Bloomsbury published the book for the first time in the United Kingdom on June 26, 1997. The next year, Scholastic Corporation released it in the United States under the title Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
It won the majority of children’s book awards in the United Kingdom, as well as additional accolades in the United States. In August 1999, the novel topped the New York Times best-selling fiction list, and it remained at the top for much of 1999 and 2000.
It has been adapted into a feature-length film of the same name, as have all six sequels, and has been translated into at least 73 additional languages.
Harry Potter considers himself to be an ordinary young man. His Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia, and cousin Dudley are cruel to him and force him to sleep in a cupboard beneath the stairs. (Dudley, on the other hand, has two bedrooms, one in which he sleeps and the other in which he keeps all of his toys and games.)