Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

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Harry Potter is an ordinary boy who lives in a cupboard under the stairs at his Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon's house, which he thinks is normal for someone like him who's parents have been killed in a 'car crash'. He is bullied by them and his fat, spoilt cousin Dudley, and lives a very unremarkable life with only the odd hiccup (like his hair growing back overnight!) to cause him much to think about. That is until an owl turns up with a letter addressed to Harry and all hell breaks loose! He is literally rescued by a world where nothing is as it seems and magic lessons are the order of the day. Read and find out how Harry discovers his true heritage at Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft, the reason behind his parents mysterious death, who is out to kill him, and how he uncovers the most amazing secret of all time, the fabled Philosopher's Stone! All this and muggles too. Now, what are they?
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Product details

  • 9+
  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 12.7mm | 290g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Classic ed
  • 0747532699
  • 9780747532699
  • 14,969

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I can honestly say I can't remember the last time I encountered an author who has had this effect on me. For the first time in years the book lives up to the hype . . . perfection Daily Express
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'I can honestly say I can't remember the last time I encountered an author who has had this effect on me. For the first time in years the book lives up to the hype ... perfection' Daily Express 'Extraordinarily vivid and exceptionally well-imagined' Independent on Sunday 'Rowling deserves all the plaudits that are being heaped upon her. For once, the word phenomenon is an understatement' Scotland on Sunday 'The most remarkable publishing sensation for a generation ... the story is told with such momentum, imagination and irrepressible humour that it can captivate both adults and children' Sunday Express
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About J. K. Rowling

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 70 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 in Edinburgh.
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7,407,386 ratings
4.48 out of 5 stars
5 65% (4,821,247)
4 23% (1,688,254)
3 8% (625,614)
2 2% (146,532)
1 2% (125,739)

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Hi. This is the book that made me want to read even though I could not at the time. Thank you JK Rowling for giving me the magic that I needed at that time in my life. Book Depository can you please get this Hardcover Edition back in stock. I don't own a copy of it and I really would like to own this version. Thanksshow more
What can I say? It's the book that ignited my love for fantasy, that made me wish I could leave school and go to Hogwarts and (most importantly) made me want an owl. I've read it at least ten times and every time it doesn't fail to send the butterflies fluttering around my stomach again and zap me back in time to that first evening I sat by the fire and turned the first page. It's a book and,indeed a series that must be read at least once in a persons life. Everyone needs a little magic!show more
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