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?show more

Product details

  • 9+
  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 16mm | 200g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Children's ed
  • 0747532745
  • 9780747532743
  • 21,411

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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 Expressshow more

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 two books written specifically for Comic Relief and based on the Harry Potter novels: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages. The Harry Potter novels have now sold over 325 million copies worldwide and been translated into 64 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.show more

Rating details

4,907,802 ratings
4.44 out of 5 stars
5 63% (3,086,030)
4 24% (1,178,095)
3 9% (462,431)
2 2% (103,865)
1 2% (77,381)

Our customer reviews

Eponymous, bespectacled, half-boy, half-wizard hero (with fetching, legend-confirming, lightning-shaped scar), saves the day by winning the class war against Draco Malfoy and, after solving numerous fiendish puzzles, retrieves the Philosopher's Stone from the clutches of Evil. Harry's hero-status is confirmed despite requiring more than a little help from his posh sidekick Hermione Granger, daft Ron Weazley, and headmaster Professor Dumbledore. The story introduces various Hogwartisms to the English-language (muggle, mudblood, quidditch) and sets the scene for future battles with He Who Shall Not Be Named, the Darth Vader-esque Lord Voldemort, and, accidentally, launches a global brand.show more
by Mark Thwaite
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