, so that what the language and story level is, but it is one of the best children's fiction you can read.
What to read next: Well in reading order, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheoix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows. Also Chronicles of Narnia and Wrinkle in Time. Oh and the Goldan Compass.