Harry Potter And the Philosopher's Stone (Short summary) Harry had lived with his uncle Vernon and his aunt Petunia since he was a baby and they always told him that his parents were killed in a car accident. He didn't have a very comfortable life because he had to sleep in a cupboard under the staircase and wasn't very well treated either. Dudley, his spoiled cousin, hit him whenever he wanted to and the Dudleys didn't care about him at all. Harry had a strange scar on his forehead in the shape of a lightning and he never knew were it came from.
One morning in July Harry got a letter and before he could read it his uncle took it away. The next morning a whole bunch of letters arrived and his uncle took them. For the next seven days an increasing flood of letters were sent to Harry and the family even had to pack their things and go on a trip to get away from the letters.
But it didn't matter where they went, the letters followed them. On a special night, the night when Harry turned 11 just 1 letter was delivered by a friendly giant, who broke into the house of the Dursleys. And this huge man, who was called Hagrid, told Harry that he is a wizard because his parents were wizards too. Harry never expected that and when he opened the letter it said that he had been admitted to HOGWARTS, the finest school of magic. His uncle and aunt never told him that he was the son of a famous wizard and witch and that he was the only one of his family who survived when a powerful wizard, who had gone over to the Dark Side killed his parents. Hagrid, the giant explained everything to him and brought him to the famous school of magic. Harry heard about Voldemort, the evil wizard who killed his parents. Everybody in the land of magic called this evil person "ÃÂYou-know-who", because nobody dared to say his real name.
Harry left his old life with the "ÃÂMuggles" behind and started a new one at Hogwarts. He had classes in potions, spells and herbology. He heard about transfiguration, defense against the black arts, charms and broomstick riding. He also learned the favorite sport in this world; Quidditch, which was played 50 feet in the air, on broomsticks.
There were school ghosts and the strangest creatures Harry had ever seen in his life. The school was subdivided into 4 houses and every student belonged to one of these houses. Each of the students had the task to win points for their house. The house with the highest point account would win the race and so everybody tried as hard as possible to receive points. But students could also lose points if they were disobidient or had bad marks. Harry and his friends belonged to the house of Gryffindor, which seemed to be the best of the 4.
Harry found new friends, Hermione and Ron, they did everything together and helped each other to fight Malfoy, a boy who always tried to annoy them. Every time when they tried to defend themselves against Malfoy, Minerva McGonagall, the headmistress of Hogwarts, saw them and took some points from their accounts.
But day after day Harry discovered the secret about the Philosopher's Stone which was hidden in the cellars of the school. The stone had the power of giving eternal life. The students weren't allowed to go down to the cellars, but Harry, Ron and Hermione opened a locked corridor and found a huge three-headed dog which guarded the magic stone. At first they didn't dare to walk closer to the monster, but when Snape, a wizard of the dark side, tried to steal the stone for "ÃÂYou-know-who" to get back his power, they had to do something about it.
Finally they saved the magic stone with the help of Dumbledore and received lots of points for their house. So the house of Gryffindor won at the end of the school year and everybody was happy.