Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling

This was the book that started it all for me. I remember getting it and reading it for the first time. There is nothing quite like the feeling of diving into a new magical world and getting lost in the book.

11 years ago a child was born to a witch and a wizard. One year later evil wizard tried to kill him, but he couldn't. He disappeared, and his parents died protecting him. He was left with his aunt and uncle to be raised alongside his cousin. It wasn't a happy childhood. He was neglected and punched to the side until 10 years later letters started to arrive. They never let him read it, going to the extreme to prevent him from getting one. Until the evening of his 11 birthday.

They were hiding in an abandoned cabin in the middle of the lake when there was a knock on the doors that would change his life forever. Hagrid delivers his letter and tells him who he really is. He took him shopping the next day and one month later he was on the train to Hogwarts.

His life at school was filled with adventure, magic and new friendships. But life is never without danger for Harry.

Each time I read it, it takes me back to that magical place and reminds me of why I fell in love with reading. I recently read it over Christmas and it's as good as I remember. :)

happy reading,


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