‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ written by J.K. Rowling is the first novel in the Harry Potter series. It was first published by Bloomsbury publications in the year 1997.
Harry Potter is a bespectacled eleven year old orphan with a lightning-bolt scar on his forehead who has been living with his dreadful Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon and their son Dudley ever since his parents died in a car crash. His life isn’t very bright; he has to sleep in the cupboard under the stairs, never gets anything for his birthday and his nephew Dudley constantly bullies him. One day Harry starts receiving strange letters and is rescued by a giant man named Rebus Hagrid. Harry discovers his parents didn’t die in a car crash (as his uncle and aunt always told him), but that they were wizards, and that he’s one as well. But that’s not all; he even seems to not just a wizard, but also a famous one. The reason for this is because a Dark Wizard named Voldemort who killed a lot of people, including Harry’s parents, lost his power when he tried to kill Harry when he was a year old.
He enrolls at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he meets new friends Ron and Hermione, but also enemies. In the beginning of the year all the students at Hogwarts are told by Professor Dumbledore (the headmaster) not to enter the third floor corridor, unless they wish to “die a very painful death”. As the year proceeds Harry finds that the Philosopher’s Stone, a magical stone which is capable of turning anything into gold and prolonging life, is stored behind this corridor. He also discovers someone is trying to steal it.
Harry enters the forbidden corridor and passes the barriers set by the teachers of Hogwarts to protect the stone. But his Defence Against The Dark Arts teacher Professor Quirrel, does as well. It turns out that Voldemort shares the body of Professor Quirrel, as that is the only way he can live in his weakened state. Professor Quirrel, however, doesn’t get past all barriers. He can’t get over the last one, the Mirror of the Erised, placed by Dumbledore himself. In this mirror you will see what you most desire. Quirrel, of course, mostly desires the stone, but the mirror has been bewitched in a way that only someone who wants the Stone for itself, not for the powers it possesses, can see in the mirror where the stone is. Quirrel has the intention of giving the stone to Voldemort when he finds it, so he can’t see where it is. But Harry does meet this need of the mirror and finds the stone in his pocket when he looks into the mirror. In the next moments Harry and Quirrel are fighting about the stone. In the end Harry once again is able to overcome the Dark Wizard and keep the world save from his powers.
In my opinion Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is one of the most interesting book I ever read. It can be read and enjoyed by people of all ages. I would rate this book 10/10 and recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy and magic.
Reviewed by Aparna Jose