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Original synopsis of 'Philosophers Stone'
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Harry Potter lives with his aunt, uncle and cousin
because his parents
died in a car-crash – or so he has always been
told. The Dursleys don't
like Harry asking questions; in fact, they don't
seem to like anything
about him, especially the very odd things that
keep happening around
him (which Harry himself can't explain).
The Dursleys' greatest fear is that Harry will
discover the truth about
himself, so when letters start arriving for him
near his eleventh
birthday, he isn't allowed to read them.
However, the Dursleys aren't
dealing with an ordinary postman, and at midnight
on Harry's birthday
the gigantic Rubeus Hagrid breaks down the door
to make sure Harry
gets to read his post at last. Ignoring
the horrified Dursleys,
Hagrid informs Harry that he is a wizard, and
the letter he gives
Harry explains that he is expected at Hogwarts
School of Witchcraft
and Wizardry in a month's time.
To the Dursleys' fury, Hagrid also reveals the
truth about Harry's
past. Harry did not receive the scar on
his forehead in a car-
crash; it is really the mark of the great dark
who killed Harry's mother and father but mysteriously
kill him, even though he was a baby at the time.
famous among the witches and wizards who live
in secret all over
the country because Harry's miraculous survival
So Harry, who has never had friends or family worth
the name, sets
off for a new life in the wizarding world.
He takes a trip to
London with Hagrid to buy his Hogwarts equipment
cauldron, beginners' draft and potion kit) and
sets off for Hogwarts from Kings Cross Station
(platform nine and
three quarters) to follow in his parents' footsteps.
Harry makes friends with Ronald Weasley (sixth
in his family to
go to Hogwarts and tired of having to use second-hand
and Hermione Granger (cleverest girl in the year
and the only person
in the class to know all the uses of dragon's
blood). Together, they
have their first lessons in magic – astronomy
up on the tallest tower
at two in the morning, herbology out in the greenhouses