Harry Potter is a series of fantasy novels written by the author J. K. Rowling. The main character in the books is Harry Potter, a eleven year old boy who lives in Little Whinging, a town in the English county of Surrey with his aunt, uncle, and cousin: « the Dursleys ». Ever since then he has slept in the cupboard under the stairs at the Dursleys' perfectly normal house in Privet Drive and the best thing he has to look forward to is starting at the local secondary school next term well away from Dudley who will be going to his father's old, expensive school, Smeltings.
He discovers at his eleventh birthday, with the help of Rubeus Hagrid an half giant, that he is a wizard, though he lives in the ordinary world of non-magical people known as Muggles. The wizarding world exists hidden from the Muggle world. His magical ability is inborn because he was born from two wizards, and children with such abilities are invited to attend exclusive magic schools that teach the necessary skills.
The story tells about Harry and his two friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley an attending their first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry directed by Albus Dumbledor, They will discover that they have a part to play in the downfall of the evil Sssh! You-Know-Who. You will like Harry Potter. He is shy and self- doubting and puts up with a lot from his awful aunt Petunia and uncle Vernon and fat cousin Dudley. He lost his parents, supposedly in a car crash, when he was a baby and that was when he received the strange lightning-shaped scar across his forehead.
The real story is that as a baby, he witnessed his parents' murder by the dark wizard Lord Voldemort, who attempted to kill him as well. Instead, the unexpected happened: Harry survived with only a lightning-shaped scar on his forehead as a memento of the attack, and Voldemort disappeared soon afterwards, gravely weakened by his own rebounding curse. But, other people know a lot more about Harry than Harry does himself. That lightning-shaped scar is a matter of enormous interest and Harry is about to discover that he has a lot of friends, and enemies, in a rather different kind of world from the one he was brought up in.
This is a book about magic, but there's plenty of reality. Settling into a new school, making friends, learning who to trust and who not to trust and when to obey school rules and when to overlook them. This a great deal of humour. You might find the magic funny with this book. Visit Diagon Alley to purchase all your Hogwart's kit but there is strong evil magic too and you won't doubt the courage that Harry has to show in the final chapter. If you haven't read any of the Harry Potter books you are missing out on the best series ever, you will not be disappointed !
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