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’s 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, he’s called “the boy who lived”. 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, nobody knows why, 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 new ”family” 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.