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Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone : Harry Potter : Book 1 - J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone

Harry Potter : Book 1

Paperback Published: 30th July 2013
ISBN: 9781408834961
Number Of Pages: 224
For Ages: 9+ years old

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The one that started the biggest publishing phenomenon of our time and introduced us to the enchanting world of Harry Potter

When a letter arrives for unhappy but ordinary Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is revealed to him that apparently he's the last to know. His parents were wizards, killed by a Dark Lord's curse when Harry was just a baby, and which he somehow survived. Leaving his unsympathetic aunt and uncle for Hogwarts, a wizarding school brimming with ghosts and enchantments, Harry stumbles upon a sinister adventure when he finds a three-headed dog guarding a room on the third floor. Then he hears of a missing stone with astonishing powers which could be valuable, dangerous, or both.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was J.K. Rowling's first novel, followed by the subsequent six titles in the Harry Potter series, as well as three books written for charity: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. The Harry Potter novels have now sold over 450 million copies worldwide and been translated into 72 languages.

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Funny, imaginative, magical . . . Rowling has woken up a whole generation to reading.In the 2020s, thirty-something book-lovers will know each other by smug references to Diagon Alley and Quidditch * The Times * And you thought wizardry was for children. Harry Potter will make you think again. He casts his spells on grown-ups too * James Naughtie * The most remarkable publishing sensation for a generation . . . the story is told with such momentum, imagination and irrepressible humour that it can captivate both adults and children * Daily Express *

ISBN: 9781408834961
ISBN-10: 1408834960
Series: Harry Potter
Audience: BCH
For Ages: 9+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 30th July 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.16
Edition Number: 1

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J. K. Rowling

About the Author


J K (Joanne Kathleen) Rowling was born in July 1965 at Yate General Hospital in England and grew up in Chepstow, Gwent where she went to Wyedean Comprehensive.

Jo left Chepstow for Exeter University, where she earned a French and Classics degree, her course including one year in Paris. As a postgraduate she moved to London and worked as a researcher at Amnesty International among other jobs. She started writing the Harry Potter series during a delayed Manchester to London King's Cross train journey, and during the next five years, outlined the plots for each book and began writing the first novel.

Jo then moved to northern Portugal, where she taught English as a foreign language. She married in October 1992 and gave birth to a daughter Jessica in 1993. When the marriage ended, she and Jessica returned to the UK to live in Edinburgh, where Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone was eventually completed.

Jo married Dr. Neil Murray in 2001, and a brother for Jessica, David, was born in 2003. A sister, Mackenzie, followed in 2005.

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