Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - WikipediaShe has no middle initial. Much later, Rowling decides that July 31st is also Harry Potter's birthday. While stuck on a delayed train between Manchester and London, Rowling gets the idea for Harry Potter. She begins writing his story that night. After a year battle with multiple sclerosis, Rowling's mother dies. This later affects the tone of the Potter books: "Harry's feelings about his dead parents had become much deeper, much more real. Now separated from her husband they divorce in , Rowling moves near her younger sister, Di, in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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The book was kept in pristine condition in a locked briefcase for 20 years, reports the BBC. Hansons Auctioneers in Staffordshire, in the West Midlands of England, said four phone bidders, as well as internet bidders, helped boost the book from its estimated selling point. The family who sold the book had planned to keep it as an heirloom and had kept it safe in a briefcase. Just copies of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone were initially printed when it was published in Hansons book expert Jim Hanson told the Birmingham Mail he "couldn't believe the condition" of the auctioned book, saying its quality was "almost like the day it was made. I can't imagine a better copy can be found.
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, Harry 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. The book was first published in the United Kingdom on 26 June by Bloomsbury. 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 and stayed near the top of that list for much of and
In stock: Usually ships within hours. Your order will ship on or around the release date. For the first time, J. Rowling's beloved Harry Potter books will be presented in lavishly illustrated full-color editions. Kate Greenaway-award winning artist Jim Kay has created over stunning illustrations, making this deluxe format a perfect gift as much for a child being introduced to the series, as for the dedicated fan.
The main characteristics of a first edition first issue are a print line that reads 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 and the crediting of "Joanne Rowling", not JK. Prices for later editions in good condition are in three figures. In , JK Rowling was still a jobbing author rather than a worldwide superstar richer than the Queen, so there are a reasonable number of signed first editions available from her book tour signings. Deluxe editions can be priced in four figures if signed. First edition first printings will have the number line 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 and a block of misaligned text on page seven.