Confessions of a Hogwarts Newbie: The Sorcerer’s Stone Part 1

January 26, 2014 Bookish Confessions 8

As several of you know, I’ve never read Harry Potter! I started The Sorcerer’s Stone last week and I’m halfway through it (well I stopped right where Harry and company are about to get sorted or something like that. LOL).

What do I think so far? The Sorcerer’s Stone really is for children and you can definitely tell just by the first few opening pages. Still I’ve enjoyed what I read and keep wondering how in the world J. K. Rowling slept! I mean with all these characters and world building, I doubt I’d sleep very much.

Overall thoughts as I read:
• Why do the Dursley’s hate the Potter’s?

• Okay…we have a cat and now there’s a Professor McGonagall. Who the heck is Dumbledore talking to and what the heck happened to the cat? (this has been clarified by Arlinda. Turns out McGonagall was the cat)

• I have a feeling this letter Dumbledore is leaving won’t be read or ignored.

• Argh, Dudley! I want to smack him.

• Awww, poor Harry! Living in closet.

• Whoa, look at those letters!

• Muggle? What the heck is a Muggle?

• The boy who lived? Who, what, and I need details.

• Not saying Voldemort’s name is like avoiding saying Macbeth out loud.

• So glad Harry has Hagrid to get him ready for Hogwarts.

• Why was Hagrid expelled?

• Oooh, the wand chooses the wizard? Interesting.

• Ah, my heart hurts for Harry! Here’s hoping he figures out where the heck Platform 9¾ is.

• Yay! Someone helps Harry out.

• Hmmm…looks like this Ron fellow and Harry will be friends.

• Hermione Granger is bossy!

• Ah, I have a feeling Draco Malfoy won’t be a nice fellow.

8 Responses to “Confessions of a Hogwarts Newbie: The Sorcerer’s Stone Part 1”

  1. Kaitlyn @ Bookish Comforts

    Many of your questions will be answered with time (like about Hagrid being expelled and the whole the boy who lived story). But – a Muggle is what wizards and witches call non-magical people, just like everyday people.

    As for why the Dursleys hate the Potters, more details will make it more clear, but it stems from a very deep desire of Petunia and Vernon to be completely “normal”, and the Potters are very much the opposite of that.
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    • Jessica

      Thank you for the Muggle explanation. I’m still scratching my head at the whole how someone can have Muggle parents and yet be a witch. I’m sure that’s all due to some past ancestor who kept it a secret or something like that. I’ve been told all my questions will be answered as the series progress. As much as I’m impatient and want to know everything NOW, I like not knowing. 🙂
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  2. Kaley @ Books Etc

    You’ll get all the answers in the end, trust me! You just have to read the entire series to really understand it. I almost wish I could reread this series for the very first time. A bunch of bloggers have gotten together and we’re doing a reread of the whole series this year, a book a month. Most of us have already read them but there are a few newbies too. I don’t think age should hold ANYONE back when it comes to books – especially ones that are as well written and beloved as Harry Potter. If you want to hook up with the rest of us bloggers, read the first part in my reread post. But don’t go any further until you’ve read the series! I won’t be as careful with spoilers in these posts. I hope you’re enjoying your read of Harry. They’re some of my very favourite books and I want everyone to love them! 🙂
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    • Jessica

      That’s such a great idea re: doing a re-read. I’m still working my way through the first one (ah just finished the sorting hat scene) and I’ll tackle the rest of the book hopefully tonight. I’ll keep an eye out for your reread posts and probably join in when I get to the third book since that’s when my schedule should clear up a bit. 🙂
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  3. Claire @ Bitches with Books

    Awwwwe your comments are so amazing. It makes me smile because I’ve basically reread every HP book since I was 11 (when I first started the series) I even have a whole HP commentry going on at my blog (like my imagined course schedule). It makes me smile to read your thoughts.

    I must ask though how is it obvious that HP iw a children’s book? I’ve read it so many times my eyes are sort of clouded.
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    • Jessica

      I think anyone who grew up reading and anticipating the release of these books, have a lovely memory. 🙂 I remember seeing them before the hype hit and played with the idea of picking them up, but put it off then the series took off and I wasn’t interested. Over the years I’ve heard, “I can’t believe you haven’t read the books.”

      I’s just the way she writes that I find it geared more towards pre-teens. I’ve heard as the books progress that changes. Though when you compare it to let’s say a children’s book (like Madeline) and a YA book (off the top of my head oh let’s say The Burning SkyJessica recently posted…Nadia Simonenko’s Chasing Wishes Blitz: Excerpt + GiveawayMy Profile

  4. Annie

    As everyone else has said, all your answers will be answered with time! It’s a bit annoying to not know right away but also part of the fun of reading Harry Potter. I laughed a bit when I read your bullet point about McGonagall because that was what confused me too the very first time I read the Philosopher’s Stone! It definitely gave me a bit of an ache trying to sort it out but then I saw the film and it made sense. 🙂 Can’t wait to see what you think of the rest! The sorting hat was one of my favourite scenes in the book (and in the film)!
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