Harry Potter Research Paper

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As one of the most well known and best received literary works of the Millennial Generation, Harry Potter is well loved by people all over the world for its enchanting characters, storylines, and adventures. Set in a fantastical world that occasionally mixes with the “Muggle world” and revolving around a group of three magical friends, the world of Harry Potter ignites a desire for adventure in its readers. Although criticized by many, award-winning series is treasured by the hearts of people of all ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities. The story presents the main character with a series of challenges he must overcome as he grows up in the magical world while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. These challenges confront issues…show more content…
Harry’s friends are important parts of the series, and the power of friendship can be seen throughout the series. The three friends conquer numerous challenges in each novel from: winning a game of massive Wizard’s Chess, defeating the Basilisk, saving an innocent man’s life, competing in the Triwizard Tournament, and conquering an evil force known to them as Voldemort. Rowling began the last installment of the Harry Potter series with the following quote from William Penn about friends: “This is the Comfort of Friends, that though they may be said to Die, yet their Friendship and Society are, in the best Sense, ever present, because Immortal” (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows xi). Without his friends and their relationships, Harry would have never been able to be as successful as he was in defeating…show more content…
There are many points in the Harry Potter series where Harry’s grit and determination are put to the test. Harry battled the Basilisk, giant spiders, a mountain troll, and dementors within his first three years at Hogwarts. In his fourth year, Harry had to compete in the strenuous Triwizard Tournament, facing three increasingly arduous challenges (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire). In the first task, Harry had to collect an egg from the Hungarian Horntail dragon (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 337-332). Then in the second task, Harry had to save his friends from under the Black Lake (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 479-508). Finally, for the third task, Harry had to find his way through an ever-changing maze filled with obstacles and enchantments to slow him down to the Triwizard Cup, eventually leading him to his first confrontation with Voldemort since Voldemort’s death (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 605-635). Harry’s hard work and determination also pay off numerous times later in the series, including achieving his dreams of becoming an Auror after defeating
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