My first Flashback Friday post, woohoo! :)
This week I chose to re-read a book from the series that introduced me to the life of a book-worm/novel nerd/avid reader.
My gateway drug book is none other than:
J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone (1997)
I was really young (5 years old!) at the time of publication so I read Philosopher’s Stone a few years later when I was around 10 and the movie had been/was about to be released. Suffice to say, I could barely remember the book this time round: it wasn’t my favourite so I never re-read it. I even had a bit of a mental breakdown on Twitter and questioned whether or not I had even read Philosopher’s Stone. (see image below)
My earliest memory reading a Harry Potter book is of The Chamber of Secrets, but my favourite was always Prisoner of Azkaban. I watch the movies every chance I get, but the books I haven’t taken a look at since I read The Deathly Hallows back in 2007, so I’ve decided to re-read the whole series from beginning to end at some point this year.
The Philosopher’s Stone was exactly how I remembered it, and I read with a cheesy grin on my face the whole time! I was reminded of all of my Potterhead habits from my youth – including a passion for lemon drops and jelly beans!
A few of my favourite quotes:
“You’re a wizard, Harry.” – Hagrid
“Scars can come in useful. I have one myself above my left knee which is a perfect map of the London Underground.” – Albus Dumbledore
“Books! And cleverness! There are more important things — friendship and bravery.” – Hermione Granger
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.” – Albus Dumbledore
“Alas! Earwax!” – Albus Dumbledore
I felt like the Dursleys were slightly nicer than I’d expected… Did they become meaner over the years? Harry was also much more willing to talk to them too, but that could just be a reflection of his innocence pre-Wizard World.
I’m looking forward to re-reading the the whole series soon, but for now I’ll be mixing it up for future Flashback Friday posts!