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Harry Potter and the philosophers stone was written by JK Rowling and was her first book. It was published in 1997 after the author spent 6 years writing it. The book is quite short being 17 chapters and 223 pages long. It quickly became a huge success and was followed by a further 6 books, all of which have been made into hugely successful movies.
The storyline is about 10 year old orphan, Harry Potter, who lives with his Aunt, Uncle and cousin who treat him more like a slave than a member of the family. Harry has found strange things happening to him such as being able to talk to snakes and his house being bombarded with letters which his Aunt and Uncle will not let him read. All this is explained to Harry on his 11th birthday when he is found by Rubeus Hagrid, who tells him he is a wizard and has been offered a place in the school of wizardry, Hogwarts.
On the day of starting school, Harry travels there on the steam train, on which he meets his first friend, Ron Weasley who is also starting his first year. Harry finds out more about the school and that it is separated into 4 houses - Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin and a sorting hat decides which house the first years are put in. What house the students are put in depend on what the sorting hat thinks their merits are and where their skills lie. Gryffindor values courage, bravery, nerve and chivalry. Ravenclaw chooses their students based on intelligence, creativity, learning and wit. Hufflepuffs students have strong values, patience justice and loyalty and Slytherin value ambition, cunning, leadership and resourcefulness. Slytherin has also produced some of histories most evil wizards so Harry is desperate not to be placed here. On arrival at Hogwarts he is glad when he is placed in Gryffindor, along with Ron.
At school Harry quickly finds out he has a talent for riding his broomstick and joins the Quiddich team, which is a game played on broomsticks.
Harry also makes a 2nd friend, Hermione Granger, and along with Ron the three become very close.
Harry also finds out about how his parents died. Not in a car crash as he had been led to believe, but murdered by the evil wizard Lord Voldermort, who has returned and now seems intent on killing Harry.
The book follows Lord Voldermorts first unsuccessful attempt on Harry's life and how Harry, Ron and Hermione manage to thwart his attempts - for now.
I read this and all the Harry Potter books when they were first published. I gave my books to my 12 year old step daughter who is also enjoying them and finds them easier to follow than the films. However for a book which is aimed at children I do feel it can be quite dark and young children may find them a bit scary.
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