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Harry Potter

Outline. Author. Hogwarts. Main Characters. Themes. Literary criticism. Adaptations. Author: J.K. Rowling . Rowling was born in Yate, United Kingdom in . 1965. , to Peter and Anne Rowling. She attended secondary school at .

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Harry Potter

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Harry Potter Slide2




Main Characters


Literary criticism


Author: J.K. Rowling

Rowling was born in Yate, United Kingdom in 


, to Peter and Anne RowlingShe attended secondary school at 

Wyedean Comprehensive

, where she told stories to her fellow students.

Rowling studied for a BA in French and Classics at theUniversity of ExeterSlide4

She wrote a short essay titled "What was the Name of that Nymph Again”

Rowling then moved to 

Porto, Portugal, to teach English as a foreign language. . While there she married Portuguese TV journalist


Arantes .

They had one child, Jessica(1993), before their divorce in 1995

Idea for Harry Potter came to her on a train, she wrote first book

Harry Potter and the Pilosopher's Stone

on lunch breaks and while unemployed.Slide5

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was a huge success. The sales made her a multi-millionaire.


Fantasy, (Harry Potter Series)


, (The Casual Vacancy) 

crime fiction

 (The Cuckoo’s Calling)Awards :

J.K. Rowling has received numerous honors and awards:

Booksellers Association Author of the Year - 





Author of the Year - 



Order of the British Empire (OBE) - 




"If you choose to use your status and influence to raise your voice on behalf of those who have no voice; if you choose to identify not only with the powerful, but with the powerless; if you retain the ability to imagine yourself into the lives of those who do not have your advantages, then it will not only be your proud families who celebrate your existence, but thousands and millions of people whose reality you have helped to change. We do not need magic to transform the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already."Slide7

General Summary

Story of young boy who lives with his aunt along with her husband and son, they treated

him in a bad way.


discovers that he is a wizard, destined to fight evil, covering the seven years (age 11-18) that he spends at


School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.Slide8


School of Witchcraft And WizardrySlide9

Harry potter

Harry Potter

 – Main character of the series, son of James Potter and Lily Evans.

Ordinary hero:

He's an orphan who doesn't remember his parents

Harry is stuck living in the spider-infested closet under the stairs. Because of the Dursleys, he's had to grow up fast and learn to look after himself.Slide10



But Harry's not your everyday kid, and he's not even your everyday wizard. Harry's surrounded by mystery.

He's the one person Voldemort (one of the evilest and most powerful wizards) could not kill, and he's the only known survivor of a "powerful, evil curse" (4.107).

Nobody knows why Voldemort's magic didn't work on Harry, or how he survived a curse that killed both his parents and destroyed his house. For that matter, no one seems to know why Voldemort was after Harry in the first place. Even though he was just a baby when Voldemort attack him, his survival makes him an instant celebrity in the wizarding world.

he's famous in the wizarding world as “The Boy Who lived


Characters: RON weasley


Harry's close friend

youngest Son of Arthur and Molly Weasley

Ron comes from a long line of wizards on both sides of his family, making him a pureblood.

He's grown up steeped in magic and speaks the language of magic too well

Ron wants to be a Gryffindor because it's the house that his whole family has always been in

school prefectSlide12

Hermione GrANGER

When we first meet Hermione, Harry and Ron think she's

super annoying


Ron hopes that she won't. He tells Harry, "Whatever house I'm in, I hope she's not in it“

According to some of the characters “Because Hermione is from an entirely

Muggle family, she shouldn't be that good at magic, or even be allowed to do magic”

She's loud and bossy and butts in all the time. She's your typical know-it-all,

This character in the Harry Potter Series is closest in personality to J.K. RowlingSlide13

Themes: Death

"My books are largely about death.”

J.K Rowling

They open with the death of Harry's parents. There is Voldemort's obsession with conquering death and his quest for 


 at any price, the goal of anyone with magic. I so understand why Voldemort wants to conquer death. We're all frightened of it."[6]Slide14


love and friendship

Dumbledore has always said that something


will never have is friendship and love, that he has blocked out his emotions. Love is the only way to beat


Harry, Ron, and Hermione have always been


friends since the middle of the first book. They have stuck together through death, and destruction, and some hateful exchanges of jealousy between them. They are the stable in the book, even more than Hogwarts, which we do not see in the 1st half of Deathly Hallows.Slide15

Reception: Literary criticism

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

, attracted attention from

the Scottish newspapers, such as 

The Scotsman, which said it had "all the makings of a classic“

The Guardian

 called it "a richly textured novel given lift-off by an inventive wit".

By the time of the release of the fifth volume, 

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


the books began to receive strong criticism from a number of literary scholarsSlide16

Harold Bloom

 raised criticisms of the books' literary merits, saying, "Rowling's mind is so governed by clichés and dead metaphors that she has no other style of writing”

Michael Rosen

, a novelist and poet, advocated the books were not suited for children.


Fay Weldon, while admitting that the series is "not what the poets hoped for", nevertheless goes on to say, "but this is not poetry, it is readable, saleable, everyday, useful prose".


The literary critic

A. N. Wilson

praised the Harry Potter series in The Times

, stating: "There are not many writers who have JK's Dickensian ability to make us turn the pages, to weep—openly, with tears splashing—and a few pages later to laugh, at invariably good jokes..”

Stephen King

 called the series "a feat of which only a superior imagination is capable"  Slide18

King has also joked that "Rowling's never met an adverb she did not like!"

I think Harry will take his place with 



, Frodo

, and Dorothy and this is one series not just for the decade, but for the ages".Slide19