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5-6 page paper on Harry Potter

5-6 page paper on Harry Potter - Maryam Khan PHI.240.0004S...

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Maryam Khan PHI.240.0004S Professor Arias 18 June 2010 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter books for children had swept the world in a massive storm as soon as the first one was released. The book was first published under the original title Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone , (the book’s American published was scared that mentioning philosophers would scare away the young children readers and changed the title to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s stone ). The book along with the movie illustrates an extended tradition of English fantasy works that are under the impression of just being for kids, however, in the book and movie there are in fact deep allegories of the human condition. J.K Rowling talks about how her book about imagination and practicing wizardry is just a metaphor for developing and fulfilling one’s potential. The story line is filled with thriller, excitement and a criminal plot (the planned theft of the Sorcerer’s Stone) that had quite certainly saddened the group of very brave students. Like the Narnia books and movies, there are children who are on a quest on a strange land and performing in the best of heroic manner. Nevertheless on the more deeper and philosophical level, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone demonstrates the hardships and adventures of growing up. J.K Rowling’s movie summarizes every child’s torment of understanding ethics (as defined by good and evil) and things like becoming a captivating individual, winning admiration from fellow peers, the value of loyalty or most importantly discovering the difference between justifiable vices and the things that are considered as reprehensible sins.
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The plot of the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone starts out with Voldermort (villain portrayed throughout the books) who had killed a Mr. And Mrs. Potter and tried unsuccessfully to kill their baby son Harry. Albus Dumbledore, the head of a wizardry academy called Hogwarts, professor McGonalgall and a giant named Hagrit left an explanatory note and the baby Harry in the basket in front of the Dursley home. Ten years later, the Dursley household is subjugated by the Dursley’s son, Dudley who quite frankly bullies Harry, and Harry is forced to sleep under the stairs in a small cupboard. Mysterious events started happening around Harry and he realizes that there is something special about him. Inexplicable letters started arriving for Harry, and they worry Mr. Dursley who tries to keep them hidden from Harry, but the letters keep arriving magically everywhere throughout the whole house. Finally, he flees with his family to a private island shack on the night before Harry’s eleventh birthday. At midnight, they hear a large bang on the door and Hagrid enters. Hagrid hands Harry an admissions letter to the
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