Harry is a young orphan who is living with his nasty relatives when he’s summoned to claim his magical heritage by attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Instead of math and literature, he studies potions and care of magical creatures and learns how to ride a broomstick and use a magic wand. It’s an enchanting world where the mail is delivered by owls, ghosts roam the hallways and the paintings on the wall visit one another. It also turns out that Harry’s parents were killed by an evil wizard so powerful that everyone is afraid to even say his name, Voldemort. With the help of his new friends Ron and Hermione, Harry solves a mystery involving an enchanted stone that ultimately takes him to the evil Voldemort.
What the Armchair Critics Thought:
We thought this was a delightful book. It has the perfect mixture of fun, action and mystery which keeps the interest of both children and adults. We enjoyed all the details of the wizard world and their inability to comprehend the muggle way of life. Rowling is an excellent writer and many of us plan to check out the rest of the series.