Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. [55], 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. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, first published in England as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, continues to win major awards in England. [20], Lindsey Fraser, who had previously supplied one of the blurb comments,[15] wrote what is thought to be the first published review, in The Scotsman on 28 June 1997. Using the cloak to explore the school at night to investigate what is under the trapdoor, he discovers the Mirror of Erised, in which the viewer sees his or her deepest desires come true. 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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. 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. [15] In June 1997, Bloomsbury published Philosopher's Stone with an initial print-run of 500 copies in hardback, three hundred of which were distributed to libraries. [18] Her original name, "Joanne Rowling", can be found in small print on the copyright page of this first British edition. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. For example, the hero of James and the Giant Peach lost his parents and had to live with a pair of unpleasant aunts‍—‌one fat and one thin rather like Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, who treated Harry as a servant. 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. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. This magical, gripping, brilliant book--a future classic to be sure--will leave kids clamoring for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone = Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1), J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is a fantasy novel written by British author J. K. Rowling. Reviewed in the United States on July 16, 2019. The beloved first book of the Harry Potter series, now fully illustrated by award-winning artist Jim Kay. Vividly described event after event, it's already been a while since the story lived with the mind of people of the world. [8] During the book, Harry makes two close friends, Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger. I feel like I've been let in on this wonderful secret, and it's amazing! (Ages 8 to 13) --Karin Snelson [36] Although The Boston Globe and Michael Winerip in The New York Times complained that the final chapters were the weakest part of the book,[21][37] they and most other American reviewers gave glowing praise. Ages 8-12. [15], In 1997 the UK edition won a National Book Award and a gold medal in the 9- to 11-year-olds category of the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize. [71] After extensive casting,[72] filming began in September 2000 at Leavesden Film Studios and in London, with production ending in July 2001. 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. Previous page of related Sponsored Products. Not so riveting I couldn't put it down I stopped halfway through to re-read a book that turned up in the post, even then I read it in a little over a week in 4 or 5 sessions, and I guess the fact that I then down loaded the chamber of secrets means I'm hooked. The novel moves quickly, packs in everything from a boa constrictor that winks to a melancholy Zen-spouting centaur to an owl postal system, and ends with a scary surprise. The beginning of the Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone, chapter 2, carries the reader into the future; Harry Potter was thrown away at Dursley’s doorstep almost ten years ago. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 16, 2018, As a 50 something I'm probably not the target audience especial having managed to not read any of the books or see any of the films to date. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is a fantasy novel written by British author J. K. Rowling. [15][b] It was also shortlisted for children's books awards adjudicated by adults,[23] but did not win. For the first time, J. K. Rowling's beloved Harry Potter books will be presented in lavishly illustrated full-color editions. --This text refers to an alternate, If you haven't heard of Harry Potter then you haven't turned on your TV or radio or opened a newspaper in the last few months. An incredible adventure is about to begin! [65] The book sold 11 million copies within 24 hours of its release: 2.7 million copies in the UK and 8.3 million in the US.[66]. [67][68] The book carries over 100 illustrations and will be followed by illustrated versions of all seven books from the series by the same artist. 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,[21]:13–15 and Amanda Cockrell noted that many of these express their owners' traits through allusions that run from ancient Roman mythology to eighteenth-century German literature. The series has been used as a source of object lessons in educational techniques, sociological analysis and marketing. It is the first novel in the Harry Potter series and Rowling's debut novel, first published in 1997 by Bloomsbury. They then discover a huge three-headed dog standing guard over a trapdoor in a forbidden corridor. Most surprising of all, Harry is a legend in the witch world for having survived an attack by the evil sorcerer Voldemort, who killed his parents and left Harry with a lightning-shaped scar on his forehead. Newspapers outside Scotland started to notice the book, with glowing reviews in The Guardian and The Sunday Times, and in September 1997 Books for Keeps, a magazine that specialised in children's books, gave the novel four stars out of five. A mysterious letter, delivered by the friendly giant Hagrid, wrenches Harry from his dreary, Muggle-ridden existence: "We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry." [8] Rowling spent six years working on Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, and after it was accepted by Bloomsbury, she obtained a grant of £8,000 from the Scottish Arts Council, which enabled her to plan the sequels. Lewis, thinks there is no rigid distinction between stories for children and for adults. His parents were killed by the evil Voldemort, who then mysteriously vanished, and the boy grew up completely ignorant of his own powers, until he received notification of his acceptance at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This provides an opportunity for Voldemort to offer his own horrific version of order. Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal (Spanish Edition), The Complete Harvard Classics - ALL 71 Volumes:: The Five Foot Shelf & The Shelf of Fiction: The Famous Anthology of the Greatest Works of World Literature, Books for Kids :TERRY TREETOP FINDS NEW FRIENDS (The Terry Treetop Series Book 2), TERRY TREETOP AND LOST EGG (The Terry Treetop Series Book 1), The Winning Game Plan: A Proven Leadership Playbook for Continuous Business Success, Harry Potter: La Colección Completa (1-7) (Spanish Edition).