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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Award-winning author/illustrator

by J.K. Rowling (author)

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Storytelling every bit as magical as that special phoenix-feather wand. Meet the most famous boy wizard in literature: Harry Potter, ‘the boy who lived’. Harry has never even heard of Hogwarts School when the letters start dropping on the doormat at Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his horrible aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man bursts in with some incredible news. Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Do we even need to add that a mahoosive adventure is just about to begin?

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Catalogue number

8081 in Secondary Rewards 2017/18 and 5169 in Schools Catalogue 2017/18

Format

Paperback

ISBN

9781408855652

Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Date published

September 1st, 2014

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 6.0; Middle years; 12.0 points

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Author/Illustrator

J.K. Rowling

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J. K. (Jo) Rowling was born in Chipping Sodbury in the UK in 1965. Such a funny-sounding name for a birthplace may have contributed to her talent for collecting odd names. Jo moved house twice when she was growing up. The first move was from Yate (just outside Bristol in the south west of England) to Winterbourne. Jo, her sister and friends used to play together in her street in Winterbourne. Two of her friends were a brother and sister whose surname just happened to be Potter! The second move was when Jo was nine and she moved to Tutshill near Chepstow in the Forest of Dean. Jo loved living in the countryside and spent most of her time wandering across fields and along the river Wye with her sister. For Jo, the worst thing about her new home was her new school.

Tutshill Primary School was a very small and very old-fashioned place. The roll-top desks in the classrooms still had the old ink wells. Jo’s teacher, Mrs Morgan, terrified her. On the first day of school, she gave Jo an arithmetic test, which she failed, scoring zero out of ten. It wasn’t that Jo was stupid – she had never done fractions before. So Jo was seated in the row of desks far to the right of Mrs Morgan. Jo soon realised that Mrs Morgan seated her pupils according to how clever she thought they were: the brightest sat to her left, and those she thought were dim were seated to her right. Jo was in the ‘stupid’ row, ‘as far right as you could possibly get without sitting in the playground’.

From Tutshill Primary, Jo went to Wyedean Comprehensive. She was quiet, freckly, short-sighted and not very good at sports. She even broke her arm playing netball. Her favourite subject by far was English, but she also liked languages.

Jo always loved writing more than anything. ‘The first story that I ever wrote down, when I was five or six, was about a rabbit called Rabbit. He got the measles and was visited by his friends, including a giant bee called Miss Bee. And ever since Rabbit and Miss Bee, I have wanted to be a writer, though I rarely told anyone so. I was afraid they’d tell me I didn’t have a hope.’

At school, Jo would entertain her friends at lunchtime with stories. ‘I used to tell my equally quiet and studious friends long serial stories at lunchtimes.’ In these stories, Jo and her friends would be heroic and daring.

As she got older, Jo kept writing but she never showed what she had written to anyone, except for some of her funny stories that featured her friends as heroines.

After school, Jo attended the University of Exeter in Devon where she studied French. Her parents hoped that by studying languages, she would enjoy a great career as a bilingual secretary. But as Jo recalls, ‘I am one of the most disorganised people in the world and, as I later proved, the worst secretary ever.’ She claims that she never paid much attention in meetings because she was too busy scribbling down ideas. ‘This is a problem when you are supposed to be taking the minutes of the meeting,’ she says.

When she was 25, Jo started writing a third novel (‘I abandoned the first two when I realised how bad they were’). A year later, she went to Portugal to teach English, which she really enjoyed. Working afternoons and evenings, she had mornings free to write. The new novel was about a boy who was a wizard.

When she returned to the UK, Jo had a suitcase full of stories about Harry Potter. She moved to Edinburgh with her young daughter and worked as a French teacher. She also set herself a target: she would finish the ‘Harry’ novel and get it published. In 1996, one year after finishing the book, Bloomsbury bought Jo’s first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

‘The moment I found out that Harry would be published was one of the best of my life,’ says Jo. A few months after ‘Harry’ was accepted for publication in Britain, an American publisher bought the rights for enough money to enable Jo to give up teaching and write full time – her life’s ambition!

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    swanqueen4
    on 10 March 2017

    Mr and Mrs Dursley’s lived in number 4 privet drive. They made their nephew,Harry Potter do all the: cooking, washing, scrubbing,dusting and hoovering. It was Dudley’s birthday and he got 39 presents! Harry then knew he could talk to snakes,wild snakes.he got a letter from Rubeus Hagrid saying he had a place at Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry.he met a boy called Ron wheasly and a girl called Hermione granger. when he arrives at Hogwarts he got sorted into Gryffindor. At christmas he got an invisibility cloak from his father. He used it to get past a three headed dog that was guarding the philosopher’s stone. He got into a deadly duel with lord Voldemort.

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    jessie2007
    on 12 November 2016

    It was a interesting book.With lots of magic and mystery

    5out of 5
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    sweetpotter10
    on 20 October 2016

    AMAZING.I have finished the book and I am trying to get the second.READ THIS

    5out of 5
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    Piglets-2-0
    on 10 March 2016

    First book of the Harry Potter series.Loved it amazing book.Great start to Harry Potter.I’ve read this book 3 times because I think it’s so good.I recommend it to everyone reading this review!😄👍📚📖

    5out of 5
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    Hermione07
    on 12 February 2016

    This story was inspiring to me, the characters were hilarious and the spells were amazingly magical. My favourite character was Hermione Granger because she’s smart, a kind friend and cares about others. I cannot wait to read the next Harry Potter books.

    5out of 5
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    narcissa500
    on 18 December 2015

    I love the books, they are all equal in quality and have an amazing plot!

    5out of 5
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    booksa
    on 31 July 2015

    this book had agreat intro to harry potters life and how he became what he was – mind boggling book.

    4out of 5
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    Swishy789
    on 22 June 2015

    Not. For. Me. I started reading it but it was very boring. 🐬🐳

    2out of 5
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    violmusic9
    on 5 May 2015

    Amazing book with complex pot and exciting characters. Best series ever!

    5out of 5
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    JapaneseStar
    on 26 January 2015

    I thought this book was amazing, it wasn’t awesome but I never thought the film was awesome either but started from number two I loved em. Can’t wait to read the next one! Louisegirlz out

    4out of 5