Summary (Masterplots, Fourth Edition)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. There exists a magical world of carrier owls and robed witches and wizards, much unlike the Muggle, or nonmagical, world. A dark wizard, Lord Voldemort, has murdered Harry Potter’s parents, so the boy is left with the Dursleys, his Muggle aunt, uncle, and cousin. He is eleven years old when he learns that he is a wizard, but some of his peculiar abilities, such as communicating with snakes, had given him clues earlier that he is unusual.
Harry is invited to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. His uncle tries to prevent his enrollment, but Harry is fetched by gamekeeper Rubeus Hagrid, who takes him to London’s Diagon Alley for money and supplies (including his wand), and put on the train to Hogwarts. During the journey, Harry meets Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, soon to become his best friends. Ron recognizes Harry by a lightning-shaped scar on Harry’s forehead, the result of Voldemort’s attack.
At Hogwarts, children are sorted into four houses: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin. Harry and his friends are sorted into Gryffindor, famed for its courage, while another new student, Draco Malfoy, is assigned to Slytherin. Headmaster Albus Dumbledore introduces the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Professor Quirrell.
Professors Minerva McGonagall (head of Gryffindor) allows Harry to play Quidditch, a game like aerial soccer on...
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