When Harry suddenly gets letters, he is surprised at the strange reactions of his Aunt Petunia and his Uncle Vernon. To escape the flood of letters Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia, Cousin Dudley and Harry move to smelly little shack on a godforsaken tiny isle. During the night of Harry’s eleventh birthday a giant human named Hagrid turns up and presents Harry with an invitation. He is to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry just like his parents.
Harry learns that his parents didn’t die in a car crash. Instead of this they were killed by a mighty wizard named Voldemort. Harry was the only survivor of the attack on his family. Since then he has got a jagged scar on his forehead and Voldemort has disappeared without a trace. But Hagrid doubts whether he will be gone forever. Harry finds out the secret quicker than he would have preferred. Soon he is in immediate danger.
This book is suitable for readers aged 9 and 11.
J.K. Rowling first had the idea for Harry Potter while delayed on a train travelling from Manchester to London King’s Cross in 1990. Over the next five years, she began to plan out the seven books of the series. After finishing the first book and whilst training as a teacher, Harry Potter was accepted for publication by Bloomsbury. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone quickly became a bestseller on publication in 1997. As the book was translated into other languages, Harry Potter started spreading round the globe – and J.K. Rowling was soon receiving thousands of letters from fans.
Jim Kay has been working full time as an Illustrator for several years. He used to work at the Tate Gallery, and the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. In addition to illustrating books, he has also produced installation pieces for galleries, and concept work for film and television.