Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling.

philRe-read. When I first made my new Goodreads account, I automatically gave all the Harry Potter books five stars; then I decided – no, I’ll re-read them and see if they’re still as good. I mean, I haven’t read The Philosopher’s Stone since I was under 10, and – having a Harry Potter tattoo (don’t quote me on that) – I thought it was high time re-read them.

And I loved it. I had forgotten so much of it because I’m now well-versed with the movies. First of all, I read the American edition for some reason. Seamus’s Irish accent saying Me dad’s a muggle, mom‘s a witch didn’t quite have the same ring to it in my mind.

It reminded me that it’s quite lame how Peeves isn’t in any of the movies, and how the movies rely far more heavily on the main trio than the books did. I’d completely forgotten how much more involved Neville was to the plot, and I kept having this mental sign in my head with “INACCURACY!” pop up every time I read something that I knew the movies had twisted.

Ron and Harry were little shits to Hermione though. I know in the book when they make her cry on Halloween, they’re a bit dickish like all kids that age can be, but when I read this I was like… Well, you’re far more dicky in the book, boys.

I think I prefer the way the movies tied the plot together, though. There’s more mystery. I mean, would the movie have been half as good if Harry had genuinely said to Hagrid, “We’ve been researching Nicholas Flamel ever since you mentioned him” like an obnoxious little twat? No, it wouldn’t.

So, I love this. Not surprising since I love Harry Potter, but while I should – in theory – be mad that the movie twisted so much of it – even changing the rivalry between Malfoy/the trio (who wouldn’t like to see Ron punch Malfoy in first year?) I do prefer the way the movie played out the unraveling of the mystery. I’m also glad they skipped Snape’s logical test down the trap door, because I didn’t like it.

And, my favourite quote:
“Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here!”


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