Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone summary and review

Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone summary and review

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It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter, and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone About the Author

Joanne Rowling

Joanne Rowling is the author of my all-time favorite fantasy series Harry Potter. We know her as J. K. Rowling. She is not only an author but a filmmaker, producer, television producer, screenwriter, and even a philanthropist also. Her Harry Potter series has already become the best selling series of all time. It has been sold more than 500 million copies all over the world. The most interesting fact about this series is that, when she was searching for publishers for this excellent series, she got rejected about 13 to 15 times yet she didn’t lose her mind. She also writes crime fiction on her pen name Robert Galbraith.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Summary

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Harry Potter has always been my favorite novel. This novel has taught me the bond of friendship, self-sacrifice for loved ones and many more things. However, here we will see and try to find out what makes this book so special to children and what message this book delivers to our society.

Harry Potter

Here I have tried to summarise the whole book in my words. If you like to enjoy the whole book, then please read the book. So, without wasting any more words, let's go straight to the story. I hope that you like this!!!

Ten years had passed since the death of Harry’s parents. Now Harry lived with Uncle Vernon Dursley and Aunt Petunia Dursley. Harry was constantly get bullied by Dursleys’ son Dudley. Harry had done many things to get rid of this family, but all were in vain. He also applied to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, but Uncle Vernon tore all those letters until this time. This time he managed to get the letter in one piece. A half-giant named Rubeus Hagrid delivered the letter personally to Harry. Hagrid had also shed some light on Harry’s past. He told Harry that he was the son of a wizard James Potter and a witch, Lily Potter. They were brutally murdered by the most powerful dark wizard of all time, Lord Voldemort. Due to this reason, Harry had to live with the Dursleys since he was one year old. Hagrid also told him that Lord Voldemort also wanted to kill Harry but he couldn’t rather his own power was destroyed in the process, forcing him into exile and due to this Harry’s name became really popular in the community.


Later Hagrid took him to Diagon Alley, a secret street in London. There he found his legacy in Gringotts Wizarding Bank, left to Harry by Harry’s parents. He found his owl Hedwig, necessary school stuff and his wand. About a month later, he left Dursluey for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He went to King’s Cross Railway Station’s secret platform, platform no. 9³/₄. Boarding into Hogwarts Express, he met Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger. Hermione Granger was well acquainted with spells and this quality made the boys dislike her first. Later Harry and his friends met Draco Malfoy, who was a notorious kid and always liked to bully Ron because of his poor financial status.

Arriving at school, Harry came to know that there were four groups Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin. Earlier, Ron told Harry about the deep and dirty secrets of Slytherin and how Slytherin had to produce dark wizards from time to time. So, according to the rule, all the first-year students would be sorted into the chosen groups that would be done by the Sorting Hat. As the book proceeds, we would come to know that according to Sorting Hat Harry would flourish more if he joined Slytherin but he chose to join Gryffindor where Ron and Hermione were. Draco Malfoy was chosen to join Slytherin like his parents.


As the days passed, Harry came to know about his talent for flying on a broomstick without any previous practice. Actually, there was a game played in Hogwarts. It was played like a football but on a broomstick. The name of this game is Quidditch. When he came to know about this, he got selected for the Quidditch team of his house as a seeker. He also started to hate Prof. Severus Snape, who was a Potion master and also the head of Slytherin house. He always tried to speak in favor of his house and apparently looking, he always wanted to fail Harry and his friends. Draco Malfoy wanted to rick Harry and his friends. So, he provoked Harry and Ron into a duel and secretly told Filch, the school caretaker, exactly where they would be. Hermione also joined them after her failed attempts to stop them. They found a Gryffindor student, Neville, sleeping just outside the common area because he forgot the password. When they realized that it was all a trap, they ran like hell and found a monstrous three-headed dog was guarding the trap door of the forbidden corridor. However, from this event, all three became best friends. Now they were all looking for a way to get past the trapdoor.

Later Hermione was the one who strictly made the rule of not further investigating the trapdoor because she was frightened of getting expelled due to this. She wanted Harry to focus his attention on the Quidditch game. Harry’s broomstick was shaking madly. Hermione immediately suspected Prof. Snape for this activity. Later, Harry won the game. Christmas came, Harry got new gifts and presents. He found an invisibility cloak claimed that it belonged to Harry by an anonymous source. He used that to quench his thirst for investigating the trapdoor. There he found the Mirror of Erised, a mirror the would show the viewer his or her deepest desires.


When they visited Hagrid’s hut, which was located at the foot of the school, all the three found a newspaper where it was written that there was a robbery at Gringotts Vault, it was the same vault from where Harry got all of his school stuff. With Hagrid’s help, they came to know that it was the Philosopher’s Stone that was kept under the trapdoor. Now, the Philosopher’s Stone is a stone that grants its user to achieve immortality and ability to turn any metal into pure gold. Later Harry was informed by Firenze, a centaur that the person who robbed Gringotts Vault was Lord Voldemort himself. He also told them that Voldemort was planning to return to his own body and get back his power. When Dumbledore, the principal of the school was lured outside, all three of them sneaked into the trapdoor.

Your mother died to save you. If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love. Love as powerful as your mother's for you leaves it's own mark. To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter, and the Sorcerer's Stone


The trapdoor was not easy. The entire mission tested their abilities. To get past each obstacle, each one of them had to use a skill that was unique to them. Ron had to sacrifice himself in the game of chess. In the final test, Harry met with Mr. Quirinus Quirrell, the master who taught how to defend against black magic. Later he revealed himself as the main antagonist of the story. He claimed that he was the one who tried to kill Harry and Prof. Snape was just trying to save him. It was him who was cursing the broomstick of Harry during the competition. He was helping Lord Voldemort. Lord Voldemort’s face had grown on the back of Quirinus Quirrell’s head. It was guarded by his huge turban. He was just waiting to restore his body by getting the Philosopher’s Stone. Now here comes the test. Quirrell was using Harry and made him stand before the Mirror of Erised, and the mirror instantly recognized Harry’s lack of greed for the stone. So, it secretly put the stone into Harry’s pocket. When Quirrell tried to attack Harry, his skin burned due to the protective spell cast on Harry by his mother. The scar on Harry’s forehead suddenly started to pain eventually Harry fainted.

invisible cloak

Later after three days, Harry woke up at the school clinic where he found that he had won against Voldemort. There Dumbledore explained to him that due to his protective charm, he was saved. He also told Harry that it was he who sent that invisible cloak which was once belonged to Harry’s father. Voldemort was still alive and he left Quirrell to die. The years ended with the winning of Gryffindor the House Cup. Harry went on a private summer trip and purposely didn’t tell Dursleys that the use of magic was restricted by law outside the school and expected to do some fun.
 There are some things you can't share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.

    ― J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter, and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Characters

  • Harry Potter

    Harry Potter
The author portrayed this character as a bony, unimaginably unattractive, and a  green-eyed boy who was an orphan by his childhood. He was raised by his Uncle and Aunt. According to J. K. Rowling, the approximate age of Harry in this book is just a year before his eleventh birthday. He had a scar on his forehead which was produced due to the attack of Lord Voldemort. He was very good at playing Quidditch, even so, good that he was the first one in decades to bring glory to Gryffindor in this game.

  • Ronald Weasley

    Ronald Weasley
Ronald Weasley was at the same age as Harry Potter. He was oy with red hair and a tall physique. According to the author, he was the best friend that everyone could dream of. J. K. Rowling had described him as the friend who would always be there for you irrespective of your situation. He was not only a loyal friend but a very brave friend also. His role in the Game of Wizards Chess played a vital role in this book. His background was not so profound and his family was poor too but they all lived happily together. This proves that happiness can’t be bought with money.

  • Hermione Granger

    Hermione Granger
This character is described as the most intelligent and logical character in the entire book. Hermione Granger is the daughter of a Muggle family. J. K. Rowling described her as a “very logical and upright and good character”. She was nearly twelve years old when she joined Hogwarts. Apparently, she memorized almost all the books before pursuing the course. Her strong analytical skills and logic helped a lot in finding the Philosopher’s stone.  
  • Rubeus Hagrid

    Rubeus Hagrid
Rubeus Hagrid was a giant of about twelve feet tall. His wand was broken and banished from the school, but principal Albus Dumbledore let him stay on the foothills of the school. This made a Hagrid more affectionate and caring towards animals and even the most fierce magical creatures. It was him who first delivered the letter of Hogwart to Harry Potter. He was unimaginably faithful to his work and loyal to principle Dumbledore. His only problem was he had a chronic condition of forgetfulness.

  • Professor Albus Dumbledore

    Professor Albus Dumbledore
    Albus Dumbledore was the principal of Hogwart school
    of Wizards and Witch. He was tall and had a huge beard, his beard so so long that the end tip of his beard was tucked into his belt. He was so powerful that it was only him in the entire school whom Lord Voldemort feard most. J. K. Rowling described him as “ the epitome of goodness”.

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