The Philosopher’s Stone (US: Sorceror’s Stone) in 10 languages.
A number of years ago my mum handed me a book she had purchased from the Book Club on their recommendation. The cover had a train and young boy with tousled dark hair. On the back cover a rather spry-looking man with a brown goatee smoked a pipe.
Still not entirely convinced, I read the blurb, thinking, It sounds a little like Chrestomanci
I read the book from cover to cover, then promptly turned it over and read it again. I was hooked!
I asked around but none of my friends had heard of it – it wasn’t until the Chamber of Secrets came out and my local Easons had a table of the books by their front door that the buzz began to build.
Since then I have read this book multiple times, in multiple languages and have never lost the enjoyment and sense of wonder I felt when I read it for the first time.
What was your first experience with what was to become the Harry Potter phenomenon?