Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Sorcerer’s Stone) by J.K. Rowling

HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE is also known as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and is the first book in the amazing Harry Potter series. Every now and then a book series is written that is so loved that people read and reread the books and watch and rewatch the movies for years. The books are intended for children to young adults, but I first discovered them when my children were about 10. I am proud to have become a Harry Potter fan in my 40s.

In this first novel, we find out about Harry’s background. His parents were killed by the evil Voldemort when Harry was a baby. When Voldemort tried to kill Harry, the curse backfired and Voldemort hasn’t been seen since. The orphan Harry was placed with his only relatives, the Dursleys who are muggles (not magical). They fear magic, resent Harry and worry that Harry has magical powers. Harry sleeps in the cupboard under the stairs and is terrorised by his fat, dumb, spoiled greedy cousin. But despite the Dursleys ignoring Harry’s past, the magical world eventually decides it wants Harry back. At the age of 11 Harry is to start at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry run by Albus Dumbledore.

The deprived Harry finds out that he is a Wizard and a very famous one. He loves magic and school and becomes good friends with Ron and Hermione. And they have their first adventure together.

Hogwarts are keeping Nicholas Flamel’s Philosopher’s Stone safe from Voldemort who wants to use it to reinstate his power. Powerful witches and wizards have set up spells to protect it but Harry thinks that one of the Hogwarts staff is planning to steal it. No one believes him, so he must protect it himself.

There is no way I can describe this book or this series. If you haven’t read it yet, then you are depriving yourself of an amazing world and if you have read it, then you are probably overdue to read it again. Once I’ve finished this rereading, I think I’ll rewatch the movies. My kids are now 20 and the whole family is still in love with Harry Potter.



Published 1997


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