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
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.
Yup

(True story, my friend only believes in logic)
by Harry Potter fan June 07, 2005
Make your bitch ride you like a broomstick, punch her in the glasses, then when its all said and done yell IM LORD VOLDERMORT and kill her parents
So i gave my girlfriend the best harry potter last night, she still wont talk to me!
by EROCK EMONEY January 25, 2010
A sexual position involving a grappling hook, a pineapple, a traffic cone, and a glow stick. After that point, use your imagination.
Harry Potter? Hell yea!
by fdfjdflkajdsf July 10, 2008
A sexual move where a man comes on the woman's forehead in the shape of a lightening bolt, symbolizing that which is on the forehead of the popular character Harry Potter
Joe: "Dude, i gave her a MEAN Harry Potter last night, check out this pic of that lightening bolt!"
by XSVFTW April 02, 2009
another word for a penis
His harry potter didn't even get that big!

He whipped out his harry potter

Daniel Radcliffe showed his harry potter in Equus

Harry played with his harry potter
by Celliquanise October 09, 2007
best freakin fantasy character eva!
dont be dissing harry potter
by Pooja Patel June 17, 2004
A Harry Potter is when your fucking a chick from behind, and as your about to bust, you shove a stick in their asshole and yell Expecto-Patronum! Then you proceed to snap the stick off in thier ass.
Chick 1: Why'd you break up with him?
Chick 2: He broke a stick off in my ass!

Chick 3: Oh he Harry Potter 'd you...HE'S A KEEPER!
by Drew Peacock54565 March 09, 2012

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