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Harry Potter, written by J.K. Rowling, is a fictional novel series about ‘The Boy Who Lived’. Singled out by Lord Voldemort at birth as his greatest rival, Harry Potter became the hero of the wizarding world.
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Harry Potter Facts
- Harry Potter is a series of fantasy novels written by J.K. Rowling. The first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was published in 1997, which was followed by six best-selling books and eight blockbuster films. These books have been translated into 80 languages, won multiple awards and sold more than 500 million copies worldwide, becoming the best-selling book series in history.
- This children’s fantasy novel became an international hit and Rowling became a global literary sensation in the year 1999 when the first three installments of Harry Potter ranked in the top three slots of the New York Times best-seller list after achieving similar success in her home country, the United Kingdom.
- The central character in the story, Harry James Potter, was born on July 31, 1980. He is a half-blood wizard and is considered to be the most famous wizards of modern times. He was the only child and son of James and Lily Potter, who were murdered by the Dark Lord, Voldemort. In the attempted murder of Harry by the Dark Lord, his parents protected him with a spell that made him survive Voldemort’s magic, earning him the name “The Boy Who Lived.”
- Harry became a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where most of the events in the stories take place. This academy is where students learn a great deal in classical mythology and alchemy, incorporating objects and wildlife such as magic wands, magical plants, potions, spells, flying broomsticks, centaurs and other magical creatures.
- As Harry develops as a wizard each year (as depicted in each of the seven books in the series chronicles), his adventures with friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger also develop up to his battle against Lord Voldemort. The stories demonstrate how their friendships save each other’s lives many times. Their friendship sees them create a secret study group, “Dumbledore’s Army”, which aims to teach other students higher-level skills of Defense Against the Dark Arts. Through these lessons, Harry takes the lead as he learns to realize his painful connection to Voldemort’s actions telepathically.
- Dumbledore’s Army, along with the members of the Order of the Phoenix (Remus Lupin, the Weasleys, Sirius Black, Mundungus Fletcher and many more), protects Hogwarts from the Dark Lord and his Death Eaters.
- Meanwhile, Harry, with the help of Professor Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts, learns about defeating the Dark Lord by destroying a series of Horcruxes he developed to preserve his life. As Harry, Hermione and Ron search for the pieces of Horcruxes, the trio learn details about an ancient prophecy about the Deathly Hallows – three objects from an old fairy tale, The Tale of the Three Brothers. These items include the Elder Wand, an unbeatable wand (in the possession of Dumbledore); the Resurrection Stone, able to summon the dead; and the infallible Invisibility Cloak (that Harry Potter owns). The trio then suspect Voldemort of looking for these three items, thinking that the wand, specifically, can overpower Harry Potter.
- Upon learning that Harry himself became Voldemort’s Horcrux when the Dark Lord murdered his parents, Harry surrenders himself to Voldemort where the Dark Lord cast a killing curse, Avada Kedavra, at him. Harry awakens and faces Voldemort, whose Horcruxes have all been destroyed and, in the final battle, Voldemort’s killing curse rebounds off Harry’s defensive spell, Expelliarmus, that kills Voldemort. The spell rebounds because the real owner of the Elder Wand Voldemort uses is Harry Potter. He also unties the three Deathly Hallows but refuses to use them, breaking the wand and losing the resurrection stone.
- Joanne Rowling, born on July 31, 1965, who uses the pen name J.K.Rowling and Robert Galbraith, is a British author and screenwriter of the Harry Potter series.
- She uses male pen names for the reason that: “My publisher, who published Harry Potter said to me, we think this is a book that will appeal to boys and girls. And I said, oh, great. And they said, so could we use your initials?” The publisher asked her to disguise her name because of the perception that because she’s a woman, the book wouldn’t then appeal to both sexes. When the books became award-winning, the publishers disclosed she was a woman.
- J.K. Rowling has lived a life of “rags to riches” in which she progressed from living on state benefits to being the world’s first billionaire author. She lost the billionaire status after giving away much of her earnings to charity but remains one of the wealthiest people in the world.
Harry Potter Worksheets
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Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Harry Potter Facts
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- Potter News
- Famous Wizards
- Potter: The Conclusion
- Expecto Patronum
- A Letter to the Author
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