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J.K. Rowling

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When 11-year-old orphan Harry Potter learns he is a wizard, he enters a world of flying broomsticks, mythical monsters, and magic both benevolent and dark. With loyal friends Ron and Hermione at his side, Harry is pursued by the evil Lord Voldemort and must come to terms with his fate as the one who will ultimately battle the Dark Lord.The Boy Who LivedMAIN CHARACTERSVoldemortEvil Dark Lord; merciless tyrant bent on killing HarryHermione GrangerClever, reliable booklover; brainy problem solver and friend of Harry and RonRon WeasleyOccasionally resentfulyet loyal friend of Harryand HermioneSeverus SnapeSneering betrayer seeking redemption; Hogwarts teacherDraco MalfoyPrivileged bully seeking glory; Harry’s enemySirius BlackPrison escapee seeking revenge; friend of Harry’s parents who wants to help HarryAlbus DumbledoreWise yet secretive protector on the side of the good; Hogwarts headmasterHarry PotterOrphaned young wizard; hero chosen from infancyThemesDeath, Resurrection & ImmortalityDeath is not an enemy to be conquered, but a doorway to what lies beyond.Self-Sacrifice vs. Self-PreservationEvil seeks to preserve itself; good sacrifices itself for others.Power & LoveThe power of terror and darkness can only be conquered by the power of love.Fate & Free WillHarry’s life is touched by fate, but his choices make him the person he is.Harry Potter (Series)by the NumbersHarry Potter's and J.K. Rowling’s birthday7/31Horcruxes createdby Voldemort that Harry and his friends seek to destroy7Age when students are invited to Hogwarts11Copies in the initial print run of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 1997500Rowling was a struggling single mother when Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was first published. Within two years her books occupied the top three positions on the New York Times Best-Seller list, and both she and Harry Potterhad gained enduring worldwide fame.AuthorJ.K. ROWLINGBORN 1965Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Chapter 17he truth ... is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.Sorting HatRepresents the importance of choice and free will as it listens to Harry’s wishesHarry’s ScarSymbolizes Harry’s fate as the one who must ultimately face VoldemortSymbolsPhoenixEmbodies resurrection as it dies in flames and is reborn from its own ashesSources: Biography.com, Crossover Fiction: Global and Historical Perspectives by Sandra L. Beckett, JKRowling.com, Pottermore.comCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.EnglishOriginal Language1997–2007J.K. RowlingAuthorHarry Potter(Series)Years PublishedAuthorFantasySeries

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