Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Audio)
Series: #1 in the Harry Potter series
Publication Date: 1997
Read by: Jim Dale
Challenges: Support Your Local Library #6, The Harry Potter Reading Challenge #1
The Short Version:
Just as much fun the third or fourth time around (although this is my first time with the audio) as it was the first.
Why I Read It:
Partly because of Galleysmiths Harry Potter Reading challenge, but even before that challenge was announced I’d planned on listening to the entire series back to back once I’d finished reading the final book.
Do I really need to talk about the plot? Wizards, Muggles, Dragons, Magic, Platform 9 3/4, Owls, the mirror of Erised, Diagon Alley, Hogwarts, Quidditch, Fluffy, etc.
Having just recently read the final book in the series, it was a lot of fun to start over at the beginning. There are minor mentions early on of characters and events that will become important later in the series, that just pop out when re-reading (or listening) from the beginning.
The story is familiar, but revisiting it makes some of the details more enjoyable even though some of the suspense and surprise is gone.
I love Jim Dale as an audiobook reader. I’ve always heard that his reading of this series is great and for the most part, I agree. I think my only quibble is that his Hermione is much whinier than the one that lives in my head. For a character who is such an overachiever and described as ‘bossy’ the whine in Dale’s characterization of her was disconcerting. I also had a little bit of a hard time getting used to a voice other than Maggie Smith as Professor McGonagall, because I just adore her in the movies.
Nevertheless, it’s fun to revisit the series and I’m already enjoying the next book.