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Some Read-a-Thon Reviews

Posted on: September 28, 2009

So, I’m terribly behind on posting the reviews of the books I’ve read. Actually, I’m behind on everything, but still trying to catch up.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling

This is the first Harry Potter book, and I loved it from my first reading. I absolutely love the world JK Rowling built, and admire the humanity and fallibility of her characters.

In the Sorcerer’s Stone, Ten year old Harry Potter has a terrible life. He doesn’t fit in at home – in fact, he’s certain that his aunt, uncle, and cousin would be far happier without him. Strange things happen around him when he’s stressed out, like jumping on roofs and his hair spontaneously growing out. So he is delighted to find out that he really is different from the family he lives with – in fact, he’s different from everyone he currently knows. Harry is a wizard, and is going to go to wizarding school at Hogwarts. For the first time in his life, Harry meets people who are like him, makes friends, and finds out that he’s good at several things – but especially riding a broomstick. The only shadow in his new life is a deadly enemy from his past, He- Who- Must- Not- Be- Named. Also, Professor Snape seems to hate him on sight. Harry makes friends with Ron and Hermoine, and the three of them find themselves battling to keep the Sorcerer’s Stone out of the hands of the most evil wizard in memory.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling

This is the second Harry Potter book.

It’s been a terrible summer for Harry, still living with his aunt and uncle. He cannot wait to get back to Hogwarts – even though he hasn’t heard from any of his friends all summer. It only gets words when a strange creature shows up and begs him not to return to school, since terrible things are afoot. The creature causes trouble for Harry, saying it is for his own good – and Harry’s family locks him into his room and swears to never let him out. Fortunately, Ron and his brothers steal a flying car and come to Harry’s rescue. Over and over, Harry experiences really bad luck – and then, students start getting attacked. Can Harry find what is attacking the other students before someone gets killed?

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