Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is the first of the seven volumes in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, and was first published in 1997. It was published in the United States under the title Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
Harry, who has been brought up somewhat harshly by his aunt, uncle and obnoxious cousin following his parents' death, discovers that he is a wizard, and is enrolled at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. There he makes new friends (and enemies), begins to learn magic, and eventually must confront an evil power which is lurking within the school...
A film version of the book was released 2001, titled differently in different countries in keeping with the titles the book had appeared under.
I really enjoyed this book. I listened to it on an audiobook, and it was good! Really good.
- Reading Age: 9+
- Reading Aloud Age: 9+
Like the rest of the Harry Potter series, Philosopher's Stone is set in an overtly magical world, and centres around children who practice magic. Distinctions between right and wrong are generally present, but do sometimes appear a little blurred.
Most of the violence in this volume is very unrealistic and fantasy-based, with little gore, but could still be frightening for young readers.