2001-harry-potter-and-the-sorcerer-s-stone-promotional-shoot-hq-harry-potter-11097228-1600-1960Okay, first of all, if you haven’t read at least one of the Harry Potter books, WHAT ARE YOU DOING ON THE INTERNET! PUT THIS COMPUTER DOWN AND GET READING RIGHT NOW! However, if you have read them, congratulations! if you’ve only watched the movies. READ THE BOOKS! If you have read the books and watched the movies then well done, you are now the best person on Earth. If you’re J.K. Rowling bravo, bravo, bravo and well done!

The Harry Potter series is a series of books about a young orphan boy (named Harry Potter) who discovers he is in fact, a wizard. And he goes to a wizarding school, called Hogwarts. Harry is pursued throughout all the books by the evilest dark wizard,

called Voldemort (He is often also referred to as ‘He-who-must-not-be-named’). Harry is not alone as the hero of these books. He has two best friends called Ron Weasely and Hermione Granger. He is also accompanied by a series of other friends who also help him greatly in times of hardship. Harry’s great guide and mentor was Albus Dumbledore.

 

Harry-Potter-Philosopher-Stone-UKIn the first book. We meet harry’s awful aunt and uncle, Petunia and Vernon Dursley, as well as their awful son, Dudley. These three awful relations all hate Harry and make him do all the housework, as well as only letting him sleep in the cupboard under the stairs. Harry’s uncle and aunt had told Harry that his parents had been killed in a car crash (While in reality they had been killed by Voldemort). So Harry lives the first 11 years of his life, not knowing that he is really a wizard. Then, shortly after the beginning of the summer holidays. Harry begins receiving mysterious letters, all addressed as follows:

Mr H. Potter

The Cupboard under the Stairs

4 Privet Drive

Little Whinging

Surrey

Harry’s uncle and aunt are enraged by the appearance of these letters And do everything the can to stop them falling into the hands of Harry, their rightful owner. Unfortunately for the Dursley’s though, the letters just keep on coming. Until they are filling the house, at this point, the Dursley’s decide they are going to go on holiday and move from one location to another, still being followed by the mysterious letters. Eventually, the family (with the reluctant Harry) end up in an abandoned lighthouse, right in the middle of the ocean. Poor Harry pends his birthday night on the cold hard boards of the lighthouse floor. With only one thin blanket.

On the night of Harry’s birthday, the Dursley’s lighthouse shack is invaded by a giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid, the groundskeeper at the school for witches and wizards, Hogwarts. Hagrid reveals the entire truth to Harry (about his parents, his magic, and where all the mysterious letters have been coming from) and takes him away from the Dursley’s to be a student in Hogwarts.

Hagrid shows Harry where to get all his school supplies, and even tells Harry, that in fact, he has a small fortune left to him by his parents in the most famous wizarding bank, Gringotts. Accompanied by more money, clothes, school supplies and a snowy owl named Hedwig. Harry crosses the magical barrier between platforms 9 and 10 at kings cross station, to arrive at platform 9 3/4 the magical wizarding platform that is the beginning of the Hogwarts express. The train that will take Harry from the muggle world (what wizards call ordinary folk) to Hogwarts, the greatest magical school in all of history.

On the train, Harry meets is soon to be best friend, Ronald (Ron) Weasely. Harry is surprised to find that he is actually extremely famous because he is the only recorded person to have ever survived the deadly killing curse the Voldermort used on both his parents and attempted to use on Harry. Harry and Ron also meet the third member of their future trio, Hermione Granger.  Though at the time, they find her to be bossy and smart.

Arriving at Hogwarts marks three great points in Harry’s life. Firstly, he sees the great and magical castle for the first time and is immediately awestruck by it. He also sees/meets Albus Dumbledore, his role model and guide for the rest of his life. Another person he meets is his ‘High school enemy’ Draco Malfoy.

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Harry is a reasonably attentive student, (aside from in History of Magic, but let’s face it, who could stay awake in that?). Most of his teachers like him (no less for him being the ‘Boy-who-lived’, aside from the potions master, Professor Severus Snape who for some reason absolutely despises Harry. Harry’s favorite subject, is Defence against the Dark arts, who (In the first book) is taught by Professor Quirrell. Aside from these teachers, there was also Minerva McGonagall who was Harry’s head of house (Gryffindor house) and Professor Albus Dumbledore (Headmaster). There were many other teachers as well as these ones, but these are the four main ones in the first book.

Harry finds many things about himself out at school such as his amazing

 

 

 

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