This is a book report about the book Harry Potter. The first time I heard of the book was because Mr. Deley recommended it to me. I went to the bookshop, but when I read what it was about, I didn´t want to have it. After a few people of my class read it, I thought ´Well, I could of course give it a try`, and so I read, it was a perfect holiday book. The first time I read it, it was in Dutch, but I also wanted to read it in English because it was a great book. The story is very good, and there happens a lot (that´s why I couldn´t keep my summary short)! The characters are very clear, and you can see the whole story happening, because everything is described very well.
Because I liked the book so much, both in Dutch and in English, I also went to the movie, which was also very good. I´ve noticed a few differences.
Between the Dutch and the English version isn´t much difference. Actually the main difference are the names.
The movie is quite different from the book. The movie was three hours long, and a few parts have been left out. Some people were also a bit different, mainly Dudley (Harry´s nephew) and Hagrid (the gamekeeper at Hogwarts and a good friend of Harry). They were discribed as very big, but they weren´t that big in the movie.
In my book report, I´ve written a few important parts, which you need to understand the end of the book. I´ve tried to describe them the best I could.
There are also some pictures in it, because it always looks more attractive to read. They are pictures from the movie. The source I used for it is this site:
I hope you´ll enjoy my book report.
The main characters are Harry Potter, Ron Weasly and Hermione Granger. The story is actually about the famous Harry Potter, who survived the curse of the great Dark Lord Voldemort which would have killed him!
Harry Potter and his 2 best friends, Ron and Hermione, are going through a lot! They have lots of adventure, which makes the story very interesting.
Below you can see their characters and looks. You can also see some characters and looks of other important figures of the story.
The Dursley family is also important, but that´s only at the beginning, so you´ll only read about them in the summary.
Harry has a lot of courage! No challenge is too big, and he wants to do everything! He likes to do a lot of things he actually isn´t allowed to.
He´s also very curious about things. He always wants to know things, and if nobody can tell him, he just looks it up in the library!
He´s also very corial. This is because he used to live with horrible people and he never got anything to share with someone. But now he knows he´s a wizard and his parents had plenty of money, which he earned, he wants to share it with his friends.
Harry Potter is a small,thin boy with dark, untidy hair and glasses. You can easily see it´s Harry, because he´s got a scar on his forhead, which shows a lightning.
Ron is someone who knows what he wants. He always sais what´s on his mind, when he doesn´t like something or when he just thinks something is really cool!
He, like Harry has also a lot of courage, most of the time he, Harry and Hermione go through a lot of adventures together, they are often roam through the school, when they found out something secret.
Ron Weasly is a red-haired boy. This is his main identifying mark. You can easily see that he´s a real Weasly, because they all have the same red hair.
Ron and his parents are very poor.
Hermione is very clever and likes to know everything. She reads very much and knew all the schoolbooks by heart before the school was even started.
She doesn´t like getting in trouble, and has a reputation with the teachers of hard- studying and honest girl. This however changes a bit when she gets friends with Harry and Ron.
Hagrid is a very kind man. He looks very dangerous because he´s very big, almost twice as big as a normal person, and he´s got a large beard.
He is fond of dangerous animals, and he always wanted to have a dragon as pet.
Malfoy is an enemy of Harry, Ron and Hermione. He´s very mean to everyone, thinks he´s the best and hates muggles (ordinary people) and mudbloods (witches from an ordinary family).
His two best friends are Grabbe and Goyle, who are also very mean, but they are clumsier.
Teachers and others
· Prof. Dumbledore
· Prof. Quirrell
· Prof. Snape
· Prof. Flitwick
· Prof. Mc Gonagall
· Prof. Sprout
· Prof. Binns
· Madame Hooch
· Argus Filch
· Head of Hogwarts
· Defence against Dark Arts
· Flying Lessons
· History of Magic
Cat of Argus Filch
Harry Potter´s parents, Lily and James Potter, have been killed by Voldemort, the-one-who-must-not-be-named. It was a horrible night and everyone´s talking about that night, but not because his parents were killed, but because he, Harry Potter, had survived.
Lord Voldemort was the most powerfull Dark Lord, and he had never failed in killing anyone before, until that night when he tried to kill Harry (he was only a baby) and his parents. When Voldemort tried to kill Harry, Lily tried to do whatever she could to protect Harry, and she went to stand between Voldemort and Harry. This killed her, but because she loved Harry so much that she gave her own life for him, Voldemort couldn´t kill Harry anymore. He tried, but the curse he spoke to him, reversed and made him lose all of his power and he couldn´t even live in his own body anymore. This gave Harry a scar, which remains a lightening.
All the whiches were so glad that Voldemort was gone, that they went to celebrate it! Harry Potter had became famous without even knowing it!
Because Harry Potter lost his parents that night, he had to live with the Dursley´s: Aunt Petunia, Uncle Vernon and his nephew Dudley. His life was horrible there. He couldn´t say anything, and his room was in a cupboard under the stairs!
The Dursley´s didn´t believe in magic, and they hated everything that had something to do with that.
They couldn´t help it that Harry lived with them, because suddenly, on the morning after Voldemort had been trying to kill Harry, Harry was placed on their frontdoor, with a note that they had to raise him.
That was really embarasing to them, because they were the most ordinary family, and didn´t want people to find out about aunt Petunia having a witch as sister.
So, that´s the reason why they treated Harry like that. Whenever Harry said something, it was always wrong according to the Dursleys. That wasn´t all, he got only enough food to stay alive, and was as skinny as his nephew Dudley was fat! And Dudley was really fat, he eated as much as he could, and it was never enough. He was very spoiled, he couldn´t only get the food what he wanted, whenever he wanted it, he could also get computers and so on. Once, on his birthday he got 36 huge presents and he still wanted more, because last year he got 37!!
But, on one day, Harry´s 11th birthday, there suddenly came a letter for Harry, who never had mail. It was a letter from ´Hogwarts`, a school for wizards.
The letter said that he could go to Hogwarts,
but at first the Dursleys didn´t want to know about that! They ripped the letters, which didn´t help, and soon they got a huge amount of letters, because the people of Hogwarts knew that Harry hadn´t read a single lettre.
After they met Hagrid, a very big and heavy man, their answer suddenly turned from no to yes! Harry was so happy!
This was also the moment he knew that he and his (dead) parents were wizards! It explained everything that had happened, all the strange things. Like for instance, he, who suddenly was on the roof, when a few bulliers chased him! Or the glass which kept a snake, suddenly disappeared when Dudley stood in front of it!
Harry was really excited when he was on the perron to go to Hogwarts. He had to be on perron 9 ¾, which is actually really odd.
He didn´t know where it was, and after he asked a few times to muggles (ordinary people, not witches), he suddenly heard someone talk about it. He asked to them where it was, and they were really friendly. They explained that he had to walk through a wall between perron 9 and 10.
He had seen a few of them disappear through the wall, and then it was his turn. He was very afraid, but he made it. When he was through the wall, he saw a great train coming! It was called ´The Hogwarts Express`.
Then his journey to Hogwarts went on. In the Hogwarts Express he already made a friend, Ron Weamel. That was the boy of the perron! Ron was really interested in Harry, he wanted to know much about the scar and what happened on the night that his parents died.
When they arrived, the first years had to come with Hagrid. There was a lake they had to cross, with a beautiful castle behind it.
Hagrid told them they had to get in boats, in groups of four. Harry and Ron sat together with Hermione (someone they met in the train, who was really bosey) and Neville.
After they were on the land again they were all very curious and excited. Now they had to go inside, don´t know what to happen next.
They came in a beautiful hall, with candles flying above them. Hagrid lead them to a room with lots of people in it. There was a hat on a chair, which turned out to be a sorting hat. Everyone would be divided in houses. The hat seemed to be able to read your mind and find out where you belonged.
It couldn´t only find out where you belonged, it could also talk:
Oh, you may not think I´m pretty,
But don´t judge on what you see,
I´ll eat myself if you can fine
A smarter hat than me.
You can keep your bowlers black,
Your top hats sleek and tall,
For I´m the Hogwarts Sorting Hat
And I can cap them all.
There´s nothing hidden in your head
The Sorting Hat can´t see,
So try me on and I will tell you
Where you ought to be.
You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve and chivalry
Set Gryffindor apart;
You might belong in Hufflepuf,
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepufs are true
And unaffraid of toil;
Or yet in wise, old Ravenclaw,
If you´ve a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind;
Or perhaps in Slytherin
You´ll make your real friends,
Those cunning folk use any means
To achieve their ends.
So put me on! Don´t be afraid!
And don´t get in a flap!
You´re in safe hands (though I have none)
For I´m a Thinking Cap!`
After it did its song, first years were called to the front.
Harry, Ron and Hermione belonged to Gryffindor.
Their first lessons started. It seemed like Hermione knew everything by heart, because whenever something was asked by a teacher, Hermione was always the first one to raise her hand. She was also the one who always corrected other people, which made her very unpopular. She didn´t have any friends.
Soon they had their first flying lesson. Gryffindor and Slytherin (the house where Draco Malfoy was in) had flying lessons together.
They all had to line up and try to catch the broom, which was lying on the ground. After they all had their broom in their hands, they slowly had to fly a bit.
Neville was very clumsy, and flew straight up. He fell of his broomstick, and had to go to the hospitalwing. Madam Hooch went with him, and said carefully that they musn´t dare to try to fly when she wasn´t there, because else they´d be expelled.
When she was out of sight, Malfoy saw something lying on the ground. It was a rememberalball of Neville, he got it from his grandma. Malfoy, a bully as he was, got the ball and flew in the air. Harry, who was angry on Malfoy told him to put the ball back, but he wouldn´t listen.
Harry jumped on his broomstick as well and chased Malfoy, to get the ball. Malfoy, who knew he wouldn´t keep the ball when they were in the air, threw the ball away and Harry went straight after it. He caught the ball, and a second after that he was called by Prof. Mc Gonagall. He thought he would be expelled, but instead of being expelled, she took him to the leader of the gryffindor quidditch-team, the most popular wizards sport. She told him she´d found a seeker for the team, Harry couldn´t believe it! Actually first-years aren´t allowed to play.
Because of his biggest enemy he was chosen as a seeker for the gryffindor house, the youngest in a long time!
Because Hermione always had comment on everything they did, Ron had enough of her and told it to Harry. They didn´t know that she was walking behind them, and the next moment she ran past them. She was crying and ran to the girls toilet.
That evening there was a speech of one of the teachers, that there was a troll somewhere in the school, and everyone had to go to their own house. Harry and Ron, who suddenly remembered that Hermione didn´t know about the troll, sneeked out of the group that was going to the gryffindor house and went to the girl´s toilet. When they almost reached the toilet they saw the giant troll. Its smell was horrible and it was very dangerous like they had been said. Fortunately a door was open and they could push the troll inside the room with the door locked.
A moment later they realized where they had locked the troll. It was in the girls toilet, where Hermione was! They opened the door and told Hermione about it. Harry and Ron together fought the troll and told Hermione to get out. It was very excited but they won. They went past the troll very quickly and saw Prof. Snape, the teacher who hated Harry. They also saw Prof Mc Gonagall. First they heard something about how foolish they were, and to Ron and Harry´s amazement, Hermione lied to take the blame on her! Wow! From that moment, the moment that they saved her from a troll, they were connected with each other and became friends.
After the troll, the three of them hang out together. You could see them together all the time, sometimes to visit Hagrid, and other times in an adventure, or just studying together.
They visited Hagrid, the gamekeeper, and found out something. (When Harry first heard he could go to Hogwarts, he and Hagrid bought his schoolstuff together. They first had to get the money out of Gringotts, the place where wizard´s kept their money save. But they didn´t only get money for Harry, but there was also a packet for Prof. Dumbledore which Hagrid had to get. It seemed to be a very important packet, and Harry wasn´t allowed to know what was in it.) They got something out of Hagrid, and knew that the packet had something to do with Nicholas Flamel, a good friend of Dumbledore. Hagrid felt really stupid for telling (though it was by excident) such important information, and he wasn´t telling any more about it. But they knew enough and went to look it up in the library for the next couple of weeks/months.
Harry was also practising for his first quidditch match.
He was very excited about his quidditch match. He had been practising really hard, and now he had a real match! He was on the field now, on his broomstick, and it went all really well, untill his broom was acting strange, it looked like it wanted to throw Harry off! Ron and Hermione saw this, and because they knew that Snape hated him, they tried to find him, to see if he was speaking a curse. They finally found him, and like they expected, he kept his eyes on Harry, and murmered all the time. Hermione went to Snape, and set his cloak on fire with a curse. Suddenly Harry´s broom was acting normal again. He could climb on it, and not much later he caught the snitch, they´d won!!
The time went really fast and suddenly it was Christmas already. This was the first Christmas that Harry got Christmas presents! He got presents from Ron, Hagrid, Ron´s mother and Hermione. But there was also a strange present. It was an invisiblity cloak, which ones belonged to his father, but there was no name on it!
Because they hadn´t found anything of Nicholas Flamel yet, he thought of his invisibility cloak, and had the great idea that he could have a look in the forbidden section of the library, maybe he could find out something about him! He waited till night, and than went off to the library. He was in the forbidden section already, and opened a book who suddenly started to yell! Harry was shocked, let his light fall, and heard the voice of Argus Filch and Prof. Snape.
He sneaked out of the library and moved into a place with a mirror! He looked in it, and saw himself and his family!
The next day when he looked in the mirror, Dumbledore told him something about it. The mirror showed the deepest wish of the person who´s looking in the mirror, but only that person can see it!
Because Dumbledore said that he musn´t look in the mirror often because many people have gone mad, he went on with his day-to-day life. They had almost given up hope to find Nicholas Flamel, when Harry saw on a collecting card, which is in every chocolat frog, Prof. Dumbledore. He turned the card and read this text:
Professor Dumbledore is particularly famous for his defeat of the dark wizard Grindelwald in 1945, for the discovery of the twelve uses of dragon´s blood and his work on alchemy with his partner, Nicholas Flamel
Hermione of course had a book with something about that, which said:
The ancient study of alchemy is concerned with making the Philosopher´s Stone, a legendary substance with astonishing powers. The Stone will transform any metal into pure gold. It also produces the elixer of life, which will make the drinker immortal.
There have been many reports of the Philosopher´s Stone over the centuries, but the only Stone currently in existence belongs to Mr Nicholas Flamel, who celebrated his six hundred and sisty-fifth birthday last year, enjoys a quiet life in Denvon with his wife, Perenelle (six hundred and fifty-eight)
Now they thought to know waht Snape´s up to! He must have wanted the Philosopher´s Stone!
The third floor has been a forbidden place since they got on Hogwarts, and they know now that the Philosopher´s Stone must be the thing that is hidden there!
The only thing Harry, Ron and Hermione have to do, is getting the stone before Snape does!
The next weeks, they tried to get the stone. They must pass a few dangerous or complicated things. They have to get passed Fluffly, a three-headed dog, and a few spells. On the end of the story, Harry met Voldemort. They were both trying to get the Stone, Voldemort´s face in the body of the stuttering Prof. Quirrel, and Harry himself. Prof. Quirrel and Harry tried to kill each other because of the Stone Harry had got out of the mirror.
Harry survived and got the Stone, because Prof. Dumbledore saved him just in time.
There was also a competition between the four houses, and because, Harry, Hermione and Ron were so brave, they got much points awarded. The slytherin house was first at the beginning of the evening, but because this adventure was very recent, gryffindor won the house cup!!!
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