Harry Potter's life is a complete disaster. His parents are deceased, and he is forced to live in a cramped closet beneath the stairs by his heartless relatives. His luck changes, however, when he receives a letter revealing the truth about himself: he is a wizard. He is rescued from his relatives b... y a mysterious visitor who transports him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Harry finally feels like a normal kid after a lifetime of stifling his magical abilities. Even within the Wizarding community, however, he is unique. He is the only person to have ever survived a killing curse cast by Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world only to vanish after failing to kill Harry Potter.
Even though Harry has the best year of his life at Hogwarts, not everything is perfect. Within the castle walls is a dangerous secret object, and Harry believes it is his responsibility to keep it from falling into evil hands. However, doing so will expose him to forces far more terrifying than he could have imagined.
The first installment in the series creates an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come, with sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details.
What about you, Neville? said Ron. Well, my gran brought me up and she’s a witch, said Neville, but the family thought I was all-Muggle for ages. My Great Uncle Algie kept trying to catch me off my guard and force some magic out of me — he pushed me off the end of Blackpool pier once, I nearly drowned — but nothing happened until I was eight. Great Uncle Algie came round for dinner, and he was hanging me out of an upstairs window by the ankles when my Great Auntie Enid offered him a meringue and he accidentally let go. But I bounced — all the way down the garden and into the road. They were all really pleased, Gran was crying, she was so happy.