Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead, and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.
Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.
Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.
I originally read these books when I was a child and fell in love with the story and the characters. I have read the series multiple times and went to every single movie in theaters. I even have some figures in my office! (Told you!). Recently, I received the illustrated edition for my birthday, and it is amazing. The artwork throughout the book is gorgeous and captures the magic of the story. After I received the illustrated copy, I read it to my 6-year-old son at bedtime. It was a great experience to relive the story and see it through a child’s eyes. He would point out little details that I had forgotten about over the years and it was neat to see how he related to the story at his age. It just goes to show that no matter how old we are, the wonder and magic of this story never gets old, nor do the lessons they teach us. Always remember that happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light!