By chapter eleven, I feel like Harry, Ron, and Hermione are getting a lot closer as friends. They certainly have grown as friends after the troll incident in the bathroom and are looking out for each other a lot more.
The holidays are a big topic in these last chapters and are described in a way that I think kids or adults can find fascinating. I can’t get through this post without talking about the Christmas food and the holiday season in general. I think the ambiance that the dining hall has and how its decorated adds so much to the magical elements of the books. And how the food magically appears before the students was always exciting to me. The sheer volume of food as well helps to show the true abundance that Hogwarts has to offer. It feels welcoming and homey in an environment that is sometimes scary.
Christmas is already a cheery and favorite holiday among many. But with the juxtaposition of what’s coming for Harry, I can see why these little bits of laughter and happiness are scattered throughout the books. The Sorcerer’s Stone book is nowhere near what Harry will experience in later books though.
The Invisibility Cloak is my favorite part of this book by far! I always wanted to go places that may have been off limits at certain hours and be able to sneak in somewhere and go unnoticed. All in the name of finding answers to something that I wouldn’t have been able to find if I hadn’t been sneaking around obviously! Harry does this for good and to help because he knows something is at stake.
This is just the beginning. Rereading this book was so much fun and I can’t wait to finish the series!