For this post we are talking about the second half of HP and the Sorcerer's Stone, but I will be talking about the whole book, since I suck at posting as mentioned above. This is the only one of these books that I have read in its entirety prior to this readalong. I had definitely forgotten just how magical the world is, especially in the transition from the Muggle world to the magic world. Harry is stuck with the awful Dursleys for kind of a large portion of the book, so when Hagrid show up, I felt like this:
The other thing that I had forgotten about the book was how much Hermione is like this:
|From Vanity Fair|
By the end though, I totally fell in love with her, because she is a total bad ass with her brain, and especially when she solves the logic problem set up by Snape, which is exactly the type of thing that I liked to do when I was about her age. Remember those Dell Logic Problem books with the big charts, that you filled in based on clues? Yep, loved those.
Other things I love: Hagrid. Dumbledore. You know, the obvious things. Rowling is really great at connecting the reader with the characters just like everybody says, and there are actually some lines that are real doozies; for instance, "Call him Voldemort, Harry. Always use the proper name for things. Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself." Well said, Dumbledore, well said.
The action at the end is short-lived, and I was kind of wondering as I got to the end whether I had misremembered and nothing happened in the first book, not that just hearing about feasts and Quidditch wasn't enough, but I was waiting for the creepiness under the turban, and there were only a few pages left in the chapter, so I didn't think it could possibly still be coming, and then it did.
I can't wait to get on to the ones I haven't read. In particular, I am looking forward to more Snape, who is just a floating ominous presence in this one.
On to the next...