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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is the first of seven Harry Potter books, written by J. K. Rowling. It was first released on 26th June 1997.

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At the age of one, Harry becomes an orphan because a terrible dark wizard, Lord Voldemort, killed his parents. Harry is taken in by his aunt and uncle, the Dursleys, who have a son, Dudley. Over the years, Harry is treated badly by the Dursleys, who detest him, not to mention the bizarre events that he accidentally causes around him.

One day he receives a letter but cannot read it, because his uncle takes it from him, visibly worried. The family decides to flee to a deserted cabin in order to no longer receive mail. At the exact hour when Harry turns 11, a giant, Rubeus Hagrid, enters the cabin, terrifying the Dursleys. It is he who reveals to Harry his past and the fact that he is a wizard. Then Harry can read his letter that tells him he is enrolled at Hogwarts, the school of magic. So, Harry leaves with Hagrid to go to Hogwarts.

At Hogwarts, Harry befriends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, but he also makes enemies: Draco Malfoy, a student of Slytherin House, and Severus Snape, the potions master. The night of Halloween, Professor Quirinius Quirrell warns every one of the presence of a troll at Hogwarts. Harry and Ron, hearing that it is in the girls' bathroom at the same time as Hermione, knock out the troll and save her.

Harry becomes a member of Gryffindor's house Quidditch team (a sport played on flying broomsticks). At his first game, his broom unseats him and he thinks that Snape has cursed it, but he's mistaken...

The three friends discover the existence of the Philosopher's Stone, guarded by a three-headed dog named Fluffy. They think that Snape wants to steal the stone and give it to Voldemort, because it grants immortality. Because of Hagrid, too chatty, Harry knows how to pass by Fluffy without getting bitten: music causes him to fall asleep. But Hagrid lets it slip that he told that to a mysterious traveller, who Harry immediately identifies as Snape.

With the help of a flute, Harry, Ron, and Hermione pass by Fluffy and unravel the numerous spells that protect the Stone. At the end, Harry finds himself facing... Quirrell. He reveals that he smuggled the troll into the bathroom and that it was he who put a spell on Harry's broom, while Snape was trying to save his life. Quirrell wants the Stone because Voldemort, deprived of a substantial body, took control of his body while waiting to get the Stone. But the Stone is in Harry's pocket. Quirrell turns his back to him; the face of Voldemort is embedded in the back of his head. Quirrell tries to attack Harry to take the Stone, but...

Harry wakes up in the infirmary with the headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, who has saved him. He explains that the Stone was destroyed and that Quirrell is dead. Voldemort had to leave his body, and disappeared.

At the end of the school year, Harry returns to spend the summer vacation at the Dursleys'.