My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is such a hugely popular series that my review is probably not necessary, but I feel compelled to at least note how immensely important and impactful this book can be.
Forget about the need for fantastic children’s literature. Ignore the movies. Don’t even consider the amount of money and product built from the empire of Harry Potter. Think purely about the imagination an author created not only with this first book but the entire series.
A child who feels lost and alone. A world of magic where you still struggle. A history of good and evil. A school divided amongst houses. A land of muggles and one of witches. Imagination runs wild and with absolute infinite options.
Intepretation on themes and imagery cannot be any greater. Connections of every sort can be made to so many other genres of literature, periods in history. This book is so much more than a story. It’s created a world where anyone, child or adult, can be who they want to be without any concern or shame.
And for those reasons alone, it’s in my favorite books of all time.