I'm going to keep this brief since there isn't much to say that hasn't already been said *clears throat*I think the reason I waited so long to read this series is because I just couldn't imagine myself enjoying reading about an elevenyearold boy and his adventures at a school of wizardry I thought it would be too juvenile for my taste I was wrong, of course.I can honestly say that I loved every minute of this It's a spectacular little romp with funny, courageous, and endearing characters that you can't help but love.It has talking chess pieces, singing hats, a giant threeheaded dog named Fluffy, a hilarious giant with a dragon fetish, a master wizard that's just a little bit crazy, mail carrier owls, goblins running a bank, unicorns, centaurs(!), trollsand probably muchthat I'm forgetting And then there's the lead characters: Hermione, the young scholar who starts out prim and uptight but soon becomes a true friend; Ron, the boy who has little money but who has an abundance of family and loyalty to his friends to make up for it; and then there's Harry, the boy who starts out sleeping in a closet and ends up being a hero Harry is kind to those that deserve it, fearless when it counts the most, and wonderfully intelligent What's not to love? In regards to the ending: (view spoiler)[I feel silly saying this about a middle grade novel, but I didn't suspect Quirrell a bit! If there were hints that he was the true culprit and not Snape, I obviously missed them (hide spoiler)] Rereading for the 3rd time for the group read.Once upon a time, there was a 10th grader named Khanh who didn't get along with people very well She wasn't an outcast in school, and all the bullying and teasing stopped with the commencement of high school, but she had always been a bookworm and has generally preferred the company of her own thoughts.Lunchtime had always been dedicated not to eating, but to sitting in the library, browsing through books.(Not to worry, she got her nutrition in 5th period in the form of a giant 6inch MM studded cookie and a package of Sour Patch Kids and/or a package of Reese's Pieces Ah, the effortless metabolism of youth.)One day, there were shiny new books on her school library's New Releases shelf Harry Potter, books 1 through 3 She had heard of the books before, of course, since they were a constant presence on the NYT bestsellers list, but she had always avoided them, thinking of them as children's novels.At the grand age of 14, surely she was too old for a little kid's fantasy novel She had read the Outlander series earlier that year, after all And it had sex in it SEX! She didn't really quite understand everything in the book, but the point is, she had read them Surely, at 14, Khanh was ready formature novels.And that did not include Harry Potter Harry Potter is 11 Khanh is 14 There is a vast difference in their ages Khanh was a teenager, dammit.But the Harry Potter books were new Brand new They were shiny, they had never been touched by another reader And Khanh was tempted.She picked up the first book in the series: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.The end.Or rather, the beginning. My original review was a comparison of sorts between Harry Potter and Twilight However, this is stupid as the two are incomparable Honestly, its not even worth discussing Its not just that Twilight doesn't come close, it is the fact that Harry Potter transcends other similar works Its peerless To quote Samuel L Jackson in Pulp Fiction: It ain't the same fuckin' ballpark, it ain't the same league, it ain't even the same fuckin' sport There was a day when I thought I needed to defend Harry Potter, in the midst of the now dead Twilight craze, and you can see that below in what was my original review It is a testament to the power of this series, that while various other franchises (Twilight, Hunger Games) have surged into popularity and then faded, Harry Potter remains unwaveringly strong after nineteen years It is clear readers hold just as much admiration for these books as they always have Time has not dimmed that.I will, one day, write an essay about what these books mean to me Eternal, this is the one that started it all Original review (circa 2010) A note in regard to the ongoing Potter vs Twilight debate: Go ahed, tell me Twilight is better Tell me that James is scarier than Voldemort, That the Cullens are a better family than the Weasly's That Edward is cooler than Harry, and Bella is smarter than Hermione Tell me that Stephenie Meyer istalented than J.K Rowling Go ahead, I dare you Those who think the topic of Harry Potter or Twilight is worth debating and arguing over, are utterly stupid Quite franklythis book is amazing. One of my first jobs was at a bookstore When I was a kid my Mom would take me to the mall and I would spend tons of time hanging out at Waldenbooks (who here remembers Waldenbooks?) Right when I became legally old enough to work, I went in and submitted my application and a few weeks later I was selling literature to the masses.Why do I tell you this story on this review, you ask? Well, at the time, young adult/teen literature consisted mainly of RL Stein, Christopher Pike, Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, and a few other classic Newberry Award winners, but certainly we did not have a YA section to the extent you see it today.Towards the end of my tenure at Waldenbooks as Oprah's book club was hitting its stride and Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus was in its bazzilionth week on the New York Times best seller list a book display arrived featuring a buzzy new title about a certain boy wizard I remember the display at the front of the store, and selling a few copies, but I didn't realize what it would become.A few years later (early 2000s), I had kinda gotten out of the loop on what was big in books I had just finished college, which had taken up most of my free reading time A friend of mine named Bronco (yup, real name, not a nickname, who also was the Best Man at my wedding) had a copy of this book on his coffee table Holy cow! Here is that same book we were selling at Waldenbooks about 5 years before what was he doing with it!?Well, he said it was good, so I borrowed it I quickly plowed through the first 4 books and then got the pleasure of joining the world in waiting for the release of Order of the Phoenix And, I noticed when I went to the bookstore, the YA section and selection was not so small any I truly believe it was Harry Potter that opened the door to getyoung adults (and even adults, of course) reading and authors interested in writing for that genre. Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibilityAll he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudleya great big swollen spoiled bully Harry’s room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in eleven yearsBut all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harryand anyone who reads about himwill find unforgettableFor it’s there that he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic in everything from classes to meals, but a great destiny that’s been waiting for him…if Harry can survive the encounterfront flap I will never ever rate this lower than 5 stars BEAUTIFUL. There are no words to do this book justice. This is a disgrace to all pure bloods My head looked quite dashing on that strange professor's head. If only I could have extended my stay Harry Potter. This is not over yet. I've FINALLY read a Harry Potter book!!!(Watch my review here): Why the heck did I not read Harry Potter before nowits flipping magical (literally)!