Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians
Vivian rated it ★★★★ and said “When I first read this (14 years ago!) it was the first book I’d actually enjoyed for a long while…. The thing about Harry Potter was that he too had plenty of problems but they were presented in such a fantastic way that plowing through them with him was engaging to the reader. The author was able to side-step what I call “the Emperor’s New Clothes” syndrome and actually address topics silenced by “p.c.” (Political Correctness) by dressing them up in new attire.
Many adults object to children being okay with “witches” and such, but taking that path opened up so many other paths for the writer (and reader) to explore.
Since my first reading I’ve read this and the subsequent titles aloud to my children several times. Each time we stop and talk about the character’s choices and the consequences of the choices (not in a didactic hammer sort of way, but simply as a puzzling-it-out way). The books have served as vehicles for sharing personal and family and cultural values.
Of course we read aloud from other books, including scriptures, as a family. Just as my children (now grown) never had any trouble confusing ‘Santa’ or ‘Halloween’ or ‘Easter Bunny’ with their Christian faith and beliefs, neither did Harry Potter or any of the other ‘fantasy’ genre we have enjoyed reading detract from their core religious beliefs. Somehow, for us, it is all part of the tapestry of our lives.”
Valerie rated it ★★★★★
Katra rated it ★★★★★
Bekka rated it ★★★★★
Courtney rated it ★★★★