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July 3, 2017

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J. K. Rowling

That is my pen to have reached a series of books, which can already be considered a legend. Not yet released the final seventh volume cycle, a story about the adventures of a boy with glasses and with a magic wand, I could afford to smile and skeptical about the success of this history with the pinch of salt. However, the series is over, the excitement died down – and then it was already clear that the “Harry Potter” is not a fleeting phenomenon, not a bubble from the marketing world, and will long remain the pearl world of teenage literature.

Initially, I had an idea has reviewed the entire series “Harry Potter” is entirely in one article, but still I thought that each book has its own distinctive characteristics and therefore deserves a separate review. Therefore, as they say, we hit the road. Today we will focus on the first book “Potteriana” – “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” The plot of the book recount – only paper (in this case, the screen space) to harass, he probably all know at least on film or paraphrases friends. So that part I shall omit, and immediately proceed to describe their own experiences.

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In the first part of any series is always great responsibility (along with the final part). After all, it is the first volume of the author must create their own world, to help the reader to understand its laws and customs, and to do so in such a way that:

  1. On the one hand, the poor reader does not fall under the abundance of details and complexities, putting the book aside.
  2. On the other hand, is still the world to write well enough so that the reader could believe in its reality? If it is a children’s book (and the “Philosopher’s Stone” is the book, designed for children, as opposed to these volumes), then the problem is complicated by an order: children – the most severe criticism of the world; win their favor will not help any cool marketing or famous name. Either the book was – or not. One out of two.

In JK Rowling, a simple English teacher, it happened. I personally read the “Philosopher’s Stone” after the reference to other parts of the series, which I also liking, but this novel immediately became one of the favorite. The point is probably just as childish books, ease of reading, some general brightness and good-natured atmosphere of the novel. Book instantly addictive from the first pages – and leads the reader to its very end, where leaves in the soul a deep sense of satisfaction and desire to quickly take up the next volume.

Amazing one more thing: cycle world is revealed in the book is on the measure, which is necessary for its development in the following volumes. Nevertheless, this is a very big problem when creating cycles. It is necessary to register in the first volume of the world too much detail – and there will be no extensions of space for further evolution. If you register the world too pale, then significant new details in the sequels will be perceived as a “grand pianos in the bush” and spoil the style that used a reader (a memorable example – Dark Tower by Stephen King, where the style of the end of the cycle lost on something completely “left”). In this regard, “Philosopher’s Stone” remarkably smoothly holding the balance. At first glance, this one-piece self-terminated story. However, we know that this is not the case. The first novel will be numerous references and the treatment of subsequent books, and thus no detail, not one tittle seemed strained, false.

In general, everything is logical: if the “Harry Potter” – a model series, the “Philosopher’s Stone” – its exemplary beginning. Nice bright fairy tale for all ages.

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