20.6.09 Kerry O’May
PSS – Explain how Rowling portrays the character of Harry in the novel “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”. The novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, written by J.K Rowling is the first of seven books in the Harry Potter series. It is set in modern day England. The story is narrated in third person although during the first chapter, we look at the story through the eyes of Mr Dursley. The genre of the text is fantasy. The book explores themes such as the value of humility and the consequences of desire. Harry Potter is an ordinary boy living an ordinary life in Surrey, all up until his eleventh birthday. He begins to receive letters from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, inviting him to start learning there. He finds out that his parents were not killed in a car crash, but instead by the Dark Lord Voldemort, unfortunately unable to kill Harry too. He leaves his aunt, uncle and cousin to start a new life. With his charming personality, Harry makes plenty of new friends and a few enemies too. Throughout his first year at Hogwarts, he learns about fear and courage and the truth and importance of his past. Harry is the protagonist of the story. He is easy to relate to as he is coming of age. While growing up with his aunt and uncle and their son Dudley, he is maltreated and tormented. This leads to him being unsure of his abilities. He is timid and unsure of his surroundings. There is a contrast between his two very different lifestyles. One of them, surrounded by people who adore him for the importance of his name, living in a lively atmosphere. The other, living in neglect under a staircase with people who use him as a slave. Even though Harry has become famous, he still keeps his modesty. At the end of the book, where he has saved the world from Voldemort’s wrath, he does not expect any praise from Dumbledore. Instead he asks a few simple questions and remains satisfied. That is one of the reasons that Dumbledore...
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