Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone ★★★★

There’s something undeniably cozy and inviting about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. For years, this world has enchanted people with its enticing whimsicality, offering some new wonder around every corner. It removes us from our mundane lives and transports us to a place where seemingly anything is possible, yet we can never grasp all that the world has to offer. There are so many unwritten rules that govern everything, but there’s so little rhyme or reason to what goes on. It’s a story that constantly has you wondering-

Why haven’t Muggles found out about wizards and magic yet?
Why does an asshole hat decide which dorm you live in?
Why does the snake-themed house that is infamous for churning out evil villains still exist?
What’s the point of doing anything in Quidditch when the Golden Snitch exists?
Who on earth would buy any of the magical candies?
Why do the teachers suck so much at their jobs that the students have to stop the villains?

You could ponder these questions for an extended amount of time (and I’m sure some Potter fans have meticulous answers for all those questions), but you’d be missing the point entirely. Not everything makes sense, and that’s the beauty of it all. It’s that faint air of mystery that gives this series the appeal that it has, and I wouldn’t trade it for all the exposition in the world. The world of Harry Potter may be a dangerous one, but we’ve all, at one point, wanted to live in it. And that’s why I’m so excited to dive into this series.

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