Obviously, there is no reason to summarize the story, so I will just say that I am an adult who had no interest whatsoever in reading the Harry Potter books until inundated by all the Harry Potter movies being shown on tv this Christmas. I liked the action but was just missing too much information to "get it." I decided that the book series would be on my reading list for 2012, so I read the first one today. It was truly more than I hoped for- really enjoyable just as a story. I'm surprised and ready to read the next one right now. I'm glad I gave it a chance.