About the book - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is a fantasy novel written by British author J. K. Rowling.The book was first published in the United Kingdom on 26 June 1997 by Bloomsbury It was published in the United States the following year by Scholastic Corporation under the title Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.It won most of the British book awards that were judged by children and other awards in the US. The book reached the top of the New York Times list of best-selling fiction in August 1999 and stayed near the top of that list for much of 1999 and 2000. It has been translated into at least 73 other languages, and has been made into a feature-length film of the same name, as have all six of its sequels. The novel has sold in excess of 120 million copies, making it the second best-selling novel of all time.The first novel in the Harry Potter series and Rowling's debut novel, it follows Harry Potter, a young wizard who discovers his magical heritage on his eleventh birthday, when he receives a letter of acceptance to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry makes close friends and a few enemies during his first year at the school, and with the help of his friends, he faces an attempted comeback by the dark wizard Lord Voldemort, who killed Harry's parents, but failed to kill Harry when he was just 15 months old.
About the author- Joanne Rowling was born on 31st july 1965 better known by her pen name J. K. Rowling, is a British author, philanthropist, film producer, and screenwriter. She is best known for writing the Harry Potter fantasy series, which has won multiple awards and sold more than 500 million copies, becoming the best-selling book series in history. The books are the basis of a popular film series, over which Rowling had overall approval on the scripts and was a producer on the final films. She also writes crime fiction under the pen name Robert Galbraith.Rowling has become known for her outspoken and sometimes controversial views. Since late 2019, Rowling has publicly voiced her opinions on transgender people and related civil rights. These views have been criticised as transphobic by LGBT rights organisations and some feminists, but have received support from some other feminists and individuals. Rowling is also known for her views on UK politics especially concerning Scottish Independence and Brexit and for her relationship with the press.