South West Reading Passport 2016: Book to the Future

Special Feature: Library Picks #5, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

kids_philosophers_stone-book-coverHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is a 1997 novel by JK Rowling. The first book in what was to become the global phenomenon, its journey into print is well known and it is a much loved tale of good triumphing over evil.

Meet Harry Potter, an orphan who lives under the stairs at his aunt and uncle’s house.  He’s just an ordinary boy. In fact, he’s so ordinary that he thinks that nothing will ever happen in his life, but there’s something strange about Harry and maybe, it just might have something to do with the lightning bolt scar on his forehead… It’s the only thing that makes him unique and it’s the key to everything.

One ordinary day, Harry receives an envelope adorned in green ink and his life changes forever. In a desperate bid to remain ordinary thank-you-very-much the Dursleys Harry’s oppressive relations try to hide the truth from him – but extraordinary people aren’t meant to be hidden away.

On the eve of his eleventh birthday, Harry meets Hagrid, a giant – a real giant who just happens to be keeper of keys at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, because the truth is, Harry is a wizard!

Suddenly Harry’s life is turned upside down and whilst he meets some extraordinary people and discovers things he never knew existed, he also discovers the truth about how his parents died and just why he’s famous in the wizarding world.

As Harry embarks on his first year of wizardry, delighting in charmed chocolate frogs and catching the snitch in Quidditich, he’s also forced to face up to an evil adversary who is seeking revenge. With the help of his friends and his magical teachers, can Harry find the strength to confront You Know Who?

Now considered to be a fantasy classic, The Philosopher’s Stone is a magical first foray into the enchanting world of Harry Potter…

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