Reading Harry Potter takes me all the way back to elementary school. I was in an advanced reader class in the fifth grade and our treat for being a go...moreReading Harry Potter takes me all the way back to elementary school. I was in an advanced reader class in the fifth grade and our treat for being a good group from our teacher, Mrs. Jaquish, was having her read us the first Harry Potter book. At one chapter a day (sometimes more if we behaved well), our entire class fell in love with Hogwarts and the characters within the Harry Potter novels.
She died in March this year, ten days before her birthday, due to cancer that had metastasized to her brain. Needless to say, it was tough re-reading the book. As I read, I was reminded of the reading corner that we sat in, the stool that the student reader of the day would sit on and the Washington State University memorabilia plastered all over the walls. I remembered how supportive she was of our group and how much she brightened up even the worst of days. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her in a bad mood, letting circumstances bring her down. It makes sense that she read Harry Potter to us: he never gave up either – even at the worst of times.
J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone will always remind me of being in the fifth grade at Cascade View Elementary School and of immersing myself in the perfect make-believe world. It will remind me of talking out of turn (and getting in trouble) while working with my classroom to charm the teacher into reading just one more chapter.
I will always remember being completely amazed at just how good the story was and how much Mrs. Jaquish’s storytelling added to it. I don’t think it will ever sound the same in my head as it did when she read it with special voices for each character or her suspenseful reading of each chapter’s title. This book marks the start of my favorite series of books.
If you’re the last person in the world not to have read this book, open its pages. Kristen Jaquish never recommended a book to me that I didn’t fiercly love. And if Harry Potter has her recommendation, it is the highest praise a book could have. (less)
i've been reading the harry potter series since book one came out and i was in the fifth grade. this book marks the end of my childish obsession with...morei've been reading the harry potter series since book one came out and i was in the fifth grade. this book marks the end of my childish obsession with potter, really. and i have to say, it was well done. everyone kept wondering what rowling would do to make the end worth while. and she did not disappoint. you'd have never expected snape to be part of the good guy's team or to have loved lilly. you'd have never expected key characters to die - one by one, all through-out the book.
it did drag on a bit, i'll give you that, but i think that is just her style. overall, it was a great book for me. goodbye childhood. (less)
i found this book, tattered and torn at my local goodwill years and years ago. my mother was there with me and she happened to see it and literally fo...morei found this book, tattered and torn at my local goodwill years and years ago. my mother was there with me and she happened to see it and literally forced me to buy the book. i was not disappointed in any way by what i read. this book stuck with me, and at first, i almost didn't understand the depth of its message, but it hit me at a certain point. this book stays with you. (less)