Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
“A giant of a man was standing in the doorway. His face was almost completely hidden by a long, shaggy mane of hair and a wild tangled beard, but you could make out his eyes, glinting like black beetles under all the hair” (pg 46). The previous passage is a wonderful and tasteful description of the first introduction of Hagrid from J. K. Rowling’s novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. This book gives intimate detail and overwhelming amounts of vivid description into the characters, settings and conflicts that arise in the book. If there is are aspects to really note about Harry Potter it is the wonderful and imaginative language and the parallels of similarity between situations Harry is involved with in the book to true situations everyday people experience.
All to often, readers get tired of reading books or essays because they lose interest or can not keep the reader’s attention. However, Harry Potter is quite different. The main reason why it is delightful and fun for people of all ages to read Harry Potter is because everyone can relate to a character or conflict in the book. Not being accepted, being self-conscious of what others think, dealing with bullies overcoming obstacles and living up to people’s standards are all situations that we deal with in our everyday life and all those situations can be found throughout the book. For example Draco Malfoy, plats an insolent, and unpleasant student at Hogwarts who is constantly challenging and bullying Harry. Harry is also somewhat of a celebrity, being the son of two prestigious and intelligent wizards. He is constantly trying his best to prove himself while trying to live up to his teachers and friends. In the book the characters assume that Harry is this perfect and equitable wizard who should know how to do certain things. Well, because Harry grew up with his relatives, the Dursleys, who treat Harry with no respect and are cruel and very distant to him. He feels unwanted and unloved. All to often in our society children are abused or mistreated and we sometimes don’t hear about it or are not aware of it because the children may have been forced to silence because of fear of what might happen if they do talk.In some aspects Harry us easy for me to compare with a man named David Pelzer who was a long time survivor of child abuse and author of the book, A C…
…me situations or events in the book and Harry Potter is an excellent source. On top of all the parallels between real life events and situations from the book, Harry Potter is fascinating and truly beautiful literature. Ms. Rowling’s is a refreshing, clever and very imaginative author. Her intelligent writing causes the reader to wonder and look maybe from underlying amounts of detail and distinctive use of words and phrases. Harry Potter tickles the imagination and steps out of the bounds of normal children’s literature. Not only does it stir some intellectual thinking but at the same time entertains the reader in a fun and unique way. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone sets new rules in children’s literature; it is truly a masterpiece full of so much imagination and fantasy.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Dir. Chris Columbus. Perf. Daniel Radcliffe, Richard Harris, and Maggie Smith. Warner Bros, 2001.
Pelzer, David J. A Child Called It. Deerfield Beach, FL: Health Communications, Inc., 1995.
Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. New York: Scholastic Inc., 1997.