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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone special anniversary edition

July 13, 2011
picks from Nicholas Dale Taylor

Harry Potter

Having given my original paperback copy to my younger brother, I was moved to reflection by the cover for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone special anniversary edition. Books are a beautiful thing which are ironically being placed in forgotten fashion by the ever-growing e-book. Yet, when someone has a book in hand while in transit it often begins a pleasant exchange.

Over eleven years ago l picked up a young adult novel and little did I know it would lead me to turning pages of all seven books and all the voracious activity to come.

Harry Potter discovers he is a wizard. While his gifts remain at the core for his distance from normal folk or muggles as they are so-called they bring him closer to what becomes his true family. Rescued from the Dursley’s indifference by loveable Hagrid and taken to Hogwarts, Harry finds his home. Sorted into Gryffindor and thrust into magical delight of treasures, education and mystery, he is inevitable confronted with Lord Voldemort, the man who took the lives of Harry’s mother and father.

Filled with firsts it is here that Harry acquires his wand from Mr. Ollivander, finds disfavor from Slytherin’s Snape and is recruited by Professor McGonagall.

Hogwarts

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Throughout his year our young hero is taken under the wing of Headmaster of Hogwarts Albus Dumbledore and aligns with clever mind of Hermione Granger and unquestionable companionship of Ron and the Weasleys. Awarded a spot as seeker of the Gryffindor quidditch team and handed the invaluable gift of his father, the invisibility cloak, leads to Potter’s increased fame, his discovery of the Mirror of Erised and ultimately the sorcerer’s stone which is used to create the immortality granting elixir of life. This potion is sought after by none other than the dark lord who entices his followers through his horribly acquired reputation of power. There is but one man he fears.

Albus Dumbledore is one of the most endearing, valiant, honorable characters of fantasy fiction and it is through his mentorship that Harry grows into that which must rise above his arch nemesis through the screams of horrendous echoes. It is these echoes that bring the young lad back to thoughts of loss and dismay but which are attached to the greatest defending sacrifice bestowing upon Harry’s very being a protective aura of love which saves his very life.

Reading this again has reminded me of my own echoes and reverberating lessons. While beginning the series I was warned by my in-laws, “those books are the devil!” A number of my extended family regarded these books as an encouragement for witchcraft and evil doings. Their ignorance could not be further from the truth. The morality brought forth by the life arc of this noble character Harry Potter is one that will continue to brighten the eyes and the minds of future generations.

Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and The Socerer's Stone special anniversary edition, buy here

Comparatively, relating the movies to the books always leaves a sense of lacking amongst the series fans. This is to be expected as film cannot contain all material presented across hundreds of pages within a limited hourly window. Refreshing differences between these mediums include subtle differences in action, delivering Norbert and the ending potions logic puzzle that Hermione brilliantly solves. Overall, the first film while highly geared towards a younger audience, translated rather well.

Whether you are a fan of the movies or the books I encourage you to take the adventure. Having one of these books in hand may just cause some magic to develop during the first glance and returned smile of a traveling stranger.

This tale while offering tales of triumph and morality to our young audiences does not cease to entertain adults with all the fantastic, revisited delight of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone special anniversary edition.

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