My Favourite Book…

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Mrs Montgomery shares her favourite book… Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

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I have read and loved lots of books but it will come as no surprise to lots of boys and girls at Harmony that my favourite book has to be Harry Potter! I thought I would share a little bit more about the very first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

In this, the first book of seven in the series, we see a young boy named Harry, who lives in the cupboard under the stairs with his Aunt Petunia, Uncle Vernon and their horrible son, Dudley Dursley. Harry’s parents died when he was a baby in the same accident that left him with a lightning bolt scar and Harry remembers very little of his life before moving to 4 Privet Drive with the Dursleys.

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At the turn of Harry’s eleventh birthday, a giant man, like no other, appears to tell Harry, “Yer’ a wizard.”

The book begins as Harry is reaching the age of eleven. He should be attending Stonewall High but during the summer holidays persistent letters try to reach Harry and the Dursley family try to flee from them, even going to an island that nobody could reach… without magic. While on the island the family get the fright of their lives when just after midnight, at the turn of Harry’s eleventh birthday, a giant man, like no other, appears to tell Harry “Yer’ a wizard.”

Harry embarks on an adventure beginning with the most magical place, his new school, where classes include Charms, Herbology, Defence Against the Dark Arts and the dreaded Potions with the bat-like Professor Snape. Harry makes friends and enemies as he learns more about the wizarding world and about the truth of his parents’ death at the hands of the most feared dark wizard in history, Lord Voldemort.

In the Philosopher’s Stone Harry finds out that Hogwarts is the safest place to keep something hidden and discovers that the mystical philosopher’s stone is hiding in school, guarded by many things, including a three headed dog! Harry and his friends want to find out why it’s being hidden at Hogwarts, who might want it and how they can play their part in keeping it safe.

I love this very first instalment of Harry Potter because it sets up the amazing magical world that Harry comes to live in. I have read all of the Harry Potter books at least eight times each and I still notice new things each time I come back, especially to the Philosopher’s Stone. The first book is particularly wonderful to come back to, especially knowing the whole story because I can see the plan that the author, J.K. Rowling had for the series.

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I would thoroughly recommend this book to our older readers at school because it can transport you to the wizarding world and make you feel like you are really there as Harry, Ron and Hermione’s fourth friend. I was already an adult by the time I read my first Harry Potter book and I still loved being a part of Harry’s adventures, so maybe you could share the books with your parents too! The books have made me laugh, cry, get really angry and made me so excited I couldn’t stop reading.

You might have seen the films but it is time to read books! Pick up Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone from our school library and begin your magical adventure!

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