Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Summary | GradeSaverMy favourite series and possible favourite book of all time are the Harry Potter series by J. Before I write this review can I just say that I'm not a fantasy reader. 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 by Mr and Mrs Dursley with their overly spoiled son called Dudley. In the fist quarter of the book it shows how Harry begins to receive letters which are addressed to him, in his cupboard and at the top of the letter a crest show the letters S,G,R AND H embellished with a snake, a griffin, an eagle and a badger.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling - review
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. Harry makes close friends and a few enemies during his first year at the school, and with the help of his friends, Harry faces an attempted comeback by the dark wizard Lord Voldemort , who killed Harry's parents, but failed to kill Harry when he was just 15 months old. The book was first published in the United Kingdom on 26 June by Bloomsbury. It won most of the British book awards that were judged by children and other awards in the US. The book reached the top of the New York Times list of best-selling fiction in August and stayed near the top of that list for much of and It has been translated into at least 73 other languages, and has been made into a feature-length film of the same name , as have all six of its sequels.
The novel opens with a description of the Dursley family, a middle-class family that lives in Little Whinging, Surrey. Lily and her husband, James Potter , had been murdered by the dark wizard, Voldemort , but when Voldemort attempted to kill Harry, his power somehow broke. Harry becomes the only living person ever to survive the killing curse, and the only sign of his encounter with Voldemort is a unique lightning bolt-shaped scar on his forehead. Because Harry does not have any other living relatives, Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, decides to leave him with the Dursleys until he is old enough to attend Hogwarts. After ten years, Harry has grown to become a pale, skinny boy with black hair that sticks up all over the place and bright green eyes.