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Harry Potter và the Philosopher’s Stone, also called Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone, the first novel in the immensely popular Harry Potter series by British writer J.K. Rowling. It was first published in Britain in 1997 và appeared in the United States the following year under the title Harry Potter và the Sorcerer’s Stone. The book’s imaginative story line about a boy wizard made it an enduring hit with both children và adults.

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Upon arrival at the school, the students are sorted into one of four houses—Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin. Harry ends up in Gryffindor, & during his eventful first year at Hogwarts he becomes close friends with two other members of the house, Ron Weasley, who comes from an old wizarding family, and Hermione Granger, whose parents are Muggles (those who are not magical). Harry also finds that he has an enemy in Draco Malfoy (Slytherin). In addition, Harry’s prowess in flying on a broomstick makes him a star of Gryffindor’s Quidditch team. Hoping lớn get Harry và his friends into trouble, Draco tricks them into leaving their rooms one night, a violation of school rules. While trying to avoid being caught, they discover a three-headed dog guarding a trapdoor. Harry gradually comes lớn the conclusion that Professor Snape, who teaches Potions, dislikes him intensely and is trying khổng lồ get hold of whatever is behind the trapdoor. Harry receives his father’s cloak of invisibility as a Christmas gift, and, while exploring under the cloak’s cover, he finds the Mirror of Erised, in which he can see his parents. Later, headmaster Albus Dumbledore explains that the mirror shows the viewer’s deepest desire.

Harry, Ron, & Hermione deduce that the treasure under the trapdoor is the Philosopher’s Stone, which can transform metal into gold and can also confer immortality. They later discover that Voldemort has been killing unicorns in the Forbidden Forest & drinking their blood, another way lớn achieve immortality. The trio comes to lớn believe that Snape is in league with the evil wizard. After learning that Hagrid revealed the secret way khổng lồ lull the three-headed dog to sleep to lớn a suspicious stranger, whom they believe to lớn be either Snape or Voldemort, they are certain that the Philosopher’s Stone is in danger. The three classmates use the cloak of invisibility on a secret mission lớn get the Stone themselves to lớn keep it from Voldemort. After getting past the dog và defeating various protective spells, Harry reaches the room in which the Stone is hidden & is surprised to lớn find the perpetually nervous Professor Quirrell there. Quirrell fails to figure out how to lớn retrieve the Stone from the Mirror of Erised (the final protective measure) and forces Harry lớn try. When standing in front of the mirror, wishing only to lớn protect the Stone and not use it for himself, Harry feels the Stone’s weight in his pocket but refuses khổng lồ tell Quirrell that he has it. Quirrell unwraps his turban, revealing Voldemort’s face on the back of his head. Voldemort explains that he has been sharing Quirrell’s body toàn thân until he can get lớn the Stone và become fully alive again, và Voldemort/Quirrell & Harry fight for possession of the Stone, until Harry blacks out. He awakens in the infirmary and learns that Dumbledore saved him, the Stone is to be destroyed, & Voldemort escaped.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is an enthralling start to lớn Harry’s journey toward coming to lớn terms with his past and facing his future. It was the first book written by Rowling, and she was praised for creating well-rounded characters and a fully realized wizard universe that coexisted with the present world. An almost immediate critical & popular success, it was translated into some 60 languages. The six later novels about Harry’s further adventures at Hogwarts were equally popular. The film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001) was also a blockbuster.