BBC Home
Explore the BBC

CBBC

Harry Potter books

Last Updated: Tuesday July 12 2005 07:53 GMT

Book 1 - The Philosopher's Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

First line:

Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.

Number of chapters: 17

Plot: Orphan Harry Potter lives with his horrible aunt and uncle, the Dursleys. As he turns 11 he discovers his dad James was a wizard and his mum Lily was a witch.

Harry also finds out that his parents were killed by the most evil wizard of all, Lord Voldemort, and that he survived the attack, taking away Voldemort's powers.

Harry gets to a school for magical kids called Hogwarts. Once there he makes friends with Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger but is enemies with student Draco Malfoy and potions teacher Severus Snape.

During the course of the school year Harry finds out about something called the Philosopher's Stone and a mysterious plot by evil forces to steal it from Hogwarts.

But it's not all good for Harry, as he has to return to the Dursley's home at the end of the school year.

Best bit: Harry discovers he is a rather nifty flier on a broomstick, and is really, really good at the wizard sport of Quidditch.

DADA teacher (and their fate): Professor Quirrell. His body has been inhabited by Voldemort, whose face covers the back of Quirrell's head. In a climactic fight with Harry, he dies and Voldemort disappears.

Big baddie: Voldemort, well his face and spirit anyway, combined with Professor Quirrell's body.

Best Neville bit: When he is awarded the crucial 10 points that wins the House Cup for Gryffindor.

Last line: I'm going to have a lot of fun with Dudley this summer...