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Encyclopedia > Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter books
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Author J. K. Rowling
Illustrators Thomas Taylor (UK)
Mary GrandPré (US)
Genre Fantasy
Publishers Bloomsbury (UK)
Scholastic (US)
Raincoast (Canada)
Released 30 June 1997 (UK)
September 1, 1998 (US)
Book no. One
Sales ~120 million (Worldwide)
Story timeline 1981
1991-1992
Chapters 17
Pages 223 (UK)
309 (US)
Followed by Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (published in the United States as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) is the first novel in the Harry Potter series written by J. K. Rowling and featuring Harry Potter, a young wizard. It was published 30 June 1997 by Bloomsbury in London, and has been made into a feature-length film of the same name. This is also the most popular of the books in terms of number sold — an estimated 120 million copies worldwide. As of January 2008, the book is number twelve on the best selling book list of all time, and is the third best-selling non-religious, non-political work of fiction of all time.[citation needed] Henry Park Primary School began functioning with 287 pupils on 22 March 1977. ... The family of Heterochromatin Protein 1 (HP1) (Chromobox Homolog, CBX) are highly conserved adapter molecules, which have an important function in the cell nucleus. ... Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, released in the United States as Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone, is a 2001 fantasy/adventure film based on the novel of the same name by J.K. Rowling. ... Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (known as Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone in the United States) is the name of five distinct video games. ... This article is about the Harry Potter series of novels. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Joanne Jo Murray, née Rowling OBE[1] (born 31 July 1965),[2] who writes under the pen name J. K. Rowling,[3] is a British writer and author of the Harry Potter fantasy series. ... Mary GrandPré (born 1954 in South Dakota) is an American illustrator, best known for her illustrations in the US version of the Harry Potter books, published by Scholastic. ... Look up Fantasy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary For other definitions of fantasy, see fantasy (psychology). ... Bloomsbury Publishing plc is an independent, London-based publishing house best known as the publisher of the Harry Potter series of novels, written by J. K. Rowling. ... Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is an American book publishing company known for publishing educational materials for schools, teachers, and parents, and selling and distributing them by mail order and via book clubs and book fairs. ... Raincoast Books is a Canadian book publishing company. ... is the 181st day of the year (182nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... The chronology is a general timeline of events derived from information provided in the series of Harry Potter novels written by J.K. Rowling, along with additional materials posted on her web site and published in various interviews. ... HP2 redirects here. ... This article is about the Harry Potter series of novels. ... Joanne Jo Murray, née Rowling OBE[1] (born 31 July 1965),[2] who writes under the pen name J. K. Rowling,[3] is a British writer and author of the Harry Potter fantasy series. ... Harry James Potter is the title character and the main protagonist of J. K. Rowlings Harry Potter fantasy series. ... Hogwarts, a wizarding school. ... is the 181st day of the year (182nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Bloomsbury Publishing plc is an independent, London-based publishing house best known as the publisher of the Harry Potter series of novels, written by J. K. Rowling. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, released in the United States as Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone, is a 2001 fantasy/adventure film based on the novel of the same name by J.K. Rowling. ... The frontispiece to the 1611 first edition of the King James Bible This page provides lists of best-selling single-volume books, book series, authors, and childrens books to date and in any language. ...

Contents

Development

In 1990, author J. K. Rowling wanted to move together with her boyfriend to a flat in Manchester: "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."[1] Then Rowling's mother died and, to cope with her pain, Rowling transferred her own anguish to the orphan Harry.[1] After giving birth to her first child Jessica, she sent around the first chapters of her initial drafts, found an agent on her second try, and, in 1996, got her story accepted by Bloomsbury, which published the book in 1997. In May 2008, Scholastic announced the creation of a 10th Anniversary Edition of the book to be released September 2008 to mark the original American release. [2] Joanne Jo Murray, née Rowling OBE[1] (born 31 July 1965),[2] who writes under the pen name J. K. Rowling,[3] is a British writer and author of the Harry Potter fantasy series. ... This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ... Bloomsbury Publishing Plc is an independent, London-based publishing house known for literary novels. ...


Plot

Beginning

The novel begins with the wizarding world's celebration of the downfall of Lord Voldemort, an evil, powerful and cruel Dark wizard. After he killed Lily and James Potter, Voldemort attempted to murder their one-year-old son, Harry. The magical curse rebounded and destroyed Voldemort's body, leaving only a lightning-bolt scar on Harry's forehead. Harry is placed in the care of his muggle relatives, the Dursley family. Hogwarts, a wizarding school. ... Lord Voldemort (pronounced )[1][2] is a fictional character and the primary antagonist in the Harry Potter novel series written by British author J. K. Rowling. ... James Potter and Lily Potter (née Evans) are fictional characters of the Harry Potter series. ... Harry James Potter is the title character and the main protagonist of J. K. Rowlings Harry Potter fantasy series. ... Not to be confused with lighting. ... Muggle is the only word used in the Harry Potter series of books by J. K. Rowling to refer to a normal person who lacks any sort of magical ability. ... The Dursleys or the Dursley family are fictional characters in the Harry Potter book series written by J. K. Rowling. ...


The book skips the next ten years and resumes shortly before Harry's eleventh birthday. The Dursleys had kept Harry's heritage from him. However, the truth comes in the form of Rubeus Hagrid and Harry gets to know that he is a Wizard and has been accepted at Hogwarts and is to start at the school that fall. One month later, Harry takes the train to Hogwarts from Platform Nine and Three Quarters at King's Cross Station. On the train, Harry sits with Ron Weasley. They are visited briefly by Neville Longbottom and Hermione Granger who are in search of Neville's missing toad, Trevor. Later on in the journey, Draco Malfoy comes into Harry and Ron's compartment with his friends Crabbe and Goyle and introduces himself to Harry. After Ron laughs at Draco's name, Draco offers Harry to be friends with him, but Harry declines. Rubeus Hagrid is a fictional character in the Harry Potter book series written by J. K. Rowling. ... In J. K. Rowlings best-selling Harry Potter series of novels, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is a school of magic for witches and wizards between the ages of eleven and seventeen. ... This GNER train serving Kings Cross is named White Rose after the traditional symbol of Yorkshire. ... Ronald Bilius Ron Weasley is a fictional character in the Harry Potter book series written by J. K. Rowling. ... Neville Longbottom is a fictional character in the Harry Potter book series written by J. K. Rowling. ... Hermione Jean Granger (first name pronounced ) is a fictional character in J.K. Rowlings Harry Potter series. ... Draco Malfoy is a fictional character in J.K. Rowlings Harry Potter series. ...


Arrival at Hogwarts

Upon arrival, the Sorting Hat places Harry and Ron in Gryffindor House, one of the four houses at Hogwarts. After a broom-mounted game to save Neville's Remembrall, Harry joins Gryffindor's Quidditch team as their youngest Seeker player in over a century. In the fictional Harry Potter series, many magical objects exist for the use of the characters. ... In the Harry Potter series, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is divided into four houses, each bearing the last name of its founder: Godric Gryffindor, Salazar Slytherin, Rowena Ravenclaw and Helga Hufflepuff. ... In the fictional Harry Potter universe, many magical objects exist for the use of the characters. ... Quidditch is a fictional sport developed by J. K. Rowling, found in the internationally bestselling Harry Potter novels and films. ... Quidditch is a fictional sport developed by J. K. Rowling, found in the internationally bestselling Harry Potter novels and films. ...


Shortly after they start school, they discover that someone had broken into the wizarding bank, Gringotts. The mystery deepens when they discover a monstrous three-headed dog, Fluffy, that guards a trapdoor in the forbidden third floor passageway. On Halloween, a troll enters the castle and traps Hermione in one of the girls' bathrooms. Harry and Ron rescue her, but are caught by Professor McGonagall. Hermione defends the boys and takes the blame, which results in the three becoming best friends. “The Leaky Cauldron” redirects here. ... This article is about the mythical three-headed dog. ... Rubeus Hagrid is a fictional character in the Harry Potter book series written by J. K. Rowling. ... This article is about the holiday. ... For other uses, see Troll (disambiguation). ...


Suspicions

Harry's broom becomes jinxed during his first Quidditch match, nearly knocking him off. Hermione believes that Professor Severus Snape has cursed the broom and distracts him by setting his robes on fire, allowing Harry to catch the Snitch to win the game for Gryffindor. Severus Snape is a fictional character in the Harry Potter book series written by J. K. Rowling. ... In the fictional Harry Potter series, many magical objects exist for the use of the characters. ...


At Christmas, Harry receives his father's Invisibility Cloak by an unknown source. He also discovers the Mirror of Erised in an unused classroom, a strange mirror which shows not just Harry, but Harry surrounded by his entire family. Shortly thereafter, Harry gets to know that Nicolas Flamel is the maker of Philosopher's Stone, a stone that gives the owner eternal life.[3]. In the fictional Harry Potter series, many magical objects exist for the use of the characters. ... This article describes magic in the fictional Harry Potter universe. ... This imaginative portrait of Nicolas Flamel dates from the nineteenth century. ... In the fictional Harry Potter series, many magical objects exist for the use of the characters. ...


Harry sees Professor Snape interrogating Professor Quirrell about getting past Fluffy which confirms Harry, Ron and Hermione's suspicion that Snape is trying to steal the Philosopher's Stone in order to restore Lord Voldemort to power. The trio discover that Hagrid is incubating a dragon egg, which shortly thereafter hatches a Norwegian Ridgeback dragon, Norbert. Since dragon breeding is illegal, they convince Hagrid to let Norbert go live with other dragons of his kind. Harry and Hermione are caught returning to their dormitories after sending Norbert off and they are forced to serve detention with Hagrid in the Forbidden Forest. Harry sees a hooded figure drink the blood of an injured unicorn. Firenze, a centaur, tells Harry that the hooded figure is in fact Voldemort. For other uses, see Dragon (disambiguation). ... Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is the main setting of the Harry Potter series of novels by J. K. Rowling. ... The gentle and pensive maiden has the power to tame the unicorn, in this fresco in Palazzo Farnese, Rome, probably by Domenichino, ca 1602 For other uses, see Unicorn (disambiguation). ... Firenze is the name of a character in the Harry Potter series of novels by J. K. Rowling. ... This article is about the mythological creatures. ...


Finding the Philosopher's Stone

Harry, Hermione, and Ron soon discover that an intoxicated Hagrid told an unknown hooded stranger how to get past Fluffy. They rush to tell Dumbledore what they knew only to find that Dumbledore had been sent away from the school. Positive that Dumbledore's summons was a red herring to take him away from Hogwarts while the Philosopher's Stone is stolen, the trio set out to reach the Stone first. They navigate a series of complex magical challenges set up by the school's faculty. At the end of these challenges, only one person can move forward and hence Harry enters the inner chamber alone only to find that it is the timid Professor Quirrell, not Snape, who is after the Stone. The final challenge protecting the Stone is the Mirror of Erised. Quirrell forces Harry to look in the mirror to discover where the Stone is. Harry successfully resists, and the stone drops into his own pocket. Lord Voldemort now reveals himself; he has possessed Quirrell and appears as a ghastly face on the back of Quirrell's head. He tries to attack Harry, but merely touching Harry proves to be agony for Quirrel. Dumbledore arrives back in time to save Harry, Voldemort flees and Quirrell dies. In literature, a red herring is a plot device intended to distract the reader from a more important event in the plot, usually a twist ending. ...


Aftermath

Dumbledore confirms to Harry that Lily died while protecting Harry as an infant. Her pure, loving sacrifice provides Harry with an ancient magical protection against Voldemort's lethal spells. Dumbledore also explains that the Philosopher's Stone has been destroyed to prevent future attempts by Voldemort to steal it. He then tells Harry that only those who wanted the Stone to protect it but not use it would be able to retrieve it from the mirror, which is why Harry was able to retrieve it. When Harry asks Dumbledore why Voldemort attempted to kill him when he was an infant, Dumbledore promises to tell Harry when he is older.[4]


At the end-of-year feast, where Harry is welcomed as a hero, Dumbledore gives a few "last-minute additions," granting points to Harry, Ron, Hermione and Neville, so that Gryffindor wins the House Cup, ending Slytherin's six-year reign as house champions.


Characters

In the book, Rowling introduced an eclectic cast of characters. Most of the actions center around 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",[5]" and says she transferred part of her pain about losing her mother to him.[1] During the book, Harry makes two close friends, Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger. Ron, as the former is called, is described by Rowling as the ultimate best friend, "always there when you need him".[6] Rowling has described Hermione as a "very logical, upright and good" character[7] with "a lot of insecurity and a great fear of failure" beneath her "swottiness".[7] Harry James Potter is the title character and the main protagonist of J. K. Rowlings Harry Potter fantasy series. ... The Dursleys or the Dursley family are fictional characters in the Harry Potter book series written by J. K. Rowling. ... Ronald Ron Bilius Weasley (born March 1, 1980) is a fictional character in J. K. Rowlings Harry Potter series of childrens books. ... Hermione Jean Granger (first name pronounced ) is a fictional character in J.K. Rowlings Harry Potter series. ...


Rowling also imagined a supporting cast of adults. Headmaster of Hogwarts is powerful but kind wizard Albus Dumbledore, who becomes Harry's confidant; Rowling described him as "epitome of goodness".[8] His right hand is severe Minerva McGonagall, who is "under that gruff exterior... a bit of an old softy, really"[9] according to the author, and Harry's saviour from the Dursley family, friendly half-giant Rubeus Hagrid. Also, teacher Professor Quirrell originally meets Harry in the Leaky Cauldron, prior to the school year beginning. Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore is a fictional character within the Harry Potter series written by British author J. K. Rowling. ... Professor Minerva McGonagall is a fictional character in the Harry Potter book series written by J. K. Rowling. ... Rubeus Hagrid is a fictional character in the Harry Potter book series written by J. K. Rowling. ... Professor Quirinus Quirrell is a fictional character in Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, the first novel in the Harry Potter series written by J.K. Rowling. ... The Leaky Cauldron is the name of a pub in London in J.K. Rowlings Harry Potter series that can only be seen by wizards or witches. ...


Main antagonists are Draco Malfoy, a racist, elitist classmate, drawn from Rowling's experience with real-life bullies,[10], cold-hearted professor Severus Snape, inspired from a disliked teacher from her own childhood,[11] and Lord Voldemort, the most powerful evil wizard who for some reason has been disembodied when he tried to kill baby Harry: "According to a 1999 interview with Rowling, Voldemort was invented as a literary foil for Harry Potter, the main protagonist of the series, and that she intentionally did not flesh out Voldemort's backstory at first. "The basic idea … Harry … 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  — he tried to curse him.… Harry has to find out, before we find out. And  — so  — but for some mysterious reason, the curse didn't work on Harry. 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." [12] Draco Malfoy is a fictional character in J.K. Rowlings Harry Potter series. ... Severus Snape is a fictional character in the Harry Potter book series written by J. K. Rowling. ... Lord Voldemort (pronounced )[1][2] is a fictional character and the primary antagonist in the Harry Potter novel series written by British author J. K. Rowling. ... Harry James Potter is the title character and the main protagonist of J. K. Rowlings Harry Potter fantasy series. ... A protagonist is the main figure of a piece of literature or drama and has the main part or role. ... In narratology, a back-story (also back story or backstory) is the history behind the situation extant at the start of the main story. ... For other uses, see Evil (disambiguation). ... Not to be confused with lighting. ...

In the Philosopher's Stone book, the non-existent "Platform 9¾ at King's Cross railway station in London" is introduced where students in the novels board the train to Hogwarts. As a hat-tip to J.K. Rowling, the real King's Cross station has erected a sign at a wall between tracks 9 and 10.

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Publication impact

In June 1997, Bloomsbury published Philosopher’s Stone with an initial print-run of one thousand copies, five hundred of which were distributed to libraries. Philosopher's Stone was a great critical success.


Awards

Five months after publication the initial book won its first award, a Nestlé Smarties Book Prize. In February, the novel won the prestigious British Book Award for Children’s Book of the Year, and later, the Children’s Book Award. The Mail on Sunday rated it as "the most imaginative debut since Roald Dahl"; a view echoed by the Sunday Times ("comparisons to Dahl are, this time, justified"), while The Guardian called it "a richly textured novel given lift-off by an inventive wit" and The Scotsman said it had "all the makings of a classic".[13] The Nestlé Smarties Book Prize is an annual award given to childrens books written in the previous year by a UK citizen or resident. ... The British Book Awards are given annually and promoted by the UK publishing industry trade journal Publishing News. ... The Daily Mail and its Sunday edition the Mail on Sunday are British newspapers, first published in 1896. ... Roald Dahl (IPA: ]) (13 September 1916 – 23 November 1990) was a Welsh novelist, short story writer and screenwriter, who rose to prominence in the 1940s with works for both children and adults, and became one of the worlds bestselling authors. ... The Sunday Times is the name of several Sunday newspapers. ... For other uses, see Guardian. ... The Scotsmans offices in Edinburgh The Scotsman is a Scottish national newspaper, published in Edinburgh. ...


Rowling's book was also shortlisted many other awards including the 1997 Carnegie Award and the Guardian Children's Award.[14] In October 1998, Scholastic published Philosopher’s Stone in the US under the title of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: a change Rowling claims she now regrets and would have fought if she had been in a better position at the time.[15] The book became an unprecedented smash hit, selling over five million copies by 2001.[16] In time, so-called Pottermania swept the globe, setting up a hitherto unknown hype for the following six Harry Potter books and making it one of the best-selling works of fiction of all time. As a homage to the books, the odd "Platform 9¾" from the book was commemorated in the real-life King's Cross railway station with a sign between tracks 9 and 10. Pottermania is the term used to describe the hype that surrounds Harry Potter, the way that Beatlemania refers the Beatles hype. ... The Hogwarts Express, as seen in the film adaptation of the first book. ... Kings Cross station (often spelt Kings Cross on platform signs) is a railway station in the district of the same name in northeast central London. ...


Financial rewards

In 2001 a film based on the book was released and after becoming the highest grossing film ever in the UK[17] it went on to earn $976.5 million at the worldwide box office[18] making it the second highest grossing film in history at the time.[19] As of 2008, it is the fourth highest-grossing film of all-time, behind Titanic, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.[20] Further films based on the subsequent books have made Harry Potter the highest grossing film series of all time, ahead of the James Bond and Star Wars franchises.[21] The success of the series and its tie-in merchandise, have led the Harry Potter brand to be valued at $15 billion,[22] and J.K. Rowling becoming the UK's richest woman,[23] thought to be worth more than one billon US dollars.[24] The following is a non-definitive list of the all-time highest-grossing films. ... Titanic is a 1997 disaster romance film directed, written, produced and edited by James Cameron about the sinking of the RMS Titanic. ... This article is about the spy series. ... This article is about the series. ... A tie-in is an authorized product that is based on an existing or upcoming media property, such as a movie or video/DVD, computer game, video game, television program/television series, board game, web site, role-playing game or literary property. ... In marketing, a product is anything that can be offered to a market that might satisfy a want or need. ... Joanne Rowling OBE (born July 31, 1965 in Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucestershire), commonly known as J.K. Rowling (pronunciation: roll-ing; her former students used to joke with her name calling her the Rolling Stone), is a British fiction writer. ... The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ...


References

  1. ^ a b c Interview with JK Rowling, Author of Harry Potter, www.hilary.com
  2. ^ Scholastic Reveals Sorcerer's Stone Anniversary Edition
  3. ^ Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. J. K. Rowling. pg. 237-238. ISBN 1-55192-700-4
  4. ^ This occurs in the fifth book, Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix.
  5. ^ J. K. Rowling Official Site  – Section Biography. Retrieved on 2007-08-15.
  6. ^ "Harry Potter and Me" (BBC Christmas Special, British version), BBC, 28 December 2001
  7. ^ a b J K Rowling at the Edinburgh Book Festival, Sunday, August 15, 2004. Accio-quote.org Retrieved on 23 April 2007.
  8. ^ 2000: Accio Quote!, the largest archive of J.K. Rowling interviews on the web
  9. ^ "About the Books: transcript of J.K. Rowling's live interview on Scholastic.com," Scholastic.com, 16 October 2000
  10. ^ Lydon, Christopher. J.K. Rowling interview transcript, The Connection (WBUR Radio), 12 October, 1999
  11. ^ J.K. Rowling interview transcript, The Connection (WBUR Radio), 12 October, 1999
  12. ^ "J.K. Rowling on The Diane Rehm Show, WAMU Radio Washington, D.C., October 20, 1999".
  13. ^ J. K. Rowling (1998). Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Bloomsbury, 253. 
  14. ^ Arthur, Levine. Awards. Arthur A. Levine Books. Retrieved on 2006-05-21.
  15. ^ J.K. Rowling: BBC Online Chat. BBC. March 2001. Accessed 19 March 2006.
  16. ^ All-Time Bestselling Children's Books
  17. ^ BBC NEWS Business | How Rowling conjured up millions
  18. ^ Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved on 2007-05-29.
  19. ^ "Potter makes movie chart history", Newsround, 2002-02-19. Retrieved on 2007-07-11. 
  20. ^ Worldwide Grosses. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved on 2007-05-29.
  21. ^ BBC NEWS Entertainment | Potter takes film franchise crown
  22. ^ India media news marketing India advertising Indian brands tv media newspapers
  23. ^ CBBC Newsround UK | Potter author UK's richest woman
  24. ^ BBC NEWS Entertainment | Rowling unveils last Potter date

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Because students in the novels board the train to Hogwarts at Platform 9¾ at Kings Cross railway station in London, the real Kings Cross has erected a sign at a wall between tracks 9 and 10 to commemorate this. ... // Writer J. K. Rowling cites several writers as influences in her creation of her bestselling Harry Potter series. ... Different composers have been involved in writing the music for the Harry Potter films. ... The immense popularity and wide recognition of JK Rowlings Harry Potter fantasy series has led to it being extensively parodied, in works spanning nearly every medium. ... There have been many published theories about politics in the Harry Potter books and from academic circles. ... The cover of Harry Potter en de Steen der Wijzen (Harry Potter and the Stone of the Wise Men) – the Dutch language translation of the first book, jointly published by De Harmonie and Standaard. ... Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them is a 2001 book written by English author J. K. Rowling to benefit the British charity Comic Relief. ... Quidditch Through the Ages is both a fictional book described in the Harry Potter series of novels by the English author J. K. Rowling, and a real book by that author, although her name is only stated in the book as the copyright holder of the Harry Potter-name. ... The Tales of Beedle the Bard is the title of a book of fairy tales Albus Dumbledore left Hermione Granger in his will. ... Lego Harry Potter is a Lego theme based on the books and films of the Harry Potter series. ... This is the back side of each card in the game. ...

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (J.K. Rowling) (456 words)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (J.K. Rowling)
Harry Potter, orphaned when his parents are killed by the evil wizard Voldemort, is taken in by his aunt and uncle, who are Muggles — ordinary, non-magical people.
To highlight the limitations of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, it is instructive to compare it with another children's fantasy novel in which a neophyte wizard attends a school for wizards —; Ursula Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea.
Reviews - Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (750 words)
Harry's relatives have just as reluctantly learned to live with the unwelcome presence of their orphaned relation, a constant reminder of Petunia's "wayward" sister and brother-in-law and their mysterious and untimely demise.
Based on the first of J.K. Rowling's popular children's novels about Harry Potter, the live action family adventure film 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' tells the story of a boy who learns on his 11th birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own.
Daniel Radcliffe is perfect as Harry, and whirls along grinning from ear to ear as his chracter is bumped along from scene to scene, and predicament to predicament, until the suitably climactic ending.
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