Monday 1 October 2018

Harry Potter Reread #2: Philosopher's Stone


It took me a while to get there because I kept putting the book down for other books, but that’s the beauty of rereads, you can pick it up whenever. There’s no pressure. It’s been over eleven years since I last read the first book in the series, so it’s safe to say my reread was well overdue.

This time around, I really appreciated how closely the film followed the first book. Even though I hadn’t read it in so long, I knew most of the story word for word because of the movie, which goes to show how much content was taken directly from the book.

During this reread, I found the Dursleys a lot more difficult to put up with. When I was younger, they were just nasty characters who were annoying to read about, but now that I’m older, I can see how truly awful they were. The mistreatment of Harry in general was a more bitter pill to swallow, especially when it came to Snape. There are no excuses for bullying an eleven-year-old child.  

What I’d forgotten is how much of a savage Book Harry is. THIS BOY, HONESTLY. He definitely had more attitude to him than his on-screen counterpart, serving some brilliant one-liners that I wish had made it to the film. Something else I was able to appreciate more this time around was the friendship between Harry, Ron and Hermione. Their friendship is still one of my favourite things about this series and I enjoyed getting to relive their first meeting again.

One thing that was different for me with this reread was that I realised I preferred the movie ending to the actual book ending. I’d completely forgotten that our golden trio make it back to Kings Cross in Philosopher’s Stone. The ending of the film taking place as they’re leaving Hogwarts just seems more fitting than Harry having to re-join the Dursleys before we leave him. 

This time around, I also able to truly appreciate the cleverness in the writing and foreshadowing. The fact the Rowling had already planned out the way this story was going is so incredible, and you can see it clearly in the conversation Dumbledore has with Harry in the hospital wing.

It was so much fun getting to delve back into this world from the very beginning again and I’m hyped to move on to Chamber of Secrets!

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