The Sorcerer's Stone
The first book in the Harry Potter series
The Sorcerer's Stone is a classic tale of magic and discovery. Harry is just a boy living in England, until he finds out that he's a wizard. He is sent to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he will learn to harness and control his magic. The story combines the elements of magic and whimsy with great word choice, believable dialogue, and characters that are surprisingly easy to connect to.
One thing I absolutely loved about the book was that the dialogue for the characters, setting, and time was believable. Nowadays, most books have teens talking like scholars or even complete idiots, when they could be neither. The characters in this book, though, spoke in manners that worked with their personalities and the fact that it took place in a magical 1990's England. Hermione, for example, was very uptight and academic. She spoke properly throughout the story and used words that sounded right coming from her. Ron wasn't the brightest, so he spoke with less large words. This fit his character. Another thing that this book held was brilliant word choice. The author was descriptive but not pompous, which made it easy to visualize everything. I was able to have a vivid image in my head of the character's appearances and the settings. I could see Harry's shaggy black hair, scar, and bright green eyes. I could see the rolling fields and magical creatures that Hogwarts held. The choice of words in this book really helped it come to life. Lastly, the characters are surprisingly easy to connect to. While I'm not a witch, I can still connect to Hermione on the basis that I stress and care about my grades too much. I could even connect to Professor McGonagall on the grounds that both of us get easily irritated, especially by children. The author doesn't leave any reader out and allows room for everyone to connect to the characters in some way. I highly recommend reading this book if you haven't already.
- Do you want to have your own journey through the world of Harry Potter? Here is an interactive website created by the author herself.
- Magic is a major theme in the book. Here is an article on the kind of "magic" we use now and the future of it.
- If you're looking for a sweet treat, this is a recipe to making one of the chocolates in the book.
- If you want to see more of the school, here's an atlas of Hogwarts.*
- Since this book was adapted into a movie, there's a trailer. *
*Not accessible on chromebooks.
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Fellowship of the Ring begins when hobbit Frodo Baggins inherits a mysterious ring from his cousin Bilbo. Neither know it's origins, but a wizard named Gandalf the Grey has an idea of what it is. Gandalf urges Frodo to take the ring away from the Shire, beginning the long quest. While this book is very different from The Sorcerer's Stone, they both share the element of holding the wise old man motif. Gandalf in The Fellowship of the Ring and Dumbledore in The Sorcerer's Stone. The two characters greatly follow this role in their respective books. Gandalf is there to guide the characters in getting the ring out of the Shire, as he was one of the only ones who knew the full history of it. Dumbledore offers guidance to Harry every time he becomes confused about his magical background or after he throws himself into dangerous situations. While they share this motif, the books are still very different, and The Fellowship of the Ring is a great book to read for a completely different story with subtle similarities.
The Night Circus
The Night Circus begins with a mysterious circus that pops up one night in London. Behind the wonders and whimsy, two magicians are training magical prodigies in order to best the other by having them compete by performing on stage. It does, however, share one key element with The Sorcerer's Stone. Magic. The Night Circus has magicians, and The Sorcerer's Stone has wizards, both of which do it. The magicians in The Night Circus use their magic to create illusions, whether they are real transformations or within the audience's minds. The Sorcerer's Stone holds spells that can levitate things, freeze people, unlock doors, and many others, but they can do many illusions with their wands. The characters are also taught and trained on how to take control of their magical abilities and how to properly use them. These books may be two completely different stories, but they share this major element. If you want to have another fresh new story with the same major element, this is your book.
Eragon is about a young farm boy who finds a mysterious stone while in the mountains. This turns out to actually be an egg that holds a dragon, which he names Saphira. When the evil king, King Galbatorix, hears of this, he sends his servants to capture the boy and his dragon. He ends up having to flee his hometown with a wise man named Brom, and they begin their search for the Varden, a rebel group. Eragon shares a few elements with The Sorcerer's Stone, one being the evil higher power with servants. In Eragon, this leader is King Galbatorix, whose servants are called the Raz'ac. In The Sorcerer's Stone, it's Lord Voldemort, whose servants and followers are called Death Eaters. Both have people trying to bring them down, and both send their followers out to try to harm or even kill the main character. Even with this major element, the two have very different storylines and plots, making it a good book to read for a different take on this element.
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Night Circus
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