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[Book Review] ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ by J.K. Rowling

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

J.K. Rowling needs no introduction. She is, of course, the author of the famous Harry Potter series . She was born on July 31, 1965 at Yate General Hospital near Bristol, and grew up in Gloucestershire in England and in Chepstow, Gwent, in south-east Wales. Rowling conceived the idea of Harry Potter in 1990 while sitting on a delayed train from Manchester to London King’s Cross. Over the next five years, she began to map out all seven books of the series. She wrote mostly in longhand and gradually built up a mass of notes, many of which were scribbled on odd scraps of paper. The result is known to us all – a series of unparalleled fame and popularity that we all enjoy. Under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith , J.K. Rowling also writes crime novels, featuring private detective Cormoran Strike.

“The truth.” Dumbledore sighed. “It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.”

Harry Potter books tell the story of orphan Harry James Potter, the discovery of his secret magical powers and the role he plays in the safety of the hidden world of witchcraft and wizards.

After being raised in the miserably unfair home of his Uncle Vernon Dursley, Harry practically begins life anew when he discovers that he is a wizard and is invited to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry . Among Harry’s first-year adventures are making new friends (Hagrid, Ron and Hermione), standing up to the torments of school bully Draco Malfoy, and becoming the star player of his Quidditch team (the favored sport in the magical world). Harry’s life as a Hogwarts “first-year” is more interesting than that of most attendees, because he is already famous for surviving the attack of the evil Lord Voldemort, who tried to kill him as an infant. Everyone in the wizard world knows more about Harry’s family and his story than he himself does.

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This first book – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – introduces you to this magical world for the first time, and it does so in a smooth and comfortable fashion, introducing both you and Harry to strange wonders never yet experienced. This makes the transition into the world of magic an easy and pleasant experience. Rowling has built a strong and multi-layered world with immense amounts of detail , yet it is written in such a way that it doesn’t feel tedious or as though you are being fed all the information at once, as is the case with many fantasy novels . Through Harry’s eyes, you encounter wands, monsters and spells with their magical properties, purposes and history laid out in small, easily consumable chunks. This means that the book never ceases to envelope you in its world or characters, whereas many epic fantasies have a habit of pulling you aside in a rather obvious fashion and indulging in the rather fruitless exercise of explaining every newly encountered item.

All the characters, teachers, students and bad guys alike have truly believable personalities, eccentricities and flaws, which, more often than not, helps to make them the truly lovable and long-standing characters that they have gone on to become. These friendships and relationships drive the book forward, providing comical respite and emotional engagement along the way.

It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.

There are characters in this book that will remind us of all the people we have met. All of us have known a spoilt, overweight boy like Dudley, or a bossy and interfering (yet kind-hearted) girl like Hermione. A large number of the younger readers will also be able to easily identify with Harry, especially with his initial feelings of isolation and a sense of not belonging, and then through to his excitement at finally leaving that life behind in favor of one where he does belong and will be happy.

Hogwarts is a truly magical place, not only in the most obvious way but also in all the sheer detail that the author has gone to describe it. It is the place that everybody wishes they could have been to when they were eleven , for that’s where many adventures befall the trio (Harry, Ron and Hermione), and the stone in the book’s title is center to all the events that unfold as the plot progresses. The story builds toward the exciting conclusion that has the ultimate feel-good factor.

In conclusion, this epic journey out of the Muggle world and into the school and world of witchcraft and wizardry bags 4 out of 5 stars. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is a must-read for anyone within the age-group of 8 to 600 years (for those who have used the stone :p) who want to be mesmerized by an enigmatic world.

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A review of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone By J. K. Rowling

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone By J. K. Rowling Bloomsbury Pub Ltd Paperback: 224 pages, Feb 2000, ISBN-13: 978-0747532743

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling is a book about bravery and courage. As Professor Albus Dumbledore, the Headmaster at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, says “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

I enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it for muggles aged eleven and up. This is the first in the seven book Harry Potter series. I think readers must read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone before reading the other books in the series, as this book sets the scene for the Harry Potter world.

As the title suggests, the main character in this book is Harry James Potter, also known as the boy who lived. The book follows Harry in his first year at Hogwarts, where he meets Hermione Jean Granger, a genius, and Ronald Bilius Weasley, a red head with six siblings.

When he was just a baby, Harry’s parents were killed by a Dark Arts wizard named Voldemort. Voldemort also tried to kill Harry but failed, leaving Harry with a scar in the shape of a lightning bolt on his forehead, and giving him the title the boy who lived. On the night of his parents’ death, Harry was placed on the doorstep of his aunt and uncle, the Dursley’s, much to their displeasure.

“Harry – yer a wizard” Harry was told on his eleventh birthday. With this news, he left the Dursley’s grasp for Hogwarts.

Harry, Ron and Hermione discover that in a room in the Forbidden Corridor on the third floor at Hogwarts, covered by spells and curses, lays the one and only Philosopher’s Stone – a stone that can transform any metal into pure gold and also produces the Elixir of Life, which will make the drinker immortal. During his time at Hogwarts, Harry develops the feeling that his potions teacher Professor Snape hates him, and has a gut feeling that Snape will try and steal the stone. One night, Harry, Ron and Hermione sneak up to the Forbidden Corridor to get the stone before Snape does. The trio pass through challenging obstacles. In the end, Harry has to finish the mission on his own and to his surprise, it’s not at all what he expected.

The theme of this story is magic and mystery. Nothing is as it seems, with changes at every turn.

This book is unlike any other; J. K. Rowling has opened the door to a whole new world of reading. Those readers who enjoy the Scarlet and Ivy series by Sophie Cleverly should also enjoy the Harry Potter series.

About the reviewer: Cleo was Commended in the 2019 Hunter Writers’ Centre/Compulsive Reader Review competition. She is in Grade 6 and her favourite subjects are novel study, reading groups and writing. Cleo has participated in the Premier’s Reading Challenge since she started school. Cleo plays as the Goal Shooter and Goal Attack in her local netball team, which she loves. Cleo’s dream is to have a dog and she is yet to know what she wants to be in the future.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling (Harry Potter: Book 1)

The Philosopher’s Stone is the first in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series of seven novels that have made her the most successful literary author of all time, selling in excess of 400 million copies world-wide. The books are read and enjoyed by children and adults alike and have also been made into hugely popular films.

Do the Harry Potter books live up to the hype? When I first began reading the Philosopher’s stone I was immediately struck by how good - and laugh-out-loud funny - the humour was. You usually need to read a Terry Pratchett novel to ensure constant laughter throughout but Rowling has managed to infuse this book with a lovely wit and charm that will both amuse and delight adults and children.

Here is an example, with the ending being particularly good:

"Harry was frying eggs by the time Dudley arrived in the kitchen with his mother. Dudley looked a lot like Uncle Vernon. He had a large, pink face, not much neck, small, watery blue eyes and thick, blond hair that lay smoothly on his thick, fat head. Aunt Petunia often said that Dudley looked like a baby angel – Harry often said that Dudley looked like a pig in a wig." Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: The Vanishing Glass

There are characters in this book that will remind us of all the people we have met. Everybody knows or knew a spoilt, overweight boy like Dudley or a bossy and interfering (yet kind-hearted) girl like Hermione. A large number of the younger readers will also be able to easily identify with Harry, especially with his initial feelings of isolation and not belonging, and then through to his excitement at finally leaving that life behind in favour of one where he belongs and will be happy.

When Harry begins his first term at Hogwarts (a wizarding school) he is not alone in being overawed:

‘Yeh’ll get yer firs’ sight of Hogwarts in a sec,’ Hagrid called over his shoulder, ‘jus’ round this bend here.’ There was a loud ‘Oooooh!” The narrow path had opened suddenly on to the edge of a great black lake. Perched atop a high mountain on the other side, its windows sparkling in the starry sky, was a vast castle with many turrets and towers. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: The Journey From Platform Nine and Three-Quarters

Hogwarts is a truly magical place, not only in the most obvious way but also in all the detail that the author has gone to describe it so vibrantly. It is the place that everybody wishes they could of gone to when they where eleven. And there many adventures befall the trio (Harry, Ron and Hermione) and the stone in the book's title is centre to all that happens. The story builds towards and exciting conclusion that has the ultimate feel-good factor.

J.K. Rowling should be commended for getting so many people reading and excited by books. The biggest surprise must be the effect that this novel had on the adult population, both male and female - at the time the books were published many a commuting train was spotted with Harry Potter books providing world-weary workers with a wonderful sense of escapism. This book is highly recommended to anybody between the ages of 8 and 80.

Is all the hype about the Harry Potter books justified? In a word, yes, the books are a joy to read and possibly the most rewarding young adult’s book since The Hobbit.

9/10 A rewarding read, a classic for children.

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136 positive reader review(s) for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

380 positive reader review(s) in total for the Harry Potter series

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Noona from Australia

This book is satisfyingly good, the entire idea of having a young boy who’s parents die in the hands in an blood thirsty super villain isn’t that unique... *cough* *cough* *Batman*. But she makes it so original with hoggwards and the mirror makes this book so good

Athena-Jayde from New Zealand

Best book of all time love the writing and the dream J.k Rowling is my all time favorite writer

Anon from UK

I never thought I'd enjoy Harry Potter so much! It's become my favourite series and absolutely LOVE the magic and everything about the book honestly. You can never get bored and all the chapters always leave you asking tons of questions! Love it! P.S. Joanne Rowling- I love your books. Keep on doing, what you're doing! You are such an amazing author and angel. 😃

Samuel from Australia

Could not tear my eyes away from this book.

Haniya from Pakistan

Harry Potter is the best English novel I read.

Priyal from India

We all know that the book is fab, but have you ever wondered , what if J.K. Rowling ended the book with the the last line saying- '' and then Harry woke up from the dream lying in the cupboard under the stairs....''
Great book for young and old, I have read it so many times i could say it word for word. I think that it is one of the best books that I have ever read.

Anonymous from Rather not Say

An interesting beginning for the award-winning series. This, unlike the other Harry Potters, wasn’t that good. Nearly each on got better. But some kids may find this book boring and lose interest. It just doesn’t have the action and sci-fi like the rest. Philosopher’s Stone: 6/10 Chamber of Secrets: 7/10 Prisoner of Azkaban: 9/10 Goblet of Fire: 9/10 Order of the Phoenix: 10/10 Half-Blood Prince: 6/10 Deathly Hallows: 9/10 Cursed Child: 2/10 Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them: 5/10 The Tales of Beedle the Bard: 4/10

Beauty Queen from India

It was very nice book. I am still reading it even after 100 times. It interesting you see I am a fast reader so I completed the book in 1 day. It tells about how Harry Potter a wizard and how his parents were murdered so he had only one relative his mom's sister Aunt Petunia and her family. Then a letter arrives at his house but his uncle won't let him see it but a giant named Hagrid the gamekeeper says the truth that he was an wizard like he studied in the school Hogwarts the magic school and made some friends too. But he needed to save the philosopher stone from the deadly wizard named Lord Voldemort but the problem was his least favorite teacher Snape who Harry thinks works for Voldemort but that isn't the end but I don't want to be a surprise spoiler so read it yourself I felt it was a good book. How about you?

Anoymous from Somewhere

Very good book. I had read it for more than 5 times.

Anonymous from Somewhere

It’s OK. There’s been better Harry Potters. But Artemis Fowl is more enjoyable.

Mia from Australia

This is the Summary Harry Potter he a kid on his eleventh birthday a big giant man name Hagrid told him that he was a wizard and his parents were witch and wizard too he never knew that he was famous. He started at Hogwarts. Harry made some new friends name Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger there found a three head dog name Fluffy and there need to find out what in that trap door let the magic begin. This is plot When Harry Potter start Hogwarts school of wizard and witchery and Find out what happen to his parents and he find the murder of his parents his name is Voldemort. This is imagery and symbolism That in Harry Potter has a lot of bright colours and some dark colours. Book is mostly about how Harry starts and through the year of Hogwarts. One of the may symbols are Harry scar because he the boy who lived right after Voldemort disappeared. Themes are magic, Friendship and Love because it shows the magic in Hogwarts, friendship between Harry, Ron and Hermione and love between Harry and his mother and father who Harry lose.

Bill from UK

Harry Potter are the greatest books ever. I really enjoy these books the most book I like is The Prisoner of Azkaban because Buckbeak who is a magical creature is cute and the best it is the best book I have.

Sanu from Australia

It enthralled me and I finished all the books in grade 3. But I re-read them and still do! These wonderful masterpieces are perfect for kids and adults. Take a look at it.

Samiya from Bangladesh

Only one thing can say, the book is awesome and every moment and every chapter is incredible. It is the best book I ever read.
Harry Potter are the greatest books ever. I really enjoy these books, the book I likemost  is The Prisoner of Azkaban because Buckbeak, who is a magical creature, is cute and the best. It is the best book I have.

Rose from Holly wood

Maria from Pakistan

This book has had me taken into another land in which i remain till now...even though i finished the whole series! I simply cannot get enough of harry potter and i highly recommend this book if you guys love fantasy and a bit of wizard action!😍😍😘😊

Rachel from United Kingdom

Simply the best!

Anna from United States

I don't like fantasy books. This is my one time I have to go against it. Harry Potter is in my top 2 favorite books of all time. It's amazing with all the unique things that you see around the magic world. You will have to think again when you chose a favourite book.

Suzanna from Wales

One of the best book series ever!! Charming and Witty, you just cant put the book down.

Nicole Fernando from Sri Lanka

Harry’s perfectly normal life at number 4 privet drive becomes extraordinary when he finds out that he is a wizard and Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry will teach him all he needs to know.Ignoring his aunt’s and uncle’s(Mr. and Mrs.Dursley) screams of protests Harry ventures into the wizarding world. But even in The wizarding world bad things happen like, the evil wizard ,Voldemort who killed who many innocent people( including Harry’s parents ) coming back to life.Even though Harry escaped from Voldemort once, Harry is not certain he can do it again.Join Harry Potter and his newly found friends Ron Weasly and Hermione Granger to save the wizarding World.Can they do it? Find out in Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone . This book is great for all ages.The author J.K Rowling created a world full of adventure,fun and mystical places and creatures.This is only the first book from a set of seven.People all around the world would love this series.This book is one of the greatest books I have ever read.

Anna from UK

It’s very good because I enjoy it and it makes me wanna read it a lot and see what happens next.

Anjitha from India

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is one of my favourite books in the Harry Potter series. Reading this book has made me crazy about Harry Potter and I wish to be one among the magical community. I can't imagine how thrilled I would be if I get a letter from Dumbledore saying that I am admitted to Hogwarts!!!!!!!

Cira from Canada

This book made me feel like I was taken to another land. I love it and others should too. I really enjoyed the humpr and thrill that were somehow mixed together into a perfect story. J.K Rowling has that little touch that makes everyone LOVE her books. EVeryone needs to buy it!

Risha from India

One of the best books I've read. Highly recommend it. It's for all ages and it's the best! Humour, thrill, action and a little love. A combo of everything.

Amber from India

It was the best book I had ever read. The first book was a blast. J.k Rowling has really outdone herself this time.I am reading the 7th book now, and it seems to be really interesting. Young readers, I am advising you to start reading Harry Potter, as it is truly amazing and interesting to boost your imagination..... The magical world of Harry Potter is includes dangerous, fun and legendary adventures, starring Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and Ron Weasley, who are three best friends in this fabulous story. They fought together against many fantastic and dangerous creatures, and came across many obstacles. Finally, it was the time, for Harry Potter to fight against the most powerful, dangerous wizard all the magical people could think of. You wanna know more about this legendary adventure, then reading the Harry Potter series is the best way possible.

Jotaro from Japan

It is very good.

Samit from India

Truly amazing

Neil from Malta

Purely amazing.

Sofia from Mexico

It was good.

Ava from Australia

Get ready to wave your wand, for this wizardry adventure. It start off with a young boy not knowing that he's a wizard until his 11th birthday, on his journey to Hogwarts Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) makes amazing friends with Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) and Ron Wealsy (Rupert Grint). On learning how to prounce the famous spells like wingardium leviosa, lumos and alohomara, but in every story there's a troubling part were Harry fights for his life.

Jade from UK

This book is the only book I read because nothing else is interesting for me and I could never stop re-reading it.By now I must of read the Harry Potter series 20 times,they are just WOW and AMAZING.I would recommend this book to anyone!

Aoife from Ireland

Just perfect.

Amaal from Austrailia

It is definitely the best book I've ever read! I need to read all!!!! :) SO AMAZING! I now know 100% understand why J.K. Rowling is the most successful and richest author there is! 9.9 STARS!

Palak from India

i have read harry potter book it was amazing i like it

Sofia from USA

Harry Potter and the philospher's stone is one of the best series I have read it more than 8 times

Namratha from India

This is amazing I love it 😙😙😙😙😙😙

Shravani from India

I really loved Harry Potter series. It is one of the greatest fictions for children. The writing, the character development is very good. I really liked it.

Harry from Australia

Best book series if you ask me. I have read each book over 15 times except The Order of the Phoenix and Goblet of Fire. JK Rowling's writing is better than any other writing. I love Emma Watson / Hermione Granger. I have loved Harry Potter since I was in year 2.

Manya Rathore from India

It is the most interesting book I have ever read and It is a wizard story and is a inspirative story.

carissa from singpore

I LOVE harry potter so much that I can read the whole book series like about 20 times. I think that everyone should a lest try reading Harry Potter .

Mubeen from India

When i started reading harry potter and the philosophers stone i was unable to stop myself by reading i read it continously and i hd cmpltd it in just one day without getting bored.....these are the amazing book series i hv ever read....i would luv to read it again and again..

Juveriya from India

I love the harry potter series

Katie from 1 Direction Fandom

Get ready for swish and flick and wingardium leviosa! The best part is the last against Lord Voldemort.

Imogen from UK

Good book =-)

Electra from Greece

I love Harry Potter and I love the Philosopher's Stone so much because it is the book where all the magic began.

Olivia Myers from Australia

I love Harry Potter but I would rather watch the move than read the book :}

Heramb from Australia

Harry Potter was the best book series I've ever read and it is beast. If I could I would rate this 2,000,000 stars out of ten!

Ben from UK

Definitely advise reading these books.

Sanjanaa from India

I like Harry Potter.

Thomas from America

AMAZING! RECOMMEND IT!!!

Aaradhana from India

Whatever it has use for us , whatever it teaches , friendship , believe in magic , confidence in ourselves , whatever , its the craziest thing i have ever read or ever known in my life...I just go mad and imagine myself in that world and actually i wont ever be tired of reading it if its even 100 times 😃😃😃😇😇😌😌 I just love it n u r the most imp part of life-review of others who just shown me that its what makes the harry potter the best story ever atleast fr me... its my life. If i would even be of 50 yrs or more i won't stop admiring it and readinb... yes i am not the best fan but fr me its the best book/series 😁😁 Love u harry pottrr stories.... and yeah 1 thing i forgot to tell u i am really a great fan of Draco Malfoy/TOM FELTON....😍😍�...😄......was that too much to read!!!!�......

Rachana from India

What a nice book it was!

Keira from Canada

This book review is magical and helps me understand what this book is about. Also in my class we are making book reviews and you have helped me alot with exmaples! Thanks.

Frutopia10 from New Zealand

It was awesome! A book that is unforgettable! Even though the series gets better and better this book is a all time favorite for me.

Hemanth from India

This is the book that everyone has to read in their lifetime and the graphics are awesome. Thanks to J. K. Rowling for giving us a awesome book and after reading I realised why the book is so famous.

Akash from India

This book is so amazing. That I can't narrate and Ys I have decided to know what people are so much crazy about these series. At last the thinking of writer is lunatically awesome!!!!

Abcd1234 from Israel

An amazing start for an equally amazing series . The plot is immersive, it takes you by the hands and pulls you into the books. I Read the whole seven books in a row. Must read!!!

Lily from Australia

OMG! this book is amazing. JK Rowling is really good with words i have read this book 100 times i love it keep up the good work JK

Sahla from UK

The magic begins!!! This book is bewitchingly beautiful. I have read all of the Harry Potter books including the Cursed Child and I have to admit that this one never gets old! All book lovers across the world, children or adults, can enjoy this book. Honestly I believe no one can ever say they hate this book true to their heart unless their pathological liars.

Annie from India

This book is amazing. I really like that and I think everyone also like this boo . This book show a philosopher's stone that amazing and their wand spells superb . Thanks to J.K Rowling that gives us very interesting book.

Savannah from Australia

This book is amazing.

Satwika from India

AMAZING!!! I love the book. It is my all time favorite. I am dieing to go to a magical school like Hogwarts. I am inspired to write a fantasy novel.

Harry Potter Fan😍 from Hogwarts

I love this book. I saw the movie and have read the book a million times now!!! (LOL)😍😃😘

Ahmed from Saudi arabia

Awesome Book but chapter one was very boring plzz in the next series dont write all those kind of stuffs. Plzz begin the story neatly and nicely

Sohini from India

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is written by J.K Rowling. Even By reading this small summary I am well liked of the story. And really from now I like Harry Potter.

N from Ireland

AMAZING 😁

Sophie from UK

It was Fantastic!

MAISHA from INDIA

It's a fabulous book, I had heard about it from my friends, and when I found it very interesting. It was like I am in the story watching everything happening. I will now start to read the second book. From my point of view, I feel that JK ROWLING IS THE BEST WRITER IN THE WORLD IN THIS GENERATION.

David from US

The first book in the Harry Potter series has much going for it but I think it is the humour that stands out most for. It is many things but I just found it plain funny. Consistently. This is fantasy in its purest form and it offers wonderful escapement and wish-fulfilment. When a book becomes as massively popular as this those who do not like it tend to really hate it. But make up your own mind - if a school for wizards and oodles of adventure and excitement sound like your type of thing then your not going to find much better than this.
Great story mixed with fantastic world - building combine to form a literary classic of immense proportions.

Emma from America

Chamber of Secrets is the classic that started a classic story about the boy who lived. The book features well rounded characters, a mysterious plot, and heartwarming world-building.

Jessica from Australia

It's amazing! I recommend this book to all ages ❤️

Indrajeet from India

Best book in my life I have ever read before and I have all the version in my home and I read it in leisure time.

Sindhu from India

This wonderful book takes us on a magical journey you can't help falling in love with. The plot, the characters, the tiny details that Rowling so masterfully brings together... mindblowing. Easily the best book series I've ever read. Recommended for everybody- young and old.

ledi from Albania

I love this book because it is a very interesting, mysterious and thrilling book.

Lavisha Malik from India

I like this book. I thank the writer to write such a interesting type of book.

Houssem from Tunisia

What an amazing and fascinating book ! Wow. The journey passed so fast, how you dive into the pages,sink in the events and travel with the characters, how fantastic that is, purely wonderful ^^

Sashreek Havelia from India

This was an amazing book and was my second novel ever. I find myself in a stronghold of books just because of this wonderfully written and out of the box book. I must congratulate author J.K.Rowling on the success of all her books and her skill as an author.

Disha from India

It is very nice.

Harry from UK

I quite liked the book it was interesting I am now on the 2nd book of Harry Potter.

Trevor from US

The only people who don't like Harry Potter books are adults who seem to think that admitting they like Harry Potter makes them less of an adult. Oh, it's a great children's book. STFU. It's not a great children's book. It's just a great book. PERIOD.

Safia Ali from India

I just want to say that I AM MAD ABOUT THIS MAGICAL WORLD AS IT DID A GREAT MAGIC ON MY MIND AND HEART. JUST LOVE IT!

Brychan from UK

An excellent book combining magic and reality in a sensational mix. J.K Rowling has definitely succeeded in writing a brilliant book perfect for all ages. She has created a combination of happy, exciting and sad scenes to create an amazing book. If you have not already read the series then I definitely recommend that you read it as soon as possible. 9/10

Jasmine from India

This book is the best book I have read in a entire life. Love u JK Rowling.

Potter fan from India

Good book but lacks action...

Navneet from India

It really is the most fantastic book which I have ever read in my life.

Michael Anthony from US

Great book!!! Love it.

Himansh from India

Great book! I had read this book almost 10 times but am not at all bored of it. People who feel bored are dumb. The only word for this book is - awesome!!! But the Deathly Hallows is the last part. I'll miss Harry Potter!!!

#potterhead from Pakistan

Oh my god! These books are life. I just cannot describe how amazing they are. I've read them like a million times and I'm still not tired of them. Favourite books and I also lovvveeeee the movies. Potterhead for life!

Priyanka from Dubai

It is such an awesome book, I felt so sad when it was coming to an end. I wish there were more than 7 Harry Potter books.

Gordon from England

It is very funny those who give this book a bad review have a very poor grasp of the English language. Maybe they lack the intellegence to appreciate literature beyond wiser and chips? Totally awesome book.

Faizan from India

Excellent! Wonderful! I love the series of Harry Potter. I have read it 7 times continuously. No words to appreciate. Just enjoy the fantasy world of magic.

Sheepish from India

It is a nice and thrilling book which I had never read in my life. I love this book, thanx for this, bye.

Anakha from India

I love it. An amazing book!

Annastacia Buckley from Singapore

I absolutely loveee this book!! But, I would give it a 10 if the review was longer and have more coverage! Awesome book!

Gregory from Australia

This book was very impressive... how can people hate this book?

xxpa from canada

Great book, I couldn't put it down once I started reading this book. Dark, amazing, fast and thrilling. A must read for all!

Jack from US

It's so good, thanks, you gave me an idea for a book review.

Gunnhildur from Iceland

I loooooved this book! Those dumb Harry Potter haters don´t understand what they are missing! I really hope J.K. Rowling writes more of these, I have read all of them twice! Maybe some stories about Harry and Ron doing Aura business and other stuff!

Deepika from India

The only review is that they are... AWESOME!!!

Pinky from India

I can't give 10 points because it's not enough! Hey! I've started reading Chamber of Secrets. After I completed reading I came to this website. Ah! This book has fans all over the world.

Ramya from India

The best ever book I've read. Fascinating, mesmerizing, so on!!! No other words I've to describe it. I normally hate books but this is the one which gave me the interest to read novels. I'll say this book is best because it's SIMPLY GREAT GREAT GREAT... VERY GREAT!!!

Trina from US

You can't put it down. I really recommend this book, it's filled with enjoyment and it's fascinating. OK, I don't want to say really smart words but just kick back your feet and read - it is so good.

Harry Potter (wink wink) from Privet Drive

i just finished it and it only took me a day.... i couldn't put it down it was AMAZING. I came to this website before I read it just to be sure it is worth while. If you're doing this now... STOP and read it. No words can explain how good it is, I have already started Chamber of Secrets. There is so much detail in JK Rowling's books! I recommend read this first then watch the movie. It's a great book for all ages :)

Aymar from Canada

Honestly loved the first the most. But the entire series was the best series I have a ever read!

Xavier from Austria

Although I am not totally enamoured by the series as a whole I think the Philosopher's Stone is a beautiful stand-alone book. It oozes charm and offers wish fulfilment on a level I've only ever encountered in the Lord of the Rings. At turns funny, heart-warming, exciting and full of tension it is a book that everyone should read. Even if it is just to find out what the fuss is all about. A great book to read every Christmas.

Ilma from Bangladesh

The best book I've read!

Himika from India

This book taught me to love fantasy! I have read many books ever since, but HP for me is always special!

Rithu from India

The most exciting and interesting to all class of people.

Dang Trung Hieu from Vietnam

Great book!

Iris from Mexico

It was the book that taught me to love reading. And discover the feeling not to be able to leave the chair until you have finished the book. Highly recommended.

Harihara from India

No words can say how much I like this. The best series ever.

Sweata from India

It is a very thrilling book and also it has an interesting mythology... I loved this book very much... I thank J.K. Rowling for writing such a great book...

Samantha from Canada

Amazing, gripping, magnificent.

Sathwik from India

Harry Potter is awesome. It has a lot of action.

Joshua from England

Harry Potter to some is a "boring", "overexaggerated" book with no life in it whatsoever. Those people are absolute idiots. J.K. Rowling's books are gripping, stunning and filled with so much literature. The magic between the pages is just thrilling, when I started reading this particular book in my youth - around 4 years ago, I'm 13 now - it was impossible to put down, I would not sleep until it was finished. Lucky for me I'm a fast reader. In a few words Harry Potter is amazing: gripping and intelligent.

Shubham Mk from India

Just one word... CLASSIC!!! Thumbs up!!

Sarah from Pakistan

I liked this book very much, but this is my first book in the Harry Potter series and now I am very excited to read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets which I've got to read in the school holidays but this book is really awesome and I hope Chamber of Secrets will also be as interesting as this!!!

Julia from America

I thought it was brill!

Jimwel from Philippines

I really love the Harry Potter books, in fact I already finished reading all those 7 series and I really crave for more books. Hope J.K. Rowling make additional series but I don't suppose she will. But who knows?

Tom Marvolo Riddle from England

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is the best book of all time!

Ieuan Jones from UK

I love Harry Potter but I think the first one lacks some action, where as the others have a lot of action from near the start, like Chamber of Secrets - there's the bit near the end where Harry kills the Basilisk and the Prisoner of Azkaban, there's the Womping Willow, whereas the first one isn't very exiting because all it is the first part of the end they get through that in like 2 mins of the film and then all they do is play chess and then Harry goes on to get bought in a fire for like a minute and then all it is is him in bed and Dumbledore steeling his sweet. So yeah, it isn't the best book but I think I would put it about 6th out of the eight :D

Amelia from Australia

I LOVE THIS BOOK AND ALL THE OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES!! They are so engaging and make the reader actually want to be a wizard!! I am absolutely crazy about Harry Potter!! My room is filled with Harry Potter stuff because I am so in-love with these books!!!

Andy from Reading

I have heard a lot of criticism of these books by quite a few adults, and whilst the writing may not be the best they are quite clearly wrong. These books have successfully engaged not just millions of young people across the world but millions of adults as well. Any author who can achieve such a following must be doing something right. Sometimes you just have to enjoy the story and go with the flow, yes there are shortcomings, however in this case it doesn't really matter if it gets millions of people engaged in reading.

Sarah from London

GREAT! That's all I can say!

Cat Fitzpatrick from London

A children's classic, what more can you say? Luckily I was eleven when the first book came out so I was the right age to follow them over the years, but I go back to them again and again even though I'm an adult because there's so much joy to be had in this magic, vivid world. It's funny, charming, heart-breaking and utterly wonderful.

Visenna from Poland

Really great, but still rather for younger readers.

Ankita from India

I love to watch the Harry Potter series.

Adam from Gregory

J.K. Rowling has sharp, lucid prose that carries Harry Potter beyond the realms of simple children's fantasy and into that of timeless literature. It's accessible and clear but at times it can be poetic and downright funny. In addition to her concise writing style, Harry Potter is populated with interesting and relatable characters that the reader can (and will) fall in love with. Yes, you could argue the plot devices are nothing we haven't seen before. Sometimes they even border on cliche. And yes, you could also argue that the villain is a bit too simple on the morality side of things. But none of this really matters, because the Harry Potter series are a helluva lot of fun to read and have a blast-ended-skrewt-sized heart.

Ian from Lisburn

The greatest fantasy series of a generation. If you haven't read these books yet please come out of your cave and rejoin the rest of the world!!! They reminded me why I love reading and fantasy.

Sharnali from London

The Harry Potter books to me are AWESOME!!! They are legendary. J.K Rowling is an inspiration, a William Shakespeare of the present day! ;]

Leisale from Vanuatu

The only word I have for the Harry Potter series is that they are... AWESOME!!!!

Kaan Can from Turkey

Harry Potter's magical world was created perfectly by JK Rowling. It's really interesting!!! The book series and movies are great!! This is a world phenomenon!! Read these books!

Samir from Oran

I wasn't going to read the Harry Potter series because I thought it was an overrated children's book. But one day, I decided that I had to see for myself why so many people liked this series. I couldn't be more wrong. It's an amazing fantasy series with a very solid and interesting mythology. The first book is great but the following books are even better.

Laura from England

I love Harry Potter, I started reading it in primary school and I keep re-reading the whole series - it's amazing! I love the magic of it all, it's so unique. I must have read the series through at least 6 times now, and I don't get bored! They are brilliant. I love all the characters, they're so interesting. This book is just....wow! Not my favourite of the series but I still love it... I like it when they go through the trap door, it's hard to stop reading :)

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling

By J. K. Rowling

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Love the Harry Potter series and this 1st book gives an insight into the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Each characters personalities are clear to see and relatable to muggle life. This book is the perfect blend of magic and adventure. My favourite character is Hermione Granger, she is a strong girl who shows that being smart is not something to hide or be ashamed of. I will always recommend this book!

Very fun and magical. My favourite is Harry Potter!

I love this book

This book was good, and I would recommend it to a friend

Loved the characters

Great book recommend to any magical story lover

It was very interesting. I liked Hermione the best. I recommend it to all ages

I love Harry Potter and the philosophers stone

I enjoyed this book and I liked Uncle Vernon the best

this book has loads of fictional clues which all lead to one answer its great reccomend this for kids who like mysteries

It was really interesting and very fun I was really hooked I would Recommend it

I found Hermione pretty funny in this book, she is very serious and bossy. I like everything about Hogwarts and the world that Harry becomes a part of.

I loved this book and you should read it for Harry Potter, and to know how it started.

I love Harry Potter it’s the best

I loved this book.

My favourite character in the book is Harry Potter because he is courageous.

Excellent writing. I throughly enjoyed the book.

Harry Potter is a wizard who has a great destiny but he doesn’t know. His aunt, uncle and cousin treat him badly. He finds out and he gets enrolled into Hogwarts a school for witchcraft and wizardry. Voldemort tries to kill Harry but fails.

I like it a lot because of the magic and spells and mythical creatures.

I like Hermione the most.

It interests me because at the end you find out that Quirell has to faces and the second face is Voldermort!

I would recommend it for people who are over 6 years old and have a interest in HP(Harry Potter).

My favourite part of it was where they found the stone; Dumbledore was really clever at protecting the stone. My favourite character was Harry.

I thought it was good

Great, the book was very descriptive and factual. It gives a large explanation of Hogwarts and is a must read

I liked Herminone best as she knew how to do everything as she reads so much and then she became friends with Harry and Ron. I would recommend it to my friends

I liked this book because it has beautiful description

I recermend this book too somebody else.

I like it when Harry looks in the mirror of Erised and finds the stone in his pocket.

i think it was really good. it was nice to read the book of Harry Potter 1. i think Harry was my favourite character. Yes I would recommend it to others.

This book is really good and imaginitive.

Voldermort is naughty

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harry potter and the philosopher's stone book review for school

Book Review: Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling

"Read ten thousand books, and your pen will be guided as if by God" is an ancient Chinese idiom. 

J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is a timeless masterpiece that has enchanted readers of all ages since its publication. This debut novel introduces us to a world where magic is not just a concept but a way of life, blending the ordinary with the extraordinary in a seamless tapestry of wonder and adventure.

The primary location in the story is Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, featuring four houses known as Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin, which were founded by the school's founders.

A life of adventure, choices, love, and sacrifice

The story begins with a miserable boy named Harry Potter, an orphan living with his neglectful aunt (Petunia), uncle (Vernon), and spoiled cousin (Dudley), in a non-magical world, commonly known as the Muggle community. They treat Harry terribly and have a strong disgust for the Wizarding World.

“There is no good and evil, there is only power and those too weak to seek it.”

Before Harry turned eleven, he got lots of letters inviting him to Hogwarts, but his uncle stopped him from reading them and fibbed, saying they were gone. In an attempt to evade the letters, the Dursleys go to extreme lengths, moving from one location to another, even staying in a shack on a rock in the middle of the sea. 

However, the letters keep finding Harry, creating an air of suspense and anticipation. The tension builds as the letters become more persistent and unconventional in their delivery.

Finally, on the eve of Harry's eleventh birthday, the seemingly indestructible letters find him, and the door of the shack is knocked down by the imposing figure of Rubeus Hagrid, the Keeper of Keys and Grounds at Hogwarts. Hagrid bursts in with the long-awaited letter for Harry, revealing his true identity as a wizard and extending an invitation to join the magical world. The next day, Hagrid took Harry into the magical world.

Hagrid takes Harry to Gringotts, the wizarding bank, to access his vault. The visit to the vault reveals the vast wealth left to Harry by his parents, emphasizing his status as a wizarding celebrity. 

After a month, Harry makes his way to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for the first time. On the train, Harry meets Ron Weasley, who is also a first-year student. The camaraderie between Harry and Ron begins to develop as they share stories and experiences. Ron introduces Harry to the wizarding world, explaining various aspects and traditions.

At Hogwarts, Harry, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger accidentally discover a hidden room guarded by a three-headed dog. They realize it's safeguarding something valuable—the fabled Philosopher's Stone capable of reviving its possessor from death. Suspecting Severus Snape, the Potions Master, due to his injured leg, they believe he intends to steal it. To protect the Stone, the trio takes action. Despite facing numerous hurdles, Harry manages to enter the final chamber deep underground.

Harry stumbles upon the Mirror of Erised during a late-night visit to an unused classroom. The mirror is enchanted, and its purpose is to reveal the deepest, most heartfelt desires of the person looking into it. Harry, initially perplexed by the mirror, soon becomes entranced by what he sees in it. The mirror reflects an image of Harry with his deceased parents, James and Lily Potter. Overwhelmed by the sight of his family, Harry spends several nights returning to the mirror to experience the comforting vision.

Harry, Ron, and Hermione are determined to protect the Philosopher's Stone from falling into the hands of Voldemort. They decide to take matters into their own hands and head to the third-floor corridor where the trapdoor is located. The trio encounters a series of magical obstacles guarding the trapdoor, each designed to test the skills and qualities of those attempting to reach the Stone. 

The trio discovers that Professor Quirrell is the one attempting to steal the Philosopher's Stone. He is working for Voldemort, who is revealed to be living on the back of Quirrell's head, hidden beneath a turban. Quirrell has been manipulated by Voldemort's influence, and he is determined to use the Stone to restore Voldemort to full power.

Harry, faced with the prospect of Voldemort's return, manages to grab the Philosopher's Stone before Quirrell can reach it. The touch of Harry's skin causes intense pain to Quirrell, preventing Voldemort from taking the Stone. Harry discovers that the reason he felt pain when he touched Quirrell was due to the protective power of his mother's sacrifice. When Lily Potter sacrificed herself to save Harry as a baby, her love created a magical protection that lingered in Harry's blood, causing pain to Voldemort when he tried to touch Harry. 

Here, Voldemort is the person who killed Harry's parents but didn't succeed in ending Harry's life, marking him with a unique lightning-shaped scar on his forehead. Afterward, Voldemort loses his own body and most of his powers, but he's still around and is set on regaining his strength by getting hold of the Philosopher's Stone. Finally, at the story's conclusion, Harry overcomes Quirrel and Voldemort.

Fascinating characters

The main characters are Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, and Professor Quirrel. Harry's courageous, with messy hair and round glasses framing his bright eyes. Ron, a red-haired boy from a modest family, is timid, kind, and afraid of spiders, but he's incredibly friendly to his pals.

Hermione Granger, a smart blonde girl, is a Muggle-born witch excelling in tests due to her hard work and love for reading. Sometimes, she can be bossy and intervenes in Harry and Ron's daring plans for their safety.

The main characters, Harry, Ron, and Hermione, are all close friends in the same Hogwarts house, while Professor Quirrel is their teacher, connecting them all in the story.

Apart from these, there are also other characters, like- Vernon, Petunia, Dudley, Rubeus Hagrid, Albus Dumbledore, etc. 

My Lessons From Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone

  • This is a classic story of a hero’s journey. Hero is called to a journey, but he can’t or doesn’t heed to it. A help arrives to help him embark on the journey. He meets his people. He hesitantly takes on the journey. He faces challenges and eventually manages to overcome them. The entire series is the chronicle of that journey. I’m currently reading the second book in the series. I will bring you what I learn from it as I finish reading it. 
  • Persevere through challenges and adversity, whether they come from external struggles or life's trials.
  • Standing up for yourself is tough but it’s rewarding.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help.   
  • “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
  • It’s important to remain humble. 
  • Love conquers hate.
  • Friendship and loyalty beat wealth and status.
  • The importance of focusing on the present and not dwelling excessively on unattainable desires.

At its core, the novel explores universal themes of the hero's journey, friendship, bravery, and the choice between good and evil. Rowling's storytelling is infused with humor, heart, and a sense of wonder that transcends generations. The pacing is expertly executed, keeping readers engaged with a perfect balance of lighthearted moments and suspenseful twists.

At every turn, there's excitement, from facing trolls, and a three-headed dog, to Harry's confrontation with Lord Voldemort. I would recommend this book to everyone because it keeps you absorbed, making you never want to stop reading.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is the first in the series of Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling. It was published in the U.S. as  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone a year after being published in the UK.

First British printing: July 1, 1997, Bloomsbury Books

First American printing: September 1, 1999, Scholastic, Arthur A. Levine Books U.S. illustrations by Mary GrandPré, 1998

  • day by day calendar of events in the book
  • differences between the British and American versions
  • edits and changes to the text

Reader’s Guide to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone:

Follow the links for chapter-by chapter guides with notes and commentary

Chapter 1: The Boy Who Lived

In which we meet the Dursleys and learn of the peculiar happenings surrounding the arrival of Harry Potter on their doorstep including a conversation between Professors Dumbledore and McGonagall.

Chapter 2: The Vanishing Glass

In which is related the sad circumstances under which Harry has lived for the past ten years and of a trip to the zoo that goes awry.

Chapter 3: The Letters from No One

In which Dudley gets his new uniform and a letter arrives for Harry, which Uncle Vernon destroys – prompting a veritable deluge of letters over the next few days. Uncle Vernon then attempts to outrun the delivery of the letters and eventually takes his family to an abandoned hut on an island in the ocean.

Chapter 4: The Keeper of the Keys

In which Hagrid arrives at the hut and informs Harry that he is a wizard and has been accepted into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry also learns the truth about the deaths of his parents and the origin of the scar on his forehead, much to the chagrin of his uncle.

Chapter 5: Diagon Alley

In which Hagrid takes Harry to Diagon Alley in London to retrieve his inheritance and buy his school supplies, including a wand and Hedwig, a snowy owl. At the same time Hagrid gets a secret package from Gringotts vault 713, Harry meets Draco Malfoy, and Hagrid gives Harry his tickets for the Hogwarts Express.

Chapter 6: The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters

In which Uncle Vernon takes Harry to King’s Cross Station and leaves him there. Harry meets the Weasleys, who help him get to Platform Nine and Three Quarters and settled on the train. Here he gets to know Ron and meets Hermione as the train rumbles to Hogwarts. Upon reaching the school they are met by Hagrid and the First Years are taken by boat to the castle.

Chapter 7: The Sorting Hat

In which Professor McGonagall tells the first-years a bit about the school and they are sorted into houses by the Sorting Hat. Then Dumbledore welcomes then, they have a feast and find their dormitory for their first night at Hogwarts.

Chapter 8: The Potions Master

In which Harry is pointed out and stared at by everyone in the school as he starts his first day of classes and meets his teachers, visits Hagrid and learns about the Gringotts break-in.

Chapter 9: The Midnight Duel

In which Gryffindor and Slytherin have flying lessons together, Neville injures himself on his broom, and Harry and Draco fight it out on brooms over Neville’s Remembrall, resulting in Harry being made Seeker of the Gryffindor Quidditch team. Later, Draco challenges Harry to a wizard’s duel but instead of dueling he tells Filch in hopes of Harry being caught and expelled. Harry and his friends evade Filch and after encountering Fluffy, the three-headed dog, are safely back in their dormitory.

Chapter 10: Hallowe’en

In which Harry receives a Nimbus 2000 broom, learns the rules of Quidditch and begins to practice. On Hallowe’en Hermione masters levitation in Charms class but the remarks of a jealous Ron send her in tears to the girls’ bathroom, where she is trapped with a troll. Harry and Ron run to her rescue and defeat the troll. Hermione tells a lie to keep them out of trouble and the three become friends.

Chapter 11: Quidditch

In which Snape takes Harry’s book, leading to Harry seeing Snape’s injured leg. Harry’s first Quidditch match against Slytherin in which someone jinxes his broom but he catches the Snitch and wins anyway. Hagrid later lets a secret slip.

Chapter 12: The Mirror of Erised

In which Harry, Ron and Hermione start searching the library for facts on Flamel, the school empties for Christmas, Ron teaches Harry wizard chess, Harry gets his father’s invisibility cloak for Christmas, tries it out at night and finds the Mirror of Erised, sees his family and is cautioned by Dumbledore.

Chapter 13: Nicolas Flamel

In which Harry learns that Snape will referee the next Quidditch match, Flamel is found, Gryffindor wins over Hufflepuff when Harry grabs the snitch after only five minutes.Harry follows Snape into the Forbidden Forest where he meets Quirrell and they speak of the Philosopher’s Stone.

Chapter 14: Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback

In which Hermione starts revising, the teachers pile on extra homework, Harry, Ron and Hermione visit Hagrid, discover he has a dragon’s egg, and later watch it hatch. As the dragon grows, it becomes harder to hide the illegal pet, until Charlie Weasley agrees to have it sent to him in Romania. Norbert is shipped off from the tallest tower, but Harry and Hermione are caught by Filch on their way back to their dorm.

Chapter 15: The Forbidden Forest

In which Harry’s popularity slips when his escapades lose his house 150 points, he overhears another conversation, and they serve detention with Hagrid who takes them to the Forbidden Forest in search of a wounded unicorn, which they find dead. Harry is rescued from Voldemort by a centaur.

Chapter 16: Through the Trapdoor

In which the students begin their exams, Hagrid lets slip how to control Fluffy, Harry, Ron and Hermione try to warn Dumbledore but he has been summoned away. Fearful that Snape is about to make his move to get the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry, Ron and Hermione decide to go after it themselves. Under the invisibility cloak they make their way to Fluffy, put him to sleep and go down the trapdoor, past plants, chessmen, and potions.

Chapter 17: The Man with Two Faces

In which Harry discovers it is Quirrell who is after the Stone and serving Voldemort, not Snape. Quirrell tries to use the Mirror of Erised to find the Stone but it gives it to Harry. Voldemort knows this and as part of Quirrell orders the professor to kill Harry, who blacks out in the struggle. He awakes in a hospital bed and hears many things from Dumbledore. At the end of year banquet Gryffindor is awarded the House Cup.

Original Bloomsbury cover art:

Bloomsbury, front cover art

Original Scholastic cover art:

US cover of the first Harry Potter book

The U.S. cover was painted by Mary GrandPré. It shows Harry about to catch the Snitch, with other Quidditch players in the far distant background. Hogwarts castle appears behind Harryand the columns through which he is flying, and Fluffy’s three vicious heads are visible in an opening in the castle wall. In the distance the forest’s pointed pine trees mirror the pointed towers of the castle, while a unicorn gallops by. It is this image of Harry — wearing a striped Muggle shirt, jeans, and trainers and with a simple cape to indicate robes, that is most familiar to fans, at least in the U.S. There are patterns in the columns, but they are very difficult to make out. If they are supposed to be actual images of things, they are too distorted to be recognizable.

Title pages:

Pertinent text from the title pages:

First published in Great Britain in 1997 Copyright Text Joanne Rowling 1997 Copyright cover illustration Thomas Taylor 1997

Frontispiece (US edition):

Frontispiece by Mary GrandPré

Calendar and Dates

The story starts on 1 November 1981, then jumps to 1991, where we follow Harry through his first year at Hogwarts and to his journey back to London at the end of June, 1992.

Dedication: For Jessica, who loves stories, For Anne, who loved them too; And for Di, who heard this one first.

Jessica is Rowling's daughter, Anne is her late mother, and Di is her sister.

Interesting facts and notes

Facts and trivia:

The title refers to a stone sought after by alchemists, a stone which was reputed to turn other metals into gold and to grant immortality.

The U.S. title is changed to  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Comments by Rowling about the book:

Q: Do you rewrite a lot? A: A huge amount. Only once have I sat down, written something end to end, and let it stand. That was the chapter inPhilosopher's Stone when Harry learns to fly. I remember vividly - the old story we've heard a million times - my daughter fell asleep, it was a beautifully sunny day, I sat in a café, and wrote that chapter from beginning to end. And I think I changed two words. That's very unusual for me (Nr).
Q: Do you have a favorite passage from one of your books? A: Hard to choose. I like chapter twelve of Sorcerer's Stone (The Mirror of Erised), and I am proud of the ending of Goblet of Fire (Sch2).

Why is the name different in the U.S.?

Q: Does it bother you that in America they changed the names of your books? A: They changed the first title, but with my consent to be honest. I wish I hadn't agreed now but it was my first book, and I was so grateful that anyone was publishing me I wanted to keep them happy (CR).
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  • October 31st, 1981 : Defeat of Voldemort; James and Lily Potter are killed
  • July 29th, 1991 : A barrage of letters drives the Dursleys from their home
  • July 31st, 1991 : Hagrid arrives at the hut-on-the-rock
  • July 31st, 1991 : Harry's first visit to Diagon Alley
  • July 31st, 1991 : Harry and Hagrid visit Gringotts
  • July 31st, 1991 : Hagrid buys Harry his owl, Hedwig
  • July 31st, 1991 : Failed attempt to steal the Philosopher's Stone
  • September 1st, 1991 : Harry's first Hogwarts Express journey
  • September 1st, 1991 : Harry Potter is Sorted into Gryffindor
  • September 6th, 1991 : Harry and Ron visit Hagrid
  • September 6th, 1991 : Harry's first potions class
  • September 12th, 1991 : Gryffindors and Slytherins have their first flying lesson
  • September 12th, 1991 : Neville breaks his wrist during flying lessons
  • October 31st, 1991 : The Halloween Feast and the Mountain Troll
  • November 8th, 1991 : The trio notices Snape limping
  • November 8th, 1991 : Filch helps Snape bandage his wound
  • November 9th, 1991 : Quidditch match: Gryffindor vs. Slytherin (1991)
  • December 25th, 1991 : Harry receives the Invisibility Cloak
  • December 25th, 1991 : Harry's first Christmas dinner at Hogwarts
  • December 25th, 1991 : Harry discovers the Mirror of Erised
  • February 22nd, 1992 : Quidditch match: Gryffindor vs. Hufflepuff (1992)
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  • circa May 9th, 1992 : Charlie's friends take Norbert
  • June, 1992 : The Trio follow Quirrell through the trap door
  • June, 1992 : The room full of winged keys
  • June, 1992 : Harry confronts Quirrell, defeats Voldemort
  • June, 1992 : Quidditch match: Gryffindor vs. Ravenclaw (1992)
  • June 8th, 1992 : Dumbledore visits Harry in the Hospital Wing
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Themes and Analysis

Harry potter and the philosopher’s stone, by j.k. rowling.

J.K. Rowling explores some essential themes within Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. An analysis of this book sheds light on how well structured and carefully planned most of the plot points of this book are.

Mohandas Alva

Written by Mohandas Alva

M.A. Degree in English Literature from Manipal University, India.

‘ Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone ‘  is a children’s book, but it has a lot of essential life lessons for readers of all ages . The world-building for this novel hooks the readers into staying engaged , and the third-person narration adds to the detailed storytelling ability of the book. Several themes that are crucial to a child’s development are tackled in this book. Themes like love, friendship, and life lessons to tell apart absolute good and evil form a major part of the wide roster of themes that reside in this book.

Table of Contents

  • 1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Themes
  • 2 Analysis of Key Moments in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  • 3 Writing Style and Tone
  • 4 Analysis of Key Symbols in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone  Themes

Love and family.

One of the ‘standout’ themes of ‘ Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, ‘ and by extension, the whole book series, is love. The very premise of Harry Potter surviving the killing curse of Lord Voldemort is based on the protection offered by Harry’s mother, Lily. By sacrificing herself to protect her son, she builds a strong magical shield around Harry, and Voldemort is destroyed by his very own curse as it rebounds.

Love is a recurring theme in the entire novel, and it dictates the dynamic of the plot. For instance, the lack of love from Harry’s foster family and his hatred towards them is in clear contrast to his desire to see his parents in the Mirror of Erised , which is fueled by love.

Although similar in many respects to love, friendship has a more nuanced role in ‘ Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. ‘ Starting with Hagrid, who is Harry’s first friend in the book, Harry goes on to make several friends, including Ron and Hermione. Furthermore, the idea of making friends is also of major importance in ‘ Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. ‘ 

When Harry meets Draco Malfoy for the first time in Madam Malkin’s shop, Harry has already formed an opinion of Draco, and during their second meeting, Harry rejects Draco’s hand at the friendship and remains loyal to the humble and kind-natured Ron. Harry says, “I think I can tell the wrong sort for myself, thanks.” which illustrates his confidence in making clear choices very early in this world he recently discovered. 

Another major theme in ‘ Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone ‘ is sacrifice. Harry Potter’s mother, Lily Potter, sacrifices her life to save him. Although Ron is partially responsible for Hermione being locked in with a mountain troll , Harry and Ron sacrifice their safety by choosing to save her from the troll and run towards danger knowingly. Hermione sacrifices her place in Hogwarts by saving both Harry and Ron from possible expulsion from Hogwarts and risking her own expulsion.

Finally, Ron sacrifices himself in the game of Wizard chess to facilitate safe passage for Harry and Hermione to protect the Philosopher’s Stone. While this being a children’s book allows for most of them to be unhurt despite sacrifice, all these choices to sacrifice themselves, made by the characters, involve accepting the possibility of death.

Courage and Bravery

An essential theme of ‘ Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, ‘ bravery plays a major role throughout the narrative. For example, Neville Longbottom is scared and nervous in most parts of the book. He gets bullied severely, especially by Malfoy and his friends, Crabbe and Goyle. However, taking Ron’s word of ‘having to stand up for himself’, Neville gathers enough courage to fight Malfoy during the Quidditch match. He goes on to even stand up against his very friends, Harry, Ron, and Hermione, when they are on the verge of breaking school rules.

Bravery is also portrayed by Harry, Ron, and Hermione as they persevere amidst challenges and keep their goal to prevent the stealing of the Philosopher’s Stone always.

Although an obvious theme, magic is an essential theme and is crucial in the details that build the story world. The major fascination in this book comes from a wide array of magical nuances that would be helpful to have in the real world. Spells, enchantments, potions, magical beings, artifacts, and several other aspects that make the story of ‘ Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone ‘ a great read for children play an important role in building the imagination of the reader.

Spells like  Wingardium Leviosa , flying broomsticks, or Madam McGonagall’s transfiguration into a cat are all impossibilities in the real world but add to the fascinating attraction that makes this book a memorable one. It caters to the escapism and fantastical requirement of the reader, thereby creating a sort of ‘magic’ of its own.

Intelligence

Another minor yet important theme in ‘ Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone ‘ is intelligence. It is illustrated several times, starting with Hermione’s continuous application of her knowledge resourcefully with the spell Alohomora to open the door and her impressive application of logic amidst a stressful situation.

Ron’s intelligence in winning the game of Wizard Chess is another good illustration. Furthermore, the headmaster Dumbledore also plays a very clever role in showing Harry the mirror of Erised beforehand and using the subtle distinction between greed and need as a basis of his puzzle to retrieve the Philosopher’s stone.

Analysis of Key Moments in  Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

  • Harry Potter is safely brought to his Aunt’s House from the wreckage in Godric’s Hollow by Hagrid, and Dumbledore and Madam McGonagall place him on the doorstep.
  • Harry Potter grows up to be eleven but is bullied by his cousin Dudley and ill-treated by his Aunt and Uncle.
  • Harry encounters Hagrid, who conveys that Harry is a wizard and has been admitted to Hogwarts, to the dismay of his aunt and uncle.
  • Harry buys all his things and visits Gringotts bank with Hagrid, who picks up a small package from there.
  • Harry meets Ron and Hermione on the train to Hogwarts. Harry and Ron become friends.
  • Harry, along with Ron and Hermione, is sorted into Gryffindor’s house.
  • Harry learns how to fly and is selected as a seeker in his Quidditch house team.
  • Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Neville encounter a huge three-headed dog in a corridor that is forbidden for students.
  • Harry and Ron fight a mountain troll and save Hermione. They all become friends.
  • Harry wins the Quidditch match by catching the snitch but is almost knocked off his broom during the match. Hermione and Ron suspect Professor Snape.
  • Harry is presented with the invisibility cloak . He also encounters the Mirror of Erised.
  • Harry, Ron, and Hermione find out about Nicholas Flamel and the Philosopher’s Stone.
  • Hagrid tries to tame a dragon and is unsuccessful. He is forced to send it to Romania with Ron’s brother’s friends.
  • Harry, Hermione, Neville and Malfoy are sent with Hagrid for detention in the Forbidden forest. Harry comes across a cloaked figure who turns out to be Lord Voldemort.
  • Harry, Ron and Hermione decide to go to the Philosopher’s Stone and protect it from Professor Snape, who they suspect are behind it.
  • They make it through all the obstacles, and Harry alone enters the last room, where he finds out Professor Quirrell was the culprit. Further, Lord Voldemort resides in Quirrell’s head and is controlling him. Harry fights them and is victorious.
  • Harry tells Professor Dumbledore about everything that happened. Later in the school feast, Dumbledore awards extra points to Gryffindor for their heroic actions. Gryffindor wins the House Cup.

Writing Style and Tone

‘ Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone ‘ is written with simple language and is easy to follow especially as it is a children’s book. The writing style is primarily in the basic third person without any evident experimental styles.

The tone of the novel is sometimes funny and even engaging. J. K. Rowling evokes humorous situations within the text by alluding to certain characters of the book whom Harry dislikes. Examples include Aunt Petunia, who is written as a nosy neighbor, Uncle Vernon as a rude, rule-following, and boring man, and his cousin Dudley as a spoilt brat who is pampered beyond repair by his parents.  

Analysis of Key Symbols in  Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Mirror of erised.

The Mirror of Erised is where Harry first sees the reflection of his parents and the rest of his family. It is revealed to show the deepest desires of the viewer. It works as an important literary tool in portraying Harry’s deep desire to be reunited with his parents, whom he never had the chance to know. It also does the same with Ron, who is revealed to want to be more successful than all his elder brothers, shedding light on his plight as a young sibling overshadowed by successful elder brothers.

The Philosopher’s Stone

Being an extremely valuable magical artifact, the Philosopher’s stone can create the Elixir of Life , which would make its drinker immortal. This symbolizes absolute power and demonstrates Lord Voldemort’s drive to attain dominion over others with this power. Furthermore, the fact that Harry could get it out of the Mirror of Erised illustrates his pure and incorruptible intentions and cements Dumbledore’s faith in him further.

What does the Sorcerer’s Stone symbolize?

The Sorcerer’s Stone, in its essence, symbolizes power in this book. However, it is an essential plot device and helps differentiate good from evil. Voldemort seeks the Sorcerer’s Stone for his selfish purpose of coming back to life as the tyrant he always was. On the other hand, Harry frantically attempts to prevent Voldemort from getting it, as he wants the collective good and peace of the magical world to remain.

What is the message of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone ?

There are several messages in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. However, the most important message in Harry Potter is that love and friendship triumph over anything, no matter how fear-inducing the obstacles may be. Another message in this book is also that taking action in the face of adversity despite fear is the true sign of bravery.

What is written on top of the Mirror of Erised?

The engraving on the top of the Mirror of Erised reads, “Erised stra ehru oyt ube cafru oyt on wohsi.” When one reads this backward, the sentence becomes more apparent – “I show you not your face, but your heart’s desire.” This is the very purpose of the mirror, and the engraving works as a clever stylistic device to create mystery in the reader’s mind till it becomes apparent.

Mohandas Alva

About Mohandas Alva

Mohandas is very passionate about deciphering the nature of language and its role as a sole medium of storytelling in literature. His interests sometimes digress from literature to philosophy and the sciences but eventually, the art and craft of narrating a significant story never fail to thrill him.

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Harry potter: 10 differences between the philosopher's stone book & the movie.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was the first movie/book in the franchise. The film was loved by fans, but deviated from the source material.

No book-to-film adaptation is perfect, but for a long time, Harry Potter fans have felt that The Philosopher’s Stone was the closest to perfect that fandom got. The film honored the integrity of the book and even lifted dialogue directly from the source material. It also did a good job of launching the movie fandom — without the success of The Philosopher’s Stone , the rest of the movies might never have been made.

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But the movie does make some changes from the book. Some are huge, some are less important, but diehard Potterheads — and especially the Ravenclaws out there — have noticed all of them. 

Harry’s Eyes

Technically, we could mention this difference for every movie, but we’ll only count it for Philosopher’s Stone . Throughout the books, author J.K. Rowling made a big deal of Harry’s green eyes that were just like his mother’s. In fact, Harry’s eyes become a downright plot point in the seventh film, when Snape’s true motivations are revealed. 

You might have noticed, however, that Daniel Radcliffe has blue eyes. Is this the end of the world? No, of course not. Especially because Geraldine Somerville, the actress that played Harry’s mother, also has blue eyes. So the logic still follows: Harry’s eyes are just like Lily’s, which weighs heavily on Severus Snape.

Hagrid Takes Harry to King’s Cross

In the film, when Hagrid bursts into Harry’s life on his 11th birthday and changes it forever, it’s July 31. After they shop in Diagon Alley the next day and get Harry everything he needs, the next thing we see is Hagrid dropping Harry off at King’s Cross for the train. 

But the train leaves from Platform 9¾ on September 1. Did Harry spend the full month of August with Hagrid? In the book, Harry is returned to the Dursleys’ house to eagerly count down the days until he can leave for Hogwarts. They take him to King’s Cross on September 1  dropping him off without making sure he safely finds his train, as the Dursleys are wont to do. 

When Harry Met Draco

Speaking of that trip to Diagon Alley... film-Harry doesn’t meet Draco at Madame Malkin’s Robes For All Occasions. In the book, Draco Malfoy is a snide boy who is getting his robes hemmed at the same time Harry walks in. They don’t exchange names, but Malfoy does say some mean things about Hagrid, causing Harry to dislike him immediately. They meet again on the Hogwarts Express, where Draco tells Harry not to make friends with “the wrong sort.” 

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In the movie, Harry and Draco don’t meet until they’re already in the castle. Draco still says his line about the Weasleys, and Harry still gets to snap back at him with one of his signature witty retorts. 

McGonagall’s Sass

In the books, especially Philosopher’s Stone , McGonagall is a wonderful professor and watches out for Harry, but she’s also a bit of a worrier. The first chapter opens with her questioning Dumbledore’s decision to leave Harry with the Dursleys. (She had a point.) In the movie, she’s less openly worrisome and is a bit sassier. Who could forget the classic exchange she had with Ron Weasley when he and Harry were late for class? She mused about transfiguring them into pocket watches so they might be on time.

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It’s too bad this amazing exchange never happened in the books because it makes us all love McGonagall just a little bit more.

Underplaying Hermione’s Role

In the fight against Professor Quirrell in the book, there is one more challenge after the giant chess set: Harry and Hermione have to use logic to outsmart Snape’s protective barrier to the Stone. It’s a riddle of seven potions, one that moves the drinker forward, one that sends them back, one that kills them, and four others that are fairly innocuous but also useless to them in the journey. In the book, Hermione figures it out while Harry stands by helplessly. 

No such challenge exists in the movie. After the chess game, Harry immediately confronts Quirrell, eliminating the moment when we all realized how brilliant and useful and utterly necessary Hermione was going to be for Harry’s journey. Maybe they made the change to alleviate the cruel moment in the books when Harry and Hermione left Ron behind after he was injured. Or maybe they just thought it would be boring to watch. Nevertheless, it’s a crucial moment of character development that was disappointing to lose. 

That Heartbreaking Birthday Cake

After Vernon Dursley loses his mind and takes the family to an abandoned cabin on a rock in the ocean, Harry counts down to his birthday alone. In the book, he simply watches the minutes tick by on Dudley’s watch, wondering if the Dursleys will remember his eleventh birthday at all. But Hagrid arrives at the stroke of midnight, pushing that thought right out of Harry’s mind. 

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In the movie, the moment is a yank-at-your-heart-strings sob fest. In the dirt on the disgusting floor, Harry draws himself a cake and writes “Happy Birthday” in it. He blows out the “candles” he created alone. If you didn’t cry when you saw this...how? 

Ron’s Best Seven Words

In many ways, Ron Weasley is the character that loses most of his strengths in the book-to-movie adaptations. For people who’ve only watched the movies and never read the books, Ron seems like a moody and useless git. Not true in the books. 

However, The Philosopher’s Stone does give Ron one amazing moment that he actually didn’t get in the book. In both versions, Hermione gets mad at the boys after their midnight adventure, saying, “I’m going to bed before either of you come up with another clever idea to get us killed. Or worse, expelled .” But it’s only in the movie that Ron replies, “She needs to sort out her priorities.” Iconic. 

What Happened to Peeves?

Peeves the Poltergeist doesn’t make an appearance in The Philosopher’s Stone , which is a tragedy, because he was one of the best sources of comic relief in the books. Peeves' pranks and songs always struck the perfect blend of malicious-but-humorous. So why was he cut out? 

Late British comedian Rik Mayall was actually cast to play Peeves in the movie but was cut after three weeks of filming. Apparently he kept making the extras giggle when they weren’t supposed to. Who knows if that’s actually why his part was cut, but he did later go on to say that “the film was s**t,” so maybe it was for the best after all.

The Welcome Feast

In the book, the first years are sorted into their new houses during the Welcome Feast. First, the Sorting Hat sings a song, then the first years are sorted alphabetically (putting Potter toward the end, which makes him nervous), then the Headmaster gives a speech. Dumbledore’s speech was particularly memorable if a bit strange: “Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!” Finally, the school song is sung — and this only happens once in the books. 

In the movie, however, a lot of that changed. The first years were sorted completely out of alphabetical order, then Dumbledore didn’t give his strange-but-amusing speech. Most importantly, The Sorting Hat didn't sing its song, which is too bad because we learned a lot about the difference Hogwarts houses through it. Obviously it all would have taken a lot of time, but losing it all takes a little of the silliness out of Hogwarts. 

The Name of the Forest

At the welcome feast every year, Dumbledore gives a general speech. It often welcomes new students and reminds people of school rules, usually with a bit of a look at the Weasley twins to make sure they’re listening. In The Philosopher’s Stone , Dumbledore says, “First years should note that the forest on the grounds is forbidden to all pupils.” Later, readers learn that it’s called the Forbidden Forest. 

In the movie, "Forbidden" became "Dark" for no clear reason. Except… perhaps calling it the Dark Forest makes more sense, because saying it’s forbidden, then sending students in there for detention — at midnight, no less — doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. But then again, there are a lot of things about the wizarding world that seem strange to us Muggles. 

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Messianic purpose … Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone review – 20 years on, it’s a nostalgic spectacular

The first film in the franchise is re-released into a very different world – but it’s as entertaining and exhilarating as ever

T he very first Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (or “Sorcerer’s Stone” for its release in the United States, where audiences were assumed to be unfamiliar with this alchemical term) is now re-released after 20 years, into a rather different world. Sadly, the actors who played the original Dumbledore, Snape, Uncle Vernon and Mr Ollivander – Richard Harris, Alan Rickman , Richard Griffiths and John Hurt – are no longer with us. The Harry Potter franchise itself is still a colossal commercial entity, an IP Shangri La, although its creator JK Rowling is now at the centre of an acrimonious gender politics debate – undreamed of in 2001 – and the world of children’s and YA fiction, which she almost singlehandedly revived all over the world, is strongly policed on just these issues.

It’s amazing and poignant to remember the sheer excitement of that HPATPS premiere in November 2001: I myself called it an “old-fashioned pre-September 11 news event”. Harry Potter emerged into cinemas as we were still all stunned by 9/11, but yet to see the retaliatory “war on terror”. This film, emerging four years after the original novel, marked the birth of a new consolatory pop culture myth, to rival Sherlock Holmes and James Bond, and the circumstances of its own arrival became mythic, from Rowling’s own early poverty to the snapping up of film rights.

Warner Bros had gambled on three cherubically young actors to carry the series through their own adolescence to its finale: Daniel Radcliffe as Harry, Emma Watson as Hermione and Rupert Grint as Ron. Opinions on the acting may divide here, and it was admittedly Robert Pattinson (playing Cedric Diggory in Goblet of Fire), who had the real career staying power. But I can’t think of these characters played by any other actors: the thought of the stories being remade or re-adapted with a different cast is heresy. I even grew to like Grint’s very broad, goofy acting, in which he was encouraged by director Chris Columbus at the outset. Radcliffe’s bespectacled moon face looks heartbreakingly unformed.

In the film we see Harry Potter coming to terms with his messianic purpose: he is released from his Dickensian incarceration in the Dursley household and sent for his first term at Hogwarts with its public-school/Oxbridge traditions. Harry learns how to play quidditch (like Tom Brown learning rugby) and he and his three pals are sorted into their various houses; they encounter the formidable teaching staff, including Professor McGonagall (Maggie Smith), Professor Quirrell (Ian Hart) and Professor Snape (Alan Rickman) and then meet the challenge of a deadly assault on Harry.

And it’s still a very entertaining and spectacular movie, with a rush of nostalgia to go alongside the exhilaration of fun, even though some of the “flying” effects during the big quidditch match aren’t quite what we’re used to in 2021. “Wingardium Leviosa,” says the earnest, wide-eyed Hermione … and the story is airborne again.

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Proof copy of first Harry Potter novel, bought for pennies, sells for more than $13K

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Valuable book: A uncorrected proof of J.K. Rowling's first Harry Potter novel sold for more than $13,000 in an auction. (Hansons Auctioneers)

A proof of author J.K. Rowling’s first Harry Potter novel, bought for pennies 26 years ago, sold for more than $13,000 at an auction in England on Sunday.

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The uncorrected proof of the 1997 book, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” sold for $13,951.02 during Hansons Auctioneers’ Bishton Hall Library Auction in Staffordshire, according to the auction house’s website .

The final gavel price for the book about the young wizard and his adventures was £11,000, ($13,951.02 in U.S. currency). With the buyer’s premium added, the winning bidder paid £14,432 ($18,303.74 U.S.).

“This book so deserved to do well. This is where the Harry Potter phenomenon began,” Jim Spencer, head of books at the auction house and a Harry Potter books expert, told the BBC . “This is the very first appearance in print of the first Potter novel.”

While Rowling’s name was spelled properly on the cover of the proof edition, the copy’s inside title page mistakenly referred to the author as “J. A Rowling,” according to a news release from the auction house.

The seller, who remained anonymous, said the Harry Potter book was a “throw-in” when she bought two other books at a south London bookstore in 1997 for 40 pence ($0.50 U.S.), according to The Associated Press .

“I didn’t have much money but I always liked to treat myself to a browse round second-hand bookshops on Saturday mornings.

“In 1997, when I was 26, I had just got back to the UK and was living in Crystal Palace in London. I didn’t have much money but I always liked to treat myself to a browse round second-hand bookshops on Saturday mornings,” the woman told Hansons in a statement . “I dropped into one of my usual haunts, one of the second-hand bookshops just off the main road in Crystal Palace, looking for some Agatha Christies. Piles of books were all jumbled up in baskets on the floor with a maximum price of 40p.

“The Harry Potter book was among the piles -- maybe even by accident -- as all the rest were Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Ngaio Marsh etc., as far as I remember. I bought it as a throw-in with a couple of other titles. ... I don’t think I even looked at it properly to tell the truth.”

The woman said that she was bored one night and was online when she noticed a story about “incredible prices” for Harry Potter books. She checked with Spencer, who told her that the book was a precious find.

“Finding it when I did was just a massive piece of well-timed luck for which I will always be grateful and more than a tad surprised,” the woman told Hansons .

The woman retrieved the book, which was “stuck behind a shelf in my bedroom unit,” after her children became fans of the Harry Potter films.

“Even the kids haven’t read it -- there are four of them aged from 12 to 25, the seller told Hansons . “They always unfortunately -- or fortunately in this case -- preferred the films.

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  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Review

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J K Rowling is a thrilling read that hooks the reader from page one. Published in the year 1997, it is one of the highest grossing novels ever written. Some elements of the novel like its elaborate yet accessible world-building makes it a very entertaining read for children and adults alike.

  2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling

    The first book is Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. The story starts with Number 4 Privet Drive about a boy called Harry Potter who lives in the cupboard under the stairs of a house owned ...

  3. [Book Review] 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' by J.K. Rowling

    Ameya Rating: In conclusion, this epic journey out of the Muggle world and into the school and world of witchcraft and wizardry bags 4 out of 5 stars. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is a must-read for anyone within the age-group of 8 to 600 years (for those who have used the stone :p) who want to be mesmerized by an enigmatic world.

  4. A review of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone By J. K. Rowling

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone By J. K. Rowling Bloomsbury Pub Ltd Paperback: 224 pages, Feb 2000, ISBN-13: 978-0747532743. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling is a book about bravery and courage. As Professor Albus Dumbledore, the Headmaster at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, says "It takes a ...

  5. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling

    TMandy. One of my favourite books is Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling. It is a story about Harry Potter, an orphan brought up by his aunt and uncle because his parents were ...

  6. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling book review

    Find out in Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone . This book is great for all ages.The author J.K Rowling created a world full of adventure,fun and mystical places and creatures.This is only the first book from a set of seven.People all around the world would love this series.This book is one of the greatest books I have ever read.

  7. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling

    Emilypotter. Harry Potter thinks he is a perfectly normal boy. Unfortunately, he lives with his hot-tempered Uncle Vernon, his nosy Aunt Petunia and his bullying cousin, Dudley, who all make Harry ...

  8. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Rowling started writing ' Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' around June 1990. When on a train journey to London, she suddenly conjured a story of a small, black-haired boy with spectacles going to a wizarding school. She took around 5-6 years to write this book.

  9. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling book reviews

    July 28, 2021. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone = Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1), J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is a fantasy novel written by British author J. K. Rowling. It is the first novel in the Harry Potter series and Rowling's debut novel, first published in 1997 by Bloomsbury.

  10. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is a fantasy novel written by British author J. K. Rowling.The first novel in the Harry Potter series and Rowling's debut novel, it follows Harry Potter, a young wizard who discovers his magical heritage on his eleventh birthday, when he receives a letter of acceptance to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

  11. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    Professor Quirinus Quirrell dies at the end of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. He is possessed by Lord Voldemort, and when he tries to attack Harry, his skin starts flaking rapidly. This is because anything Voldemort possesses cannot touch Harry's skin. After all, he is protected by the old magic of love from his mother.

  12. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    Author: J K Rowling. Publisher: Bloomsbury. After the misery of life with his ghastly aunt and uncle, Harry Potter is delighted to have the chance to embark on an exciting new life at the Hogwart's School of Wizardry and Witchcraft. Learning about magic and making new friends, he has the chance to use his new-found wizarding skills to unravel ...

  13. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    Love the Harry Potter series and this 1st book gives an insight into the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Each characters personalities are clear to see and relatable to muggle life. This book is the perfect blend of magic and adventure. My favourite character is Hermione Granger, she is a strong girl who shows that being smart is not something ...

  14. Book Review: Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone by J.K Rowling

    "Read ten thousand books, and your pen will be guided as if by God" is an ancient Chinese idiom. J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is a timeless masterpiece that has enchanted readers of all ages since its publication.This debut novel introduces us to a world where magic is not just a concept but a way of life, blending the ordinary with the extraordinary in a seamless ...

  15. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the first novel in the immensely popular Harry Potter series by British writer J.K. Rowling.It was first published in Britain in 1997 and appeared in the United States the following year under the title Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.The book's imaginative story line about a boy wizard made it an enduring hit with both children and adults.

  16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is the first in the series of Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling. It was published in the U.S. as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone a year after being published in the UK. First British printing: July 1, 1997, Bloomsbury Books. First American printing: September 1, 1999, Scholastic, Arthur A. Levine Books U.S. illustrations by Mary GrandPré, 1998

  17. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Study Guide

    Overview. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is the U.S. title of a 1997 novel by J. K. Rowling that is known elsewhere as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. It is a seminal work in contemporary fiction, laying the foundation for the immensely popular Harry Potter series. The novel follows the eponymous protagonist, a young orphan ...

  18. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Themes and Analysis

    'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' is a children's book, but it has a lot of essential life lessons for readers of all ages. The world-building for this novel hooks the readers into staying engaged, and the third-person narration adds to the detailed storytelling ability of the book.Several themes that are crucial to a child's development are tackled in this book.

  19. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Full Book Summary

    They learn that the dog is guarding the Sorcerer's Stone, which is capable of providing eternal life and unlimited wealth to its owner and belongs to Nicolas Flamel, Dumbledore's old partner. A few weeks later, Hagrid wins a dragon egg in a poker game. Because it is illegal to own dragons, Harry, Ron, and Hermione contact Ron's older ...

  20. Harry Potter: 10 Differences Between The Philosopher's Stone Book & The

    No book-to-film adaptation is perfect, but for a long time, Harry Potter fans have felt that The Philosopher's Stone was the closest to perfect that fandom got. The film honored the integrity of the book and even lifted dialogue directly from the source material. It also did a good job of launching the movie fandom — without the success of ...

  21. My special book review on 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    This book is the maiden novel in the Harry Potter series. It was written by J.K. Rowling, a notable author from the UK. The cover of the book was illustrated by Jonny Duddle, and the map of the ...

  22. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone review

    T he very first Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (or "Sorcerer's Stone" for its release in the United States, where audiences were assumed to be unfamiliar with ...

  23. Proof copy of first Harry Potter novel, bought for pennies ...

    The uncorrected proof of the 1997 book, "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone," sold for $13,951.02 during Hansons Auctioneers' Bishton Hall Library Auction in Staffordshire, according ...

  24. Gloria's review of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    4/5: 4.5 estrellas Un libro que he leído ya varias veces en mi vida, la primera cuando tenía como 10 años y estaba en 3ero de primaria y la última antes de esta ocasión, hace como 2 0 3 años. Admito que ahora esta ocasión me costó un poco más engancharme con la historia, no sé si se debió a circunstancias externas que estaban sucediendo en mi vida, o cual fue la razón; sin embargo ...