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
by Mashimoto July 02, 2007
Lord of the Rings for kiddies and people with tiny attention spans who cannot stand to take the time to read and understand true works of literature. An inferior series about the escapades of the main character, Harry Potter, who bears a lightning-bolt shaped scar on his forehead where his brain was extracted.
And in the news today, lynchings and riots have been reported across the nation as Harry Potter fanboys mobbed nearly every bookstore they could find, trying desperately to get a copy of the newest installment of the Harry Potter book series, entitled "Harry Potter and the House of Ho's".
by Stryker July 31, 2003
Weird creation of an infertile Ginger English lady for children who like picking the wings off flies.
"Harry Potter decays young minds. Period."
by RENEGATUS DOT COM October 20, 2003
Really really really HOT!
Harry Potter is so HOT!
by Lissa June 29, 2004
a horney pothead who likes hermione's boobs
harry potter sux ass
by Chilvan Kiyama December 30, 2003
harry potter is the most retarded book series. it is pretty much lord of the rings without the group of people and just one nerd who does magic and goes on "adventures". he is just trying to get laid
when nazis burn books its bad, when harry potter does it its family fun!
by PlayDohMan July 03, 2004
Sorry, but any book series with as little relation to the plot from the last book as Harry Potter has is not very good. Whereas LOTR, Timothy Zahns Grand Admiral Thrawn trilogy, and Dune all read like one 1000+ page book.
Harry Potter, I'm not dissing it but it's not really my thing.
by Elitist January 02, 2004
The shittiest series of books there is. Anyone who reads them or watches the movies is SERIOUSLY HIGH or a total dreamer who no one cares about thinking that they can cast a magic spell and be a magical wizard with a wand in a magical world.
God people, Harry Potter is fucking gay. I will see Harry Potter in hell!
Like seriously people get a life!! Read a decent book idiot.
Nerdy Boy: Hey I was just reading Harry Potter, and then I did my math homework! It was so much fun, I'm going to be a helpless nerd forever!!

Cool Kid: Harry Potter is so fucking gay you fruity fagot!!

Nerdy Boy: **Cries** one day you'll be sorry when I'm in the magical land of Hogwarts and you're not!

Cool Kid: Man, if I wanted to be in a magical world, I'd just smoke some coke! You stupid nerdy Harry Potter wannabe!

Nerdy Boy: Ummm, can I have some of this magical cocaine that will take me to Hogwarts?

by CoUrTnEy :) November 06, 2007

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