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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone


It’s been twenty-five years since the publication of the first book in the Harry Potter series. Originally aimed at children, it tells the story of a young wizard called Harry Potter and his school friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley during their first year at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry Potter is born into a family of wizards but when he’s a baby, his parents are killed by the evil wizard Voldemort. So Harry goes to live with his aunt, uncle and cousin, the Dursley family, in an ordinary English suburb. Harry only finds out that he’s a wizard on his eleventh birthday when he receives news that he’s been invited to study at Hogwarts School, a boarding school for magical students aged eleven to eighteen.
Hogwarts students study a range of subjects to prepare them for life as witches and wizards. These include: history of magic, potions, and broom flight. For sport, there’s quidditch, a fast, dangerous team game played on flying broomsticks. Rowling wrote another six Harry Potter books, which have sold more than five hundred million copies in total and been translated into over eighty languages.