This book is a literary criticism/analysis of J.K. Rowlings first Harry Potter book. I enjoy reading literary criticism and I really enjoy reading the first Harry Potter book, so for me this book is a perfect fit.
The writing in this book is on par with writings you find in the Economist magazine (or even the New Yorker, but not as long winded). The author definitely knows a lot. He goes into JK Rowling's book "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" chapter by chapter and really digs deep. I'm not much of a writer or a critic, so I'll just post some of the things I had highlighted on my kindle for this book:
"The Boy Who Lived is the fairy tale staple of the child who is almost killed but instead hidden away - King Arthur for example - or the Biblical type of Moses, consigned to death on the Nile but saved by Pharaoh's daughter. Dumbledore with his wisdom and enormously long beard and hair is presented almost as an Old Testament prophet. Like King Arthur or Snow White or Moses, Harry Potter should have died but didn't." Pretty impressive, if you ask me.
I'm guessing Davis is British since this book provides a lot of useful background information of life in the UK, such as information on the British school systems (e.g. public schools vs. private schools, etc). I'm from the U.S. so it is an eye-opener for me how complicated their school system is.
Another section I had high-lighted in this book is the section about Ron and Harry staying behind to save Hermoine from the troll in the girl's bathroom. Davis wrote, "[T]hey could do what they do and attack the troll, a course of action which is certainly dangerous. It is probably stupid as well, but then the line between bravery and stupidity is a very thin one."
I definitely recommend this book to any true Harry Potter fan. I think this book has made me appreciate the HP books and JK Rowling even more.