Author: J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #1
Blurb: (from Goodreads)
Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.
All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley—a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry's room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in eleven years.
But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry—and anyone who reads about him—will find unforgettable. For it's there that he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic in everything from classes to meals, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him... if Harry can survive the encounter.
I read this book after a good friend of mine went to see the movie. I remember he kept talking on and on about the story, about how good the movie was and how good the first four books were and how he was anxiously waiting for the fifth. After about two weeks of non-stop talking about Harry Potter, I finally caved in, and asked him to lend me the movie. The next day he came to school and gave me the video cassette and saying "You'll love it". And I did. How could I not? It had the power to keep you in that fantastic world where you can be a child forever, where everything has a solution and where good always wins. I went to school on Monday and begged him to lend me the first book and with every page I read, I loved the story more and more.
Ten years later, the book still has that power over me, to make me feel like a kid again and wish I too received a special letter from a secret school. What I love most about these books is that with every read, you discover new things, things you missed the previous time you read them.
This book isn't my favorite in the series, but it's an awesome start. I can't name everything I loved about the book, because I'd just have to copy the entire book. I can say I liked the idea of a secret room and a mirror that showed you what you most wanted. I also loved the friendship that Harry, Ron and Hermione have, a friendship that eventually lasts forever.
Like every other Potter fan, I hope that in the future J.K Rowling will give us a sort of an update, little tidbits of what "the boy who lived" and his two best friends are doing after Voldemort died. If it doesn't come to that, though, I'll be a happy reader as well, because re-reading the books doesn't change their charm and their magic.