This gift edition hardback, presented in a beautiful foiled cloth slipcase decorated with brand new line art by Jonny Duddle, is the perfect introduction to Harry Potter. Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!
This book contains the following story:
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter is a wizard. He doesn't know this yet. He's too busy dealing with his meanie aunt and uncle and horrid cousin. But on his eleventh birthday he finds out he's special, and off to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Here he is befriended by Ron and Hermione, and together they must save the philosopher's stone from falling into the hands of the most evil wizard ever invented, Lord Voldemort.
I've yet to meet a ten-year-old who hasn't been entranced by its witty, complex plot and the character of the eponymous Harry * Independent *
Spellbinding, enchanting, bewitching stuff * Mirror *
Teachers say a chapter can silence the most rowdy of classes * Guardian *
One of the greatest literary adventures of modern times * Sunday Telegraph *
The Harry Potter stories will join that small group of children's books which are read and reread into adulthood * TLS *