This week's topic is...favourite moment in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
Although there are many great moments in the first Harry Potter book - Harry's first Quiddith match, meeting the Weasley family, the troll fight - this is quite an easy topic for me.
I still get a thrill when Harry first goes to Diagon Alley. Although he's been hanging out with Hagrid for a few hours, it's in Diagon Alley that Harry first truly experiences the new world he is about to become part of - the good (cool stuff, Hedwig), the bad (Draco Malfoy), and the ugly (finding out the wand he possesses is the brother to the one that gave him his scar).
As the bricks behind the Leaky Cauldron move to form a gateway and the world of wizards and witches is unveiled to Harry, it's also unveiled to us, the readers.
There's something breathtaking, even on my whatever-number-I'm-on reread, about clapping eyes on Diagon Alley for the first time.
The brick he had touched quivered - it wriggled - in the middle, a small hole appeared - it grew wider and wider - a second later they were facing an archway large enough even for Hagrid, an archway on to a cobbled street which twisted and turned out of sight.
"Welcome," said Hagrid, "to Diagon Alley."
He grinned at Harry's amazement.Amazement is definitely the right word.