Author: J.K. Rowling.
Publication Date: 11-1-03
Goodread's Synopsis: "Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He's never worn a Cloak of Invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry's room is a tiny cupboard under the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in ten years.
But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him... if Harry can survive the encounter."
My Review: I heard so many things about this series but never read it. I didn't really like the movies at all. So I was like the books are awful too I'm not going to read them ever in my life. Well I was wrong this book was really good it was amazing like other books but really good. For me as I started to read and got about half way through the book and stopped reading it for a week then finished up. Well that last half was really slow for me I don't know if it was because I stopped or if it just seemed to dragged out. Either way that made me weary about the giving it 5 stars. This book really had a lot of world building plus the chapters were long and seemed to drag out a lot. So that was the only thing that I found wrong with it other that than I liked it.
For me the plot was a difficult for me to decide what the plot actually was. In the beginning Harry Potter was a normal boy who survived the attack on his parents by Lord Voldemort. He seems quite famous is the Wizard world. Anyways like most main characters they have a tragic back ground. An awful childhood he had. When he turned 11 he kept getting this letters everyday. Wow I thought this was a level of an extreme case of stalking. I mean you don't send letters that much everyday. His uncle decides to rip them up and they kept getting these letters. Hagrid finds Harry they take Harry shopping for school and such. Then there is someone trying to kill him but they think its Snape. I did to as well then there is this huge plot twists then we are at the end of his first year. For me its kinda hard to put everything that happens in a year but she does which means there is a lot of gaps in between everything. Which makes you wonder what happens in between that time and if it was really necessary to drag it out.
The characters there a ton of them. There is Harry Potter is the main character he is ah he's hard for me to describe because I didn't really feel like I knew him a much as I could. I understood he had a tragic past. I couldn't really connect to all the characters as much as I wanted. Each of them seem distant.
Overall all it was an really good book.