Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is the U.S. title of a novel by J. K. Rowling that is known elsewhere as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. First published in 1997, it is a seminal work in contemporary fiction, laying the foundation for the immensely popular series. The book not only introduces the protagonist, Harry Potter, but also establishes the magical world of witches and wizards in which Harry’s character develops. By introducing Harry, a reluctant hero and “nobody,” at the outset, Rowling is able to describe his journey of self-discovery, exploring how the notion of identity is shaped by one’s choices.


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