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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
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** spoiler alert ** It's been a while since I read the Harry Potter series again. But this summer, I had taken up the task of rereading the whole series together, something I have never done before. And while I was at it, I might as well write the long overdue review of this series.
Harry Potter, to me, will always be a classic. Something not for this generation, but for the ones to come. This is special book to me because it was this series that started me reading. Welcome to the world of words.
When I was rereading this book, I came across many different feelings. A younger me read this book the way it was written. But this time I read so much more.
It used to be very easy for me to hate the Dursleys because they were so rude to Harry. But I realized the hatred wasn't always justified. Yes, they were rude, yes unbereable at times, but they were just mere human. When they took Harry in, they were scared of what he would turn up to be. They didn't have duty to adopt and raise Harry in their home, but they did. Despite being petrified, they showed the courage in keeping Harry in their home. Of course in the future books we learn why it was so important for him to stay with family.
I really loved how Dumbledore's relationship to Harry was developed through the series. At first he thought Dumbledore was crazy, then funny. When he met Dumbledore in front of the Mirror of Erised, he saw a more serious side of him. But it was at the end of the book after his talk, that Harry finally understood why the wizard world held Dumbledore in awe. He was genius, yet humble and humorous. And in a strange way he was a father figure to Harry. He not only returned the invisibility cloak to Harry but also didn't reprimand him. Dumbledore was always a little partial towards him. I think from the very first year Dumbledore was preparing Harry. Even though he knew Harry knew things, he gave Harry pointers instead of trying to stop him. I think this was Dumbledores way of looking out for Harry.
It was so easy to hate Snape before I read the last book. Now, I don't like him, but I just can't hate him either. it's so much easier to see Harry from his point of view. It's like seeing a young James Potter again for him. True he is biased, but he also has a good grasp of how Harry's mind works.
I still haven't figured why Ron and Harry became friends. Well to be honest, I have never liked Ron much and this rereading hadn't done much to improve my opinion of him. He is funny; I will give you that. Hermoine will always be my favorite. Her brains and loyalty had saved Harry more times than I can count. Ron is funny, but he is also too immersed in his complexes.
Malfoy used to be annoying, but for some odd reason I loved reading his dialogues again. There is something refreshing about a 11 year old boy who keeps his nose in the air.
Sometimes it's easy to forget Hagrid. But he truly loves Harry unconditionally. The fact that he spent a whole day putting together an album for Harry speaks volume. He invited Haary over for tea. He tried to make Harry feel at home the best he knew how.
I am so glad that I am reading this series again. I hadn't realized how very intriguing it used to be.
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“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
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“Curious indeed how these things happen. The wand chooses the wizard, remember...I think we must expect great things from you, Mr. Potter... After all, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named did great things — terrible, yes, but great.”
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“To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”
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“As much money and life as you could want! The two things most human beings would choose above all - the trouble is, humans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things that are worst for them.”
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“It's lucky it's dark. I haven't blushed so much since Madam Pomfrey told me she liked my new earmuffs.”
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“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
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“Your mother died to save you. If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love. Love as powerful as your mother's for you leaves it's own mark. To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.”
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“The truth." Dumbledore sighed. "It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.”
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“What happened down in the dungeons between you and Professor Quirrell is a complete secret, so, naturally the whole school knows.”
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“There is no good and evil, there is only power and those too weak to seek it.”
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“You haven't got a letter on yours," George observed. "I suppose she thinks you don't forget your name. But we're not stupid-we know we're called Gred and Forge.”
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“Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.”
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“A breeze ruffled the neat hedges of Privet Drive, which lay silent and tidy under the inky sky, the very last place you would expect astonishing things to happen. Harry Potter rolled over inside his blankets without waking up. One small hand closed on the letter beside him and he slept on, not knowing he was special, not knowing he was famous, not knowing he would be woken in a few hours' time by Mrs. Dursley's scream as she opened the front door to put out the milk bottles, nor that he would spend the next few weeks being prodded and pinched by his cousin Dudley...He couldn't know that at this very moment, people meeting in secret all over the country were holding up their glasses and saying in hushed voices: "To Harry Potter - the boy who lived!”
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“Now, you two – this year, you behave yourselves. If I get one more owl telling me you've – you've blown up a toilet or –"
"Blown up a toilet? We've never blown up a toilet."
"Great idea though, thanks, Mum.”
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“I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even put a stopper on death.”
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“I don’t expect you will really understand the beauty of the softly simmering cauldron with its shimmering fumes, the delicate power of liquids that creep through human veins, bewitching the mind, ensnaring the senses...”
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“So light a fire!" Harry choked. "Yes...of course...but there's no wood!" ...
"HAVE YOU GONE MAD!" Ron bellowed. "ARE YOU A WITCH OR NOT!”
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“Harry - you're a great wizard, you know."
"I'm not as good as you," said Harry, very embarrassed, as she let go of him.
"Me!" said Hermione. "Books! And cleverness! There are more important things - friendship and bravery and - oh Harry - be careful!”
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“There are some things you can't share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.”
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“Don't play," said Hermione at once.
"Say you're ill," said Ron.
"Pretend to break your leg," Hermione suggested.
"Really break your leg," said Ron.”
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“One can never have enough socks," said Dumbledore. "Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn't get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.”
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“Harry was speeding toward the ground when the crowd saw him clap his hand to his mouth as though he was going to be sick-he hit the field on all fours-coughed-and something gold fell into his hand.
'I've got the snitch!' he shouted, waving it above his head, and the game ended in complete confusion.
'He didn't catch it, he nearly swalloed it,' Flint was still howling twenty minutes later, but it made no difference-Harry hadn't broken any rules and Lee Jordan was still happily shouting the results-Gryffindor had won by 170 points to 60.”
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“Everybody finished the song at different times. At last, only the Weasley twins were left singing along to a very slow funeral march.”
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“Whatever house I'm in, I hope she's not in it.”
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“Hmm,” said a small voice in his ear. “Difficult. Very difficult. Plenty of courage, I see. Not a bad mind either. There’s talent, oh my goodness, yes — and a nice thirst to prove yourself, now that’s interesting. . . . So where shall I put you?”
Harry gripped the edges of the stool and thought, Not Slytherin, not Slytherin.
“Not Slytherin, eh?” said the small voice. “Are you sure? You could be great, you know, it’s all here in your head, and Slytherin will help you on the way to greatness, no doubt about that — no? Well, if you’re sure — better be GRYFFINDOR!”
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“It was as if Snape had started handing out sweets.”
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“I tell you, that dragon's the most horrible animal I've ever met, but the way Hagrid goes on about it, you'd think it was a fluffy little bunny rabbit.”
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“Even if I could, I wouldn't. Scars can come in handy. I have one myself above my left knee that is a perfect map of the London Underground.”
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“Don't be sorry, my dear sir, for nothing could upset me today! Rejoice, for You-Know-Who is gone at last! Even muggles like yourself should be celebrating this happy, happy day.”
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“Enter, stranger, but take heed
Of what awaits the sin of greed,
For those who take, but do not earn,
Must pay most dearly in their turn.
So if you seek beneath our floors
A treasure that was never yours,
Thief, you have been warned, beware
Of finding more than treasure there.”
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“Hogwarts, Hogwarts, Hoggy Warty Hogwarts,
Teach us something please,
Whether we be old and bald,
Or young with scabby knees,
Our heads could do with filling
With some interesting stuff,
For now they're bare and full of air,
Dead flies and bits of fluff,
So teach us something worth knowing,
Bring us back what we've forgot,
Just do your best, we'll do the rest,
And learn until our brains all rot...”
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“Tut, tut — fame clearly isn't everything.”
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“Go on, have a pasty," said Harry, who had never had anything to share before or, indeed, anyone to share it with. It was a nice feeling, sitting there with Ron, eating their way through all Harry's pasties, cakes, and candies (the sandwiches lay forgotten).”
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“Can't stay long, Mother," he said. "I'm up front, the prefects have got two compartments to themselves-"
"Oh, are you a prefect, Percy?" said one of the twins, with an air of great surprise. "You should have said something, we had no idea."
"Hang on, I think I remember him saying something about it," said the other twin. "Once-"
"Or twice-"
"A minute-"
"All summer-"
"Oh, shut up," said Percy the Prefect.”
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“What is the difference, Potter, between monkshood and wolfsbane?"

At this, Hermione stood up, her hand stretching towards the dungeon ceiling.

I don't know," said Harry quietly. "I think Hermione does, though, why don't you try asking her?"

A few people laughed; Harry caught sight of Seamus's eye and Seamus winked. Snape, however, was not pleased.

Sit down," he snapped at Hermione. "For your information, Potter, asphodel and wormwood make a sleeping potion so powerful it is known as the Draught of Living Death. A bezoar is a stone taken from the stomach of a goat and it will save you from most poisons. As for monkshood and wolfsbane, they are the same plant, which also goes by the name of aconite. Well? Why aren't you all copying that down?"

There was a sudden rummaging for quills and parchment. Over the noise, Snape said, "And a point will be taken from Gryffindor house for your cheek, Potter.”
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“Ah, music," he said, wiping his eyes. "A magic beyond all we do here!”
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“I had a dream about a motorcycle," said Harry, remembering suddenly. "It was flying."
Uncle Vernon nearly crashed into the car in front. He turned right around in his seat and yelled at Harry, his face like a gigantic beet with a mustache: "MOTORCYCLES DON'T FLY!"
Dudley and Piers sniggered.
"I know they don't," said Harry. "It was only a dream.”
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“Do you mean ter tell me," he growled at the Dursleys, "that this boy—this boy!—knows nothin' abou'—about ANYTHING?"
Harry thought this was going a bit far. He had been to school, after all, and his marks weren't bad.
"I know some things," he said. "I can, you know, do math and stuff.”
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“Longbottom, if brains were gold, you'd be poorer than Weasley, and that's saying something.”
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“Nothing more or less than the deepest, most desperate desire of our hearts.”
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“But people only die in proper duels, you know, with real wizards. The most you and Malfoy’ll be able to do is send sparks at each other. Neither of you knows enough magic to do any real damage. I bet he expected you to refuse, anyway.”
“And what if I wave my wand and nothing happens?”
“Throw it away and punch him on the nose,” Ron suggested.”
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“No, thanks," said Harry. "The toilet's never had anything as horrible as your head down it— it might be sick." Then he ran, before Dudley could work out what he'd said.”
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“They heard the click of the mail slot and flop of letters on the doormat.
"Get the mail, Dudley," said Uncle Vernon from behind his paper.
"Make Harry get it."
"Get the mail, Harry."
"Make Dudley get it."
"Poke him with your Smelting stick, Dudley.”
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“She was a very pretty woman. She had dark red hair and her eyes -- her eyes are just like mine, Harry thought, edging a little closer to the glass. Bright green -- exactly the same shape, but then he noticed that she was crying; smiling, but crying at the same time. The tall, thin, black-haired man standing next to her put his arm around her. He wore glasses, and his hair was very untidy. It stuck up at the back, just like Harry's did.

Harry was so close to the mirror now that his nose was nearly touching that of his reflection.

"Mum?" he whispered. "Dad?"

They just looked at him, smiling. And slowly, Harry looked into the faces of the other people in the mirror and saw other pairs of green eyes like his, other noses like his, even a little old man who looked as though he had Harry's knobbly knees -- Harry was looking at his family, for the first time in his life.

The Potters smiled and waved at Harry and he stared hungrily back at them, his hands pressed flat against the glass as though he was hoping to fall right through it and reach them. He had a powerful kind of ache inside of him, half joy, half terrible sadness.”
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“Which way did they go, Peeves?" Filch was saying. "Quick, tell me."
"Say 'please.'"
"Don't mess with me, Peeves, now where did they go?"
"Shan't say nothing if you don't say please," said Peeves in his annoying singsong voice.
"All right- PLEASE."
"NOTHING! Ha haaa! Told you I wouldn't say nothing if you didn't say please! Ha ha! Haaaaaa!" And they heard the sound of Peeves whooshing away and Filch cursing in rage.”
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“That's chess!" snapped Ron. "You've got to make some sacrifices!”
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“I never know," Harry called to Hagrid over the noise of the cart, "What's the difference between a stalagmite and a stalactite?"
"Stalagmite's got an 'm' in it," said Hagrid.”
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tags: humor

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“Don’ you worry, Harry. You’ll learn fast enough. Everyone starts at the beginning at Hogwarts, you’ll be just fine. Just be yerself. I know it’s hard. Yeh’ve been singled out, an’ that’s always hard. But yeh’ll have a great time at Hogwarts — I did — still do, ’smatter of fact.”
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“Gringotts was the safest place in the world for something you wanted to hide — except perhaps Hogwarts.”
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“That evening, Dudley paraded around the living room for the family in his brand new uniform...As he looked at Dudley in his new knickerbockers, Uncle Vernon said gruffly that if was the proudest moment of his life. Aunt Petunia burst into tears and said she couldn't believe it was her Ickle Dudleykins, he looked so handsome and grown-up. Harry didn't trust himself to speak. He thought two of his ribs might already have cracked from trying not to laugh.”
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tags: humor


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September 7, 2010 – Shelved (Paperback Edition)
March 3, 2011 – Shelved as: books-etched-on-... (Paperback Edition)
June 21, 2011 – Shelved as: best-male-charac... (Paperback Edition)
June 22, 2011 – Shelved as: my-future-athenaeum (Paperback Edition)
June 20, 2013 – Shelved
June 20, 2013 – Shelved as: best-ending-books
June 20, 2013 – Shelved as: books-etched-on-my-memories-forever
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June 20, 2013 – Shelved as: ebook-collection
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