Monday, July 18, 2011

Harry Potter - a brief summary on the books

The Potter Series is magical world of love , fun , romance, hate , curse and rebirth.The young potter acted by Daniel Radcliffe grew up with these films along with his friends Ron Weasley by Rupert Grint and Hermione Granger by Emma Watson.

The Harry Potter film series was based on the book series by a British author J. K. Rowling who got this idea while travelling on train. The film was distributed by Warner Bros into eight series starting from the year 2001 to 2011 in a span of 10 years.The film was produced by David Heyman and Steve Kloves wrote the screenplay for the first film. As an ardent fan of Harry Potter ,I wanted to give a brief summary of all the films on the day of the release of the last potter series on July 15,2011.

Harry Potter Syndrome:
It is a syndrome which is characterized by believing oneself to be a Harry Potter who believes and does magic thinking that he/she is the one who can save the world .This syndrome was derived from the main character Harry Potter from the Potter series by J.K.Rowling.

The Potter Series :
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)

The Full Story :
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone begins with Harry Potter , a shy and self-doubting boy wizard being brought up by his awful aunt Petunia and uncle Vernon along with his fat cousin Dudley.Dudley lived a life of king,whereas Harry was more like a servant.He have a lightening shaped scar on his forehead when his parents died in a car crush when he was a baby.But ,the real fact was he received the scar after an attack by the evil and powerful wizard Voldemort known as "You-Know-Who" who even killed Harry's Parents .This truth is only known to the the Headmaster and Deputy Headmistress of Hogwarts school of Witchcraft who left Harry with his uncle after this awful incident and awaited to get him back until he is of age to attend the Hogwarts school .Days went by when he receives a mail to enter into the Hogwarts school of wizards ,the best wizard school in the world at the age of 11.

After, a little struggle with his uncle and aunt,he entered the school with the help of the Half-giant Rubeus where he learned the pros and cons of Witchcraft and Wizardry along with his new friends Hermione and Ron Weasley.The first year at the school ,Harry begins to explore the magical world where at the end he goes in quest for the Philosopher stone which can be used to brew an elixir that can make the drinker immortal with Lord Voldemort following Harry .

The series continues with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ,a sequel to Harry's second year at school.Ron's younger sister Ginny finds a book belonging to Lord Voldemort in which she reads out a chapter about Chamber of secrets which in turn proves a gateway for a monster out.He(monster) disturbs the children in Hogwarts school.The novel delves into the history of Hogwarts and the Chamber.Also, Harry comes to know he can speak the language of the snakes and learns few secrets about Lord Voldemort.The book ends with Harry fighting the monster saving Ginny and unknowingly destroys a piece of a soul (horcrux) hidden by Lord Voldemort in the dairy(book) .

Following the series is the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban elaborating Harry's third year in his magical school.In this series,Harry comes to know about Remus Lupin and Sirius Black , friends of his father.The former teaches him the defensive measures against the dark creatures with the power to devour a human soul ( dementors ) and the latter happens to be an escaped murderer believed to have assisted in the deaths of Harry's parents.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire starts with Harry's fourth year at his magical school.Here, Harry was misguided by Professor Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody (Voldemort's supporter) who made Harry participate in a dangerous tournament .Harry fights his way out defeating his opponents .

The fifth book marking the fifth year "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix " ,Harry encounters a a secret society called the Order of the Phoenix which works to protect Harry and to defeat Voldemort and his supporters .With this society, the re-arrival of Voldmort has been warned saving the children's lives in the school .Harry too forms a secret study group known as 'Dumbledore's army' in order to teach his classmates the higher skills of defense against the dark arts he has learned.In the end ,they also capture and imprison many of the Death Eaters saving Hogwarts once again .

In the sixth year at school ,Harry stumbles upon an old potions textbook filled with annotations and recommendations signed by a mysterious writer, the Half-Blood Prince marking another book " Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince " .He also learns from Albus Dumbledore that Voldemort's soul is splintered into a series of horcrux, evil enchanted items hidden in various locations .Harry's adversary ,Darco Malfoy attempts to attack Dumbledore at various times and finally Professor Snape kills Dumbledore towards the end of the book(movie).

The final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is divided into two parts where Voldemort has completed his ascension to power and gains control of the Ministry of Magic .Harry and his friends drop out of the school to find and destroy the remaining horcruxes of Voldemort.As they search the horcruxes, they come to know more about the Professor Snape who always disliked Harry from the beginning of the novel and the past of Mr.Dumbledore.As the world would have seen as on July 15,2011 ,the book/movie  concludes with Harry discovering himself as one of the horcruxes and so surrenders himself to Voldemort who cast a Killing curse on Harry.But soon Dumbledore explains that the Horcrux inside Harry has been destroyed when Voldemort used Harry's blood to regain his full strength . Finally towards the end , Harry returns and defeats Voldemort and his supporters with the help of his friends (Ron and Hermione) along with the 'Order of the Phoenix , his teachers and students thus saving the world of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

If you are one of an ardent admirer of the Potter series ,you cannot forgot to notice that the Harry Potter syndrome brushing you from time to time. Happy Magic with Harry Potter!

Wanna some fun :

Harry Potter Interactive Book
Harry Potter Activities and Games 
J.K.Rowling Official Site

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