A seven part series of hugely successful British novels written by Joanne Rowling. (More popularly known as J.K. Rowling) While each successive books release has received high critical praise the series still maintains popular criticism from a subsect of fantasy readers. This subsect criticizes the popularity of the series as having stolen premises and plots from other, older fantasy series. Most claims of plagiarism in Harry Potter are generally groundless and unjustified, as many successful plot elements have been reused for thousands of years or more.
Part One: Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (UK)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone (US)
Part Two: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Part Three: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Part Four: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Part Five: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Part Six: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Part Seven: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The series basic plot involves following a child who grew up parentless at the hands of his aunt and uncle into a world of literal magic and wonder that allows him to escape from the torture he faces at the hands of his cruel relatives. The mythology of Harry Potter follows the same basic story outline that many other contemporary and past examples of successful writing follow. The Heroes Journey is the basic outline for the Entire Harry Potter Series, The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, (the original trilogy and episodes I, II, and III are each their own 'Heroes Journey') and King Arthur, among others.
The Heroes Journey begins with your not-so-likely hero (whether it is an orphan, a hobbit, a squire, or a moisture farmer from a desert planet in the outer rim of the galaxy) who is elevated to a higher status when some new, fantastic element is given to them. The fantastic element varies depending on the main premises of each story, but it is generally ability or some kind of 'magic' item. (A 'magic sword' is a metaphor for great change in both King Arthur and Star Wars) After the hero enters the world that is unknown to most normal people, a central challenge or villain emerges. While there may be small deviations that prove as challenges along the way to the goal, the main quest remains at the finish line of the Heroes Journey. A perfect example of a miniature Heroes Journey can be found in 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.' Harry competes in a magical tournament in which he must go through three different trials that each prove his worth as a wizard. Inevitably, at the end of the third trial (the final steps of the Heroes Journey) he is faced with the villain throughout the entire showdown. Harry is unable to defeat the villain at this point but does manage to (barely) escape and return to safety. This is where the fourth book's miniature example of a Heroes Journey ends, as an actual Heroes Journey cannot end in the hero merely escaping from the villain, as the evil still exists in the world. Along the way, the Hero meets a mentor who teaches them all about the new magic that they recently acquired, and usually gives them subtle insight on the world and more importantly, how to defeat the villain. Then, sadly, the mentor (the word comes from the name of the helpful servant of Odysseus in the Odyssey, -arguably the worlds first heroes journey) has to die to give the hero the chance to understand that they have indeed learned from the mentor, and the hero is then free to complete the task of defeating the villain -or dying heroically in the process.
The series has also been reiterated in film versions of the books. The films have recieved mixed reviews and arguably poor quality contrary to the universally critically high reviews of the books.
Harry Potter is arguably the worlds most popular series of books
A bestselling fantasy book and film series written by English author J.K. Rowling.
Originally intended to be a children's book series. However, the intelligent and whimsical world of a boy who's miserable life suddenly transforms around him into an epic journey through a fantastic world of wizards, witches and mystical creatures, where every aspect (regardless of how small) is magical,
has attained the incredibly rare achievement of accessibility to readers of any age.
The central story follows Harry Potter as he attends the wizarding school Hogwarts, located outside of Hogsmeade, Scotland.
The stories revolve around Harry's interaction and exploration of a world parallel to our own, filled with magical foods, vehicles, monsters and sports.
The story's primary challenge and danger, lies in the return of a powerful, old enemy who had destroyed Harry's immediate family. Leaving him marked by a scar on his forehead.
Each of the seven books in the series represents a single "year" at Hogwarts. Each containing an episodic challenge that is to be overcome, whilst maintaining a coherent plot which encompasses the entirety of the series. Every book also features the three main protagonists coping with the gradual changes of puberty and social responsibility, as their eyes are opened to the, often times, harsh world around them.
Every book also reveals more about the world itself, including traditions, other schools and life outside of school.
A series of books that often get compared to Lord of The Rings or Lemony Snicket's, Series of Unfortunate Events but really are nothing like the two.
Many people love to critisize the books even if they have never attempted to read them before.
Kid 1: Wow Harry Potter is so fucking stupid! Lord of The Rings is so much better!
Kid 2: Have you ever read any of the books?
Kid 1: No.
THE BEST FREAKING BOOK EVER!!!.........
Harry potter- The son of the late Lily and James potter who sacrificed themselves for thier son. He currently lives with his Uncle and Aunt who hate the majick world, he is the only one who ever lived through the avada kedavra (sorry if mispelled) curse. His godfather was sirius black but sadly he dies. At the end of the greatest series of books in the world on Harry or Voldemort has to die... (hope voldie dies!!)
The boy who lived through the avada kedavra curse
A series of very good books by J.K. Rowling, which has inrigued the world.
The five titles are as follows:
Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Two more Harry Potter titles are to be released in the near future.
The next title:
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is due out on July 16th 2005
Harry Potter, son of the late Lily and James Potter and arch-enemy of the dark Lord Voldemort along with his best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. Student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizadry. Harry Potter has come across many obstacles in his life such as escaping death from Lord Voldemort leaving nothing but a scar on his forehead the shape of a lightning bolt.
Very good books I must say and no comparison to the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
if you have to urbandictionary this you're obviously a muggle.
Kid 1: who's harry potter
Wizard Kid: you're just a dumb ass muggle.
Harry Potter is a book about a boy who realizes he is a wizard. He is abused the first ten years of his life buy his aunt and uncle who hate magic and his cousin. He ends up going to a magical school called Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He meets his two new best friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. Together the three friends are in constant battle in each year they attend Hogwarts. A lot of the things that they do they should be expelled for but they are helping to save the wizarding world from an evil wizard named Lord Voldemort. (He is the reason Harry ended up at his aunt and uncles because Voldemort killed Harry's parents.)
Eventually Voldemort does succeed in coming back and for a year no one believes Harry that he is back and he is ridiculed along with his Headmaster Dumbledore who is telling Harry's story to the public. Eventually people realize Harry is right.
We won't know any more until the next two books come out. So far there is only five. Seven will be written.
Most people who hear of Harry Potter automatically assume that the book is awful. They don't even give the series a chance. There are also idiots who think the series who turn children into devil worshippers. News flash people: It is just a story, there are worse books out there.
Harry Potter sucks.
Have you read the books
No but I saw the movies and thought it was childish
Read the books it might change your opinion
No thanks I have better things to do with my life
Right because you can't seem to give the series a change just like other people.
(True story, my friend only believes in logic)
best freakin fantasy character eva!
dont be dissing harry potter