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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Potter’s magical world…

Potter’s magical world…

The Nation

The Battle of Hogwarts, the world of Harry Potter, has come to a halt, and thousands of fans over the world mourn the end of a series that captivated readers around the world.
There won’t be any more Harry Potter books until and unless J.K. Rowling decides to write another series, and I seriously doubt that she would do so.
I started to read the Harry Potter series as a 13-year-old kid and I never thought that I would be a great fan. A friend of mine was reading a book, which had cover of a boy with a wand, and I found the picture quite interesting. So I got the book and started to read it.
By the time I had read the first two paragraphs, I was already hooked. I saw a whole new world had been created. Rowling had created a world beyond the normal human dreamland.
A land of magic, with witches and wizards – so much more detailed than other magical books. Rowling begins the whole series with a brief description about Harry’s muggle neighbourhood. She introduces a magical world where anyone would love to live.
In Harry Potter’s world, you could do whatever you want simply by casting a spell but under age magic is not allowed, which makes any kid realise that even in a book, kids are not allowed to do whatever they want!
Anyway, the story of Harry Potter begins with a rather unusual way. For those of you who have read the book, this wouldn’t be useful, but my ultimate aim is to convince many people to read the wonderful, dreamland book of Harry Potter.
The story opens with the conspicuous celebration of a normally secretive wizarding world. For many years, it had been terrorised by the evil wizard, Lord Voldemort. The plot begins with Voldemort discovering the Potter family’s hidden refuge, killing Lily and James Potter (Harry Potter’s parents). However, when he attempted to murder their infant son, Harry, the ‘Avada Kedavra’ killing curse he cast rebounded upon him. Voldemort’s body was destroyed, but his spirit survived: he was neither dead nor alive.
Harry, meanwhile, was left with a distinctive lightning bolt-shaped scar on his forehead, the only physical sign of Voldemort’s curse. Harry is the only known survivor of the killing curse, and Voldemort’s mysterious defeat causes the wizarding community to dub Harry, ‘The Boy Who Lived.’
After his parents’ death, Dumbledore (head master of Hogwarts school of wizards) sends Hagrid, a ‘half-giant’ to deliver Harry to his only living relatives, the cruel and non-magical Dursleys, consisting of Uncle Vernon, a bad-tempered uncle with hardly any neck; Aunt Petunia, a long-necked woman who appears to absolutely loathe Harry; and Dudley, their spoiled, overweight son. They attempt in vain to rid him of his magical powers, hide his magical heritage, and severely punish him after any strange occurrences.
It is a book which shows the true value of friendship. Ron and Hermione are Harry’s strength in his dark and cheerful days; they assist him in all his missions. From then onwards the war between Harry and Lord Voldemort begins. The war between good and evil, for justice and order, live or die... this is a book that everyone should read!


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