Interesting storyline. I liked that very much; ordinary kid discovers he’s enrolled into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Add in the sinister under layer of something evil and so much more of a grown up threat and you have the perfect start of a series that will grow with the characters and the readers.
Too bad I couldn’t enjoy the style. Not going to apologise for the fact that I didn’t fall in love with the book. Yes, good storyline, but it was way too easy for me (personally) to put it aside and be distracted by something else. More talking and showing of action would’ve been lovely. The times I felt engaged was when the characters were in the middle of a conversation. I can hear my inner editor screaming out the rule “SHOW DON’T TELL”.
Obviously, that rule can be broken and still inspire millions (as is clearly demonstrated in the dominance of Potter book sales).
It’s a personal preference of mine, that you show things through little moments instead of tell what’s going on overall.
The broad range of characters from the brave, intelligent, and do gooders, through to the stupid, afraid, and the bullies means you can identify with anyone. Imagining reading this as a child and looking for fictional characters that match my personality and to learn from them how to survive in the world… yeah, I’m analysing too much but it is something we all did at a young age. It’s nice to have strong and weak characters together. Neville Longbottom probably was my fave character; not because I identify myself as his awkward personality, but because he grew so much in this story. And he wasn’t featured on the page that often. He’s adorable.
Harry (and don’t get the pitch forks ready) was annoying. He was a bully in his own way, along with Ron. They picked on Hermione because she studied and did her best in class, stooped to Malfoy’s level and lashed out at each other, and wished for the worst to happen to those they didn’t like. They are far from being nice characters. Again, it’s nice to have the range of different types to choose from. Just pointing out that it’s not all rosy.
Not a bad book. I think I’m more impressed with the author’s success in making reading mainstream. Doubt I’ll continue with the series.