Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Book By J. K. Rowling (PDF-Summary-Review-Online Reading-Download)

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is a fantasy novel written by British author J. K. Rowling. The first novel in the Harry Potter series and Rowling's debut novel follows Harry Potter, a young wizard who discovers his magical heritage on his eleventh birthday when he receives an acceptance letter to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry makes close friends and some enemies during his first year at school, and with the help of his friends, Harry faces an attempt to return from the dark wizard Lord Voldemort, who killed Harry's parents but could not kill Harry when he was only 15 months old

The book was first published in the United Kingdom on June 26, 1997, by Bloomsbury. It was published in the United States the following year by Scholastic Corporation with the title of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. He won most of the British book awards that were judged by children and other awards in the United States. The book reached the top of the New York Times best-selling fiction list in August 1999 and remained near the top of that list for much of 1999 and 2000. It has been translated into at least 73 other languages ​​and It has become a feature film of the same name, as have the six sequels.

Most of the reviews were very favorable, commenting on Rowling's imagination, humor, simple and straightforward style, and intelligent plot construction, although some complained that the final chapters seemed rushed. The writing has been compared to that of Jane Austen, one of Rowling's favorite authors; Roald Dahl, whose works dominated children's stories before the appearance of Harry Potter; and the ancient Greek narrator Homer. While some commentators thought that the book looked back at the stories of Victorian and Edwardian boarding schools, others thought that it placed gender firmly in the modern world by presenting contemporary ethical and social problems, as well as overcoming obstacles such as thugs.

Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone, along with the rest of the Harry Potter series, has been attacked by some religious groups and banned in some countries due to accusations that the novels promote witchcraft under the guise of a heroic and moral story. Other religious commentators have written that the book exemplifies important points of view, including the power of personal sacrifice and the ways in which people's decisions shape their personalities. The series has been used as a source of objective lessons in educational techniques, sociological analysis, and marketing.

Book Details
Originally published: June 26, 1997
Release number: 1st in series
Genres: Novel, Fantasy, Children's literature, Fantasy Fiction, High fantasy

Book Summary
Harry Potter has no idea how famous he is. That is because he is being raised by his miserable aunt and uncle, who are terrified. Harry will realize that he really is a wizard, just like his parents. But everything changes when Harry is summoned to attend an infamous school of magicians and begins to discover some clues about his illustrious birthright. From the surprising way he is received by an adorable giant to the unique curriculum and the colorful faculty in his unusual school, Harry finds himself immersed in a mystical world that he never knew existed and closer to his own noble destiny.

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Book Review
Harry himself is the perfect hero, confused and unpretentious, to whom the problems remain like those of a magician. After reading this fascinating fantasy, readers will be convinced that they could also take the train to Hogwarts School, if only they could find the platform nine and three quarters at King's Cross station.

About The Author

Joanne Rowling born 31 July 1965), better known by her pen name J. K. Rowling, is a British author, film producer, television producer, screenwriter, and philanthropist. She is best known for writing the Harry Potter fantasy series, which has won multiple awards and sold more than 500 million copies, becoming the best-selling book series in history. The books are the basis of a popular film series, over which Rowling had overall approval on the scripts and was a producer on the final films. She also writes crime fiction under the name Robert Galbraith.

Born in Yate, Gloucestershire, Rowling was working as a researcher and bilingual secretary for Amnesty International when she conceived the idea for the Harry Potter series while on a delayed train from Manchester to London in 1990. The seven-year period that followed saw the death of her mother, birth of her first child, divorce from her first husband, and relative poverty until the first novel in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was published in 1997. There were six sequels, of which the last, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was released in 2007. Since then, Rowling has written five books for adult readers: The Casual Vacancy (2012) and—under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith—the crime fiction Cormoran Strike series, which consists of The Cuckoo's Calling (2013), The Silkworm (2014), Career of Evil (2015), and Lethal White (2018).

Rowling has lived a "rags to riches" life in which she progressed from living on benefits to being the world's first billionaire author. She lost her billionaire status after giving away much of her earnings to charity but remains one of the wealthiest people in the world. She is the UK's best-selling living author, with sales in excess of £238 million. The 2016 Sunday Times Rich List estimated Rowling's fortune at £600 million, ranking her as the joint 197th richest person in the UK. Time named her a runner-up for its 2007 Person of the Year, noting the social, moral, and political inspiration she has given her fans. In October 2010, Rowling was named the "Most Influential Woman in Britain" by leading magazine editors. She has supported multiple charities, including Comic Relief, One Parent Families, and Multiple Sclerosis Society of Great Britain, as well as launching her own charity, Lumos.

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