Harrius Potter et philosophi lapis (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone)

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Latin translation of the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in which Harry Potter, a normal eleven-year-old boy, discovers that he is a wizard. Long ago, Harry's parents were killed in a battle with the evil Lord Voldemort. When we first meet Harry, he is living miserably with his repulsive and non-magical (or Muggle) Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon Dursley, and their even more revolting son, Dudley. Following a bizarre but hilarious chain of events, Harry finds himself at Hogwarts ...

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Overview

Latin translation of the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in which Harry Potter, a normal eleven-year-old boy, discovers that he is a wizard. Long ago, Harry's parents were killed in a battle with the evil Lord Voldemort. When we first meet Harry, he is living miserably with his repulsive and non-magical (or Muggle) Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon Dursley, and their even more revolting son, Dudley. Following a bizarre but hilarious chain of events, Harry finds himself at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, with an outrageous cast of characters, including super-smart Hermione Granger, vile Draco Malfoy, sinister Professor Snape, and the wise Headmaster Albus Dumbledore. Adventures galore ensue.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582348254
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 7/4/2003
  • Language: Latin
  • Series: Harry Potter Series , #1
  • Edition description: Latin-language Edition
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 237,887
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.12 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

J. K. Rowling

J. K. Rowling was born in Chipping Sodbury in the UK in 1965. Such a funny-sounding name for a birthplace may have contributed to her talent for collecting odd names. Jo always loved writing more than anything and in 1996, one year after she finished it, Bloomsbury bought her first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

Biography

As the often told story goes, J. K. Rowling was on the brink of poverty, receiving welfare when her first Harry Potter book catapulted her into a stratosphere of stardom rarely enjoyed by any writer. While accounts of Rowling's destitution have been greatly exaggerated, her story is still something of a rags-to-riches tale not unlike that of her most famous creation.

Yes, Rowling did briefly receive government assistance after returning to her home country of England following a stint in Portugal, but that ended when she took a fairly well-paying teaching job. Rather than financial hardships, the period between a 1990 train ride from Manchester to London -- during which Rowling first conceived of a "scrawny, black-haired, bespectacled boy who didn't know he was a wizard" -- and the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was marked by setbacks of a more personal nature. Her mother passed away. She divorced her first husband, leaving her to raise her daughter alone. The writing career she'd always desired was becoming less and less viable as her personal responsibilities mounted.

Then came Harry, the bespectacled boy wizard she'd first dreamed on that fateful train ride.

The success of the first Harry Potter novel (given the slightly less lofty title of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the U.S.), in which the orphaned, seemingly ordinary boy discovers that he is not only a possessor of incredible powers but already a celebrity among fellow wizards, was far beyond anything Joanne Kathleen Rowling ever dared imagine. International praise poured in. So did the awards. Rowling won England's National Book Award and the Smarties Prize for children's literature. The series spawned an equally successful and hotly anticipated series of films starring the young megastars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson and featuring such venerable British actors as Maggie Smith, John Hurt, John Cleese, and Alan Rickman.

Rowling is responsible for introducing several new words and terms into the English lexicon, such as "muggle" (a civilian lacking in wizardly powers) and "Quidditch" (a fast-paced sport played while riding broomsticks). Perhaps most satisfying of all for the mother and teacher was the way she single-handedly ignited the literary pursuits of children all over the globe. Kids everywhere couldn't wait to get their hands on Harry's latest adventure at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which is no small feat, considering that the novels tend to be exceptionally lengthy for books aimed at such a young audience (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is just a few pages shy of a whopping 900 pages!). Rowling has said that she conceives of her novels as "real literature," despite the fact that they are written for young people. Perhaps a testament to the literary merit of her books is the fact that they are nearly as popular with teenagers, college kids, and adults as they are with the grammar-school set.

With the massive popularity of her Harry Potter novels, Rowling has achieved similar fame and fortune -- for better and for worse. According to an article in a 2004 edition of Forbes magazine, Rowling's wealth was estimated at 576 million English pounds. In U.S. currency, that made her the very first billionaire author. The downside of that success is the unwanted attention she receives from Britain's notoriously relentless paparazzi. As Rowling lamented to Jeremy Paxton of the BBC, "You know, I didn't think they'd rake through my bins, I didn't expect to be photographed on the beach through long lenses." Rowling has also come under fire from Christian groups who object to her depiction of wizardry and witchcraft and certain critics who contest the "literary merit" of her work. Of course, one must always keep in mind that no one ever achieves Rowling's level of celebrity without having to listen to the griping of naysayers, none of which has impeded her continued success seriously.

Although Rowling could surely sell countless copies of Harry Potter books for as long as she is able to put pen to paper (and she does write much of her work in longhand), she initially conceived of the series in seven installments and has, of course, realized that plan with the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. "There will be no Harry Potter's midlife crisis or Harry Potter as an old wizard," she once told the Sunday Telegraph. As for what life after Harry Potter might entail for Rowling, she has suggested quite a number of possibilities, including ideas for adult novels and possible tie-ins to the Hogwarts universe involving periphery characters. Whatever Rowling chooses to do, she has forever guaranteed herself a place alongside Roald Dahl, Lewis Carroll, and L. Frank Baum as one of the most beloved children's authors of all time.

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Rowling's parents met on a train, coincidentally from King's Cross station to Scotland. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when Rowling was 15, her mother died in the early 1990s. Rowling has a sister, Di, two years younger than she, who is an attorney.

Rowling's publisher requested that she use initials on Harry Potter covers, concerned that if they used an obviously female name, the target audience of young boys might be hesitant to buy them. Rowling adopted her grandmother's middle name, Kathleen, for the "K".

Rowling made a special guest appearance as herself on the hit cartoon show, The Simpsons.

With great success often comes great controversy. Rowling's Harry Potter books landed on a list of banned books because of their depiction of wizardry and witchcraft. However, Rowling regards her place on the list as a feather in her cap, as past lists have included works by such literary giants as Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, J. D. Salinger, and Harper Lee.

Rowling ran into a bit of potential trouble in the wake of stepped-up airline restrictions. While traveling home from New York, she refused to part ways with the manuscript of her still in-the-works final installment of the Harry Potter series during bag inspections. Fortunately, she was allowed onboard without further incident.

In 2001, two Harry Potter tie-in books were published: Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander. For those wondering who the mysterious Misters Whisp and Scamander are, well, they are actually both J. K. Rowling. The author donated all proceeds of her pseudonymous books to the charity Comic Relief.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Joanne Kathleen Rowling (full name), "Jo"
    2. Hometown:
      Perthshire, Scotland
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 31, 1965
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chipping Sodbury near Bristol, England
    1. Education:
      Exeter University
    2. Website:

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  • Posted May 31, 2012

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    If I could describe how I feel about this fantastic book, it is

    If I could describe how I feel about this fantastic book, it is one of the best books I've read in a while. I absolutely love this book. This book is full of twist and turns, and cliffhangers. Although this is a child book this is so breathe taken. I have and would recommend this to anyone who reads. I have been recommended to read Harry potter books for a while, but never really was interested. I just liked watching the movies like everyone else. Now that I have read the first one and it’s the first one J.K Rowling wrote, I figured out what I have missed. One of my favorite parts is when Harry flies his broom for the first time and races Draco. I enjoyed this part because it just shows strength and courage to stand up to someone. I believe this part is great because he's finally standing up for himself. Another great thing I enjoyed about this book is how J.K Rowling typed it. J.K Rowling is a very descriptive writer. She makes me feel like I'm really in the book. As if I am in Hogwarts and I am a Gryffindor just like Hermione, Ron, and Harry. Due to the book being such a page tuner, I actually wish this book was a little longer because it was very entertaining. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2008

    Optime!!!

    This book is exceptional for expanding latin vocabulary and for gaining fluency in reading latin. Having read the Harry Potter books in English many times it is not so difficult to read the first book in latin. It does not hurt that I have also read the first four books in French as well giving me the advatage of a greater number of derrivitives to refer to. I highly recommend this book to any latin student.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2003

    Great

    I'm a high school Latin student, and this is one of the best things I've ever seen! I love Latin and Harry Potter and to have the two combined is a dream come true. Whoever wrote this, thank you, and plus scribe!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    This book is absolutely amazing! Harry potter is a tale of brave

    This book is absolutely amazing!
    Harry potter is a tale of bravery, friendship, love and many more, if you start this book you won't want to put it down!
    Its the start of a great series.  

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  • Posted May 29, 2011

    Amo Latina.

    The day I found out that Harry Potter was available in Latin, I knew I had to have them. I haven't read much of the bok yet, but I looked up a few of my favorite quotes in the first book. My biggest hurdle is the vocabulary, but I will read it if I have to look up every single word!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2011

    A story of Bravery

    Book Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Do you adore adventure? Do you admire true bravery? Well then I have the book for you, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. This is of a boy eleven years old that has never met his parents for the reason that they died in a "car crash" when he was only a year old. His name, his name is Harry Potter. Moving in with his aunt, uncle, and cousin he knew nothing about his parents only what they would leak out once in a while. Little did he know that he would be the most influential child that ever lived. Being a boy with nothing given to him easily, he would be saved by a mere letter that arrived to his cupboard under the stairs to tell him that he is a wizard. The "Boy Who Lived" is now to become part of something bigger that himself. His parents did not actually die in a car crash but under the wand of the evil wizard, Lord Voldemort, and he was the only one to survive the killings of him. From Delightful Dumbledore to Quivering Quirrell and to finish with Sly Snape, the professors of this school really are hiding something from everyone. However, Harry wants to find out what that little something is, with the help from his new friends, Ron Weasley and Herminone Granger, they learn to discover there is more to the whole thing than the eye can see. Join Harry on his journey through his first year of being someone and his decisive battle with his long lost connection to the wizarding world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2008

    potter, potter, harry potter!

    An excentric read. A heart stopping thriill ride.The young wizard who has a historical past. Meet the boy who lived. This magical adventure keeps you reading and reading. Who ever heard of a super magical orphan who is the greatest wizard ever. I read the first chapter then i knew i was going to love it. Reccommended to all ages. My favourite part, Harry looked out onto the dazling red hogwarts express. Slowly he edged nearer to the beauty that shone before him. A MUST READ

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2003

    Delightful!

    This Latin translation is not only for 'scholars' -- the Latin in fact is hardly Ciceronian. Anyone who has learned Caesar's grammar can certainly read this. Most of the vocabulary (other than neo-Latin and the vocabulary of wizardry) can be found in any pocket dictionary. For the difficult words, the English version can always be used as a pony, or at least a trot. Latin scholars in fact will probably find the Latin version too Anglicized, but that shouldn't mean that the rest of us can't enjoy the fun. Some readers may also be put off by the translator's practice of beginning sentences with lower case letters, but in fact it gives the prose a hint of the continuity found in Roman prose much more than in English. Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2003

    Holy cow.

    Yes, that's right, holy cow. Who reads a children's book in Latin anyway?? :-P This is the sort of thing I'd get for my Latin teacher, y'know, as one of those 'fun and educational' tools. But frankly, I and most teenagers I know are far too lazy to struggle through an entire book written in the most complicated language that uses our alphabet... a dead langauge at that. So, whereas the other foreign language versions can be useful to people who don't speak English as a first language, this one can really only be enjoyed by scholars. Not to say that I disapprove of this. I admire the translator's work (quite strongly, since I got a 71 on my first year Latin final :-P), and of course the story itself is a classic. I would suggest this (and any other foreign language versions, for that matter) to teachers and people who are trying to improve their vocabulary without studying *too* much. ;)

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