The “Harry Potter” series, penned by the illustrious J.K. Rowling, is a fantasy saga that spans seven books, published between 1997 and 2007. Set in a magical world intertwined with our own, the narrative follows the life of Harry Potter, an orphaned boy who learns of his wizarding heritage on his eleventh birthday.
Alongside his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, Harry navigates the challenges of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, all while confronting the dark wizard, Lord Voldemort. The series delves into profound themes such as friendship, love, bravery, and prejudice.
Garnering widespread acclaim from critics and readers alike, the books have been transformed into a successful film series and have left an indelible mark on global pop culture. Fun tidbits include Rowling’s inspiration for the series during a train journey and the record-breaking sales of the final book.
Number of Books
1997 – 2007
Harry Potter: The protagonist of the series, an orphaned boy who discovers on his eleventh birthday that he is a wizard. He attends Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and faces various challenges, including his nemesis, Lord Voldemort.
Hermione Granger: One of Harry’s best friends, she is known for her intelligence and resourcefulness. Hermione is a Muggle-born witch, meaning both her parents are non-magical.
Ron Weasley: Another of Harry’s closest friends, Ron comes from a large, loving wizarding family. He’s loyal and often provides comic relief.
Lord Voldemort: The primary antagonist of the series, he is a dark wizard intent on becoming immortal and ruling the wizarding world.
The idea for the series came to Rowling during a train journey from Manchester to London in 1990.
The character of Hermione is somewhat based on Rowling herself when she was younger.
The last book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” sold 11 million copies in the first 24 hours of its release.
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