A Reader posted a review at 2008-01-12 11:13:44.
The boy who Lived.....and HOW!!!
I was expecting my return trip to be something of a dampener. I had finished the seriesâ€¦. and after all, how many more surprises could the first book reveal? The magic must have faded over time and the characters must surely have achieved the status of house-guests who had overstayed their welcome.
But predictably enough, I was proved wrong. It offered me new avenues of thought. It was interesting to see how the complex and brave heroes of the later years started off as grimy, nervous, ickle-firsties!
It was a time for firstsâ€¦..neglected, ill-treated Harryâ€™s discovery that he is a wizard â€“ an actual-honest-to-goodness-magic wand-wielding-wizardâ€¦.that he had a family who loved him and lost their lives to save himâ€¦â€¦..that there exists a fantastic magical world whereâ€™s he much, much more than just an unwanted kid who stayed under the stairs. It is also the first time he meets his to-be best friends, not know that it would be the start of unforeseen but memorable adventures for them.
My personal delight lay in the re-introduction to some of the finest characters I could hope to find sandwiched in one series: Dumbledore, McGonagall, Ron, Hermione, Neville Longbottom, Peeves, Filch, Malfoy,Nearly-Headless Nick, Hagrid, Snape, Voldemort, Fred and George, the Dursleys and of courseâ€¦..a truly well-crafted heroâ€¦The Boy Who Lived.
I also liked the fact that Rowling didnâ€™t patronize her young readers. She spoke about death and other sensitive topics that usually donâ€™t find their way into a childrenâ€™s book. Minimal sugar-coatingâ€¦..she created realism in a world of improbability. Itâ€™s not all fun and gamesâ€¦..at the end of the day, Harry has to face his demons. He gets his first opportunity to prove that heâ€™s more than just the kid with a glorious and mysterious past.
The book sets an adequate pace, unsolved questions and a strong foundation for the rest in the series. It engages, it thrills, it satisfies. Needless to sayâ€¦â€¦the rest is history.