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4.0 out of 5 stars Three cheers for calling evil by its proper name, January 23, 2006
This review is from: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Paperback)
I'm a latecomer to Pottermania, having just finished the first book a couple months ago. I'll probably read the others (I have kids, so it's only a matter of time). After the first book, I must say I enjoyed the reading, but I'm not a fanatic yet: I have heard that the series started strong and gets better, so I'm looking forward to it.

Rowling writes a lively, accessible story that is well-crafted and draws her readers in. She also has a good feeling for what moves her readers: anxieties about isolation and friendlessness, mistreatment by those in authority (the Dursleys) or the loss of parents; search for a sense of belonging and true community.

Rowling's hero is an admirable optimist. Despite all mistreatment, he perseveres and in the end receives a hero's welcome from his peers.

Rawlings is not condescending, and she never shrinks from naming evil. In fact, one of the traits that separates Harry from others at Hogwarts (even adults), is that he refuses to call the nemesis "You-know-who" and insists on referring to him by his name, "Valdemort."

A thoroughly enjoyable read. I'm looking forward to the others.
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