Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone–J.K. Rowling

Happy birthday Ronald Weasley! He would be 31 this year if he were a real person. That’s right, I did the math.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is a magnificent book, especially if you are a kid. I grew up with the characters, reading these since I was twelve, so I wasn’t far off the mark of the age of the characters as the stories were coming out. Growing up with them was like growing up with my siblings. Adventure and battles, but ridiculously fun.

Half of my friends haven’t read these books, and most say it’s because they don’t want to “jump on the bandwagon”. Well, stop being stupid! I’ve read these books a million times and it still doesn’t get old. (That’s twelve years of my reading the same books at least once a year.)

There’s something about these books that feel like home and I want people to at least read the first one. I had stopped reading quite so much when I was twelve due to a budding social life and need to fit in, and one day I was bored as all hell. My mom handed me The Chronicles of Narnia and told me to read those and shut up. Well. I was barely through the first one when I got bored and tossed it aside for this book.

That was one of the greatest decisions I’ve ever made. (Not that I don’t like Narnia now.)

I remember reading the first chapter thinking “This is ridiculous…..” and then like most of the books I’ve fallen in love with it was three hours later and I didn’t even notice until I had to go to the bathroom.

It hooks you in after the first chapter and there’s no stopping it.

Everyone knows who Harry Potter is, an orphaned kid who finds out he’s a wizard, goes to school at Hogwarts and meets Ron and Hermione and is constantly taking heat from Lord Voldemort for some unknown reason. Read these books and you’ll find out the reason. It’s completely brilliant and fantastic.

I’ll be 90 years old still reading these books.

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