Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal by JK Rowling (Salamandra, 1997)
Introduced by Libby Corrigan
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is about a boy finding out that he is a wizard and he is told that he is a part of the magical world at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where his parents studied. The book introduces you to all the main characters slowly as the book takes you through Harry’s first year at the school and his first encounter of his arch nemesis Lord Voldemort.
The book shows the readers the importance of bravery and friendship though the power of the written word which shows Rowling to be an exceptional writer as she is able to teach and entertain. Rowling’s charm shows that ‘a story can never become too old.’
I have chosen Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in Spanish – Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal – as I get a lot of comfort from a book that I have known the basis of the story since I was about 11, so I gave myself a challenge to try the book in another language. I have found that I now have a confidence, fluidity and an understanding in Spanish language structure through my love of reading a great author like JK Rowling. This means I have found a new way to enjoy my spare time because I’ve been brought a story like I’m reading it for the first time.
This book can be found in an audiobook format, a physical copy or an online copy in a range of different languages for the avid reader. I’ve read the book as a hardback and I have listened to it as an audiobook.
Books seem to take you on a journey of discovery which calms the mind and captivates the imagination.
The book is presented on writing paper that looks like an artist’s mind of possibility and the texture of the paper feels inviting. The bright vibrant simple pictures that Jim Kay has used to illustrate this book helps the reader to absorb the Spanish in the book which gives the reader a sense of achievement, because they are learning in which context they should use the words on the page.
Libby Corrigan is a student at the Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford.