This is the very first book in the now-legendary Harry Potter series - one of the most popular and influential novel series in history. At the same time, it's J. K. Rowling's first published book (it saw the light of day back in 1997). Harry, a young boy who's living with his aunt and uncle, discovers that he's not just a regular kid but a real-world wizard. He's got a mighty magical heritage, and he'll have to face fierce enemies and defeat them - with the help of his loyal friends, of course!
He starts attending Hogwarts - a very special school for children with unusual talents and makes friends with a few kids of his age and - naturally - a couple of enemies. Lord Voldemort, a powerful dark wizard, is the one who killed his mom and dad. He wanted to take Harry's life as well when the boy was just a year old, but destiny decided otherwise. It's worth mentioning that Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone won more British book awards that any other book that was judged by young boys and girls.
It's known that the book was translated into about 70 languages and the self-titled movie became an instant hit worldwide. The majority of critics really loved Rowling's debut novel, praising it for being straightforward, yet fascinating, sophisticated, yet simple for the kids to enjoy. Some people didn't really love the last few chapters, but that's all just detail right now.
At the end of the day, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is a fundamental book, and Harry himself is a living legend. If you want to see what the classical 1997 debut about this charming young wizard is all about, you'll be happy to learn that it's still one of the most entertaining and gripping fantasy novels for boys and girls.