Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He’s never worn a Cloak of Invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry’s room is a tiny cupboard under the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in ten years.
But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that’s been waiting for him… if Harry can survive the encounter.
Okay, so I’m cheating a little bit. Taking a Throwback Thursday post and then using it again for Jumpstart. But, with good reason! This book was a huge part of my early teen years, and to this day I still adore it. Its the first glimpse into Harrys mostly lackluster life with the Dursley’s prior to his letter arriving.
As the story continues, Harry learns so much about himself and his family. I found one of the best parts of the book to be when he uses the Mirror of Erised to see how his life would have been, had his parents ultimately not been killed by Voldemort.
This book started my obsession with YA, which continues today (as you can tell lol). It was one of the books that allowed me to expand my imagination, and follow alongside characters that I’d fallen in love with. It gave me the chance to grow with them, experience their triumphs and tragedies, as I did through my own life.