Harry Potter and the Sorcererâ€™s Stone, published as Harry Potter and the Philosopherâ€™s Stone in the United Kingdom, is the first book in the Harry Potter series, and most readerâ€™s first brush with the magical and wondrous world of Harry Potter and his magical pals at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This first book of the series is the first that charmed publishers and readers, and which first introduced us to the main characters in the series: Harry Potter (of course), his best friend Ron Weasley (of the large and humble Weasley clan), and the highly intelligent Hermione Granger. This is the first book in a series of seven planned volumes.
Bloomsbury publishers in London first published Harry Potter and the Sorcererâ€™s Stone on June 26, 1997. The film was eventually made into a successful film of the same name, and it still stands as the most popular of the seriesâ€™ books. At present date, it appears that Harry Potter and the Sorcererâ€™s Stone has sold an estimated 17 million copies in the United States, and as much as 70 million copies worldwide. Here is a brief summary of the basic plot of Harry Potter and the Sorcererâ€™s Stone.
The beginnings of the Harry Potter story opens with the wizards Albus Dumbledore and Minerva McGonagall meeting at a certain addressâ€"Number Four, Privet Drive, Little Winging, a suburb of Surrey. They have met there to discuss recent events that have occurred in the wizarding universe. It appears that Lord Voldemort, who has a reputation as one of the most fearsome and powerful of all the dark wizards in recent history, has been finally defeated. Sadly, two wizards have died as a result of this bearing. The two final victims were James and Lily Potter, who are the parents of young Harry. Harry is an infant when his parents die at the hands of Lord Voldemort, and he has somehow survived this legendary encounter, save for a lightning-shaped scar on his forehead. For this, young Harry becomes a legend in the world of wizards.
Dumbledore wants young Harry to be raised far from the attention and scrutiny that this event has caused, so he is left to be cared for by his only living relatives, his Aunt Petunia Dursley and her family, which includes bumbling husband Vernon and Harryâ€™s spoiled cousin Dudley. The Dursleyâ€™s do not care for the magical world, and they keep Harryâ€™s heritage hid from him. However, not long from Harryâ€™s eleventh birthdays, owls begin to deliver letters to the Dursley household that are addressed for Harry which are withheld from him by the Dursleyâ€™s. Finally, Hagrid the Hogwarts gamekeeper delivers the letters to Harry. The letters are Harryâ€™s official invitation to attend the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Hagrid introduces Harry to the magical world. Finally, after learning much about his secret magic past, Harry makes his way off to Hogwarts. On the way he meets Ron Weasley, who will become his best friend. He also meets Hermione Granger, who appears to be an annoying know-it-all, but who will become one of his closest friends.
Once at Hogwarts, the new students are sorted into one of four houses. Harry and his new friends are chosen for Gryffindor house. At Hogwarts, a three-headed dog named Fluffy guards a secret trapdoor. Harry, Ron, and Hermione speculate that it must protect the legendary philosopherâ€™s stone, which is thought to produce eternal life. The three friends decide to save the stone from imminent theft, and they find that the seemingly innocent Professor Quirrell is trying to steal the stone. It appears that Lord Voldemortâ€™s spirit has taken over Quirrell. Harry and his friends confront Quirrell and during the confrontation, Quirrell dies. Voldemortâ€™s spirit flees the scene. Harry suffers minor injuries during the confrontation, and as he recovers, Dumbledore informs him that his mother died in trying to protect Harry. It appears that his motherâ€™s pure protective love has made him immune from the evil spells of Voldemort. Dumbledore also tells Harry that the stone will be destroyed in order to prevent future threat.
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