This is the book that started it all! The first in the magical series about J. K. Rowling’s wizard hero, Harry Potter, that cast a spell over millions of readers, both young and old, across the globe.
The film version was released in 2001, directed by Chris Columbus and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.
After murdering Harry’s parents, James and Lily Potter, evil Lord Voldemort puts a killing curse on Harry, then just a baby. The curse inexplicably reverses, defeating Voldemort and searing a lightning-bolt scar in the middle of the infant’s forehead. Harry is then left at the doorstep of his boring but brutish aunt and uncle, the Dursleys.
For 10 years, Harry is subjected to cruel mistreatment by Aunt Petunia, Uncle Vernon and their son Dudley. On his 11th birthday, Harry receives a letter inviting him to study magic at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Harry discovers that not only is he a wizard, but he is a famous one. He meets two best friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, and makes his first enemy, Draco Malfoy. At Hogwarts the three friends are all placed into the Gryffindor house. Harry has a knack for the school sport, Quidditch, and is recruited onto the Gryffindor team as its star Seeker.
Perusing the restricted section in the library, Harry discovers that the Sorcerer’s Stone produces the Elixir of Life, which gives its drinker the gift of immortality. After realizing that Voldemort might be after the stone, Albus Dumbledore had it moved it to Hogwarts for safekeeping.
Harry finds out that when she died, Lily Potter transferred to her son an ancient magical protection from Voldemort’s lethal spells. This protection is what allowed Harry as an infant to survive Voldemort’s attack. It also helps Harry keep Voldemort from possessing the Stone, which Dumbledore agrees to destroy.