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 seven-part novel and movie series written by English writer, J. K. Rowling, following the tale of an orphan, Harry Potter, who one day discovers he is the most famous wizard of all, having defeated the Dark Lord Voldemort at the age of one. From this attack, Harry Potter recieved a lightning bolt shaped scar. Harry and his friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger fight against Dark magic to defeat Lord Voldemort once and for all.
Harry Potter is seriously misjudged as most people say it supports the occult, is childish, and boring. Most of the people who say this have not read the series, and have no right to criticize it.
Guy: I just read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Girl: Harry Potter is so stupid. J. K. Rowling is using her books to promote the occult. Not to mention that they're children's books. Why would you read something like that?? Oh, and let's not forget how boring it is to read!
Guy: Have you actually read Harry Potter?
Girl: I wouldn't waste my time.
Guy: You're a dumbass.
Probably one of the best series to ever walk the Earth. People are always comparing it to Lord of the Rings and Twilight when in reality, it's nothing like either. Twilight is a crappy vampire series and Lord of the Rings is totally awesome, but for me not as good as Harry Potter. Harry Potter is on it's way to becoming a piece of classic literature and it is well deserved too. People are always complaining about it but usually they don't read the books. Contrary to popular belief, J.K. Rowling is not a satanist. She is an awesome writer who made it after living on the streets. She has pretty much made my life worth living with her awesome characters, Harry Potter, Ron, Ginny, and Hermione.
Person who has never read the books: "Harry potter is a fag."
Me: "Get over yourself."
1) In my opinion, the best series of books ever written. Sorry, Twilight fangirls, but it's true. Often compared to the Lord of the Rings, though commonly compared for the wrong reason. I compare them because they are the best and second best series of books ever written.
2) The best series of movies ever. Even though the movies are not as good as the books (so far), they still beat most other movies and all other movie series. In order of best to worst so far in my opinion, here they are:
1. Goblet of Fire
2. Half-Blood Prince
3. Prisoner of Azkaban
4. Chamber of Secrets
5. Sorcerer's (Philosopher's) Stone
6. Order of the Phoenix
Somehow they managed to make the longest and possibly best book the shortest and worst movie. And the movie is STILL awesome.
3) A boy from the series defined above with a scar shaped like a bolt of lightning on his head. Enemy of Lord Voldemort.
Harry Potter Books Fan: Dude, I just finished reading Order of the Phoenix, it was EPIC!
Harry Potter Hater: Yeh, ok.
Harry Potter Books Fan: Why don't you go read Twilight?
Harry Potter Movies Fan: Goblet of Fire is the BEST MOVIE EVER MADE!
Twilight Movies Fan: OMG NO UR RONG!!!!!!1!!!!one!!!!uno!!!11!!!!!eleventyone!!!!!!!!!!!!! TWILIGHT 4EVER!!!!!unooneunoeleventyoneuno!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111!!!!!!!@!!!!!!!!!!!!!@!@!@!@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Harry Potter Movies Fan: Go watch Twilight, idiot.
3) Harry Potter Series Fan (INSANE FANGIRL: DANGEROUS SPECIES): OMG!!!! Liek, Hairy Potter is SOOOOO hawt!!!!!one!!!!!!1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111
Twilight Fangirl (EVEN MORE DANGEROUS): NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!11 EDWARD 4EVER!!!!!!!11!!! I WANNA FUCK HIM SOOOOO BAD!!!!!!
Sane HP Fan: Geez, you'll never be able to meet them. Live with it.
Also known as the boy who lived. He was born in Godrick's Hollow, England. When he was a baby, his parents where killed by the dark lord, Voldemort. He was sent to live with his aunt and uncle, muggles to the extreme. At 11, he got acccepted to Hogwarts, School for Witches and Wizards, where he attened school for 6 years. At year 7, he left school to search for the horcruxes that belong to Lord Voldemort. At the Battle of Hogwarts, Harry Potter defeated the dark lord. He is currently married to Ginverva Weasley, younger sister to his best friend, Ron Weasley.
Ginny: "OMG! You're Harry Potter, you're the boy who lived!"
To pull a Harry Potter (obviously from the character) is to survive almost certain death, somewhat miraculously.
"Did you see Kill Bill?"
"Yeah, Uma pulled a Harry Potter!"
a set of fairly entertaining books that somehow have taken over the world, firmly ensconced themselves in the minds of teenagers, adults, and innocent children alike, and have generated millions of dollars through mass public hysteria.
Kid: I went to get Harry Potter last night at midnight!!
Other Kid: Harry Potter makes me cry because of its dark murders and battle scenes.
Harry Potters are glasses worn with no lenses in them.
-These lensless glasses are often made from the classic nerdy style frame or the Ray Ban style frame.
-This term came into existance due to Daniel Radcliffe(Harry Potter) supposedly wearing lenseless glasses in the Harry Potter movies.
-This style became popular in 2008 with various types of groups such as hip hoppers, scenesters, and hyphy kids.
-These glasses offer no protection from the sun and are merely a fashion trend.
The rims of the glasses are generally bright-colored, cheap plastic.
*At The Pack show*
Tori: Dang, check out those Harry Potters that guy is wearing.
Iris: What a hyphy boss.
The girl wearing the Harry Potters squinted as the sun's rays hit her eyes, regretting ruining her $200 Ray Ban sunglasses.