‘Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone’ by J. K. Rowling

20180408_151641Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone is a fantasy novel written by British author JK Rowling. It is the first novel in harry potter series and Rowling’s debut novel, first published in 1997 by Bloomsbury. It was published in the United States as “harry potter and the sorcerer’s stone” by Scholastic Corporation in 1998.

The plot of the book revolves around the life of an orphan boy Harry James Potter who on his eleventh birthday finds out his magical heritage. Harry Potter was living in a cupboard under the stairs, suffering maltreatment at the hands of the Dursley family, to whose care he was confined as an infant following the death of his parents; his mother was Mrs. Dursley’s sister. On his eleventh birthday, however, it is revealed to him, despite the Dursleys’ best efforts, that he has inherited magical abilities and is scheduled for education in wizardry at Hogwarts Academy, a key pillar of the British magical community. Harry gets a letter from Hogwarts a school of witchcraft and wizardry, asking him to join Hogwarts.   He joins Hogwarts with the help of Hagrid a half-giant and the gamekeeper at Hogwarts. He makes many good friends such as Ron and Hermione and some enemies as well. His first year at Hogwarts is filled with his mysterious adventures with his friends. He had a near-death experience with the antagonist of the book Lord Voldemort who was helped by Quirinus Quirrell a professor at Hogwarts. He wanted the philosopher’s stone to get the Elixir of life. At the end of the school year, Harry comes face to face with Lord Voldemort. With the help of his friends, Harry manages to defeat Voldemort and the professor who had been helping him.

It is an excellent example of Rowling’s imagination, simple style, and clever plot construction. Each sentence drives you to the next with more and more eagerness. I really liked this book and would rate it 9/10.

Reviewed by Nikita Nair S.

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