by J. K. Rowling
and the Philosopher's Stone
first British printing: July 1, 1997, Bloomsbury Books
and the Sorcerer's Stone
This is the first book of the series.
It was published in the U.S. as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
- Reader's Guide to Harry Potter
and the Philosopher's Stone
a complete chapter-by chapter guide with notes and commentary
- Covers and title pages
- Chapter 1: The Boy Who Lived
- Chapter 2: The Vanishing Glass
- Chapter 3: The Letters from No One
- Chapter 4: The Keeper of the Keys
- Chapter 5: Diagon Alley
- Chapter 6: The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters
- Chapter 7: The Sorting Hat
- Chapter 8: The Potions Master
- Chapter 9: The Midnight Duel
- Chapter 10: Hallowe'en
- Chapter 11: Quidditch
- Chapter 12: The Mirror of Erised
- Chapter 13: Nicolas Flamel
- Chapter 14: Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback
- Chapter 15: The Forbidden Forest
- Chapter 16: Through the Trapdoor
- Chapter 17: The Man with Two Faces
- Canon Portkey: detailed outline of the book
explore book one with links and cross-references
- day by day calendar of events in the book
- differences between the British and American versions
- edits and changes to the text
- what Rowling says about this book (from Accio Quote)
- gallery of cover art from around the world (from SnitchSeeker.com)
- chapter by chapter commentary and fan artwork (from The Harry Potter Companion)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - 76,944 words
Official Word Count Provided by Scholastic Inc TM & © 2004-1996. All rights reserved.
other media versions:
- film (Warner Bros. - November, 2001)
- video/DVD /BluRay
- video games (Electronic Arts)
facts & trivia:
The title refers to a stone sought after by alchemists, a stone which
was reputed to turn other metals into gold and to grant immortality.
title in the U.S.: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Q: Do you rewrite a lot?
A: A huge amount. Only once have I sat down, written something end to end, and let it stand. That was the chapter in Philosopher's Stone when Harry learns to fly. I remember vividly - the old story we've heard a million times - my daughter fell asleep, it was a beautifully sunny day, I sat in a café, and wrote that chapter from beginning to end. And I think I changed two words. That's very unusual for me (Nr).
Q: Do you have a favorite passage from one of your books?Why is the name different in the U.S.?
A: Hard to choose. I like chapter twelve of Sorcerer's Stone (The Mirror of Erised), and I am proud of the ending of Goblet of Fire (Sch2).
Q: Does it bother you that in America they changed the names of your books?
A: They changed the first title, but with my consent to be honest. I wish I hadn't agreed now but it was my first book, and I was so grateful that anyone was publishing me I wanted to keep them happy (CR).
Nestlé Smarties Book Prize 1997 Gold Medal 9-11 years, FCBG Children's Book Award 1997 Overall winner and Longer Novel Category winner, Birmingham Cable Children's Book Award 1997, Young Telegraph Paperback of the Year 1998, British Book Awards 1997 Children's Book of the Year, Sheffield Children's Book Award 1998, Whitaker's Platinum Book Award 2001
Primary editor: Steve Vander Ark. Previous editor(s): Steve Vander Ark,
Original page date 13 February 2001; Last page update July 12, 2012 SVA.