The Harry Potter Series

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Magic, sorcery, wizards and witches, these are the first that come into mind when you hear Harry Potter.

The author of the series, J.K. Rowling, has written a total of 7 books, 6 of them have been adapted into movies, with the last book presented in 2 parts, and the first one already came out last year.

The series revolves around a young orphan named Harry who lived with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and their son, Dudley who never treated him well. On his eleventh birthday, he discovers that he is a wizard, and was told that “special people” like him needed to attend a school where he can learn magic in order to survive the wizarding world. He was invited to join the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and he accepts.

Each series tells the story of Harry as he grows a year older and how he discovers a lot of things about himself and his late parents. He learned that his parents, a wizard and a witch and who also attended Hogwarts were killed not in a car accident as he was made to believe, but by a curse put upon them by one of the most powerful dark wizard named Lord Voldemort. Voldemort intended to kill Harry but same curse rebounds, thus seemingly killing the dark Wizard. Because of this incident, Harry became a hero to the wizarding world and makes him the number one quarry of the dark wizard and his followers.

The first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, reveals Harry’s true identity. As Harry discovers the wizarding world, a lot of the primary locations and settings that will be used on the rest of the series are introduced. Books similar to Harry Potter like The Chronicles of Narnia, and the Lord of the Rings have the setting in a fantasy world. But unlike these books, the author, J.K. Rowling has created a world where reality and the magical world meet. A lot of the locations and settings exist in real world. One of these places is London and this is where Harry meets two of the main characters that will become his best friends, Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger.

The rest of the series introduces more characters and has Harry and his friends growing up together to fight off Lord Voldemort. These series are adventure-rich that ultimately help Harry and his friends through social, physical, mental and emotional development. They grow up having fun together and having to go through heartaches, pain and loss. This really is a good read, a feel-good book, and of course a pile of papers where one can learn a lot about family and friendship.

The rest of the series follow as HP and the Chamber of Secrets, HP and the Prisoner of Azkaban, HP and the Goblet of Fire, HP and the Order of the Phoenix, HP and the Half-Blood Prince, and the last book is entitled HP and the Deathly Hallows.

There are books similar to Harry Potter that have the same setting. These books also take place in a fantasy land. As mentioned above, The Chronicles of Narnia written by C.S. Lewis is also a series of novels where four children discover a fantasy and magic-filled land through the other side of a wardrobe.

Among the books similar to Harry Potter is the famous saga written by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings. An epic fantasy, it was written during the World War II. And like Harry Potter, it consists of characters that are dwarves, elves, wizards, and humans.

So if you want to read something that has a thing or two in common with Harry Potter, you should try out these books.