The book was first published in Great Britain in 1997. In 2000, it was published by Bloomsbury. The author of this book is J.K Rowling. This was the first book she ever wrote.
Followers of the book are ”Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets”, “Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban” , “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” and “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”. Over a quarter of a billion books are sold, the books have been translated into 61 languages and distributed in over 200 countries. All five books have appeared on bestseller lists in the United States, Britain, and around the world.
J.K. Rowling has won the Hugo Award, the Bram Stoker Award, the Whitbread Award for Best Children's Book, a special commendation for the Anne Spencer Lindbergh Prize, and a special certificate for being a three-year winner of the Smarties Prize, as well as many other honours. She has been a popular guest on "60 Minutes," "The Today Show," and "Larry King Live."
In the beginning of the story, Harrys parents gets killed by Voldemort (they mostly say “you-know-who” when they speak of him), the evil person in the novel. He didn’t manage to kill Harry. Instead, Voldemort gets much weaker and Harry gets a scar in his forehead. That day, all the wizards celebrate Harry because he lived.
The nearest family Harry has is uncle Vernon, aunt Petunia and his cheeky and not very nice cousin Dudley Dursley, who lives in Privet Drive. Hagrid, the keeper of keys and the guard of Hogwarts (the wizard school) takes Harry to them; even he knows what horrible muggles (not-magic people) they are. Harry lives there until he is eleven years old. The dursleys don’t treat him very good and he has to sleep in a locker. Now that Harry has grown, Hogwarts sends an owl with a letter to Harry. But the dursleys won’t let him read it. The wizards only send more and more letters and the dursleys get so angry that they move to a lighthouse out on the sea. But this won’t stop the wizards to get to Harry. They send Hagrid to get him.
However, strange things happen on the school. By an accident the three friends Harry, Ron and Hermione find a “dog” with three heads (Fluffy) and it’s guarding something. And someone is trying to steel it. Fluffy is Hygrids dog. Hygrid is not very smart when it comes to keeping secrets, and he accidentally tells them how to get Fluffy to sleep. Harry, Ron and Hermione find out what Fluffy is guarding. It’s the philosopher stone, a legendary stone. It can transform any metal into pure gold, and produce the Elixir of life, which will make the drinker immortal.