The plot starts with Mr. Vernom Dursley leaving for his office just when series of strange things starts happening. He finds a cat reading a map, and then he encounters strangely dressed people with cloaks. He however has a normal day in his office but on the way back he hears people whisper about Potter. That leaves him devastated so he runs home and discusses about what he had heard and seen with his wife, Petunia. Petunia makes disgusting face, as always and ends the topic with, it can’t be.
In the midnight, when they’re deep in sleep, Albus Dumbledore stands in the garden of Dursley’s house, talking with the cat, who happens to be a Professor.
Dumbledore and Professor McGonagall talks about how You-know-who disappeared after going to Godric’s Hollow to attack Lily and James Potter. He killed them but somehow his power broke while trying to kill the boy. Just when their discussion was about to end, a low rumbling roar of a motorcycle comes flying with a man twice as tall as a normal man and at least 5 times wide. He cuts in holding a baby boy in a bundle of blanket. The baby boy was fast asleep. He had a curious shaped cut like a bolt of lighting right under his jet-black hair. All three of them, look at the baby and lefthim near the door with a letter tucked in his blanket.
After a 10 years leap, the very boy wears a round glasses wakes up by a knock under the cupboard of the staircase. It was Dudley’s birthday, the son of Vernom and Petunia. They went to zoo taking Harry with them, as the babysitter of his is ill and couldn’t take him in that day. Dudley keeps screaming at the snake to move but it didn’t so he felt bored and moved away. Then, Harry shifts in towards the glass saying don’t mind him and looks at the snake. The snake raises his head and makes a little conversation with Harry about where he came from. Dudley came running to the tank where the snake was and then pushed Harry aside to have better view. He leans towards glass, which somehow vanishes and he falls right into the tank. The snake crawls out thanking Harry and makes his way out the zoo. Uncle Vernom thinks Harry was behind all this and punishes him for a week cutting his meals off.
Next day, Harry receives a letter addressed to him. Uncle Vernom snatches the letter and reads. He turns red to green faster than a set of traffic lights. He then moves Harry to the small bedroom upstairs. However, he receives another letter next day with the address “Small bedroom” instead of the cupboard. After that, he nailed all the mail slots but the letter keeps coming from under the door, about 40 letters fell from the fireplace. He gets so irritated that they book a hotel. Yet in the morning the receptionist gives 100 letters addressed to Harry. They move to a forest and then to an island at last. That midnight, Harry was counting seconds looking at Dudley’s watch in order to wish himself Happy Birthday. BOOM. Hagrid comes in with a chocolate cake and wishes Harry a very Happy Birthday. Harry asks him whom he was, to which he Hagrid replies with his name and states that he a gamekeeper of Hogwarts. He also mentions that Harry is a wizard and he has received an invitation to study in Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He then pulls an owl from another pocket of his and gives it to Harry. Next day, Harry goes to “The Leaky Cauldron”, a bar look-like with Hagrid and suddenly the place becomes silent at the mention of Harry Potter’s name. He also meets his Defense against the dark Arts teacher, Professor Quirell there. Then, Hagrid leads Harry to a small courtyard and taps a few blocks on the wall. The walls open up and then there they enter Diagen Alley. They go to the Gringotts Bank to take money out of his vault that was left by his parents. Then, Hagrid takes a small parcel from another vault and leaves to go for the purchasing. He buys a wand made-up of Phoenix feather. “The wand chooses the rightful holder.” Then, gives the measurement for his cloak and purchases books, potion and quills.
He reaches the station nine and quarter and sees few guys running into the wall between station 9 and 10. When he asks, and they explain the way to board the Hogwarts train. He runs into the wall and next second he is in the station where a red train is standing with Hogwarts written on it. He goes and settles in an apartment when Ron Weasley, a red-haired boy inquires if he could sit with him. Ron makes a shocked face when Harry says his name. Hermione Granger, who is a muggle-born and Neville Longbottom belongs to a famous witch family, join them short after. When they reach the school, the first years are taken to take boats and approach to the school. They stand outside the Great hall where Professor McGonagall tells them about Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff, the houses they were getting separated in. Draco Malfoy, approaches Harry to be in the right circle however Harry refuses. The Sorting Hat declares who is in which house right when they wear it. Harry doesn’t want to be in Slytherin like Voldemort (You-know-who) so he keeps telling the hat to keep him in Gryffindor. When the Sorting hat declares him to be in Gryffindor, he happily goes and joins his friends Ron, Hermione and Neville. Dracogoes to Slytherin,the house that produced the higher number of Dark witch and Wizard. The feast begins after a short speech by Professor Dumbledore.
Hermione busies herself with books while Ron with chess but unlike them Harry is busy learning about his family and powers. He finds out that he can fly really well and is chosen to play Quidditch for Gryffindor’s team. Harry is enjoying the school, however, he feels that Professor Snape who teaches them Potions hates him for some reason. Following that his scar prickles every time his eyes meets Snape’s eye. One day, a large troll breaks into the corridor of Hogwarts and everyone is asked to go back to their respective house tower. But, Ron and Harry go in search of Hermione who hadn’t shown up since the last Potion class. They find her and rescue Hermione, from then on, the threesome spies on Snape and Quirell and seek to discover the secrets at Hogwarts. Soon, they find out that a three-headed dog at Hogwarts is guarding the Sorcerer’s Stone, the one that Hagrid took from Gringotts vault.And the stone is the secret to eternal life created by Nicholas Flamel. They believe Snape is the culprit behind the evil as they had enough evidence to support that. They try their best to stop him.
Hagrid always looks out for Harry and with the span of time they build a bond with each other. They visit Hagrid and meet his new pet dragon, Norbert. Hagrid always had a think for weird and dangerous animals. As dragons are illegal, they had to send the dragon away to Romania under Harry’s Invisibility Cloak, due to some problems. The three duos, gets detention after being found out of bed after their strike time. Fifty points are taken away from Gryffindor and they are punished to clean the Forbidden Forest. They find a unicorn slaughtered with its blood scattered across the ground. The good centaur Firenze flies and saves Harry from being attacked by the black hooded spirit.
Later on, Harry, Ron, and Hermione discover that Voldemort had tricked Hagrid into revealing the method to get past the three-headed dog. Right after Hagrid’s confession they rush to the 3rd floor where the dog was kept. But the dog was already fast asleep when they reached. Hermione helps them to get past the huge plant that swallows people by using her class understanding. Then, Hermione breaks the riddle and gets them to choose the right Potion to get past the second door. Afterward, Ron gets Harry past the life sized Wizard’s Chessboard by keeping himself in danger. Finally, Harry sees the Mirror, the same mirror that shows the hopes and dreams of the person who looks inside. However, he finds Professor Quirellstanding infront of the mirror, which surprises him as he was expecting Snape to be the Traitor. When being asked, Quirell confesses that he was behind everything and not Snape. He admits that he was one who used spell to knock him off the broom during Quitditch match while Snape was trying to save him. He also accepts that he was the one to set the Troll free. He also says that he was the person who attacked Harry in the forest. With that he removes his Turban and shows Voldemort face that is stuck out from the back of his head. Voldemort wanted to use Harry to get the Stone and then kill him. Harry discovers the Stone in his pocket when he was asked to stand infront of the mirror. Quirell tries to kill him but when Harry touches him, he turns into a statue and breaks. Then, Voldemoret leaves the body and tries to attack Harry until he blacks out.
Harry awakens in the infirmary to Dumbledore congratulating him. He saved the Stone, Hogwarts, and his own life. Later in the final feast of the year, Dumbledore awards fifty points to Hermione and Ron for using their skills, and 10 points to Neville for standing against their friend to stop them from wrong doing and finally 60 points to Harry for the Bravery he showed. Gryffindor wins the House Cup for the year overtaking Slytherin. Then, the book finishes by Harry going back to the Dursleys for the summer holiday.
Life has always been unpredictable so one should learn to embrace it and learn to welcome it with open arms. Maybe you have less for now but when you’re grateful for what you own, the universe would gladly hand over more beautiful things to you. Moreover, a person should memorize the way of being brave and kind. Like the three duos, strong friendships depend on quality not quantity.
Written by Mayush