Harry Potter Overview

Harry Potter Overview

Jasmine Vasquez, staff writer

Harry Potter Overview

March was National Reading Month and I thought about writing a review over one of my favorite books. This book was first published in 1997, but the lessons that can be learned throughout the book are timeless.

I fell under the spell of reading the first volume of the best-selling book series, Harry Potter, when I was 15, after my cousin introduced the plot to me–a story of a skinny, bespectacled orphan boy who at the age of 11 discovers that he is a wizard.

When Harry was a baby, his parents were murdered by a dark wizard named Voldemort (referred to as He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named by those who fear him). During the attack, he almost killed Harry, but somehow, reason not known at the time, the spell rebounded. Voldemort vanished and Harry lives with a lightning-shaped scar on his forehead as a reminder of the attack.

When I read the first few chapters of the first book of the series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, I became completely absorbed. I could not put the book down. It is funny, magical and out-of-this-world amazing!

After the attack on his family, Harry Potter’s escape from Voldemort’s reign of terror spreads beyond the wizard world and Harry becomes famous. Dumbledore, Professor of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, though, fears the fame Harry is going to have will go to his head and orders him to be sent to live with the unpleasant Dursleys, muggles (non-wizard folk), who are his only living relatives. The Dursleys dislike Harry’s heritage and anything to do with magic and try to make Harry “normal”.

As the story builds and Harry finally discovers he is a wizard, we get an insight on the wizarding world. Flying brooms that transport witches and wizards to another location, different kinds of potions that could cure you or kill you, owls that deliver mail to witches and wizards, wands that channel the magic from the witch or wizard and Quidditch, a game popular among witches and wizards, are all new and fascinating to both Harry and the readers.

Throughout the series, Harry learns more about his parents’ death, Voldemort’s weakness, The Ministry of Magic, and makes new friends and few enemies. He goes on countless adventures that test his bravery and courage and he experiences love.

Everything in this series is different and phenomenal. Rowling has transformed anything that seems ordinary, like owls or broomsticks, to something fun and brilliant. The Harry Potter books take the word “magic” and create a whole new meaning.

If Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was in London, I would pack my bags, grab my broom and wand and apparate (transport) myself to the train station Platform 9 and 3/4 (students of Hogwarts School hitch a ride on the Hogwarts Express by access from Platform 9 3/4).