From Goodreads: About: Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.
All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley–a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry’s room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in eleven years.
But all of that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry–and anyone who reads about him–will find unforgettable.
For it’s there that he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic in everything from classes to meals, but a great destiny that’s been waiting for him…if Harry can survive the encounter.
NOTE: June 25, 2011 marks my “Gosh I don’t know how many times I have read this book” annual Re-Read! I will be changing all my ratings of this series to 5 because I have come to the conclusion that if I can re-read them this many times they are worthy of a 5!
What I Loved: I love the first book in this series. For some reason when I pick it up (and I would have a hard time reading the rest of the series without reading this one again), it transports right to a very magical place. It is great to be introduced to the characters and how their friendships were formed.O ne of my favorite moments is learning how the 3 kids became friends: there are some things you just share that you cannot help but become friends and Downing Mountain Trolls are one of them.
What I Liked: You have to like that all the characters (good and bad) you are given a chance to learn more about and truly come to feel strongly about! In re-reading the books it is fun to go back for clues of how some situations can look differently when viewed after knowing all the facts.
Why I gave it a 5: After reading all the books do I think it is the strongest? No! However, it is the book that started the whole series off and laid a fantastic groundwork for all the books to come! That is no easy feat and this book did it brilliantly. It is worthy of a 5 in my book.
Who would I recommend it too: Honestly, anyone. This is a magical story for people of all ages.
This is one of my favorite series to read and love my annual re-reading of them. If you are one of the few that have not read the books–you really should whether your young or young at heart!