Summer reading #9

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Published 1997    ~   ISBN #0-590-35340-3    ~   309 pages

Admittedly, I have read this before. But come on, who doesn’t love a great novel reread? Well, aside from my husband, who can hardly sit still long enough to read a novel once. But I digress.

I love reading the first Harry Potter because it has such an enormous sense of wonder throughout. I adore the entire series, of course; but the others simply do not convey the same awe. Harry, and we along with him, become desensitized to the amazing people, places and things he encounters every day.

Diagon Alley is a perfect example. In Sorcerer’s Stone, he can hardly gawk enough at the shops, brooms, potion ingredients, or wizards and witches. By book 4, he lets Mrs. Weasley do all of his back-to-school shopping while he goes to the Quidditch World Cup. Crazy.

Of course, Harry wouldn’t be able to function if he stayed agape all of the time. It makes sense that he would eventually become inured to the wonder of his world. But every once in awhile, I feel the need for a little more awe in my life, and that’s when I read Sorcerer’s Stone.

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