Harry Potter

The Sorceror’s Stone

This book starts off with the homicides of a young married couple, leaving their one year old son an orphan. He is raised with abuse and major bullying from his fellow peers and teachers. Despite his horrid conditions, Harry Potter is still a very benevolent and genuinely decent person. He doesn’t hate his aunt, uncle, and cousin that have tortured him practically his whole life. Harry’s world is turned upside down when he finds out about his magical powers, his huge popularity in the wizarding world, and the true nature of his parent’s murders. The concept of something being worth fighting and even dying for is introduced in this book by the child protagonist, making it an even more powerful statement, and it is carried throughout the series.  Three eleven year old kids show readiness to sacrifice their lives for the “greater good.” Reading this as a child myself, I learned that I could make a difference in people’s lives, no matter my age. (Sidenote: I tried to play a game of Quidditch in my living room with my kitchen broom, and knocked over about three or four of my mother’s favorite dishes. Needless to say, she was very upset.)

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