Just finished reading Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone for the first time ever. I liked it. I'd been avoiding it because I'm cautious about reading anything that's extremely popular. I guess that was silly of me. The book is fast paced, the prose nice and brisk, the way I like it. Entertaining instead of flowery. Rowling certainly has a vivid imagination and the story has plenty of fresh moments every few pages to keep the reader interested. Say what you like about her skill as a writer, she knows how to tell a rousing good story. Peace.