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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