Candice re-reads/watches Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
If the huge Goblet of Fire tattoo on my arm didn’t tell you, I’m a big Harry Potter fan. Even though I do question a lot of the new content that Joanne has been rolling out lately, the original books/movies hold a special place in my heart. I realized that it’s been quite a few years since I actually re-read the books and made that a goal for the year, especially after my husband (Nate) agreed to finally watch the movies from start to finish (he’s seen bits and pieces whenever the movies are on TV). This weekend I finally finished up book 1 so we dove into watching The Sorcerer’s Stone. And oh man, this book and movie really show how the books started and ended in very different places.
The writing of the first book is pretty typical for middle grade children’s books. It speaks at a kid level without dumbing things down. The craziest thing about reading the first book is just seeing how CLUELESS or downright TERRIBLE these adults were. I know the Dursley’s are supposed to be bad people, but why are we watering down child abuse in kids books? I feel like this was a trend with orphans in books and TV shows in the 90’s. But re-reading this as an adult it was just wild to read how badly they treated Harry. Like why are the neighbors not calling CPS? This child is clearly being neglected.
Besides the Dursley’s, all the teachers at Hogwarts are pretty open to throwing kids out of school or taking away house points for the tiniest things. Harry and Ron get 5 points each for helping to defeat a damn mountain troll, yet have 50 points taken away when they’re out past curfew. Madam Hooch even threatens students with expulsion if they ride the brooms while she takes Neville to the infirmary. Where are their priorities?!
Of course there are tons of fun moments in this book/movie, especially the introduction of the trio and the friendship they form. Hagrid is always a goofy delight and honestly Robbie Coltrane’s depiction in the films might be some of the best casting these movies have done. Quidditch is always one of my favorite things to watch and it still makes me want to join a local Quidditch team (plus who didn’t have a crush on Oliver Wood?). Snape was just as Snapey as ever right off the bat. I’m very much as far away from Team Snape as possible, but I’m wondering if re-reading/watching everything as an adult will make a difference in my feeling towards him. We’ll just have to wait and see, but as of book/movie 1 I’m still not convinced.
Nate said he enjoyed the first movie. He did fall asleep through part of it and honestly I can’t totally blame him. This first movie is definitely long and slow at points, and it’s something I feel like the Harry Potter movies struggle with through the whole series. Scenes that play out better in the books don’t always translate the best to the big screen.
Overall I liked stepping back into this world. Harry Potter feels like home and it’s comforting to re-read, even as I anticipate the roller coaster of emotions I’m about to have for the first time in many years. I really appreciated a lot of set-up the Sorcerer’s Stone does for books later in the series. JK Rowling does know how to flush out a universe and the first book is no exception especially when you visit places like Diagon Alley and of course Hogwarts for the first time.
What are your thoughts on the Sorcerer’s Stone and how does it rank in your Harry Potter favorites? Leave me a comment or hit me up on Twitter or Instagram.