Book Report: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

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I. Introduction

Book Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
No. Of Pages: 309pages
Publisher: Scholastic
Author: J.K. Rowling
Overview:
-Harry Potter is an 11 year old boy who has lived with the Dursley family ever since his parents died in a car crash. For some reason the family has always mistreated him. On his 11th birthday a giant man named Rubeus Hagrid hands him a letter telling him that he has been accepted as a student at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry learns that his parents were wizards and were killed by an evil wizard Voldemort, a truth that was hidden from him all these years. He embarks for his new life as a student, gathering two good friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger along the way. They soon learn that something very valuable is hidden somewhere inside the school and Voldemort is very anxious to lay his hands on it.

II. Body
a.Character
•Harry Potter: He's an eleven-year-old skinny kid, with unruly black hair and a weird scar on his forehead. He's also an orphan who doesn't remember his parents and is stuck living with the obnoxious Dursleys – his Muggle aunt, uncle, and cousin. •Ronald Weasley: Ron is Harry's first and best friend at Hogwarts. •Hermione Granger: She's loud and bossy and butts in all the time. •Albus Dumbledore: Dumbledore is the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. •Voldemort: Voldemort was a wizard who went bad.

•Rubeus Hagrid: Hagrid is the Groundskeeper of the Hogwarts. •Minerva McGonagall: She’s a deputy Headmistress of Hogwarts. •Severus Snape: Professor Snape teaches potions at Hogwarts. •Professor Quirrell: He's the new Defence against the Dark Arts teacher. •Draco Malfoy: Malfoy is always trying to get Harry in trouble. •Mr. Vernon Dursley: Harry’s Muggle uncle.

•Mrs. Petunia Dursley: Harry’s Muggle Aunt.
•Mr. Dudley Dursley: Harry’s cousin and son of Petunia and Vernon Dursley.
b.Setting
- Atmosphere: mystery and terror
- Physical Location: Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

c. Plot
- Mr. Dursley, a well-off Englishman, notices strange happenings on his way to work one day. That night, Albus Dumbledore, the head of a wizardry academy called Hogwarts, meets Professor McGonagall, who also teaches at Hogwarts, and a giant named Hagrid outside the Dursley home. Dumbledore tells McGonagall that someone named Voldemort has killed a Mr. and Mrs. Potter and tried unsuccessfully to kill their baby son, Harry. Dumbledore leaves Harry with an explanatory note in a basket in front of the Dursley home. Ten years later, the Dursley household is dominated by the Dursleys’ son, Dudley, who torments and bullies Harry. Dudley is spoiled, while Harry is forced to sleep in a cupboard under the stairs. At the zoo on Dudley’s birthday, the glass in front of a boa constrictor exhibit disappears, frightening everyone. Harry is later punished for this incident. Mysterious letters begin arriving for Harry. They worry Mr. Dursley, who tries to keep them from Harry, but the letters keep arriving through every crack in the house. Finally, he flees with his family to a secluded island shack on the eve of Harry’s eleventh birthday. At midnight, they hear a large bang on the door and Hagrid enters. Hagrid hands Harry an admissions letter to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry learns that the Dursleys have tried to deny Harry’s wizardry all these years. The next day, Hagrid takes Harry to London to shop for school supplies. First they go to the wizard bank, Gringotts, where Harry learns that his parents have left him a hefty supply of money. They shop on the wizards’ commercial street known as Diagon Alley, where Harry is fitted for his school uniform. Harry buys books, ingredients for...
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