J.K. Rowling

English novelist

Joanne Kathleen Rowling, better known as J.K. Rowling, is a British novelist. She previously worked as a teacher, and is now one of the best-known authors in the world thanks to her famous book series about the adventures of Harry Potter.

Now a multi-millionaire, she is also known for her humanitarian activities, particularly in the fight against child abuse. She has written a number of other books linked to the world of Harry Potter, the profits from which have been donated to charity. In addition to the Harry Potter series and related books, she is also the author of the novel The Casual Vacancy (2012) and the Cormoran Strike series, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

The first book in the best-selling series

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was first published in 1997 in the United Kingdom with a very limited print run, after being rejected by multiple publishers. It was Rowling’s first novel. Although it was originally marketed as a children’s novel, it quickly gained a devoted following among teenagers and adults as well.

It is the first instalment in the seven-book series, and tells the story of Harry’s discovery of the wizarding world and his efforts to stop the evil wizard Lord Voldemort from getting his hands on the Philosopher’s Stone.