Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

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Bloomsbury, 2010 - Children's stories - 223 pages
"Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy. He lives with Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and his cousin, Dudley, who make him sleep in a cupboard under the stairs. Then Harry starts receiving mysterious letters and his life is changed for ever. He is whisked away by a beetle-eyed giant of a man and enrolled in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The reason: Harry Potter is a wizard!"--Page 4 of cover.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is a fantasy novel written by British author J. K. Rowling. This was the first novel in the Harry Potter series and also Rowling's debut novel. It follows Harry Potter. He was a young wizard who discovers his magical heritage on his eleventh birthday. He receives a letter of acceptance to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. After being raised miserably in the home of his uncle he begins a new life as a wizard at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry made new friends (Hagrid, Ron, and Hermione), dealt with school bully Draco Malfoy, and became the star player on his Quidditch team (the favored sport in the magical world). Harry’s life as a Hogwarts “first-year” is very interesting. He is already famous for surviving the attack of the evil Lord Voldemort, who tried to kill him as an infant. Everyone in the wizarding world knows more about Harry’s family and his story than he does. Therefore a big part of this book is about Harry knowing about his heritage. It is about the Sorcerer’s Stone which has the power to turn things into gold and to give immortality to humans. Voldemort ( the main villain of this book) is desperate to find the stone and use it for his own evil purposes. While unraveling the mystery of the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry, Ron, and Hermione find themselves involved in a life-sized chess game. Reading this book will unfold many breathtaking adventures Harry goes through.
Most reviews were very favorable, commenting on Rowling's imagination, humor, simple, direct style, and clever plot construction. A few complained that the final chapters seemed rushed. The book is like a time machine and reading it gives an otherworldly experience. The writing has been compared to that of Roald Dahl. His works dominated children's stories before the appearance of Harry Potter. Some commentators thought the book looked backward to Victorian and Edwardian boarding school stories. Others thought it placed the genre firmly in the modern world by featuring contemporary ethical and social issues. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, along with the rest of the Harry Potter series, has been attacked by some religious groups and banned in some countries because of accusations of promoting witchcraft under the guise of a heroic, moral story. Other religious commentators have written that the book exemplifies important viewpoints; the power of self-sacrifice and how people's decisions shape their personalities. The series has been used as a source of object lessons in educational techniques, sociological analysis, and marketing. Reading this book will be definitely worth the hype it received internationally.
- Nabanit Sarkar

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It's so sad to heared that Harry's parent were dead. But it's was the great book, thank you J.K. Rowling.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was J.K. Rowling's first novel, followed by Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, as well as three books written for charity and inspired by the Harry Potter novels- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. The Harry Potter novels have now sold over 400 million copies worldwide and been translated into 68 languages. J.K. Rowling has generated huge popular appeal for her books across the generations in an unprecedented fashion- she was the first children's author to be voted the BA Author of the Year, and also to win the British Book Awards Author of the Year. J.K. Rowling lives with her family i

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