I have been reading the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. I find it to be one of those books that people look at you funny if you said you haven’t read it. I was the receiver of this look many times because I never found the story of “the boy who lived” to be entertaining when I was younger. I read a good portion of the first book, The Sorcerer’s Stone, in elementary school but found myself very bored with it.
The series takes place over the course of seven years, each year being a new school year for Harry Potter at Hogwarts School of Wizardry. The boy has no idea he is a wizard until the age of 11 because his cold-hearted aunt and uncle hide his past from him. The first book revolves mainly around the young boy trying to figure out how to fit in with this new world. What makes it more difficult is the fact that he is the most famous wizard in the world after he survived an attack from the most dangerous dark wizard before he could even talk. Harry struggles with his fame, the idea of this dark wizard, and still tries to be an average student in school, but trouble always seems to find him. This is definitely a book for people who seek adventure and fantasy. Although it is written for a younger audience, I find that everyone can relate to the books. There are so many different students in this school and so many characters that it would be almost impossible not to see yourself in one of them.
Overall, I think this is an excellent series. The writing style is definitely a bit juvenile, and I was somewhat skeptical through the first and even some of the second book that it was even worth reading. The plot, however, is definitely something everyone can get into. I’m almost done with the fifth book now, and I think they keep getting better as the series goes on. I definitely recommend this series to everyone.