Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone is the first novel in the Harry Potter series written by J.K.Rowling. The plot follows Harry Potter a young wizard who discovers his magical heritage, as he makes close friends and few enemies in his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Harry had been a year old the night that Voldemort -the most powerful dark Wizard for a century, a wizard who had been gaining power steadily for eleven years – arrived at his house and killed his father and mother. Voldemort had then turned his wand on Harry; he had performed the curse that ha disposed off many full grown witches and wizards in his steady rise to power-and incredibly it had not worked. Instead of killing the small boy, the curse had rebounded upon Voldemort. Harry had survived with nothing but a lightning- shaped cut on his forehead, and Voldemort had been reduced to something barely alive. His powers gone, his life almost extinguished , Voldemort had fled ;the terror in which the secret community of witches and wizards had lived for so long had lifted, Voldemort’s followers has disbanded, and Harry Potter has become famous.
It had been enough of a shock for Harry to discover, on his eleventh birthday ;that he was a wizard, it had been even more disconcerting to find out that everyone in the hidden wizarding world knew his name.Harry had arrived to Hogwarts to find that, heads turned and whispers followed him where ever he went.
But at the end of the term he again comes face to face with Voldemort. Voldemort-after eleven years of pain gained some power to posses on others body. He had possessed on professor Quinteus Quirell, Harry’s defense against the dark art teacher. Voldemort wanted the philosopher’s stone which was the elixir of life, kept in Hogwarts. But once again Harry escapes from Voldemort’s grasps. But it was an narrow escape. After three days of unconscious state in hospital Wing, Professor Dumbledore reminds Harry that, Voldemort could not touch Harry because of the care and love of his mother before her death. If one thing Voldemort could not understand in the world, is love. After a year of a lot of fun and unexpected dangers Harry goes back to his uncles house for his three months summer vacation.
Aiswarya S. S.