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Oct 28

Series Saturday: Harry Potter

Posted on October 28, 2016 at 2:39 PM by Lindsey Kult

Harry Potter Collage
This week's Series Saturday is Harry Potter! Hopefully these books will get you into the spirit of Halloween this weekend! 

Genre: 


Fantasy, Young Adult, Junior Fiction, Adventure

Location in Howard Miller: 

Junior Fiction, JF ROWLING

Meet the Character: 

Harry Potter was orphaned at the age of one when his parents were murdered by the Dark Lord.  Hogwarts Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, decided to protect Harry by placing him under the care of his muggle (non-magical) family - the Dursleys. After a decade of being - quite frankly - emotionally abused by his aunt, uncle, and cousin, Harry learns that he is more than just an orphan: he is one of the most famous wizards in history! Harry takes his place among his witch and wizard peers at Hogwarts: School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and begins a magical and dangerous journey with his best friends Ron and Hermione. Just because he is famous does not mean that he is beloved by all. In addition to numerous encounters with the Dark Lord, Harry also must deal with a professor who despises him and the envious Darco Malfoy. Even with all of these complications, Harry is still a boy maturing into a man who must face the problems all children face.

Number in the Series: 

There are currently 8 books in the series. Originally there were only to be 7, however, two other authors joined JK Rowling and created a play that became the 8th book. There are also six books based on the Harry Potter universe.
  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 
  6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 
  8. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Final Word: 

While this series is often considered a children's series, it beloved by people of all ages. It is a story of adventure, friendship, love, loss, and growth. Rowling is able to make you cry (numerous times), laugh out loud, gasp, and want to curse her. She teaches us that friends stick together no matter what, people aren't all bad or all good but a mixture of both, love is stronger than evil, you cannot always trust those in power, and that our choices determine who we are.