Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone
first book of the series starts on a fairy-tale note which is not unlike
"The Hobbit", where the author seems delighted to experiment with a new
"parallel" world, and all the new words and situations: muggles unaware
of the presence of wizards among them even as a train platform invisible
to them exists between 9 and 10, or a wizard town in the town (Diagon Alley).
The story starts on a mystery: "the boy who lived", marked with a lightening scar on his forehead. It is a very happy beginning, as the story gets dark quite quickly, when a mysterious shadow is spotted drinking the blood of a dead unicorn. This is overall a decent book, where, for instance, you cannot find religious references, but a lot of references to witchcraft. The book has not received a warm welcome everywhere in spite of presenting all the qualities of an all-time classic.
Mythology and references
There are plenty of references which link back to myths, fairy tales and
legends. Cerberus of the Greek mythology becomes Fluffy, also a three
headed dog, guarding the trapdoor. Harry himself, being an orphan, and
unaware of his own past reminds us of King Arthur.
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