The magical world of Harry Potter began with the release of the first Harry Potter book in 1997. J.K.Rowling introduced us to a magical and entertaining world; a world that captivated us all. Here, I will discuss the main plot of the series for all of those who have not been enchanted by the series yet. 🙂
1. Harry Potter
2. Ron Weasley
3. Hermione Granger
4. Albus Dumbledore
5. Severus Snape
6. Lord Voldemort
7. Draco Malfoy
8. Neville Longbottom
9. Rubeus Hagrid
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (BOOK release: June 30,1997/MOVIE release: November 16,2001)
In HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCER’S STONE, we are introduced to Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall, Rubeus Hagrid, and the baby Harry Potter all in the very first chapter. Lord Voldemort, who is the darkest wizard of all time, planned to kill young Harry Potter, but the night he went to kill the boy in Gordic’s Hollow, the spell backfired. When Harry’s mother, Lily, put herself in front of him, she died and so the boy lived with only a lightning shaped scar on his head, and so Voldemort disappeared. This was because Voldemort heard of a prophecy speaking of a boy born at the end of July. The boy was to kill or defeat the evil wizard Voldemort, so that is why he went to kill Harry Potter; to prove that prophecy wrong.
Now, Albus Dumbledore is the headmaster of a magical school called Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Minerva McGonagall is head of Gryffindor House (There are four houses in Hogwarts school which are; Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff) and Rubeus Hagrid is keeper of keys at Hogwarts. Hagrid brings baby Harry to the Dursley’s home (who are relatives of Harry Potter) where Dumbledore and McGonagall await. They leave the boy with the Dursley’s in the muggle (non-magical) world. The Dursley’s treat Harry like dirt. When Harry is 11, random letters appear with the Hogwarts logo and Harry’s uncle Vernon does whatever he can to avoid Harry receiving these letters. In the end, Hagrid gives the letter to Harry and tells him that he is a wizard. Hagrid takes Harry to get a wand and gets him a pet owl named Hedwig. Then, they go to Gringotts Bank and Harry discovers how rich he is. Hagrid takes the Sorcer’s stone out of a vault to guard at Hogwarts, where it is much safer. The wizarding world thinks Voldemort (Who, to some believe dead, others believe he’s alive) is after the stone to gain immortality.
Harry then gets to Hogwarts via the Hogwarts Express train where he meets Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, and the bully, Draco Malfoy. Harry,Ron and Hermione are sorted into Gryffindor house by the Sorting Hat. They learn magical enchantments and Harry becomes Seeker (position from the the wizarding sport, Quidditch). The trio thinks that Severus Snape (The potions master) is after the stone to give to Voldemort, who Harry, Ron, and Hermione think is still alive. A three headed dog guards the stone. Harry and his friends, Ron and Hermione go to get the stone but in the end it was just Harry alone. Harry discovers it was Professor Quirell who was trying to get the stone (He was the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher). Voldemort has been living inside professor Quirell since Voldemort was too weak to recover his own body. Harry gets the stone and defeats Voldemort, causing him to disappear again, and so Harry’s first year at Hogwarts ends.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (BOOK release: July 2,1998/MOVIE release: November 15,2002)
In HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS, Harry is visited by a House-elf by the name of Dobby. Dobby warns Harry that strange and dangerous things are going to happen this year at Hogwarts school. The Dursley’s have guests, and when Dobby ruins everything the Dursley’s punish Harry, and tell him he wont be returning to Hogwarts. Fortunatley, Harry’s friend, Ron, takes his fathers flying car and rescuses Harry from his devilish relatives and they go to the Burrow (Ron’s home). After that they go to Diagon Alley and buy the things they need for their second year at Hogwarts. In a store called Flourish and Botts Harry meets Gilderoy Lockhart (who later becomes Defense Against the Dark Arts professor), at the store he also sees his rival Draco Malfoy. Draco’s father, Lucius Malfoy, is there as well and he drops a book into Ginny Weasley’s cauldron of books (Though, nobody notices this).
Harry and Ron miss the train at Hogwarts, so they take the flying car to get to school. They crash into the Whomping Willow tree and the tree beats the car. They end up getting in some deep trouble because muggles saw the flying car. Professors wanted to contact their relatives (though Harry didn’t care), and both, Harry and Ron, received detention. This year strange things happen indeed, as some students get petrified. Harry, Ron and Hermione try to figure out the reason behind this. They learn the use of Polyjuice Potion (which can transform the drinker to any other human person), and use it to transform into students from Slytherin house to find out who is the heir of Slytherin (the one believed to have opened the Chamber of Secrets and release the monster within). During a game of Quidditch, a bludger (or ball) chases Harry almost killing him. He then finds out it was Dobby who made Ron and him, Harry, miss the train and cause the Bludger attack. Hermione gets petrfied as well, so now its just Harry and Ron who have to find out who the heir of Slytherin is. Ginny Weasley is missing and they find out that she’s in the chamber with the monster.
Harry and Ron find the chamber of secrets, so they take Lockhart with them since he tries to act like a know-it-all. In the chamber, Lockhart tries to attack Harry and Ron but the spell backfires and he loses his memory. Harry finds Ginny in the ground and a person named Tom Riddle appears. Tom is revealed as young Voldemort and the book (diary) that Lucius left in Ginny’s cauldron is responsible for everything, including pushing Ginny to open the chamber and release the basilisk monster that petrifies Mudbloods ( muggle-born wizards). Harry kills the snake with the sword of Gryffindor, he stabs the diary with one of the snake’s tooth and saves Ginny. Dobby the elf was revealed to be a slave elf for the Malfoy family, so Harry frees Dobby from being a slave. Dobby is very happy, Hermione is back to normal and everything at Hogwarts is restored.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (BOOK release: July 8,1999/ MOVIE release: May 31,2004)
In HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN, Harry blows up his Aunt Marge and Vernon gets mad about it. Harry leaves the Dursley’s home and that’s when the Knight Bus (a wizard’s bus) picks him up and takes him to the wizarding world. Harry thinks he will get in trouble for using magic outside of school (which is one of the many important rules on wizarding law) but he doesn’t. The Ministry of Magic (which is the government) is looking for an escaped prisoner of Azkaban prison (the wizarding prison). Everyone believes the prisoner is after Harry, because he was a follower of evil dark Lord Voldemort. The ministry brings dementors (soul sucking beasts) into Hogwarts to keep Sirius Black (the prisoner) away from there. That doesn’t stop Sirius, who was later spotted inside Hogwarts causing everyone to worry. Since the dementor’s affect Harry a lot, Professor Remus Lupin (The new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher) trains him how to fight them with the incantation “Expecto Patronum”.
Fred and George Weasley (Ron’s twin brothers) give Harry the Maurader’s map that shows what happens at Hogwarts every day, every hour, at every minute. Harry finds out that Sirius Black was the reason Voldemort found Harry’s parents (who are dead) and told Voldemort where they were hiding. Harry gets upset by this. A certain day, Harry sees that Peter Pettigrew (who was believed to be assassinated by Sirius Black many years ago) was on the map, this meant that Peter was at Hogwarts somewhere. Peter was also the reason why Sirius was a prisoner at Azkaban. Sirius was the first person to escape Azkaban, and he did this by transforming into a dog. Sirius is an animagi,, a wizard or witch who can morph him or herself into a specific animal at will. The time came where Sirius revealed himself to Harry and told everyone that Ron’s pet Scabbers was Peter Pettigrew and that Peter was the one who revealed James and Lily’s (Harry’s parents) hiding place. It is also revealed that Sirius Black is in fact, Harry’s godfather.
Lupin turns out to be a werewolf, so that very night, when the full moon rose, he transformed which caused Pettigrew to escape in rat form! (He was also an animagi) The dementors came and captured Sirius. Harry was unconscious after the dementor attack but when he woke, he told everyone that Sirius was innocent and Dumbldore told Hermione to use the time turner to go back in time and save Sirius. They do this and Lupin ends up retiring from teaching there. Sirius escapes on a hippogriff named Buckbeak. Peter is free and Sirius is still at large… Harry’s third year ends.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (BOOK release: July 8,2000/ MOVIE release: November 18,2005)
In HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE, Harry keeps having dreams or nightmares about an ill Voldemort and a strange graveyard. Peter is there as well, and Harry’s scar keeps burning. The Weasley family come to pick up Harry and they go to the Quidditch World Cup, where Death Eaters (Voldemort’s followers) attack everyone. One of them casts the dark mark in the sky and Harry is blamed for this. At Hogwarts it is revealed that they will host the Tri-Wizard tournament this year. The Tri-wizard tournament is a dangerous tournament in which only wizards of age (17) can join. The schools Beauxbatons (From France) and Durmstrang (From Bulgaria) come and 3 witches or wizards must be chosen to compete. The Goblet of Fire will choose the champions. When the time came for the champion selection, Fleur Delacour (From Beauxbatons), Viktor Krum (From Durmstrang), and Cedric Diggory (From Hogwarts) were chosen, but a fourth champion’s name came out of the goblet as well. Harry Potter was the fourth champion and nobody knew who put his name into the Goblet of Fire.
Mad-Eye “Alastor” Moody is the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher this year. He teaches the class about the three Unforgivable curses: Avada Kedavra (killing curse), Imperio (controlling curse) and Crucio (torture curse). He also tries to help Harry in the tournament and tells him how he can get the past the dragon, which is the first task. In the first task, Harry uses his broom (the Firebolt, a gift from Sirius his godfather) to get past the dragon and get the egg (guarded by the dragon) which holds a clue as to what the next task will be. This year they are also doing the Yule Ball and the four champions must find dates to dance in front of everyone. Harry tries to ask Cho Chang, his crush, but she’s already going with Cedric! So, he takes someone else instead and there is jealousy between Ron and Hermione during the ball.
Harry discovers the egg’s clue and when the second task came he knew what to do. He saved his friends from the grasps of the Merepeople underwater and now Harry was tied with Cedric. When the third task came, Harry and Cedric found the cup (as they were inside a giant maze), they both touched it and were transported into the graveyard that has been in Harry’s dreams. There, Peter Pettigrew uses some of Harry’s blood to revive Voldemort and he regains his body. Peter kills Cedric and Voldemort calls all of his Death Eaters. Harry and Voldemort duel but the spells collide causing Harry to see his parents in ghost form (as they were trying to help Harry escape Voldemort). Harry escapes Voldemort and takes Cedric’s dead body back. Mad-Eye Moody is revealed an imposter and he was a Death Eater all along…. the real Mad-Eye was in the room the whole time. The Death Eater had been using Polyjuice potion. Now with Voldemort’s return, everything’s about to change.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (BOOK release: June 15,2003/MOVIE release: July 11,2007)
In HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, we are introduced to the Order of the Phoenix, a secret society against Voldemort and which first originated when Voldemort first rose to power. A dementor attacks Harry in the muggle world so he uses magic to defend himself and then receives a letter saying he was expelled from Hogwarts. Harry leaves the Dursley’s home with the members of the Order and they go to Number 12 Grimmauld place, Sirius Black’s home. Harry gets a trial at the ministry for using magic in the muggle world and Dumbledore comes to the rescue! Harry is allowed back at Hogwarts and the ministry appoints a new teacher, who is now the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. Her name is Dolores Umbridge and she has come to bring order… oh no!
Dolores punishes Harry, after Harry tells everyone that Voldemort is back but that the Ministry is trying to hide it. This tears it! Harry forms a group of students called “Dumbledore’s Army” or D.A. He teaches them some magic skills in a hidden room, called the Room of Requirements but, but he is discovered by professor Umbridge. Umbridge tries to get Dumbledore arrested because she believes he is working against the Ministry, so Dumbledore flees and Dolores is now the Headmistress at Hogwarts. The O.W.L’s exams arrive, and the Weasley twins, Fred and George cause chaos and leave Hogwarts. Umbridge gets pissed, and Harry has a vision about Sirius Black in the Ministry of Magic. Voldemort captures Sirius and now Harry must go and save him so he, Harry, recruits some members from the D.A and they go to the ministry.
At the Ministry, they find out that Voldemort is after a prophecy and Harry can only retrieve it. In addition, the vision Harry saw was a lie, Sirius wasn’t there and a battle breaks out between the D.A and the Death Eaters. The Order of the Phoenix comes and fights against the Death Eaters as well. A witch named Bellatrix Lestrange, who is Sirius’ cousin, kills Sirius. Dumbledore arrives just when Voldemort arrives and they have an epic battle. Voldemort possesses Harry and when the Minister sees this, the Ministry realizes that Voldemort truly is back. In the end, Harry finds out that only he or Voldemort can live. One has to kill the other.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (BOOK release: July 16,2005/MOVIE release: July 15,2009)
In HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE, the terror of Voldemort’s return reaches the muggle world. Dumbledore himself comes to get Harry and they go visit an old friend of Dumbledore’s, who’s name is Horace Slughorn. They convince Slughorn to teach at Hogwarts as potions master. Severus Snape is appointed the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. Dumbledore tells Harry that he will be teaching stuff to him about Voldemort’s past this year through collected memories. In class, Harry gets an old potions textbook and the owner of this book is “The Half-Blood Prince”. Harry gets all the answers he needs from this book, which makes him become the number one in the class. Slughorn is impressed, which works for Harry since he must get close to him on Dumbledore’s orders. Dumbledore shows Harry a memory in the Pensieve (an object where you place your memories), of the first time Dumbledore met evil dark wizard Voldemort. Harry was shown many memories about Voldemort’s past, in one of those Dumbledore shows him one in which Slughorn is apparently hiding a secret.
This year, there is more jealousy between Ron and Hermione. Harry also starts to notice how beautiful Ron’s sister, Ginny, actually is. There is love everywhere except for one young wizard who is acting odd this year: Draco Malfoy. Harry wants to find out what Draco’s up to but he has a more important task. Harry must get Slughorn’s TRUE memory (the one shown by Dumbledore was modified by Slughorn himself) to see what secret he is hiding regarding Voldemort. When Harry gets the true memory, he and Dumbledore discover that professor Slughorn gave young Voldemort information about Horcruxes (items that holds part of your split soul) and that Voldemort has made seven of them. Dumbledore tells Harry that he has destroyed a ring Horcrux and Harry has destroyed another 4 years ago: Tom Riddle’s diary. Dumbledore tells Harry that he has found another and this time Dumbledore brings Harry with him.
The Horcrux they are after is a locket and it is in a cave. Dumbledore must drink a potion in the basin where the Horocrux is located in order to get to the Horocrux and destroy it. When Harry finally gets it, Inferi (dead corpses), rise out from the water and attack them. Dumbledore saves them both with a huge fire spell. They return to Hogwarts to find that there are Death Eaters in the castle. Draco Malfoy let them in through the Room of Requirement (which is what he’s been working on the entire year) and he must also kill Dumbledore or else Voldemort has threatened to kill HIM, Draco, and his family. The Death Eaters are there, and when Snape arrives, he kills Dumbledore with the killing curse (Harry witnesses this). Harry chases after Snape and the Death Eaters, and when Harry tries to use the Sectumsempra curse at Snape, he reveals that he is the owner of the book Harry has been using in potions class and that “Sectumpsempra” was a spell Snape had created. Snape flees, Dumbledore is buried and Harry finds out that the Horcrux they got from the cave was a fake and he, Ron and Hermione must now find the real and the remaining Horcruxes and destroy them. This must be done to finally get rid if Voldemort.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (BOOK release: July 21,2007/ MOVIES release: Part 1- November 19,2010 Part 2- July 15,2011)
In the final adventure, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, Voldemort has a meeting with his Death Eaters, where he is planning to kill Harry when he leaves the safety of the Dursley’s home. The Order of the Phoenix gives six people to drink Polyjuice potion to transform into Harry, in order to fool the Death Eaters. When the Order and Harry are up in the air, some on brooms and the like, the Death Eaters attack them and Harry’s owl Hedwig is killed as well as the Auror Mad-Eye. Voldemort comes and Harry barely gets away. The Order finally reaches the Burrow, where the Minister Rufus Scrimgeour gives the trio belongings that Dumbledore left them (Harry gets a snitch (the first one he ever caught), Ron a deluminator, to turn lights off, and Hermione gets a book named “The Tales of Beedle the Bard”). Ron’s older brother Bill is getting married to Fleur (Previous Tri-wizard champion). At the wedding, there is a message that the dark Lord Voldemort has taken over the Ministry and the Death Eaters attack but the trio manage to apparate and escape.
The trio go to Grimmauld Place (Now, in Harry’s possession, since his godfather Sirius Black was killed in the fifth book, Order of the Phoenix) where they discover that Dolores Umbridge has the locket Horcrux. The trio uses Polyjuice Potion to transform into Ministry employees and there they get the Horcrux. They then head out to a forest because everyone is looking for Harry. They camp out for months, and then Ron finally cracks and leaves them both. Harry decides to go to Gordic’s Hollow to look for the sword that Dumbledore left him, but the Ministry refused to give it to him and it is the only object they can get that destroys Horcruxes. There, Harry and Hermione (Ron isn’t back yet) are attacked by Voldemort’s pet snake Nagini, and Harry’s wand is accidentally broken. They go back to camping and then Harry sees a doe Patronus. He follows it, and it leads him to find the sword. Ron returns and he destroys the locket Horcrux with the sword of Gryffindor. When they return to the tent, Hermione tells them about the sign of the Deathly Hallows and that they must visit Xenophilius Lovegood (Luna’s father, who is a student at Hogwarts) so that he can tell them what it is the actual meaning of the Deathly Hallows. When they get there, they ask Mr. Lovegood about the necklace sign that he was wearing at the wedding and he explains that the Deathly Hallows are three objects that conquer death: The Elder Wand, The Resurrection Stone, and The Cloak Of Invisibility.
Voldemort’s name is tabooed, so when Xenophilius says his name the Death Eaters come the trio escapes. Snatchers, who are wizards looking for Harry for rewards, find the trio and take them to Malfoy Manor, where they are trying to find out if that is the real Harry they have captured (Hermione gave Harry a Stinging jinx to hide his face). Bellatrix Lestrange sends the boys in the cellar and tortures Hermione because of the sword of Gryffindor, which is supposed to be in Bellatrix’s vault at Gringotts. Harry uses the mirror shard that Sirius gave him two years ago and calls for help. Dobby the elf comes and rescues everyone that was in that cellar (Ron, Harry, Griphook the Goblin, Mr. Ollivander [the wand maker], Luna, Dean, and Hermione) but before he can rescue them all, Bellatrix throws her knife and kills Dobby. Harry buries Dobby and Voldemort gets the Elder Wand that was in Dumbledore’s tomb.
Harry, Ron, and Hermione are at Shell Cottage, Bill and Fleur’s home. There, they plot a way to get into Gringotts bank. Hermione disguises herself by using Polyjuice potion to transform herself into Bellatrix, and with the help of the Goblin, Griphook, they get in. They managed to get the Horocrux, the cup of Helga Hufflepuff. Griphook takes the sword from them, and betrays them. Harry, Ron, and Hermione escape on top of a dragon, which was the only way, really. After they get off the dragon, they discover that they must go to Hogwarts where there is another Horcrux. At the wizarding village, Hogsmeade, the trio meets Dumbledore’s brother, Aberforth. Aberforth helps the trio to get into Hogwarts through a painting, where the entrance leads to the Room of Requirement.
Snape is headmaster at Hogwarts now. Everything has changed there. Voldemort finds out about Harry’s mission to destroy all Horcruxes and so he goes to Hogwarts with as many Death Eaters as he can take. A war begins.
Snape flees the castle…. Voldemort sends his Death Eaters inside and everyone fights everyone. Harry discovers that the Horcrux of Rowena Ravenclaw’s diadem is in the Room of Requirement, and when he goes gets it, Draco Malfoy asks for his wand back (Harry had taken Draco’s wand while at Malfoy Manor). Harry refuses, Crabbe causes the curse Feindfyre and the diadem drops but it is destroyed with that curse. Harry saves Draco from the fire. Fred Weasley dies. Lupin and Tonks (member of the Order of the Phoenix) die. Harry follows Voldemort’s thoughts and finds him in the Shrieking Shack where Voldemort commands the snake, Nagini, to kill Snape because he believes that Snape is the true owner of the Elder Wand. Snape gives Harry his memories and Harry discovers that Snape loved his mother Lily, that Dumbledore told Snape to kill him, Dumbledore, and that Harry is a Horcrux and must die. He also finds out that the doe he saw in the forest that led him to the sword was Snape’s doe Patronus. Harry goes to forest to confront Voldemort.
When Voldemort casts the killing curse, Harry wakes in a white version of King’s Cross Station. Harry sees Dumbledore, who explains to Harry that he, Harry, was the 7th Horcrux Voldemort never meant to make. Dumbledore also talks about the prophecy, which was told by a professor called Sybill Trelawney, and also talks about the Elder Wand. The Death Eaters believe Harry is dead and they celebrate. They force Hagrid to carry the body of Harry Potter and show everyone. Neville Longbottom (member of the D.A), gives a speech about how it doesn’t matter that Harry died. That Harry still lives in their hearts, and he proceeds to kill the snake, Nagini (the final Horcrux).
There is anther fight in which Molly Wealsey (Ron’s mom) kills Bellatrix Lestrange. Harry reveals himself to Voldemort and they duel. The killing curse Voldemort casts is rebounded and it kills him, Voldemort, instead. Harry defeated him because all the Horcruxes were destroyed, and the Elder Wand wouldn’t hurt its true master, who was Harry. Harry gets rid of the wand (but he fixed his old wand first). Nineteen years later, Harry is married with Ginny, Ron is married to Hermione, and they send their kids to Hogwarts School. All was well.