[Harry Potter Challenge] Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – Thoughts and Links

Harry Potter Challenge
Can you believe we have already reached the end of the first month of our Harry Potter Challenge? That means we’re ready to hear all about your experience reading or re-reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Hope you all had a lot of fun, I know I did and I can’t wait to read all about it.

If you haven’t signed up for the challenge yet you can get all the details and do so here.

But before giving you the details on how to share your thoughts/links, I wanted to end the month, by asking some of the Daemon’s Books writers to share their first experience discovering and reading Harry Potter. Here are their answers (and mine):

Jose: I would say the series found me first (or at least tried to) than me finding it. I got a copy of Prisoner of Azkhaban as a Christmas gift, but I wasn’t exactly excited to read what I thought was a kids book. When the first movie came out, I started to read the the books and fell in love with them. Then I had the added bonus of finishing the second book in the series and realizing I already had the third book and could start it right after. Ever since then I anticipated every new Harry Potter book release and have enjoyed the series immensely.

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Kelly: I was first introduced to the Harry Potter series by my high school homeroom teacher (Hi, Ms. Grosse!!). I remember one morning coming into homeroom and she was sitting at her desk with The Sorcerer’s Stone open in front of her. She then proceeded to read the story out loud in 15 minute increments to our homeroom class. I remember being HOOKED from the beginning; and completely impatient to finish the story.

I ended up buying the first three books of the series and also buying them for my youngest sister. To this day she’s hooked as well. I don’t have enough words to express my gratitude to Ms. Grosse for getting me started in this amazing world; Harry Potter has started many family traditions, and opened my eyes to the amazing world of young adult literature.

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Kristen: I first heard about Harry Potter from my sister Amie, who told me I had to read the books. My first reaction was basically, “Whatever. Why would I want to read a book for kids?” Eventually, though, I listened to Amie and read the first four books. While I thought the first two books were pretty good, it wasn’t until I read Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire that I began thinking of them as “books” rather than “children’s books.”

Needless to say, I was HOOKED, and thus began the long wait for Order of the Phoenix, which was the first Harry Potter book I read right when it was released. The funny thing is now—ten years later—I regularly read young adult books without giving it a second thought, so I guess I have Harry Potter to thank for that.

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Sandie: I first heard about the Harry Potter books in an interesting way. I was watching the news with my mom, which happened to be covering the midnight release of the third Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I remember thinking at the time “these people are crazy, no book is worth waiting in line at midnight to get it.” Of course fast forward years later as I wait in line at midnight for the Harry Potter books 6 and 7, but that’s another story. A few days after watching the news report I walked into a Borders only to see a pile of the Harry Potter books and thinking “oh those are the books people were really excited about and waiting in line for.”

And while I didn’t buy the book then, the seed of curiosity was planted. And so not too long later, I bought the first 3 books and started reading them. I would bring them to school and while it wasn’t the phenomenon it became years later, people were aware of them and would go “oh so you’re reading these Harry Potter books too, huh?” And that’s pretty much how I fell in love with the books and became one of those crazy people who waited in line to get the latest book in the series.

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For those of you who has signed up to participate through the comment section, please share your first experience discovering and reading Harry Potter.

For those of you who have written either a review or opinion piece on your blogs, Goodreads, Shelfari, LibraryThing, Amazon, or YouTube, you can leave a link in the comment section. Feel free to also share your first experience reading the Harry Potter books as well. (Please note: Your comment might be held for moderation because it includes a link, but we will approve all the relevant links. If your comment hasn’t been approved within 1-2 days, please resubmit it so that we count your participation into the challenge).

Remember, your comment and/or link will count as one proof of participation, which will give you one entry into our final giveaway.

Please make sure to use the same name you signed up with for the challenge. You can find a full list of participants here.

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  • Birdie

    My HPSS thoughts over at Birdie’s Nest: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”

  • http://hesitanthousewife.com Heidi

    Definitely one of my favorite books, ever! Please check out my thoughts on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on my blog, The Hesitant Housewife.

  • Mommywantstoread

    I love this book it is one of my all time favorites and I think it really is my favorite of the whole series. I wrote a whole piece on my blog about how I first came to Harry Potter. Basically when the books first came out I flat out refused to read them because of the hype. But after pulling a muscle in my back and being forced to watch the first movie I got dragged in to the world of Hogwarts and have never turned back. For this reading I decided to read along with the audio of Stephen Fry. Was an interesting experience and really changed how I saw the characters in my head. http://mommywantstoread.blogspot.com/2011/01/review-harry-potter-and-sorcerers-stone.html

  • Dwndrgn

    Sorry, forgot to add my other comments:
    You know it is really odd but I cannot remember when I first picked up Harry Potter. I’ve never really had a good memory but this just makes me feel strange that I don’t remember that first time through.

  • Jade W.

    I first read the Harry Potter books because of my cousin. I had been visiting my grandma at the time, when I got really sick. I had a collapsed lung and pneumonia. Because of this, I spent 3 weeks in a hospital and was unable to fly home during recovery, giving me a whole lot of free time. While I was in the hospital my cousin brought me her copy of the first Harry Potter book to read.

    It only took a few pages before I was hooked. I was enchanted by the magical world, and wished I could go to Hogwarts too. It was so easy to get lost in and forget the real world. I finished the book that night and made my grandma buy me the next two. What I loved most about the series wasn’t even the stories themselves, or even the magical world, but the fact that it was something that was so fun to get caught up in with everyone else. While I was reading the books I had several people that would come up to me and say how much they loved the books as well. I had so much fun just talking about the books with my cousin, nurses, and other patients. I was even in a penpal program, and my penpal from across the world loved the series. This was 11, nearly 12, years ago, yet Harry Potter is still something that people of all ages get caught up in, and I love that.

    I hadn’t read the first book again since then, so rereading it brought back a lot of these memories, and I don’t know how much of it is just nostalgia, but I still think it is one of my favorite reads.

  • Anonymous

    I honestly can’t remember when I first started reading the books. I’m fairly certain it was around the time the first movie came out (I was in grade four and was disgusted with the fact that parents were pulling kids out of class to go see the movie XD). The earliest memory I actually have of reading the books is when the fifth book came out and I thought ‘Well, this Harry Potter thing is pretty big, I suppose I should read it at least once.’ My friend bought the book the day it was released and I read it the day after. That’s how it went for the rest of the books! I was never really drawn into the series like everyone else seemed to be, although I did realize the books were exceptionally good. It just wasn’t my thing at the time but I think this time around I’ll be able to appreciate the whole story a lot more than when I was younger and disinterested.

    Here’s the link to a few of my thoughts: http://fallingletters.blogspot.com/2011/01/extra-books-week-one-january-1-to-8.html

  • http://mrichardson17.livejournal.com/2271.html Michael Richardson

    http://mrichardson17.livejournal.com/2271.html

    That’s my review of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, written January 31st

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  • Anonymous

    Here is mine for the first HP book (I have the Canadian/British version; under the title Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone; its the same book, just a different title):
    http://jaynesbooks.blogspot.com/2011/01/harry-potter-and-philosophers-stone-jk.html

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hope-Palyok/1535817432 Hope Palyok

    to be completely honest i dont really remember my first experience with Harry Potter but the first book Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is one of my favorite books I have read that book so many times that it started to fall apart on my so i had to get a new book and start form scratch i love how it takes me to a whole different world and it helps me forget all my problems and the drama in my life Harry Potter is a part of me for some reason i know almost every word of harry potter and i even sometimes start saying the words and i dont even realize that im doing it for a little while

  • Rdenney

    I started reading Harry Potter when I was probably 12 years old, I don’t really remember why, but I do remember that the third book of the series had just come out. I was looking for something new to read, but I hadn’t officially jumped on the Harry Potter bandwagon yet. I made the mistake of reading the second book first but I’ve been stuck on the series ever since.

    I love the first novel because it has all the adventure and excitement any 11 or 12 year old could ever want. Even reading the story now, it’s a thrill just imagining someone of that age group having such adventures and furthermore, the audience can believe that these 11 years are capable of everything that they accomplihed in this novel.
    I love how Rowling makes the magical world seem believable; that all of it may actually exist, but we as muggles don’t realize that it’s there.

  • http://jesseleo.com Jesse

    Started one rainy afternoon on the final day of vacation in the lobby of a hotel, killing time and to see what the fuss was about. Ferry boats were running all day long to bring vacationers home. I was so enthralled that I kept saying “I’ll catch the next one… nah, the next one… next boat after this…” and so on. Thanks for stirring up interest in the series again and prompting a re-read!

  • Seawitch51/BJ

    I was a little late to this party and I didn’t see my name on the list yet, but I only filled out the form a couple of days ago. I read The Sorcerer’s Stone and watched the movie this weekend. My notes are posted on my account at Goodreads here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/155089635. Am moving on to the next one to try and catch up./bj

    • http://www.daemonstv.com/ Sandie

      Hi BJ, thanks for the link! And welcome. The list hasn’t been updated since you signed up, but we will do it soon.

  • Annebell1562

    The second book was good, I love the b=new catertures that were intruduced. You really got to know Harry better and what he was going up ageanst. Lockheart was a great addittion to the story. If you only watch the movies you really need to read the books. The way Harry rescured Jenny showed what a little boy could do when he relly need to do it if he has the courage

  • DeAnn

    I was introduced to Harry Potter through my colleague at work. This was during a time when the books were becoming immensely popular in the US, and I felt that I was above all of this nonsense–it just seemed to be a silly trend that people would be done with in a few months, so why bother? My colleague and I were driving to a meeting together, and she began to tell me how wonderful the books were. The specific part she mentioned was Harry’s encounter with the Mirror of Erised. It was such a moving idea, and really spoke to me, so I told her that I would try the first book out, but no promises. Of course, I was completely hooked, and got through the first 4 before she did!