Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone | Book Review

By | October 23, 2018

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone | Book Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone written by J.K. Rowling was published in the year 1997. It’s a fantasy novel and was J.K. Rowling’s debut novel. The book follows the life of the protagonist Harry Potter, who discovers his true heritage of being a wizard on his eleventh birthday when he receives a acceptance letter from a magical school called Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

There is always one book out there which you go back to read again and again. Harry Potter series is one such. J.K. Rowling must be a sheer for sure, she had predicted the outcome of the book’s success in the very first chapter in the book.


“He’ll be famous – a legend – I wouldn’t be surprised if today was known as Harry Potter Day in future – there will be books written about Harry – every child in our world will know his name!”

Now coming to the story…

Harry-Potter-and-the-Philosophers-StoneHarry Potter, eleven year old orphan is living with his only relatives The Dursleys. He is living an ordinary life and being abused by his cousin Dudley Dursley. Though it might look like everything is perfect with the Dursleys, they are hiding a truth from Harry.

On his eleventh birthday, Harry finds out that he is not an ordinary child but a wizard just like his dead parents. He comes to know that his parents were killed by a powerful dark wizard named Voldemort while they were trying to save Harry’s life.

He comes to know he is offered a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He goes with half giant, Hagrid who had come to deliver this news to buy things needed to attend Hogwarts. Hagrid introduces him to the wizard world by taking him to a place called Diagon Alley. There to his surprise he finds out he is famous because he survived the killing curse of Voldemort.

After a month, Harry boards a train to Hogwarts from platform 9 and ¾ quarters (from the help of Molly Weasley). On the train he quickly befriends Ron Weasley and also makes an enemy with Draco Malfoy.

On his arrival in Hogwarts, he soon gets sorted into a house called Gryffindor with his friend Ron and Hermione (who becomes his friend at later stage) and Draco gets winded up in Slytherin house. As the classes begin, Harry realizes potions master Professor Snape dislikes him strongly for unknown reasons and he has innate talent for a sport called quidditch. This talent hands him a quidditch team making him the youngest seeker. With magical lessons and dueling a troll which had entered the school, Harry, Ron and Hermione become friends.

“There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.”

As the time passes, the trio comes to know that Hogwarts is hiding something valuable, which in turn is safeguarded by three headed dogs and school professors help.

The trio thinks Prof. Snape is after the philosopher’s stone (they did find, what was hidden after all) and tries to save it. Will they be able to save it from Snape? Or Snape is not the culprit but someone else who is after the stone to achieve immortality?

You definitely have to read the book to find out!

It’s been 15 years since being a fan of Harry Potter and I have lost the count of how many times I have reread it. This book is very special to me… this is the first book which I ever read. Who doesn’t know about Harry Potter -The boy who lived? Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is a classic for children literature. The plot and the characters are endearing. You don’t feel like taking a break when you are reading it. A complete page turner.
I give this book 5 star!

Go on folks, what are you waiting for? Surely you have already read it more than once. Reread it and relive again!!!

Book Details

Book Title: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Alternative Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Language: English
Page count: 320
Year of publication: 1997
Main characters: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall, Rubeus Hagrid, Severus Snape, Professor Quirrell, Draco Malfoy and Lord Voldemort.
Genre: Fantasy.
Setting: London, England
Timeline: 1991

About the Author: J. K. Rowling is one of the best selling Author of all time. J. K. Rowling [Joanne Rowling] was born on 31-July-1965 at Yate General Hospital just outside Bristol, and grew up in Gloucestershire in England and in Chepstow, Gwent, in south-east Wales. She grew up surrounded by books and wanted to be a writer from an early age. She became a international phenomenon with Her debut novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which was published in 1997. There were six sequels in Harry Potter series

J.K. Rowling booksHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [1998]
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban [1999]
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire [2000]
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix [2003]
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince [2005]
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows [2007]

Other books written by Rowling are The Casual Vacancy (2012) and under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith she has written the crime fiction novels The Cuckoo’s Calling (2013), The Silkworm (2014), Career of Evil (2015), and Lethal White (2018).

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