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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
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the only worse insult than ya muva
"fuck you"
"fuck your muva"
"HARRY POTTER!"
(he gasps with pain at such a mighty insult)
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1) To get a chick reallly high
2) get a broom
3) make a lightning bolt on her forehead with jiz
4) fuck the chick with the brooom while saying "RIDE THAT SHIT LIKE THE QUITTICH WORLD CUP"
5) lock her in a small cubbord under some stairs and run away
"so i was at this party and cassie got soooooo stoned that sherman Harry Pottered her"
"really?"
"yha she woke up in kelseys broom closet and said her ass really hurt, turns out he stuck the broom in the wrong hole"
"ouch"
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The best freaking book and movie series ever. It tells the story of Harry Potter "the boy who lived" and his life at Hogwarts School for Witch Craft and Wizardry. He is also the main threat to the villain Voldemort. As of October 2009 there are 7 books ad 6 movies. The book was written by JK Rowling and the movie stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as Harry, Ron and Hermionie. The series is only criticized and hated by illiterate morons with nothing better to do.
Moron: Yo that Harry Potter is so dumb!!
Intelligent Kid: Have you even read the books?
Moron: No....
Intelligent Kid: Yeah okay then....
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Protaganist of a best-selling series of books by JK Rowling. It deals with the his adventures in an alternate universe where magic exists. He fights against the bad guy Voldemort, who killed his parents and wishes to annhilate all the Muggles(i.e- non-magic poeple). Often described as "kiddy books", they are actually very, very well written. The plot is intriguing and quite insightful. It can be read by both kids and adults as it appeals to the two factions on different levels. While most kids think the magic and the fairytale-like aspects are cool, adults can appreciate and relate to the many moralistic debates it brings up.

The movies are complete shite though and rather painful to watch, though. So let's not even go there.

Harry Potter is a best-selling series of books by JK Rowling. And with good reason! Go read them!
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An average series of books that has made an astounding amount of money for it's author, JK Rowling. Though the books aren't bad, they lack originality... it's just chiché after cliché with a few "original" ideas that are completely random and have nothing to do with anything else.

The "Harry Potter" series shows a very obvious decline in JK Rowling's writing... the first one is moderately good, the second is OK, the third is average, and by the end of the series, JK Rowling is getting so full of herself that she attempts to sell the books by their popularity instead of adding actual content.
The latter books in the "Harry Potter" series are so think that they could probably have the pages ripped out and an entire unabridged dictionary could fit in the binding with room to spare.
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A series of books that nerds are violently defensive about, evidently.
I have no interest in Harry Potter. Been reading some Bukowski, Palahniuk, Thompson, Rand...

You don't like Harry Potter?!? You must be illiterate!!!!
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The main character in the Harry Potter series, written by JK Rowling. Harry is a dynamic character throughout the novels and discovers so much about his past, present and future with each of his experiences at Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He is known to wear glasses, be slightly scrawny and be an amazing wizard. He has a thunderbolt shaped scar on his forehead, given to him by Lord Voldemort, the villain of the series. The thunderbolt, being a defining Harry Potter characteristic.
Person 1: I'm going to be Harry Potter, the wizard, for Halloween. He is my favorite character in the series.
Person 2: I like him too. You better draw a scar on your forehead so people will know you are Harry Potter. Wear glasses too.
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