Harry Potter Harry Potter is a household name if you have children. If you don't, then you've probably seen it on a talk show, the news, in the paper or in a magazine. It has been a good many years since a fictional character had graced society with such a huge impact in print, on television and in the movies. Here, I am going to take a close look at who Harry Potter is. What makes him so likeable? Why is he so brave and destined for great things? And is it really a good thing for this fictional character to be such an influence on children everywhere?
Here is a little background on Harry Potter which can be found in detail in the book Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone:

Harry Potter is an 11-year-old boy who lives with his horrible relatives The Dursleys on 4 Privet Drive in London, England. Aunt Petunia, Uncle Vernon and Cousin Dudley treat Harry like an imbecile because he is Aunt Petunia's nephew. Harry's mother and father died when he was a baby and he was sent to live with the Dursleys. What Harry doesn't know is that his parents were the famous wizards, Lily and James Potter, who were battling the dark, evil wizard, Lord Voldemort, when they were killed. Harry, who was just a baby at the time, was sent to live with the Dursleys and does not find out his true identity until he is 11.

When Harry is 11, he receives a letter informing him that he will attend the Hogworts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The adventures begin here.

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Harry is all over the World Wide Web since his print debut in 1997. Fans range from those who can barely read (because they are too young) to those who can barely read (because they are too old). It is important to realize that the only person who knows everything true about Harry Potter is the author J.K. Rowling. Otherwise, people who have fan sites on the web can make a lot of claims about Harry that just may not be true.

A list of popular Web sites dedicated to Harry Potter are listed below:


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