Today I’m reviewing as part of my 50 classics challenge
Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen
by J.K.Rowling, translated by Klaus Fritz
Blurb (from Amazon):
Harry Potter has no idea how famous he is. That’s because he’s being raised by his miserable aunt and uncle. Who are terrified Harry will learn that he’s really a wizard. Just as his parents were. But everything changes when Harry is summoned to attend an infamous school for wizards. And he begins to discover some clues about his illustrious birthright. From the surprising way he is greeted by a lovable giant, to the unique curriculum and colourful faculty at his unusual school. Harry finds himself drawn deep inside a mystical world. He never knew existed and closer to his own noble destiny.
Did I like it?
I guess you could say Yes. The story is interesting, the writing style of Mrs Rowling is very well translated by Mr Fritz. As this is book 1 of the series. It makes you wonder what comes next. And if you like the genre, YA and fantasy. It’s absolutely OK. You won’t regret the time you’ve spent with the book. There are things missing but the most part is revealed later in the series. So no critic about that.
What I didn’t like.
Let’s say nothing about the book. The book is a very good start to the series. Even in the translated version. What I don’t like is the whole fuss that was made about this series. Book launches were events where, mostly kids, were waiting in front of the stores to get their hands on them. As soon as they hit the stores. Then came the films. Now we have theme parks. Musicals, it’s getting too much. I don’t blame Mrs Rowling for all of this. If she gets rich she deserves it. The fuss is just much too much for my taste.
Would I recommend it?
Yes. If you haven’t read the series you’re missing a part of today’s society. 16 out of 20 points.