Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone: Blogtober
Listening to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and my Reaction to watching the movie for the first time!
This is the start to a little series on my blog post. I have never watched the Harry Potter movies (GASP!) I know, I know.
So I decided that I am going to read through them again (and/or listen to the audiobooks). After I finish each one I will watch the movie and give you my reactions!
Book Details (Most of these are commonly known, but I’m gonna list them anyways!):
Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
by J.K. Rowling
Published June 26th 1997 by Scholastic Inc
Young Adult Fiction – Fantasy
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
This was my second time reading through Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s stone, but this time I listened to it on audiobook! It was such an enjoyable experience. It is narrated by Jim Dale, he has a British accent and it was perfect.
The only slightly annoying thing was when Jim Dale does Hermione’s voice, it is slightly annoying, but something that you can look past for the quality of the rest of the story.
I think that this audiobook would be enjoyable to both adults and children alike. It is easy to listen to and soon you will be caught up in the tale of Harry going to Hogwarts and all of the challenges and triumphs that he has on his journey.
I highly recommend this audiobook to anyone who enjoys Harry Potter or anyone who doesn’t. If you are daunted by the task of starting a seven book series that everyone raves about, starting it with an audiobook is a perfect way to go!
I know that audiobooks can be quite expensive, which is why I rented this audiobook from my local library by using the Overdrive app! Ask you library if they have audiobooks to rent and you might be surprised at their selection.
My reaction to watching the movie for the first time:
Have you read the Harry Potter series? If you have, how many times have you read the series? Let me know in the comments below.
There are so many great similarities from the book to the movie! The producers paid a lot of attention to detail and that is something that I am super appreciative of because I love seeing the transition of detail from book to film.
I love the portrayal of Hogarts!
As always, as a reader, I am inclined to tell you that the book in my opinion will most always be better than the movie, and in this case it is no different.
Overall, this was an awesome movie and I cannot wait to watch the next one, but I need to reread the second Harry Potter book first! So stay tuned for the continuation of this series.
Side note: One thing I didn’t like is that when watching *older* movies the sound just blows you away and then the nararrated parts are so quiet. Does anyone else notice this when watching old movies? I was constantly adjusting the volume!
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