HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERERS STONE BOOK
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is a fantasy novel written by British author J. K. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Book myavr.info Cover for . Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is the first novel in the Harry Potter series. The book was first published on 26 June, by Bloomsbury in London, . TIME book critic Lev Grossman grabs an early copy of Deathly Hallows and finds it a sad (Published as "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" in the U.K.).
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone [J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying Book 1 of 8 in the Harry Potter Series. When mysterious letters start arriving on his doorstep, Harry Potter has never heard of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. They are swiftly confiscated . By: J.K. Rowling Media of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone For the first time in years the book lives up to the hype perfection” – Daily Express.
The basic idea Harry, I saw Harry very very very clearly. Very vividly. And I knew he didn't know he was a wizard. He killed Harry's parents, and then he tried to kill Harry—he tried to curse him.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
So he's left with this lightning bolt shaped scar on his forehead and the curse rebounded upon the evil wizard, who has been in hiding ever since. The book, which was Rowling's debut novel, was written between approximately June and some time in In Jo Rowling, as she preferred to be known, [a] wanted to move with her boyfriend to a flat in Manchester and in her words, "One weekend after flat hunting, I took the train back to London on my own and the idea for Harry Potter fell into my head A scrawny, little, black-haired, bespectacled boy became more and more of a wizard to me I began to write Philosopher's Stone that very evening.
Although, the first couple of pages look nothing like the finished product. Barry Cunningham , who was building a portfolio of distinctive fantasies by new authors for Bloomsbury Children's Books , recommended accepting the book,  and the eight-year-old daughter of Bloomsbury's chief executive said it was "so much better than anything else".
Rowling therefore adopted the nom de plume J. Rowling just before publication. The first American edition would remove reference to "Joanne" completely. Lindsey Fraser, who had previously supplied one of the blurb comments,  wrote what is thought to be the first published review, in The Scotsman on 28 June She described Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone as "a hugely entertaining thriller" and Rowling as "a first-rate writer for children".
Scholastic Corporation bought the U. While Rowling accepted the change from both the British English "mum" and Seamus Finnigan's Irish variant "mam" to "mom" in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone , she vetoed this change in the later books, which was then reversed in later editions of Philosopher's Stone. However, Nel considered that Scholastic's translations were considerably more sensitive than most of those imposed on British English books of the time, and that some other changes could be regarded as useful copyedits.
At first the most prestigious reviewers ignored the book, leaving it to book trade and library publications such as Kirkus Reviews and Booklist , which examined it only by the entertainment-oriented criteria of children's fiction. However, more penetrating specialist reviews such as one by Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices , which pointed out the complexity, depth and consistency of the world that Rowling had built attracted the attention of reviewers in major newspapers.
In August , Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone topped the New York Times list of best-selling fiction,  and stayed near the top of the list for much of and , until the New York Times split its list into children's and adult sections under pressure from other publishers who were eager to see their books given higher placings.
In May , Scholastic announced the creation of a 10th Anniversary Edition of the book  that was released on 1 October  to mark the tenth anniversary of the original American release. By mid, official translations of the book had been published in 67 languages.
Philip Nel highlighted the influence of Jane Austen , whom Rowling has greatly admired since the age of twelve. Like Austen's heroines, Harry often has to re-examine his ideas near the ends of books. Some social behaviour in the Harry Potter books is remininiscent of Austen, for example the excited communal reading of letters.
Both authors satirise social behaviour and give characters names that express their personalities. However in Nel's opinion Rowling's humour is more based on caricature and the names she invents are more like those found in Charles Dickens's stories, : Lewis , thinks there is no rigid distinction between stories for children and for adults. Some reviewers compared Philosopher's Stone to the stories of Roald Dahl , who died in Many writers since the s had been hailed as his successor, but none had attained anything near his popularity with children and, in a poll conducted shortly after the launch of Philosopher's Stone , seven of the ten most popular children's books were by Dahl, including the one in top place.
The only other really popular children's author of the late s was an American, R. Some of the story elements in Philosopher's Stone resembled parts of Dahl's stories. Dursley, who treated Harry as a servant. However Harry Potter was a distinctive creation, able to take on the responsibilities of an adult while remaining a child inside.
Librarian Nancy Knapp and marketing professor Stephen Brown noted the liveliness and detail of descriptions, especially of shop scenes such as Diagon Alley.
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Nicholas Tucker described the early Harry Potter books as looking back to Victorian and Edwardian children's stories: Hogwarts was an old-style boarding school in which the teachers addressed pupils formally by their surnames and were most concerned with the reputations of the houses with which they were associated; characters' personalities were plainly shown by their appearances, starting with the Dursleys; evil or malicious characters were to be crushed rather than reformed, including Filch's cat Mrs Norris; and the hero, a mistreated orphan who found his true place in life, was charismatic and good at sports, but considerate and protective towards the weak.
Susan Hall wrote that there is no rule of law in the books, as the actions of Ministry of Magic officials are unconstrained by laws, accountability or any kind of legal challenge. This provides an opportunity for Voldemort to offer his own horrific version of order.
As a side-effect Harry and Hermione, who were brought up in the highly regulated Muggle world, find solutions by thinking in ways unfamiliar to wizards.
For example, Hermione notes that one obstacle to finding the Philosopher's Stone is a test of logic rather than magical power, and that most wizards have no chance of solving it.
Nel suggested that the unflattering characterisation of the extremely conventional, status -conscious, materialistic Dursleys was Rowling's reaction to the family policies of the British government in the early s, which treated the married heterosexual couple as the "preferred norm", while the author was a single mother. Harry's relationships with adult and juvenile wizards are based on affection and loyalty.
This is reflected in his happiness whenever he is a temporary member of the Weasley family throughout the series, and in his treatment of first Rubeus Hagrid and later Remus Lupin and Sirius Black as father-figures. Five unique video games by different developers were released between and by Electronic Arts , that were loosely based on the film and book:. Writers on education and business subjects have used the book as an object lesson.
Writing about clinical teaching in medical schools, Jennifer Conn contrasted Snape's technical expertise with his intimidating behaviour towards students. Quidditch coach Madam Hooch on the other hand, illustrated useful techniques in the teaching of physical skills, including breaking down complex actions into sequences of simple ones and helping students to avoid common errors.
Stephen Brown noted that the early Harry Potter books, especially Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone , were a runaway success despite inadequate and poorly organised marketing. Brown advised marketing executives to be less preoccupied with rigorous statistical analyses and the "analysis, planning, implementation, and control" model of management.
Instead he recommended that they should treat the stories as "a marketing masterclass", full of enticing products and brand names. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This is the latest accepted revision , reviewed on 30 May This article is about the book. For other uses, see Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone disambiguation. Main article: Harry Potter in translation.
See also: Harry Potter influences and analogues. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone film. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone video game.
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Interviewed by Diane Rehm. Accio Quote. Archived from the original on 30 July I saw Harry very very very clearly And I knew he didn't know he was a wizard And so then I kind of worked backwards from that position to find out how that could be, that he wouldn't know what he was When he was one year old, the most evil wizard for hundreds and hundreds of years attempted to kill him.
He killed Harry's parents, and then he tried to kill Harry So he's left with this lightning bolt-shaped scar on his forehead and the curse rebounded upon the evil wizard, Voldemort, who has been in hiding ever since.
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Greenwood Publishing Group. Retrieved 14 March A guide to the Harry Potter novels. Continuum International. Retrieved 15 May The Independent. Archived from the original on 6 December Retrieved 20 May The story begins on a Tuesday 1 November , , where many absurd things happen. When all three Dursleys are gossiping happily at breakfast trying to wrestle Dudley in his high chair, none of them even notice a large tawny owl flutter pass their window.
It eventually comes to Vernon's attention when he is heading to work shortly afterwards, and sees a silver tabby cat reading a map and later a street sign. He attempts to convince himself that these are merely coincidences.
Next, he sees people in cloaks talking in hushed voices, and while he is sitting in his office, a flock of owls fly past his window.
On his break, Vernon goes to a bakery to get a bun and sees another group of extravagantly-cloaked figures. Even though they are speaking in hushed voices, he eavesdrops on some of their conversation, which includes a mention of "the Potters and their son Harry. He and Petunia will be embarrassed if people find out that they are related to them, as the Potter family are very strange, in their opinion. When he leaves his workplace at the end of the day, he bumps into a very small, cloaked man , who tells him that someone named " You-Know-Who " has been defeated, and that even Muggles like Vernon should be celebrating.
Vernon doesn't know what a Muggle is, but is offended that the man called him one.
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That night, when Vernon arrives at home, he turns on the news and becomes suspicious when the newsman states that owls have been seen everywhere earlier in the day, and that fireworks have been spotted in Kent. Vernon asks Petunia if she and her sister have been in touch, but she becomes angry and denies it as she does not like to talk about her.
When the Dursleys go to bed, a long bearded old man in a purple cloak appears out of nowhere outside of their home. The man, Albus Dumbledore , syphons all of the light from the street lamps with his Deluminator , then meets with the cat that Vernon had seen earlier that morning, who transforms into a whisky old woman named Minerva McGonagall.
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A few moments later, a motorbike with a gigantic man, Rubeus Hagrid , riding it lands right in front of them, carrying baby Harry.
Hagrid himself leaves to bring the motorbike back to its actual owner , but not before giving Harry a kiss goodbye on the scarred forehead which burns his lips. McGonagall reverts back into the cat and slinks around the corner at the other end of the street, but Dumbledore stays to unsyphon the light from the street lamps and bid Harry farewell before vanishing without a trace.
Harry rolls over inside his bundle of blankets with his small hand closing on the letter as he sleeps on, not knowing he is special and famous, nor that he will be woken up the next morning by his Aunt Petunia's scream when she opens the front door to put out the milk bottles, nor that he will be spending the next few weeks being prodded and pinch by his cousin Dudley.
And he will never know that at this very moment, people meeting in secret all over the country are holding up glasses and saying in hushed voices: "To Harry Potter -- the boy who lived! The only difference is the vast number of pictures of Dudley Dursley throughout his life.
Harry is trying to think about the dream he had been having. It was about a flying motorbike , and he thinks he has had the same dream before. Aunt Petunia tells him to make some bacon, as she wants everything perfect for Dudley's 11th birthday. There, Harry also makes an enemy of yet another first-year, Draco Malfoy , who shows prejudice against Ron for his family's financial difficulties. Arriving at Hogwarts, the first-years are assigned by the magical Sorting Hat to Houses that best suit their personalities, the four Houses being Gryffindor , Slytherin , Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw.
Harry hears from Ron about Slytherin's dark reputation which is known to house potential dark witches and wizards, and thus objects to being sorted into Slytherin despite the Hat claiming that Harry has potential to develop under that House.
He winds up in Gryffindor with Ron and Hermione, while Draco is sorted into Slytherin like his whole family before him. As classes begin at Hogwarts, Harry discovers his innate talent for flying on broomsticks despite no prior experience, and is recruited into his House's Quidditch a competitive wizards' sport played in the air team as a Seeker. He also comes to dislike the school's Potions master, Severus Snape , who is also the Head of Slytherin House who acts with bias in favour of members of his House while perpetually looking for opportunities to fail Harry and his friends.
Malfoy tricks Harry and Ron into a duel in the trophy room to get them out of their rooms at night and secretly tells Filch, the school's caretaker, where they will be. Hermione unintentionally is forced to come along after her failed attempts to stop them, and then they find Gryffindor student Neville asleep outside the common area because he had forgotten the password to get in.
After realizing the duel was a set-up to get them in trouble, they run away. They then discover a huge three-headed dog standing guard over a trapdoor in a forbidden corridor. The school Halloween 's celebrations is interrupted by the entrance of a troll into the school, which enters the girls' bathroom where Hermione was. However, she is saved by Harry and Ron and, as a result, Hermione is grateful and the three become best friends.
Coupled with Snape's recent leg injury as well as behaviour, the recent events prompt Harry, Hermione and Ron to suspect him to be looking for a way to enter the trapdoor.
Hermione forbids the boys from investigating for fear of expulsion, and instead makes Harry direct his attention to his first ever Quidditch game, where his broomstick begins to lose control and threatens to throw him off. This leads Hermione to suspect that Snape is jinxing Harry's broom due to his strange behaviour during the match.
After the excitement of winning the match has died down, Christmas approaches and Harry receives an invisibility cloak from an anonymous source claiming that the cloak belonged to Harry's father. Using the cloak to explore the school at night to investigate the possibility of what is under the trapdoor, he discovers the Mirror of Erised, in which the viewer sees his or her deepest desires come true. A visit to Hagrid's cottage at the foot of the school leads the trio to find a newspaper report stating there had been an attempted robbery of a Gringotts vault—the same vault that Hagrid and Harry had visited when Harry was getting his school supplies.
A further indiscretion from Hagrid allows them to work out that the object kept under that trapdoor is a Philosopher's Stone , which grants its user immortality as well as the ability to turn any metal into pure gold. Harry is also informed by a centaur named Firenze in the forest that a plot to steal the Stone is being orchestrated by none other than Voldemort himself, who schemes to use it to be restored back to his body and return to power.
When the school's headmaster Albus Dumbledore is lured from Hogwarts under false pretences, Harry, Hermione and Ron fear that the theft is imminent and descend through the trapdoor themselves.
They encounter a series of obstacles, each of which requires unique skills possessed by one of the three, one of requires Ron to sacrifice himself in a life-sized game of wizard's chess. In the final room, Harry, now alone, finds Quirinus Quirrell, the Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, who reveals he had been the one working behind the scenes to kill Harry by first jinxing his broom and then letting a troll into the school, while Snape had been trying to protect Harry instead.
Quirrell is helping Voldemort, whose face has sprouted on the back of Quirrell's head but is constantly concealed by his oversized turban, to attain the Philosopher's Stone so as to restore his body. Quirrell uses Harry to get past the final obstacle, the Mirror of Erised, by forcing him to stand before the Mirror.
It recognises Harry's lack of greed for the Stone and surreptitiously deposits it into his pocket. As Quirrell attempts to seize the stone and kill Harry, his flesh burns on contact with the boy's skin and breaks into blisters. Harry's scar suddenly burns with pain and passes out. Three days later, he awakens in the school's infirmary, where Dumbledore explains his survival against Voldemort is due to his mother's sacrificing her life in order for him to live, leaving a powerful protective charm on Harry that lives in his blood, burning Quirrell, who was possessed by hatred and greed.
He also reveals himself as the one who sent Harry his father's invisibility cloak, while Quirrell has been left to die by Voldemort, who still lives, and the Stone has now been destroyed. The eventful school year ends at the final feast, during which Gryffindor wins the House Cup. Harry returns to Privet Drive for the summer, neglecting to tell the Dursleys that the use of spells is forbidden by under-aged wizards and witches and thus anticipating some fun and peace over the holidays.Norris, aids his constant hunt for misbehaving pupils.
Lunchtime had always been dedicated not to eating, but to sitting in the library, browsing through books. Personalized sticks for performing magic Broomsticks: Hagrid involuntarily reveals that the three-headed dog, Fluffy , is his, and that what the dog is guarding is a secret known only to Albus Dumbledore and a man named Nicolas Flamel. It eventually comes to Vernon's attention when he is heading to work shortly afterwards, and sees a silver tabby cat reading a map and later a street sign.
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