It's always nice revisiting an old friend.
To me and millions of other readers, that's what the Harry Potter series is. An old friend. I just love this book, simply because it's the beginning of the journey for Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Neville Longbottom, and even Draco Malfoy, Severus Snape and Albus Dumbledore.
I just love how these characters are so different and yet the same.
Harry Potter, seeks to know his family, especially his mother and father.
Ron Weasley, wants to be seen as someone other than just a Weasley.
Hermione Granger wants to be the best she can be, and she's resilient in that mission.
Neville Longbottom, wants to be included, not forgotten.
Draco Malfoy, he wants to rise and carry on the Malfoy name with pride.
Severus Snape, he wants a position which he cannot have. He's dark and mysterious, and has a past that's just as mysterious as he.
Albus Dumbledore, he cares for the safety of his students and wants to make sure that 'You know who' won't harm them, but also provides a sanctuary for every young witch and wizard at his school.
They all want and need different things, but most importantly they want connections, they want family and Hogwarts is where they find it.
I just love reading this story. Not only do the characters grow up, but the readers grow up with them, through every adventure, Quidditch match and house sorting. From the heartbreaking moments to the ones where you can feel nothing but pure joy.
There's one character, that I feel always gets forgotten. That's Hagrid. I just adore the character of Hagrid. While he's described as a brute, and doesn't have the most proper speaking skills, he's the kindest character out of the 'adult' characters. I just love how he sees the beauty in things that others don't see like Norbert and Fluffy. He's pure and good. I just think he's what holds Hogwarts together, with Dumbledore, and McGonagall. Those three are truly the ones that provide the magic glue that holds the school together.
Like I said, Hagrid is the pure and good. McGonagall is the loyal, fierce and strong one. She is never cruel, but unwavering in what she thinks must be done, and what's right, even if it hurts her. Dumbledore, is the sun and the moon. He's the all encompassing of Hogwarts. You can't think of Hogwarts, and not think of Dumbledore.
I could go on and on about how much I love this series, and the first book. But I will end this review in saying, that for a children's book, the first in the series, that the character development is outstanding. You get a real sense of who the characters are, at least at the very beginning and it only leaves the reader wanting more. It's no wonder this series has done so well and continues to be read by millions and millions of readers across the world. This series give each reader something, and that something is hope. Hope is what helps you to persevere through hardships. This is why readers keep this series close to their hearts. It's hope, and I have found that now is a time as good as any to be reminded of hope.
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