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    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is a fantasy novel written by British author J. K. Rowling. The first novel in the Harry Potter series and Rowling's debut. 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, . When it hit shelves: June 30, What happens in the book: After murdering Harry's parents, James and Lily Potter, evil Lord Voldemort puts a killing curse on .

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    The Philosophers Stone Harry Potter Book

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone [J. K. Rowling, Mary GrandPre] on *FREE* This review is for the Kindle in Motion version of this book. 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.

    When it hit shelves: June 30, What happens in the book: After murdering Harry's parents, James and Lily Potter, evil Lord Voldemort puts a killing curse on Harry, then just a baby. The curse inexplicably reverses, defeating Voldemort and searing a lightning-bolt scar in the middle of the infant's forehead. Harry is then left at the doorstep of his boring but brutish aunt and uncle, the Dursleys. For 10 years, Harry lives in the cupboard under the stairs and is subjected to cruel mistreatment by Aunt Petunia, Uncle Vernon and their son Dudley. On his 11th birthday, Harry receives a letter inviting him to study magic at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry discovers that not only is he a wizard, but he is a famous one. At Hogwarts the three friends are all placed into the Gryffindor house. Harry has a knack for the school sport, Quidditch, and is recruited onto the Gryffindor team as its star Seeker. Perusing the restricted section in the library, Harry discovers that the Sorcerer's Stone produces the Elixir of Life, which gives its drinker the gift of immortality. After realizing that Voldemort might be after the stone, Albus Dumbledore had it moved it to Hogwarts for safekeeping. Harry finds out that when she died, Lily Potter transferred to her son an ancient magical protection from Voldemort's lethal spells. This protection is what allowed Harry as an infant to survive Voldemort's attack.

    Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia are discussing the seal on the back. Uncle Vernon says that they should just ignore it. Later, when Harry is in his cupboard, Uncle Vernon comes in and says that he has burned the letter, and that they are moving him up to Dudley's second bedroom. Slightly surprised, Harry moves all of his things up to the bedroom, wishing he had his letter.

    The next morning at breakfast, Dudley is asked to get the post by Uncle Vernon. After banging things all the way down the hall with his Smeltings stick, Dudley calls out that there is another letter addressed to Harry, this time in '''The Smallest Bedroom''', rather than '''The Cupboard Under the Stairs'''. Both Harry and Uncle Vernon rush to the hallway in an attempt to get the letter. After a minute of confused fighting, Uncle Vernon emerges clutching the letter in his hand.

    Determined to see what his letter says, Harry creeps down the stairs early the next morning and approaches the door. He is going to camp there until the post arrives, then he will finally get to read his letter. When he reaches the door, however, he stands on Uncle Vernon - who had the very same idea. Every day, letters appear addressed to Harry, and they are doubling in number. Eventually, there are so many letters arriving that Uncle Vernon resorts to nailing shut the letter box.

    But they begin to appear in the strangest of places: Finally, they get attacked by thirty or forty letters being fired out of the fireplace. Despite the sender's efforts, Harry still does not manage to get his hands on one of the letters for long enough to read it and a furious Uncle Vernon states that they are leaving the house. They get into their car and leave ten minutes later. They travel for miles until they eventually stop in front of a gloomy hotel on the brink of the city.

    Vernon's attempt to shake the sender off are not successful, however, as more letters come for Harry to the hotel the very next morning. Again, they get back in the car and finally stop get on a boat that takes them to an island with a small hut on it. Harry remembers that the next day will be his eleventh birthday. When they get there, Harry can't sleep with the raging storm outside, so he counts down the time until his birthday.

    When his watch turns to the next day, there is a loud knocking at the door - something wants to get in Uncle Vernon tells Hagrid that Harry won't be going, but the giant knows that a great Muggle like him wouldn't be able to stop Harry from going to Hogwarts.

    Uncle Vernon reveals he knew that Harry's a wizard, and Aunt Petunia tells Harry that her sister, Harry's mother, was a witch. Petunia said they were killed by another wizard and Harry screams that Petunia said they got killed in a car crash. Hagrid is as outraged as Harry is that the Dursleys have lied that much. But the spell he used backfired, only leaving Harry his scar.

    Hagrid tells him that he brought Harry from the ruins of the house and brought him to the Dursleys' house on 4 Privet Drive. Uncle Vernon says it's a load of rubbish and tries to persuade Harry that whatever happened to his parents was deserved anyway, but Hagrid pulls an umbrella out of his coat and threatens Uncle Vernon.

    Harry asks what happened to Voldemort and Hagrid tells him he vanished and hasn't been seen since. Harry doubts that he is a wizard until Hagrid asks him if he ever made anything happen he couldn't explain when he was angry or scared. Uncle Vernon makes the mistake of mocking Dumbledore and Hagrid swishes the umbrella, in Dudley's direction, and Dudley sprouts a curly pig's tail.

    Hagrid asks Harry not to mention it at Hogwarts because Hagrid isn't allowed to do magic , as he had been expelled. Hagrid takes off his coat and Harry sleeps under that for the night, for the day ahead.

    When Harry wakes the next morning, he tries to tell himself that what happened the previous night had all been a dream and that Hagrid taking him to a school for Wizards called Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has never happened. But when he opens his eyes, Hagrid had fallen asleep on the couch and he finds that it has all happened. He hears a tapping noise coming from the window and lets in an Owl.

    The owl drops a newspaper on Hagrid's lap and begins to claw Hagrid's coat. Hagrid tells Harry to pay the owl so Harry does what he says and the owl leaves. Hagrid tells him they have to go and download his things, but Harry worries because he hasn't got any money. Hagrid tells him his parents didn't leave him without money and that their first stop is Gringotts , the wizard's bank. He explains that it is run by Goblins and that "you'd be mad to try and rob it".

    They step outside the hut and step into their boat. Hagrid uses a bit of magic to speed things up for them. Hagrid says there are Enchantments guarding the vaults in Gringotts. Gringotts is all under London , and you would die of starvation trying to get out.

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    Harry wonders what the Ministry of Magic does, and Hagrid explains that they handle everything to do with magic. He says they wanted Dumbledore for Minister , but Cornelius Fudge got the job. Harry asks if there are Dragons guarding Gringotts. Hagrid says yes and mutters that he would like a dragon. Harry takes out his list and reads it out.

    It says he needs a set of robes , a pointed hat , Dragon hide gloves, and a winter coat.

    There is a list of his books and stationary equipment. Hagrid leads them both into a pub called the Leaky Cauldron that Harry did not notice was there. It is dark and shabby and everyone greets Hagrid as he enters. They talk for a bit then Hagrid steers them out a back door into a small enclosed area with a few barrels.

    Hagrid takes out his umbrella and taps bricks with it, counting an order. Once he is done, a hole appears in the brick wall, slowly getting bigger, until the wall disappears fully, revealing a crowded street with people wearing robes everywhere with shops left and right.

    Hagrid tells Harry the street is called Diagon Alley. When they are walking down the street, Harry is trying to look everywhere around him, taking in as much as possible. At the end of Diagon Alley, there is a snowy white building, huge in size: As they enter, a warning echoes through telling them rob at your own risk. Harry and Hagrid go up to a Goblin and explain they need to take some money out of Harry's vault.

    The Goblin asks for Harry's key and Hagrid presents it, after sorting through many other keys. The Goblin calls upon another Goblin named Griphook to take them down to the vault. Hagrid also states they need to be taken down to remove the You-Know-What in Vault Griphook takes them to Vault in question, and Hagrid removes the grubby little package there but can't tell Harry what it is.

    Griphook then takes them to Harry's vault, where there is a large amount of money piled up there that Harry owns. Harry and Hagrid take a bit of the money for Harry's list, then leave Gringotts. Madam Malkin measures him then he sits on a chair next to a pale-faced boy getting his robes.

    The boy starts to talk about smuggling a Broomstick into Hogwarts somehow, then about something called Quidditch. Harry feels very out of place with him, as he is talking about houses called Slytherin and Hufflepuff. The boy points out Hagrid, then says the other kind shouldn't be allowed in. When Harry leaves, he tells Hagrid and Hagrid says there are four houses at Hogwarts, Quidditch is a game played on Broomsticks and then leave to download Harry the rest of his things.

    Mr Ollivander comes round, scaring them both, and greeting Harry and Hagrid.

    Ollivander begins to talk about Harry's parents' wands, and how he remembers selling them. Ollivander touches Harry's scar and apologises for the fact that he sold the wand that caused it.

    Ollivander gives Harry a wand and tells him to give it a wave. Harry did so, but it isn't suitable for him, so Ollivander takes it back. Harry tries many wands, but none of them seem to work well enough for him. Eventually, he picks up a wand and he feels warmth in his fingers. Ollivander states that it is very curious that Harry should be destined for that wand when its brother gave Harry his scar.

    Hagrid takes Harry to get something to eat in the Muggle world but Harry is worried that he isn't going to fit in at Hogwarts as everyone expects great things from him.

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    For Harry's birthday, Hagrid downloads Harry an snowy owl named Hedwig. Hagrid provides Harry with a train ticket , giving him the date, time, and location to catch the Hogwarts Express and tells Harry that if he ever needs anything, he is to write a letter, and Hedwig will know where to find him.

    Harry then catches a train back to the Dursleys. Despite how furious his aunt and uncle are after he found out about his wizard heritage, they hardly speak to him and instead pretend that Harry isn't even were they see he is. At first it was an upgrade, but then becomes depressing for Harry after a while, and Dudley has become so scared of his cousin that he refuses to be anywhere near him.

    Above all that, Harry is allowed to keep the smallest bedroom with only Hedwig and his new school books as company. He would lay on is bed and read through the interesting books late at night with Hedwig swooping in and out of the window as she pleases, bringing back dead mice that she leaves lying around the room to make them the main reason Aunt Petunia avoids coming in to vacuum. Uncle Vernon agrees to take him but ridicules him for saying he is to leave from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters, as is marked on the ticket Hagrid gave him.

    The following day, Harry arrives at the station and stands between platforms nine and ten , wondering how to find platform nine and three quarters. The Dursleys leave him, and as they pulled away in their car, started laughing, leaving Harry quite stumped.

    Finally, he overhears some people mention Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry ; it is a family of red-haired children who seem to be bound for the school. He asks the mother for help, and she tells him to run through the barrier between platforms nine and ten.

    Harry does so, and he is astonished to find the train to Hogwarts on the other side of the station. Harry, then, boards the Hogwarts Express. On the train, Harry is introduced to Fred and George Weasley , twins who are returning to school for their third year, and to their younger brother Ron , another student who will be starting at Hogwarts. They have another brother, Percy, who is returning for his fifth year as a Prefect, and there are two elder Weasley brothers who have already left school.

    The Weasley family is poor, and Ron cannot afford the pastries sold on the train, so Harry downloads a lot with his newfound wealth and shares them with Ron. One of the cards bears the picture of Albus Dumbledore. Harry also meets a somewhat annoying, overachieving girl named Hermione Granger and sees again the unpleasant boy from the uniform shop, whose name is Draco Malfoy , this time with his buddies, Crabbe and Goyle.

    After Draco makes some rude comments about Ron, Harry rejects Draco's offer to advise him about associating with the right kind of wizards. All the students have heard of Harry, and Harry is not sure how to respond to his fame.

    Arriving at the station, the newcomers are led by Hagrid onto boats which they sail to the castle of Hogwarts. The new students are greeted at the castle door by Professor Minerva McGonagall , who tells them they will soon be sorted into their houses.

    All Hogwarts students live in one of four residences: Gryffindor , Hufflepuff , Ravenclaw , or Slytherin , with each house having its own team for Quidditch. The houses are in a yearlong competition with one another to acquire the most points, which are earned by success in Quidditch games and given by teachers for academic achievement, and lost for student infractions, in order to win the House Cup awarded at the end of the year.

    As the students enter Hogwarts, ghosts appear in the hallway. The students are led to the Great Hall , where the entire school waits for them. They see an old pointy hat on a stool. When the students try on the Sorting Hat , it announces the house in which they are placed. Harry becomes very nervous. He has learned that he does not care for Slytherin house, as the students in it are unpleasant and Voldemort once belonged to Slytherin. The annoying girl Hermione from the train is Sorted into Gryffindor, much to Ron's displeasure.

    He quietly says to himself "not Slytherin, not Slytherin! After a brief mental discussion with the hat in which it tries to suggest Slytherin to him, the hat places Harry in Gryffindor. Harry is pleased to find that Ron joins in Gryffindor with him.

    Draco Malfoy is placed in Slytherin. Everyone sits down to a grand feast to begin the year. Harry is overwhelmed by the variety of luscious food served. Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington , the resident ghost of Gryffindor popularly known as Nearly Headless Nick because of a botched decapitation , introduces himself to the first-year students and tells them he hopes they will win the house championship this year.

    Over dessert, the discussion turns to the students' upbringings. Another student, Seamus Finnigan , talks about how his father, a Muggle, was shocked when he found out his wife Seamus' mother was a witch.

    Harry glances around the room and notices a few of the teachers talking to one another. One of them, while speaking to Quirrell, stares malevolently at Harry, who immediately feels a sharp pain in his forehead scar. Harry asks Percy the prefect who he is, and finds out that this man is Professor Severus Snape , who teaches Potions. After dessert, Dumbledore gets up to make his welcome speech. He adds a few warnings about staying away from the Forbidden Forest and avoiding the 3rd-floor corridor on the right side of the school before sending everyone off to bed in their Common rooms.

    On the way, the Gryffindors run into Peeves the Poltergeist and upon arriving, meet the Fat Lady who lets them into Gryffindor Tower after Percy gives her the password.

    Harry has trouble sleeping due to dream he has. In it, he is wearing Professor Quirrell's turban, which is demanding him to transfer to Slytherin. He refuses, and the headwear becomes more heavier on his head.

    Harry finds life at Hogwarts unfamiliar and strange. Everyone talks about him, and an adult always seems to be around when he is doing something wrong.

    It is hard to find his way to classes due to the forty-two changing staircases and tricky doorways. The people in the Hogwarts portraits have been no help to him, for they ignore some students and visit each other, nor have the ghosts, whom always scare Harry when they glide through a door he is trying to open.

    Only Nearly-Headless Nick points new Gryffindors in the right direction, but Peeves is worth two locked doors and a tricky staircase whenever Harry runs into him when late for class. Even worse than Peeves if anyhow possible is the school caretaker Argus Filch , who both Harry and Ron get on the bad side of on their very first morning, when he finds them trying to force their way through a door which turns out to be entrance of the out-of-bounds third floor corridor.

    He threatens to lock them in the dungeons, but the two boys are luckily rescued by Quirrell, who is passing by. All the classes become very interesting to Harry, with the only exception being History of Magic , and he learns that there is a lot more to magic other than waving his wand and saying a few funny words.

    In his first Transfiguration class on Thursday, Professor McGonagall transfigures her desk into a pig and then back again while explaining how Transfiguration itself is some of the most complex and dangerous magic to be learned, and anyone who will get caught messing around with it will have to banned from the class.

    The entire class is very impressed, but soon realise that they are not going to be changing furniture into animals. Only Hermione is able to make any progress at turning a match into a needle, for which McGonagall gives her a rare smile, but Harry is relieved to see that his peers are just as lost as he is. When time comes to transition to Defence Against the Dark Arts class the class everyone is looking forward to every morning, the lesson turns into more of a joke, as Quirrell keeps going on with stories about his travels in the year prior, such as when he had ward off a vampire in Romania whom he is afraid will come back and get him , and when he had earned his turban from an African prince for saving him from a troublesome zombie.

    During breakfast the first Friday, Hedwig arrives with a tea invitation from Hagrid. Later, in his Potions class, Harry discovers that Professor Snape hates him, mocking Harry as "our new celebrity" and then humiliating Harry for his ignorance of potion-making materials. Harry happens to notice an article from the wizard newspaper, the Daily Prophet , detailing a break-in that occurred at Gringotts bank in a vault that had been emptied earlier in the day.

    He realises that it happened on his birthday, the day he and Hagrid went to Gringotts. Furthermore, he remembers that Hagrid emptied vault seven hundred and thirteen, taking a small package with him as he left.

    She has bushy brown hair and rather large front teeth. Neville Longbottom is a plump, diffident boy, so forgetful that his grandmother gives him a Remembrall , although he cannot remember why. Neville's magical abilities are weak and appeared just in time to save his life when he was eight. Despite his timidity, Neville will fight anyone after some encouragement or if he thinks it is right and important. Rubeus Hagrid , a half-giant nearly 12 feet 3. Hagrid is fiercely loyal to Dumbledore and quickly becomes a close friend of Harry, Ron and, later, Hermione, but his carelessness makes him unreliable.

    Professor Albus Dumbledore , a tall, thin man who wears half-moon spectacles and has silver hair and a beard that tucks into his belt, is the headmaster of Hogwarts, and thought to be the only wizard Voldemort fears.

    Dumbledore, while renowned for his achievements in magic, shrugs off praise, though he is aware of his own brilliance. Rowling described him as the "epitome of goodness". She is Deputy Headmistress, and Head of Gryffindor House and, according to the author, "under that gruff exterior" is "a bit of an old softy". As a muggle , she regards her magical sister as a freak and tries to pretend that she never existed. Vernon Dursley , the husband of Petunia Dursley, is a heavily built man whose irascible bluster covers a narrow mind and a fear of anything unusual.

    Dudley Dursley is an overweight, spoiled bully and Harry's cousin. Draco Malfoy is a slim, pale boy who speaks in a bored drawl.

    His parents had supported Voldemort, but changed sides after the dark wizard's disappearance, claiming they had been bewitched. Draco avoids direct confrontations, and tries to get Harry and his friends into trouble. Professor Quirrell is a twitching, stammering and nervous man who teaches Defence Against the Dark Arts. Reputedly he was a brilliant scholar, but his nerve was shattered by an encounter with vampires.

    Quirrell wears a turban to conceal the fact that he is voluntarily possessed by Voldemort, whose face appears on the back of Quirrell's head.

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    Professor Severus Snape , who has a hooked nose, sallow complexion and greasy black hair, teaches Potions , but would prefer to teach Defence Against the Dark Arts. Snape praises pupils in Slytherin, his own House but seizes every opportunity to humiliate others, especially Harry. Several incidents, beginning with the shooting pain in Harry's scar during the start-of-term feast, lead Harry and his friends to think Snape is a follower of Voldemort.

    Argus Filch , the school caretaker who knows the school's secret passages better than anyone else except, possibly, the Weasley twins. His cat, Mrs. Norris, aids his constant hunt for misbehaving pupils. Other members of staff include the dumpy Herbology teacher and Head of Hufflepuff House Professor Sprout , Professor Flitwick , the tiny and excitable Charms teacher, and Head of Ravenclaw House, the soporific History of Magic teacher, Professor Binns , a ghost who does not seem to have noticed his own death; and Madam Hooch , the Quidditch coach, who is strict, but a considerate and methodical teacher.

    The poltergeist Peeves wanders around the castle causing trouble wherever he can. In the book, Rowling introduces an eclectic cast of characters. The first character to be introduced is Vernon Dursley, Harry's uncle.

    Most of the actions centre on the eponymous hero Harry Potter , an orphan who escapes his miserable childhood with the Dursley family. Rowling imagined him as a "scrawny, black-haired, bespectacled boy who didn't know he was a wizard", [2] and says she transferred part of her pain about losing her mother to him.

    Ron is described by Rowling as the ultimate best friend, "always there when you need him". During school year, Lord Voldemort made attempts to steal the Stone for his own purposes. The final and almost successful attempt broke out in a skirmish for possession of the Stone. Voldemort was foiled by eleven year old Harry Potter and his return to power was delayed. Contents History Creation The only known Philosopher's Stone to have ever existed was created by the famed alchemist, Nicolas Flamel , sometime in the 14th century or later.

    Flamel used the Elixir of Life exuded from the stone to extend his and his wife Perenelle 's lifespan for over six centuries. Voldemort used a human host, Quirinus Quirrell, to seek it out at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry , where it was being held. The stone was originally stored at Gringotts Wizarding Bank in Vault However, possibly suspecting a threat, Albus Dumbledore had Rubeus Hagrid retrieve the stone the very morning of an attempted robbery.

    The Stone in the Underground Chamber in Hogwarts in After that, the Stone was placed in a special chamber and guarded by seven enchantments and creatures, provided by the professors at Hogwarts: Professor Sprout's web of Devil's Snare ; flying keys, charmed by Filius Flitwick ; a life-size board of Wizard's Chess , transfigured by Professor McGonagall; Professor Quirrell's mountain troll; Professor Snape 's potion riddle; and the Mirror of Erised , placed there by Albus Dumbledore.

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