Harry Potter was born to two of the most liked
people in the wizarding world. Harry's father and mother both
graduated from Hogwarts as exception wizards with lots of friends.
Their dream was fulfilled with they had a child, who turned out to be
everything a wizard and witch could want.
The trouble started when Harry was about one
Over the past couple of years, terror has reigned
in both the muggle world and the magical world. The nemesis
has been on a massive killing spree in an attempt to take over the world.
Any muggle, witch, or wizard who gets in his way is murdered. He has
a large following, called deatheaters, who do most of his work for him.
however, wanted to kill the Potters all by himself. As intelligent
as the Potters were,
Voldemort knew they would not be easy to kill. He'd
have to trick them. And trick them is what he did. The story
is told in its entirety in the 3rd Book.
Voldemort murdered Harry's father
first. Then when he came for Harry and his mother, Harry's mother
put her body in between the baby Harry and the evil
Lord Voldemort in
an attempt to protect him. She begged
Voldemort to take
her life and to leave Harry alone, and swore that he would never take
killed her instantly, and then turned his attention to Harry. Using
his normal curse, he attempted to kill Harry as he had killed hundreds of
muggles and wizards before him. But mysteriously the curse was
repelled back at
Voldemort, who instantly lost all his power. The only
evidence of this incident is a lighting bolt shape scar on Harry's
forehead, which, unbeknownst to Harry, throbs painfully whenever
powers are rebuilt.
Over the next year, all of
followers that continued to declare their allegiance to him were either
destroyed or imprisoned in Azkaban, the great wizard prison protected by
the immortal dementors,
introduced in Book 3. The rest of Voldemort's followers
confessed and turned their lives over to the Ministry of Magic who
proceeded to use them wisely. Some of them were given jobs in the
Ministry and a few of them given jobs as professors at Hogwarts or other
Harry Potter becomes a legend throughout the
magical world as the only one capable of defeating the evil
He is practically worshipped by some wizards and held in contempt by those
who wished to see the success of
#4 Privet Drive
By the orders of Hogwarts headmaster
the Hogwarts gamekeeper, leaves baby Harry on the doorstep of the house of
his Aunt Petunia
and Uncle Vernon,
both muggles, at #4 Privet Drive, London. They proceed to
reluctantly raise him as a secondary member of the family. He is
mistreated and never even acknowledged as a family member. The
Dursleys pamper their own son (Harry's cousin),
Dudley, to such a
great extent that
Dudley grows up with serious illusions of self-grandeur.
He's very fat, not very bright and bullies Harry ever chance he gets.
Harry's entire childhood was beyond miserable.
Off to Hogwarts
When Harry was eleven, he received a
letter of admission from the Hogwarts School of Magic, that
unsuccessfully tried to ignore. Harry is overwhelmed with the
prospect of living ANYWHERE but #4 Privet Drive. He finally
convinces his uncle to take him to the train station at the end of the
At Hogwarts, all the students are divided into 4
Houses where they will remain through their years at Hogwarts. Each
house has a unique reputation and history. They are Slytherin,
Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff. Harry ends up in Gryffindor.
Harry immediately makes friends with Ron Weasley
and Hermione Granger,
both in Gryffindor, who remain his friends through all 7 years at
Hogwarts. Harry's enemy quickly emerges in the form of a Draco
Malfoy of Slytherin. Draco is the son of Lucius Malfoy, a
former Death Eater,
and has a dislike of all "mudbloods"--half muggle, half wizards, like
Draco is rarely seen without his two henchmen,
Goyle, also of Slytherin.
Although normally against the rules, Harry had
shown such great talent at broom flying, that he is allowed onto his house
quidditch team. Quidditch soon becomes Harry's favorite sport, and
he becomes extraordinarily adept as quidditch "seeker".