I’m a few pages away from finishing the Philosopher’s Stone but I’ve read the book every year since I was 10, so, I think I am qualified enough to write a page of my thoughts. I worship the Harry Potter series so there isn’t anything I dislike to be frank. This time I made myself purposely write down all of the random thoughts that came up so I could blog about them later! This post will be spoilery so if you haven’t read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, please, skip to another of my lovely posts *batts eyelashes*
This isn’t in any semblance of order (though I do try to put it into a semi-page order).
Nov. 16 Edit: Just want to say that the purpose of the “Thoughts” posts are to juxtapose what I though and understood HP to be as a kid reading it for the first time, and what it’s like to read it purposefully, with notes, paying attention to stuff more, as a 25 year old. I got this at 10, and I’ve reread the series every Christmas since I owned it, so that makes this my 15th reread for the Philosopher’s Stone (so much more than I realised…).
Neglect x Abuse
As a child, I thought it was unfortunate that Harry was shoved into a cupboard and had to sneak meals when he was punished. Now, at 25, I’m calling it as it is, that is down right abuse and neglect. How did the teacher’s not notice that he as wearing hand me downs all the time? That his glasses were taped up? I don’t get it. I understand what Rowling was trying to do, juxtapose a horrible muggle life with a dream magical one, but the first 4 chapters are getting more and more upsetting to read as I get more “grown up”. Harry disliked where he was so much that he went off with a man that he knew nothing about! Sure Hagrid is a good guy, but I remember being 11 years old and I wouldn’t have gone with anyone even if they could prove they knew my parents. Mind you Hagrid did have Harry’s letter from Hogwarts. I’m at a stalemate with this one, what do you think?
Hagrid, Why do 11 year old children have to solve your problems?
Speaking of Hagrid, who is one of my favourite characters, why on earth does it take three 11 year olds to solve his problems? How is it that these kids are more responsible than he is? How? My cousin is 11 and the kid barely finishes his dinner or can tie his laces let alone assist in smuggling a dragon across international borders. But oh, dragons in the UK! I love magic.
The Mirror of Erised
So this chapter broke my heart because it is essentially the first time that Harry sees his parents. Not once did someone think to show this kid a picture of his parents. Not. Once.
I’d love to see the Mirror of Erised in person, though I think it might terrify me what it shows.
McGonagall Is An Amazing Person
OH MY GOODNESSS. How did it not hit me till I turned 20 how awesome she is. I love her.
Hermoine, Ron and Harry
First let me get this out of the way, Hermoine color codes her notes? She’s 11! Who taught her how to do that?! At 11 I didn’t know how to study let alone figure out how to use a highlighter to color code my notes. Actually, I don’t think I made notes. So the fact that she does this makes her seem a little bit more grown up than she is, that and she’s so cool an geeky for figuring this out early.
All of them seem a bit grown up for their age, with the responsibilities and what not but they are in essence, distilled versions of their older selves in books 5 and up. So I don’t pick a bone with this, it’s just something I noticed that I think is cool.
Also, Ron has a much more central role in this book than I remember which I like. I like Ron Weasley a lot and people don’t seem to like his character much. He’s human. He gets jealous, he is scared. He isn’t brilliant, he isn’t the chosen one, he’s just a normal boy. He plays wizard chess and wins, so he clearly isn’t dumb, maybe just a bit lazy. They down played Ron’s contribution in the HP films and that’s a shame because it has cast a shadow on what I think is a darn good character.
Is there something you especially liked or made you think a lot in this book?