Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is the first novel in the Harry Potter series and J. K. Rowling'sdebut novel, first published in 1997 by Bloomsbury. There were only 500 hardback copies of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone printed in the first run in 1997, of which 300 went to libraries.
It was published in the United States as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by Scholastic Corporation in 1998.
The plot follows Harry Potter, a young wizard who discovers his magical heritage as he makes close friends and a few enemies in his first year at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. With the help of his friends, Harry faces an attempted comeback by the dark wizard Lord Voldemort, who killed Harry's parents, but failed to kill Harry when he was just 15 months old.
Philosopher’s Stone was a book of many firsts. The first time Harry discovered magic, the first time he tried an Every Flavour Bean, the first time he rode a broom, the first time Snape threw him some shade.
Ron, Harry & Hermione
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, film 2001
The importance of JK Rowling as a writer was recognized when last year with the Danish award, the "Hans Christian Andersen literature prize".
Her work was of that rare order that seems to transcend authorship," and praising Andersen's "indestructible, eternal characters."
In the 90's, Harry Potter were the first books that contained a suitable number of pages and a good story to captivate young people really absorved into a book.
Diversity in children and adolescents' books had long been a complex issue. Since there, despite good efforts and some big strides forward in the years before, children's books remained disappointingly short of enough culturally diverse stories.
So this is about some very well-known books. It makes a change to the sort of books educators normally read in their lessons.
JK Rowling's Harry Potter novels were on the the top 100 books of all time and of the last decade.
Have you ever wanted to delve into Divination, ponder the peculiarities of Potions and discover enchanting creatures? Now students can, old and new. The British Libraryunveil rare books, manuscripts and magical objects from the British Library’s collection, capturing the traditions of folklore and magic which are at the heart of the Harry Potter stories. Marvel at original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling and illustrator Jim Kay, both on display for the first time. "See the gargantuan 16th–century Ripley Scroll that explains how to create a Philosopher’s Stone. Gaze at Sirius in the night sky as imagined by medieval astronomers. Encounter hand-coloured pictures of dragons, unicorns and a phoenix rising from the flames."
Sttudents can create personalised Harry Potter Hogwarts House Gift Cards with National Book Tokens. Whether you (or the special bookworm in your life) are a brave Gryffindor, wise Ravenclaw, proud Slytherin or loyal Hufflepuff, create a completely unique and magical gift for any occasion - personalise your own here.
So this is about a very well-known book. It makes a change to the sort of books educators normally was reading in their lessons.
Harry Potter final books contain some gothic elements, such as an atmosphere of mystery and suspense, some unexplicable events, supernatural creatures and ocurrences such as prophecies and visions. Young people love it!
"Potter heptalogy, the 'archetypal' modern gothic novel, with an orphan who fulfills a prophecy and gradually develops his magic powers comes from two things: the Cornish landscapes, which are very similar to those around Hogwarts. Secondly and bove all, three larger-than-life characters cannot have a place in a conventional realistic novel."
"It's got to be like this. It's got to be me!" Harry Potter