http://www.wikisummaries.org/Harry_PotterHarry Potter Contents [hide]1 Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone2 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets3 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban4 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire5 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix6 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince7 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows8 External LinksHarry Potter and the SorcerersStone Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone Author J. K. Rowling Original title (if not in Harry Potter and the Sorcerers English) Stone Country United Kingdom Language English Series Harry Potter Genre(s) Fiction
Harry Potter is the most miserable, lonely boy you Publisher Bloomsbury Released July 2, 1998 (UK), June 2, 1999can imagine. He’s shunned by his relatives, the (US)Dursley’s, that have raised him since he was an Preceded by Noneinfant. He’s forced to live in the cupboard under the Followed by Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets stairs, forced to wear his cousin Dudley’s hand-me-down clothes, and forced to go to his neighbour’shouse when the rest of the family is doing something fun. Yes, he’s just about as miserable as you can get.Harry’s world gets turned upside down on his 11th birthday, however. A giant, Hagrid, informs Harry that he’sreally a wizard, and will soon be attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry also learns that,in the wizarding world, he’s a hero. When he was an infant, the evil Lord Voldemort killed his parents and thentried to kill Harry too. What’s so amazing to everyone is that Harry survived, and allegedly destroyed Voldemortin the process.When Harry hears all this, he doesn’t know what to think. However, everything Hagrid tells him turns out to betrue, and with a joyful heart Harry starts wizarding school in September. He quickly becomes best friends with aboy named Ron Weasley, and before they even make it to Christmas, they break tons of school rules whenthey attack a troll and prevent it from killing fellow student Hermione Granger. After the troll incident, the threebecome inseparable, and Harry is amazed to have found such great friends. He is constantly busy trying tostay on top of the mounds of homework, as well as participating in weekly Quidditch practices. Quidditch is apopular sport among wizards and Harry is the youngest Quidditch player in over a century. Its also a gameHarry loves more than anything else at school.As the year progresses, the three friends set out to solve the mystery of the gigantic three-headed dog that isguarding something in a deserted corridor in the school. They figure out that a very valuable object, theSorcerer’s Stone, is being hidden in the school, although they don’t know why. When one of the professorsstarts acting as if he’s trying to steal it, they quickly take action to circumvent the theft.Things come to a head when they sneak past the vicious, three-headed dog and go down into the bowels ofthe school, determined to save the stone. Ron and Hermione help Harry get through the challenges set forth tostop the thief, but Harry must go on alone to battle the professor. When he finally gets to the last room,however, he’s astonished to find someone else entirely.Harry is forced to do battle with the wizard that tried to kill him so many years before, Lord Voldemort. He’s ableto save the Sorcerer’s Stone, although he’s almost killed in process. The school headmaster, Dumbledore,arrives just in time to save Harry.The school year ends spectacularly. Harry, Ron, and Hermione are honored for their service to the school, andHarry leaves to go back to the Dursley’s for the summer feeling as if he’s finally found a place where he reallybelongs.
Harry Potter and the Chamber ofSecrets Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsIt’s been another long summer at the Dursley’s forHarry Potter. He can’t wait to get back to Hogwartsand is counting down the days until he can return.He’s surprised when, on his birthday, a strangeelfish creature named Dobby shows up with direwarnings for Harry: He must not return toHogwarts!When Harry refuses to stay home from school,Dobby lands him in heaps of trouble with theDursley’s, who lock Harry up in his room andrefuse to let him out. Before Harry can sink too farinto despair, however, Ron Weasley and his two Author J. K. Rowlingbrothers, twins Fred and George, come to his Country United Kingdomrescue in a flying car and spirit him back to their Language Englishhouse, where Harry is thrilled to spend the Series Harry Potterremainder of the summer. Genre(s) FictionThus starts an eventful second year for Harry Publisher BloomsburyPotter. Between having to cope with more Released July 2, 1998 (UK), June 2, 1999 (US)homework than ever, a Defense Against the Dark Preceded by Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone Followed by Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanArts professor who is vain and convinced Harry istoo, and a mysterious voice he keeps hearing inthe walls, Harry’s days are nothing if not interesting.As the school year progresses, however, the mysterious voice Harry keeps hearing is getting more and moremenacing, and soon vicious attacks start happening to the students of Hogwarts. When Harry discovers, quiteby accident, that he is a Parslemouth and can speak to snakes, he’s quickly singled out as Slytherin’s heir, theperson who, according to legend, will open the mysterious “Chamber of Secrets” and release the monsterwithin.Of course Harry has no idea who is attacking the students, but he quickly resolves to find out who isresponsible. He, Ron, and Hermione come up with an elaborate plan to disguise themselves as Slytherinstudents so they can question Draco Malfoy, whom they believe is the one setting the monster loose in the
school. The plan goes perfectly, but they’re disappointed when they find out from Draco that he is not the onethey’re looking for.The quest gets personal when Hermione is attacked and petrified by the monster. Ron and Harry aredevastated, and are left on their own to uncover the true identity of the person responsible. Events come to ahead when Ron’s sister, Ginny, is kidnapped and taken down into the Chamber of Secrets, and Ron and Harrydiscover an important clue that Hermione left for them. They quickly head down into the Chamber of Secrets torescue Ginny.Harry and Ron get separated once they’re down there and Harry is left to pursue the monster on his own. Hequickly finds Ginny, and thanks to some mysterious help from Dumbledore and his pet phoenix, Fawkes, Harryis able to destroy Slytherin’s heir, who turns out to be a younger version of Lord Voldemort. Voldemort hadpossessed Ginny through an enchanted diary and was using her to set the monster loose on the students.Harry and Ron are both hailed as heroes when they make it back out with Ginny, and Harry can’t imagine afiner end to such an eventful year when Hermione and the rest of the victims are healed and they winGryffindor loads of House points.Harry Potter and the Prisoner ofAzkaban Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Author J. K. Rowling Country United Kingdom Language English Series Harry Potter
Harry starts off his third year at Hogwarts rather Genre(s) Fiction Publisher Bloomsburyeventfully when he inadvertently blows up his Aunt Released July 8, 1999 (UK), September 8, 1999 (US)Marge, goes on the run, and is then personally Preceded by Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secretsabsolved by the Minister of Magic himself. He then Followed by Harry Potter and the Goblet of Firelearns that mass murderer, Sirius Black, is intenton killing him, and Mr. Weasley makes him promisea strange thing, that no matter what he hears he won’t go looking for Black. Confused, Harry agrees.As he heads back to school armed with this knowledge, he learns that dementors, evil, soul-sucking creatures,have been stationed around Hogwarts to protect the students from Black. The dementors affect Harry muchmore than the other students because of his terrible past, and he quickly resolves to learn to defend himselfwhen he begins collapsing every time they come near. He finds a willing teacher in Professor Lupin, the newDefense Against the Dark Arts professor, who begins teaching Harry the Patronus Charm, which is the onlyspell that will work against the foul creatures.As the school year progresses, the third year students are buried under piles of homework. Hermione isalready stressed out due to her enormous course load, and none of them can figure out how she’s getting to allher classes. It doesn’t help that Hermione’s cat, Crookshanks, repeatedly tries to eat Ron’s rat, Scabbers,causing the two friends to argue ceaselessly about the animals. They stop speaking entirely when it’sdiscovered that Crookshanks seems to have eaten Scabbers and Ron is devastated.Harry has a few close calls with Black when he breaks into the castle, but Black is not apprehended. Thingscome to a climax as the school year ends when a number of events occur. First, Ron’s rat, Scabbers, turns outto still be alive and is really a wizard in disguise. This wizard, Peter Pettigrew, has chosen to hide himself in thisway so that he can spy on Harry and his friends on behalf of Lord Voldemort. Harry learns that it was Peter,and not Sirius Black, that betrayed his parents to Voldemort. Just when Harry is sure Peter is finally going to bepunished for his crimes, he escapes into the night.Sirius, long thought to be a mass murderer and Voldemort supporter, turns out to be innocent. Harry alsolearns that Sirius is his godfather. He’s overjoyed when, for a moment, he thinks he might be finally free of theDursleys and able to live with Sirius, but Sirius has to go on the run from the Ministry to avoid beingapprehended.Professor Lupin, Harry’s favorite teacher, ends up resigning his post when it’s discovered that he’s a werewolf.He narrowly avoids attacking the kids, and it’s Sirius that saves their lives when he turns into a huge shaggydog to protect them.It’s an action-packed year to be sure, but Harry is very happy that Sirius makes it out safely and is finally freefrom Azkaban. He’s comforted by the fact that he finally has a family-member, so to speak, out there watchingover him.
Harry Potter and the Goblet ofFire Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireHarry can’t believe it. The Weasley’s have invitedhim to the Quidditch World Cup, which means he’llget to leave the Dursley’s house early and go see agame that anyone would kill to see.The game is intense, but not just because of thestellar players and non-stop action. Voldemort’sservants, the Death Eaters, make an appearanceand the wizarding world is shocked whenVoldemort’s sign appears in the sky after the game.When Harry, Ron, and Hermione finally make itback to Hogwarts a few weeks later, they’reshocked to find that the school will be hosting the Author J. K. RowlingTriwizard Tournament this year. It’s a competition Country United Kingdombetween the three wizarding schools of Hogwarts, Language EnglishDurmstrang, and Beauxbatons. A champion is Series Harry Potterchosen for each school and competes in very Genre(s) Fictiondifficult challenges that test their skill and daring. Publisher Bloomsbury Released July 8, 2000When the students from the other schools arrive in Preceded by Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanOctober, the students begin putting their name in Followed by Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenixthe Goblet of Fire in order to be chosen as theirschools champion. Harry is shocked beyond belief when, in spite of his inability to compete because of hisage, he’s chosen as the fourth school champion.What’s even worse is that Ron doesn’t believe that Harry didn’t put his name in the goblet. They get into a hugefight, and Ron stops talking to Harry. The rest of Hogwarts is also incensed that Harry is "looking for morefame", and the only person who stands by Harry’s side is Hermione.In the tournament, the first task of fighting dragons goes great for Harry, and what’s even better is that itconvinces Ron that Harry was telling the truth all along, and they become friends again.As the school year progresses Harry is beset with troubles. Snooping journalist, Rita Skeeter, continues topublish gossipy articles about Harry that alienate him from the rest of the school, he’s turned down by hiscrush, Cho Chang, when he asks her to the Yule Ball, and in the days leading up to the second task of thetournament, which involves retrieving something important from the bottom of a lake filled with mer-people, he
almost doesn’t find a way to accomplish what he’s got to do. Saved at the last minute, however, Harry againgets almost full marks and is tied for first place.Sirius returns to keep an eye on Harry, as well as the mysterious happenings that keep taking place atHogwarts. There is someone at the school who wants Harry dead, but no one knows who it is.During the final task of the tournament, Harry and Cedric both tie for first place, but as soon as they grasp thewinners cup, they are transported to a creepy graveyard where Cedric is immediately killed and Harry tied upby Wormtail. He witnesses Voldemort’s return to power, and barely makes it back to Hogwarts alive, clutchingCedric’s body.When he gets back he discovers that "Professor Moody",the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, wasthe traitor all along. He’s a magically disguised Death Eater who risked everything to kidnap Harry for LordVoldemort. Harry tells Dumbledore what happened with Voldemort, and although the Minister of Magic,Cornelius Fudge, doesn’t believe Harry, Professor Dumbledore begins to take steps to mobilize againstVoldemort.Harry Potter and the Order of thePhoenix Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Author J.K. Rowling Cover Artist Jason Cockcroft (UK), Mary GrandPré (US) Language English Publisher Bloomsbury (UK), Scholastic Press (US)
Its been another long, hot summer at the Dursleys Released June 21, 2003 Media Type Hardbackfor Harry Potter. Having spent most of it in an Preceded by Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fireadolescent "funk" of depression and bitterness over Followed by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Princethe lack of informative letters from his friends aboutVoldemorts return, hes suddenly jolted out of hisbad mood when two Dementors show up in the town of Little Whinging and attack Harry and his cousin,Dudley. When Harry uses magic to drive them off, however, he quickly receives a succession of owls from theMinistry, requiring him to attend a disciplinary hearing. His heart sinks when he reads that the question ofwhether to expel him from Hogwarts will be decided at the hearing.Harry is exonerated at the hearing but when Harry finally manages to make it back to school, he finds thingsare different than when he left. Hagrids missing, there are skeletal horses pulling the school carriages that onlyhe can see, and the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher is none other than toadlike, repulsive DoloresUmbridge, a Ministry representative whom Harry is all too familiar with.Even worse is the constant mutterings of the other students. Having spent all summer discrediting both Harryand Dumbledore, the Ministry has succeeded in convincing everyone theyre both crazy and that Voldemortsreturn is nothing but a figment of their imagination.With only Ron and Hermione standing by his side, Harry is hard-pressed to stay in a good mood and oftenlashes out at the ones he is closest to. His defiant behavior lands him in detention for weeks at a time withProfessor Umbridge, who soon rises to the status of Hogwarts High Inquistor and revels in sacking teachersand keeping the entire school under the control of her stubby, ugly-ringed fingers.As the school year progresses Harry and Umbridge frequently lock horns, and she retaliates by taking awayeverything he cares about: Quidditch, letters from Sirius, and visits with Hagrid. So Harry fights back the onlyway he can, by forming a secret defense group, known as Dumbledores Army, and teaching his friends how tofight properly.In spite of the frantic workload in preparing for their OWLs (tests that determine the students future careerchoices), the tyranny of Umbridge, and Harrys unbearable crush on Ravenclaw seeker, Cho Chang, Harrykeeps having tantalizing dreams of dark corridors and locked doors that are distracting at best. His scarprickles constantly and he soon finds hes turned into a tiny antenna for Voldemorts mood swings, whichcertainly doesnt help his own temper.Things take a disastrous turn when Dolores Umbridge finds out about Harrys secret defense group. Harry isfilled with guilt when Dumbledore, claims credit for the group in order to protect Harry, and has to flee theschool to escape arrest.
This installment ends with an epic battle of good and evil, resulting in a devastating loss to Harry when hisgodfather Sirius Black is killed, and the full revelation that his destiny lies intertwined with none other thanVoldemort himself. In the end, Dumbledore reveals the lost prophecy to Harry: either Harry will kill LordVoldemort or Voldemort will kill Harry.Harry Potter and the Half-BloodPrince Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceHarrys sixth year at Hogwarts opens to find himmore mellow and grown up than ever. The death ofSirius Black has left an indelible mark on him, andhes more determined than ever to put an end toVoldemort and his Death Eaters. Hes happy toescape the tyranny of the Dursleys early in thesummer when Dumbledore picks him up to attendto a mysterious errand, which ends up in Harryspersuading ex-professor, Horace Slughorn, tocome out of retirement to teach at Hogwarts again.When the day finally arrives, Harry is as usualoverjoyed to be back at school. Hes been madeQuidditch Team Captain. However, Harry and his Author J. K. Rowlingfriends are dismayed to find out that Professor Country United KingdomSeverus Snape has finally achieved his burning Language Englishdesire to become Defense Against the Dark Arts Series Harry Potterprofessor. Harry is excited to be taking private Genre(s) Fictionlessons with Dumbledore this year, who is showing Publisher Bloomsburyhim all about Voldemorts past. Dumbledore hopes Released 16 July, 2005that knowing as much as he can about Voldemort ISBN ISBN-0747581088 Preceded by Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenixwill help Harry in his final battle with the Dark Lord. Followed by Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsA mysterious book previously owned by the Half-Blood Prince comes into Harrys hands early on during his Potions class and changes the course of his schoolyear by giving him a reputation for Potions brilliance that baffles everyone. Harry quickly grows to depend onthe information he gets from the Half-Blood Princes book and uses some of his spells outside of class, much toHermiones displeasure.
Harry also keeps an increasingly close eye on Draco Malfoy. Convinced that Malfoy has replaced his father asthe head of the Death Eaters, Harry believes Malfoy is constructing a dark plot inside the school but cant forthe life of him figure out what it is. Between Ron and Hermiones skepticism, and Malfoys disappearances fromthe school grounds, Harry has his hands full trying to uncover what Malfoys up to.As the year speeds by, Harry and Ron are both amazed at their blossoming love lives. Harry especially fallshard for someone he knows he shouldnt, his best friend Rons sister, Ginny. His lessons with Dumbledorecontinue sporadically, and hes excited to hear that he might be able to go with Dumbledore on a dangerousmission to help destroy a horcrux that contains a part of Voldemorts soul.Things reach a frantic pace when several things happen all at once. Harry and Dumbledore leave on theirmission, Malfoys dark plot finally works and he is able to sneak in Death Eaters to attack the school, and afierce battle takes place between the students, members of the Order of the Phoenix, and the Death Eaters.Having succeeded in their mission to recover the horcrux, Harry and Dumbledore return only to get trapped onthe Astronomy Tower where, to Harrys dismay, Professor Snape kills Dumbledore.Dumbledores death is a terrible blow to Harry, but it enables him to see clearly what his true mission is. Heresolves that he will not return to Hogwarts, but instead sets off to destroy the remaining fragments ofVoldemorts soul. He is bolstered by Ron and Hermiones insistence on going with him, and as soon asDumbledores funeral is over, they agree to start their journey together.Harry Potter and the DeathlyHallows Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Author J. K. Rowling Country United Kingdom
Harry has finally come of age, and finally started on Language English Series Harry Potterhis final journey to defeat Voldemort for good. The Genre(s) FictionDursely’s are forced to go into hiding so that Publisher BloomsburyVoldemort’s Death Eaters will not torture them for Released 21 July, 2007information, and Harry sets off with Ron and ISBN ISBN 0545010225Hermione on a difficult quest to find and destroy Preceded by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Princethe last of Voldemort’s Horcruxes. Only once thosehave been destroyed, Harry knows, can Voldemort truly be killed.It’s not easy. Harry is plagued with rumors of Dumbledore’s past, and begins to wonder if the Headmaster heso long revered might have had a much darker past than he ever let on. The three are frequently without food,and with winter coming their journey is no day at the beach. Because of their lack of plan, lack of food, and lackof progress, their spirits are often low, and Ron especially becomes argumentative. One night he and Harry getinto an epic fight and Ron leaves to go back home.Harry and Hermione are devastated that he’d abandoned them. They finally decide to revisit Godric’s Hollow insearch of clues, and once again they’re almost caught by Voldemort. Every step they make, it seems, he isthere anticipating them. They’ve almost died too many times to count, and their spirits sink even lower whenHarry discovers his wand was broken in the battle.Ron redeems himself a few weeks later by coming back and saving Harry’s life in the nick of time. Theymanage to destroy another Horcrux with Gryffindor’s sword, and they become excited again as they begin tolearn about a mysterious trio of magical objects called the Deathly Hallows. Whomever possesses the threeobjects will be a master of death, and to Harry, it’s his one chance to beat Voldemort and live to tell the tale.As his adventures and the danger he’s in increases, Harry begins to truly understand what Dumbledoreintended him to do. He realizes, almost at the last minute, that his own life will have to be sacrificed in order forVoldemort to truly be vanquished. Filled with love for his friends, he willingly gives his life so that they may live.His last act of heroism, however, saves his life. He meets Dumbledore again in death, and Dumbledoreanswers many of his questions. He is given a choice to stay or to go back, and he chooses to go back andfight.It’s all over between Harry and Voldemort with just one spell. Harry is left alive, the true master of the Hallows,and Voldemort is killed for good. He now understands more than he ever has about love (which he lovesGinny), and life, and sacrifice, and in spite of the loss of many of his friends during the last battle, is grateful forthe second chance he’s been given at life, and love.
http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/potter4/canalysis.html#Harry-PotterAnalysis of Major CharactersHarry PotterHarry Potter is the fourteen-year-old protagonist and hero. He is famous within the wizard community for havingwarded off a curse from Voldemort, the most powerful dark wizard. Although this event occurred when Harry was onlyan infant, Harry managed to reverse the curse and take away Voldemorts power. Hary was left with a smalllightening-shaped scar as a remnant of the encounter. Because Harry lived through a curse that no other wizardcould survive, he is celebrated internationally. Harry does not remember these events, and because was orphaned byVoldemorts attack, he lives with his aunt, uncle, and cousin. These relatives do not tolerate any mention of magic inthe house.Because Harry was famous before he even knew he was a wizard, much of his personality is shaped by his desire tolive up to his fame. He steers clear of special treatment, flattery, and praise. He strives to live a normal wizards life,and to a great extent he does. He has close friendships, enemies, dilemmas, and triumphs just like any otheradolescent boy. But Harry is distinct because of his courage and loyalty. Although Harry risks his life to fight theforces endangering Hogwarts, he always succeeds through a mix of skill and help from his friends. In this book, Harryfaces Voldemort for the first time since his infancy. Through a combination of his own quickness as well as assistancefrom the ghosts of Voldemorts past victims, Harry emerges alive. Harry is not a typical or mythological hero. He is anunderdog, with his skinny stature, broken glasses, and relative inexperience in the wizard world. Yet he lives up to hisfame by bravely entering situations with the inborn faith that someone will get him through the situation alive.Ron WeasleyRon is one of Harrys best friends at Hogwarts, and has five older brothers and one younger sister. As a member ofsuch a large family, Ron is rarely the center of attention. Ron feels valued by Harry and doesnt seem to mind thatHarry gets more attention than he does on a regular basis, although he sometimes feels envious. At one point, afterHarry has been chosen as a Triwizard champion, Ron jealously refuses to speak with Harry for quite a long time.Although Ron is usually notably loyal to his friends, he is frequently causing trouble, either because he is jealous ofHarry, or because he appears to have a hopeless crush on Hermione.Rons father is a highly-ranked member of the Ministry of Magic and his family is backed by generations of purewizard blood, but Ron is often picked on by Malfoy for wearing tattered robes, living in an old house, not having a richfather. He is adventurous, like Harry, and somewhat mischievous but always with good intentions. Ron has a wry,skeptical sense of humor; if Harry is the bold leader of their trio and Hermione the textbook brain, Ron often acts asthe fiery and sarcastic jester.Hermione GrangerHermione Granger is a quintessential brain, in the same way that while Harry represents courage and Ron representsloyalty. Hermione was born to a Muggle family, but she is the top student in her class. These traits make one ofMalfoys favorite targets. She pleases her teachers and follows rules. She values grades and genuinely loves to learn.Although she disapproves of Ron and Harrys sometimes questionable behavior, she stands by them. Hermione isgood- natured and adventurous, and always helpful and brilliant. When in doubt, she turns to books, and usually sheknows how to find an answer. Hermiones research and training is essential in helping Harry prepare for and triumphin his three Triwizard tasks.Although her priorities lean heavily toward obsessive academic details, she is very self-confident and forthright,pursuing without abandon the causes in which she believes, such as the liberation of house-elves. In this book, she
seems to have matured significantly, becoming a more loyal friend than ever before, especially when Ron and Harryarent speaking after the Goblet of Fire chose Harry as a champion. She becomes a subject of much contention whenViktor Krum develops a crush on her, causing tension between her and Ron, who also seems to have a crush on her.She handles it in a rather immature and belligerent manner. She is extremely clever and fair, and she provides agreat deal of support to Harry in this book.