Harry Potter thinks he is just an ordinary boy. He lives at Number 4, Privit Drive, with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia, and his cousin Dudley. Life is the same for the first eleven years. Then, when the family goes to the zoo for Dudley’s birthday, Harry finds that he can inexplicably talk to snakes. That’s when the letters begin to come, addressed to Harry Potter, Number 4 Privit Drive, the cupboard under the stairs. Frightened, the family goes out to sea, thinking they won’t be found there… and that’s when they meet Hagrid, who whisks Harry off to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
WARNING: do not, whatever you do, watch the movies first. I am a hardcore believer in always reading the book before watching the movie, and this is no exception. Though the movies are good, they leave out many parts that, if not totally important to the storyline, are very fun to read. A friend introduced me to this series, and I have not regretted it one bit. Parents, don’t blame me if your child has a newfound obsession with wands and Quidditch.