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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

The novel begins with the wizarding world's celebration of the downfall of Lord Voldemort, an evil, powerful and cruel dark wizard. After he killed James and Lily Potter, Voldemort attempted to murder their one-year-old son, Harry. The magical curse rebounded and destroyed Voldemort's body, leaving only a lightning-bolt scar on Harry's forehead. Harry is placed in the care of his Muggle (non-wizard) relatives, the Dursley family. The book skips the next ten years and resumes shortly before Harry's eleventh birthday. The Dursleys have kept the truth about Harry's parents from him. However, the truth comes in the form of Rubeus Hagrid who tells Harry that he is a wizard and has been accepted at Hogwarts for the autumn term. Click here to continue reading...

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter is once again back 'home' with the Dursleys, and his summer holidays are not going to plan. The Dursleys have forbidden his broom, wand and all of his schoolbooks. Harry has not yet received any letters from his friends, Ron and Hermione. On his 12th birthday, Dobby the house elf, arrives to warn Harry that he will be in mortal danger if he returns to Hogwarts. Harry is determined to return, as it is the only true home he has ever known, so Dobby destroys the cake for an important dinner party attended by Uncle Vernon's potential client and the client's wife. The Ministry Of Magic send a letter explaining Harry cannot use magic outside of school as he will be expelled. No longer afraid of this, Uncle Vernon tells Harry he cannot return to Hogwarts and puts bars on Harry's window. Ron, along with his twin brothers, Fred and George rescue Harry and take him to their home in their flying car. Click here to continue reading...

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chamber of secrets
Prisoner of Azkaban


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

J.K. Rowling's third book opens with Harry Potter enduring another summer at the Dursleys', which is broken only by a news report about an escaped convict, Sirius Black, and a visit from Vernon's sister, Marge. When Marge viciously insults Harry's family, he loses his temper and inadvertently inflates her, causing her to float away. Furious and distressed, Harry decides to run away. After a bad scare, when Harry believes he sees a black dog staring at him from a clump of bushes, the Knight Bus appears and takes him to the Leaky Cauldron. Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge is waiting for Harry at the door of the Leaky Cauldron, much to everyone's surprise. Harry is certain Fudge will expel him from Hogwarts for using under-age magic, but, surprisingly, the matter is dropped. While staying at the Leaky Cauldron, Harry overhears Mr. and Mrs. Weasley arguing over whether he should or should not be warned about Black, because they believe that Black escaped from prison with the intent to kill Harry. Click here to continue reading...

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The fourth book opens as Frank Bryce, the Riddle manor's elderly caretaker who had been questioned by local police for murder of the Riddles over fifty years ago, sees lights inside the abandoned mansion. Investigating, he overhears Lord Voldemort and Peter Pettigrew (Wormtail) plotting the death of Harry Potter. Frank is discovered and slain by Voldemort's Killing Curse, though the Dark Lord is only referred to as "The Thing". Soon after, Harry, Hermione Granger, the Weasley family (with the exception of Molly) and several Wizarding acquaintances depart for the Quidditch World Cup. After the match, a flight of Death Eaters (Lord Voldemort's servants) storm the camp, creating panic and destruction. Harry notices that he has lost his wand and becomes worried. Click here to continue reading...

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Goblet of Fire
Order of the Pheonix


Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix

Several weeks into the summer, Harry Potter has heard nothing from his friends or acquaintances from the wizard world. Finding himself walking down a street with his cousin Dudley, the two of them are attacked by a pair of Dementors. Harry drives them off with a Patronus Charm, and is surprised to learn that the Dursleys' elderly neighbour Arabella Figg, is a Squib and has been keeping an eye on him on Albus Dumbledore’s orders. On returning home, he immediately receives a notice of expulsion from Hogwarts for using magic outside school, and that his wand is to be snapped, though these decisions are reversed, set to be decided at a disciplinary hearing. One night, an advance guard from the Order of the Phoenix arrives at the house and escorts Harry to their secret headquarters at Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place in London, where Harry joins the Weasley family, Hermione Granger, and Harry’s godfather Sirius Black. They tell Harry that Voldemort is building an army and is attempting to retrieve a weapon, but is still moving in secret. Click here to continue reading...

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

As Voldemort and his Death Eaters openly wreak havoc throughout Britain, Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge has been forced to resign following public outcry over his mishandling the situation. Before he leaves office, he pays a visit to the Muggle Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to warn him that events occurring in the magical world are now having an effect on the Muggle world and that things are going pretty badly for the Ministry of Magic at present. The Prime Minister is then introduced to Fudge's successor, Rufus Scrimgeour. Meanwhile, at his home in Spinner's End, Severus Snape is sworn to an Unbreakable Vow by Draco Malfoy's mother Narcissa. Although her sister, Bellatrix Lestrange, distrusts Snape, he agrees to protect Draco during his task assigned by the Dark Lord, and complete the mission should Draco fail. Click here to continue

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Half-Blood Prince
Deathly Hallows


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

While in the Malfoy Manor, Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters plan to ambush Harry Potter when he leaves the Dursley home with the Order of the Phoenix for the final time. Voldemort takes Lucius Malfoy's wand, in the hope that it will be able to kill Harry. Meanwhile, Harry disposes of things he would not need, as he does not plan to go back to study at Hogwarts – notably, his Quidditch robes. Indeed, Harry would not have this year an occasion to play Quidditch; however, on three key occasions – getting hold of the Hufflepuff Cup and the Ravenclaw Diadem, and during the final fight with Voldemort – the "unerring skill of the Seeker" would be vitally useful to him in snatching an object out of the air. Members of the Order of the Phoenix are ambushed by Death Eaters as they attempt to escort Harry from the Dursleys' to a safe house by broomstick using decoys. Harry's wand, seemingly of its own accord, countercurses Voldemort when Harry is attacked, allowing him to narrowly escape. Hedwig and Mad-Eye Moody are killed, and George Weasley loses an ear. Click here to continue reading...

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Deathly Hallows


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