The book is about a boy named Harry Potter. At first sight he might look like an ordinary boy, but Harry is nothing like what you would call ordinary. He is a wizard! He is tall and thin, and he got a scar shaped like a bolt of lightning. That scar is the reason why Harry doesn’t have any parents, and has to live with his aunt and uncle who is the worst sort of muggles (unmagic people) you could find. And it’s because of that scar, Harry Potter is famous.
Eleven years ago a great and powerful dark wizard called Lord Voldemort had come to power. He killed everyone who came in his way. He even killed Harry’s parents. But for some reason, Harry survived. Instead of killing Harry, the spell turned back on Voldemort. Voldemort lost all his powers and disappeared.
Harry Potter doesn’t know who he is or anything about his past. His terrible aunt and uncle told him that his parents died in a car-accident. They thought that maybe if they didn’t tell him about his parents (that they were a witch and wizard) and if they treated him the right way, they might be able to squeeze the magic out of him. But on his 11th birthday, a giant called Hagrid, tells Harry about his true identity. Then Harry went off to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
After arriving at Hogwarts all the students got sorted in “Houses”, which is their home when they are at the school. Harry got into Gryffindor with two of his new friends Ron and Hermione.
One night when Harry and his friends are walking around in the corridors after bedtime, they hear Professor Snape talking with Dumbledore (the headmaster at the school) about a stone which produces elixir of life and turns any metal to gold. The stone is called the Philosopher’s stone. They get curious and start their own little investigation, which gets more dangerous than they will guess.
At first they think that Snape, who doesn’t like Harry at all, is trying to get the stone himself, but later they suspect that Snape is trying to get the stone for Voldemort. A three-headed dog, named Fluffy, dark arts magic, logic, a troll and “the mirror of desire”, guard the stone.
When Harry manage to get closer the stone, after getting past all the tests and traps, he comes to “the mirror of desire”. There he just can’t believe his eyes. Instead of Snape, Professor Quirrell is standing there trying to figure out what needs to be done to come past the mirror. Quirrell was the one trying to steal the stone for Voldemort and now they were about to have a great duel where Harry alone was against Lord Voldemort and his servant Quirrell. Harry gets the stone and wins the duel, which does that Voldemort leaves Quirrell’s body and vanishes.
I think this book is very good. It’s not like all the other books at the marked. It is exiting and funny, you can not put the book away after starting reading it. This is the only book I really like to read, and I hate to read books!