Ten years later, Harry has no clue that he is famous or special in any way. He lives in a closet under the stairs in his aunt and uncle's house. He doesn't even know he is a wizard until he receives his acceptance letter to Hogwarts. Thus begins the journey into the magical world and the epic mystery that has taken children and adults alike on adventures they will never forget.
From Harry's point of view, the adventure starts in the middle. He has no memory of the events for which he is famous. His challenge in the first book is to enter a world where he is famous for something he doesn't even remember. Harry's struggle is to define himself in a world that thinks it already knows him. Does he live up to his famed name or is he just an ordinary boy in extraordinary circumstances?
Harry does prove himself a good friend. Ron Weasley has the distinction of being Harry's best friend. Ron is from a poor family with lots of children. Where Ron envies Harry's money (an inheritance from his parents), Harry envies Ron's family for the love they share with one another. Harry makes no hesitation to share his riches with Ron and Ron's family treats Harry like a son.
Harry's second best friend is Hermione Granger. At first, Hermione's intelligence and overbearing attitude keep Ron and Harry as far away from her as possible. But once Harry and Ron come to rescue this girl that they can't stand, the three cannot help but be friends.
Harry's first trial comes when he learns that someone is going to steal the Sorcerer's Stone. This legendary stone, known in history (and in the British version of Harry Potter) as the Philosopher's Stone, will give its bearer as much life and wealth as one could wish for and it is hidden in the very school that Harry attends. Harry is constantly told by his teachers to quit any investigations regarding the stone. Despite these and other obstacles, Harry is moved by his own sense of heroism and what's right.
When it comes time for Harry to seek his destiny and fight for what is right, Harry learns that the value of friendship is far more important than a famous name. Ron and Hermione prove invaluable comrades. As Harry strives to solve the latest mystery, Hermione offers her incredible memory and magical abilities. Ron offers his unbeatable tactical skills, as evidenced in his masterful chess abilities. It is clear without friendship, Harry would never have had the courage to become the hero he must become.