SJay's Reviews: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Reading Philosopher's Stone as an adult is quite different than reading it as a child, like I once did. Though I can still read it several times, and though I still think it's amazing, I now realize it is really just a children's book... but so much more!
Harry Potter has a really ugly life. Everyone knows that, but as an adult you see the difference. The boy's abused. Seriously, the Dursley's would probably get imprisoned if someone found out how badly treated that boy was. And when you read the book as an adult, trying to pretend like you don't know what goes on later, you really feel hurt for the little skinny boy. He has no hope of ever getting a better life, his only relatives despise him, and everything freaky keeps happening to only him. It's more than enough to give anyone psychological problems. You also can't help but get pissed at Dumbledore. I mean, what reason do you honestly have to give the boy to such horrible people. It just makes no sense. Then, he goes to Hogwarts and feels absolutely insecure, mainly because he's scared someone's playing a prank on him. That's heartbreaking. How many bad things and ugly pranks has this boy been through to seriously think something good happening to him must definitely be a prank.
When Harry becomes friends with Ron and, eventually, Hermione, you see him being recklessly brave and oh-so-naughty at school; at that point, you never think "why the heck is he doing that?! He's a kid!" because you understand that the boy's probably acting out. He never had a single chance to do something reckless, or to act his age, or to act childish. He never had a chance to let his imagination roam and go wild, imagining that he could be a wizard and make-believe sword fights... the boy was suffocated. Imagine if you were suffocated that way, and then you were told you don't have to imagine this stuff, you can actually live it. Oh, I bet you'll grab at that chance faster than breathing!
All in all, I love this book. I'd probably start reading it for my babies as they grow in the womb. I'll read it each and every night for them, until they have no choice but to love it. Yes, I will be that kind of mother when it comes to certain books. And Harry Potter is on the top of the list.
I've got the tattoo to prove it.