Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone Summary
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Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone Summary

Harry Potter and the philosopher’s Stone Summary

Harry Potter is a world-renowned fantasy series written by JK Rowling and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone is the first installment of this fantasy world. Therefore, here is Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone summary.

Exposition of Harry Potter series

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone summary starts with the beginning of the story which was a very unusual incident. The protagonist, Harry Potter or ‘the boy who lived’, was called so because he survived a death curse. His parents were attacked and killed by the dark lord and the antagonist of the series, Lord Voldemort. The headmaster of Hogwarts Dumbledore, Professor McGonagall and keeper of games and keys at Hogwarts Hagrid leave Harry at the doorstep of the Dursleys with a note. In fact, the Dursleys were the only relative Harry had. Mrs. Petunia Dursley was Lily Potter’s sister and aunt to Harry Potter. The Dursleys were muggles, non-magic folk.

Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal but deep down they had a secret which no one had known to date.  A boy named Harry Potter lived in the house in a cupboard below the stairs. The Dursleys treated harry badly. He was malnourished and overworked. On Dudley’s birthday, they all go to a zoo where Harry talks to a snake and in anger vanishes the glass of the boa constrictor. So, Dursleys punished Harry for this incident.


One day a letter comes for Harry addressed to Harry. Vernon Dursley takes the letter and is shocked on seeing the seal of the letter which reads “Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry”. Also, At the top of the letter, a crest shows the letters S, G, R, and H embellished with a snake, a griffin, an eagle and a badger.  Vernon and Petunia determinately decide to not let Harry read any of the letters. But the letters kept storming in delivered by owls. Irritated by all this Vernon takes everyone to an old shack on a secluded island on the eve of Harry’s eleventh birthday. At midnight Hagrid, the keeper of games and keys at Hogwarts school arrives uninvited and hands a cake to Harry for his birthday. He then hands over a letter to Harry stating he is a wizard and has been accepted at Hogwarts school.

Hogwarts journey

The next morning, Hagrid takes Harry to the Leaky cauldron in London. Harry soon realizes everyone knows him and he is famous but doesn’t understand why. He also meets Professor Quirrell, teacher of defense against dark arts at Hogwarts. Hagrid takes Harry to Diagon Alley which is like a wizard market. In the Diagon alley, they first go to the wizard bank, the Gringotts, to make a withdrawal from Harry’s vault. In fact, Harry is very rich in the wizarding world.

Later, Hagrid makes a secret withdrawal which he tells Harry not to tell anyone. Harry gets all his school supplies like books, cauldron, and uniforms. He also gets a wand which is the twin of Lord Voldemort’s wand. Hagrid gifts Harry a pet owl. The snowy white owl is named Hedwig. Hagrid hands harry a ticket of Hogwarts express which leaves a month later from platform 9 ¾, King’s cross. Harry reaches the station of King’s cross the next month and couldn’t find the platform 9 ¾ when he overheard a woman telling the same to her kids. He asks the woman for help and she very kindly assists him to get to the platform. Also, Harry meets Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger on the train ride to Hogwarts.

Hogwarts, the wizarding school

On reaching Hogwarts they are to be sorted into different houses. Hogwarts has four houses. Each bearing the last name of its founder: Godric Gryffindor, Salazar Slytherin, Rowena Ravenclaw, and Helga Hufflepuff. The sorting hat is placed on the head for the sorting of students into different. When its Harry’s turn he is afraid of being put in Slytherin and chooses to be in Gryffindor. Harry, Ron, and Hermione along with Neville get sorted to Gryffindor. Whereas, Draco Malfoy is sorted to Slytherin.

Harry attracts enemies

When attending classes Harry gets a felling that professor Snape doesn’t like him. Hagrid reassures Harry that this isn’t true. During the first flying lesson professor, Hooch asked everyone to keep their feet firmly on the ground while she takes Neville to the hospital wing. Meanwhile, Draco finds Neville’s Remembral, a gift from his grandmother. In an attempt to get it back from Draco Harry flies on the broomstick and catches the remembral. Professor McGonagall sees Harry catching the remembral and offers him the position of a seeker in the wizard game of Quidditch. That night Malfoy had asked Harry to meet him and fight a duel with him. But this was a trap and Malfoy never turned up. Harry and his friends while trying to hide end up in the forbidden area of the third-floor corridor and discover a three-headed dog guarding something.


Harry and his friends while trying to hide end up in the forbidden area of the third-floor corridor and discover a three-headed dog guarding something. On Halloween, trolls were found in the dungeons and all students were escorted back to their dormitories. However, Harry and Ron go back to the girl’s bathroom to save Hermione who is unaware of the trolls. Harry and Ron were lucky enough to have defeated the troll. When Harry sees a wound on Professor Snape’s leg and assumes that he is trying to take the thing guarded by the beast. Harry reads in ‘The Daily Prophet’ about a theft at Gringotts. The thief went for the same vault Hagrid had emptied. Harry and his friends are convinced that the thing Hagrid took is what Snape wants.

Harry is all set for his first Quidditch match. During the match Harry’s broom jerks out of control. Hermione sees Snape muttering something which makes her assume he is jinxing the broom. She sets his cloak on fire and Harry gets control of his broom and catches the snitch gaining victory for Gryffindor.  Harry, Ron, and Hermione talk to Hagrid about Snape’s intensions when Hagrid accidentally tells them about fluffy, the three-headed dog and Nicholas Flamel.

Trying to find answers

On Christmas, Harry receives a gift, his father’s invisibility cloak. Harry tries to go to the restricted section of the library and find out about Nicholas Flamel. But he couldn’t. He tried to go back when he saw professor Snape and Quirrell arguing. Harry goes to a room where he finds a mirror that shows him his parents. He starts going to that place every day. Dumbledore finds harry there near the mirror of erased and tells him that the mirror shows not the truth but the deepest desires of our heart. Also, Dumbledore tells Harry that the mirror will be shifted and asks him not to go after it.

After Christmas Hermione finds out that Nicholas Flamel is the only known maker of the Philosopher’s stone. It is a material that can turn metal to gold and produces the elixir which will make the drinker immortal. Harry, Ron, and Hermione figure out that this is what Snape is after.


A few weeks later a complete stranger gifts Hagrid a Dragon. Harry, Ron, and Hermione try to smuggle the Dragon out of Hogwarts. Malfoy sees this and complains to professor McGonagall who gives detention to all the four. They would serve detention with Hagrid in the Forbidden forest finding an injured unicorn. Hagrid tells them that someone has been slaying unicorns and drinking their blood to stay alive. On their search Harry finds something evil lurking drinking the blood of the unicorn.  The evil hooded creature tried to attack Harry but he a centaur saved Harry. The centaur told Harry that it was Voldemort.

Then, Harry realized that Snape was after the stone for Voldemort. It strikes Harry how come a stranger had a dragon egg in the pocket. Harry, Ron, and Hermione visit Hagrid. he tells them that the stranger was interested in Fluffy. Also, the stranger was how to tame him and that Hagrid told him the secret of fluffy falling asleep to music.

Finding the Philosopher’s stone

That night, Harry, Ron, and Hermione try to sneak out to go and stop Snape. However, Neville tries to stop them but in vain. They get to the beast who is asleep to the harp’s tune. They somehow get past the dog and land on deadly plants called devil snare. Harry and Hermione relax and get past plants. But for Ron Hermione had to use a charm of sunlight to get him out. Next, they had to get through a door whose key was flying among several other keys. Harry gets on the broom and gets the key. As they get inside, they find themselves on a huge chessboard and they have to play to get past. In fact, Ron is very good at wizard chess and sacrifices himself to get through.

Lastly, the final task was a riddle with potions. They solve it and harry drinks the potion and reaches a place. Whereas, Hermione is sent back to get help. Harry sees the mirror and professor Quirrell in front of it. His scar hurts. Professor Quirrell tells Harry that he jinxed his broom and let trolls loose. He takes off his turban and Harry sees a face on the back of Quirrell’s head. It was Voldemort. Quirell sees himself holding the stone in the mirror. However, Harry looks in the mirror and sees himself putting the stone in his pocket. As he tries to escape Quirrell stops him. But Quirrell’s skin burns as Harry touches him. So, Harry uses this and kills Quirrell by touch and gets the stone. In this struggle, he fell unconscious.


Harry woke up a week later in the infirmary. Dumbledore tells Harry that everyone is alright and that he and Nicholas Flamel have decided to destroy the stone. Dumbledore also tells Harry about the unusual magic. Quirrel burned by Harry’s touch because of Lily’s love that lives within Harry in his very skin. Slytherin wins the house cup. However, Dumbledore awards point Harry, Ron, Hermione and Neville making Gryffindor win the house cup. Harry, Ron and Hermione part ways at Kings’ Cross Station but promise to write letters. And this ends the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone summary.

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