British novelist J. K. Rowling has penned a saga that is the story of a young orphan whose magical abilities and status as the sole survivor of Lord Voldemort’s attacks propel him on a journey of confrontation and self-discovery. Scholars have noted that Harry Potter’s character follows the pattern of the epic hero: born to relatively typical parents, orphaned young, then mentored and deserted by a succession of mentors or surrogates. Harry reluctantly accepts his great destiny and repeatedly distinguishes himself.
Most of the series’ major themes begin early. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone introduces the quest for immortality driving Tom Riddle/Lord Voldemort as well as the protective power of a mother’s love, personified in Lily Potter, Molly Weasley, and Narcissa Malfoy.
The theme of blood purity and race prejudice is raised during Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, when Draco Malfoy insults Hermione Granger with the racist word “Mudblood.” Book 2 also continues the concept of one person exercising overreaching control or outright possession of another, a theme introduced in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone with Voldemort’s parasitic occupation of Quirrell. The theme continues in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets with the petrifications and with Ginny Weasley’s brainwashing by Tom Riddle’s diary. Later, the theme resurfaces in Barty Crouch, Jr., who impersonates Mad-Eye...
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The Harry Potter series is an exceptionally well written book series which captivated the hearts and minds of many young children during the early 2000’s. This book series follows the tale of the main character named Harry Potter who lives a miserable life after the death of his parents forced to live under the staircase of his distant relatives. But soon enough a twist takes place and Harry receives an invitation to a school of magic. It is through this invitation that he learns of his family history of practicing magic and that he too is a wizard.
The book series follows Harry Potter at his young age as he heads to magic school and endures the typical child aged struggles of making new friends or staving off bullies. He befriends two wonderful characters who grow up with him throughout the rest of the story. Ron is one of many children and his family continually struggles with the middle class life of bringing up a large family on a strict budget. His female friend is Hermoine who struggles with being teased for her mixed blood roots--that of wizard and that of non-wizard.
Throughout the course of the books the trio try and attend school and follow all of the rules while also feeling that something very big will happen soon. They fight off competition among bullies. They try and obtain high grades in class and not always successfully. They compete to get onto sports teams and to win local sports matches against other students. And all the while they have to track down the very evil that killed Harry Potter’s parents. They must work together to hunt down murderers in their school dormitory. They must ban together to fight off a growing hunt for purity among the wizard races and a lethal new form of government rule. They must in the end fight off the very evil that all of the wizard race is trying to defeat.
This book series is one which has garnered so much popularity that it was converted into a film series. This film series made three young children wealthy stars and brought great fame to the already popular book series. Children and adults alike where able to enjoy the humor and dark struggles that the trio faced throughout the course of the education and the films continue to garner more and more popularity as it was recently revealed that the author has produced books since under a false name to avoid recognition.