I decided at the end of last year that this year I would read all of the Harry Potter wizard books because when they were published I read the first 3 or 4 and then became side tracked onto other things and didn’t get back to them. Although I have watched all the films my daughter believes I am missing out if I don’t read the books. So that is what I am doing.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone written by J K Rowling were first published in 1997. Having now read it for the second time I can’t actually say for sure that I read it the first time as the book doesn’t seem familiar but I have images of the film flicking through my mind as I read. Although my daughter Bethany assures me that I did read it because I read it to her. She on the other hand as read and watched them so many times she could probably recite them. Alas that will never be me although I have enjoyed reading it.
I love the fact that the traits of some of the characters have changed from book to film but in any case it doesn’t distract from the book itself. There is still the Dursley’s and Malfoy to contend with. I was also interested to note that a large proportion of the book is used to set the scene with most of the action happening in the grand finale where Harry triumphs and Griffindore wins. But we mustn’t forget Ron Weasley and that amazing game of chess. I also like the more friendly way that Norbet is taken to live with other dragons.
I can see this book being read over and over again through proceeding generations by adults and children alike. I can’t say I was a fan before but now I can’t wait for the next one. Since I finished reading the first book I have sat and watched the film and my daughter is right it’s not like the book and by not reading the book I was missing out.