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"I like a quiet life, you know me."
— Harry Potter[src]

Harry James Potter was a fictional character in the eponymous Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling.

Harry found out he was a wizard at the age of eleven, and started attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He learned that he had been orphaned by a Dark wizard, Voldemort and that their fates are connected. He eventually faced and defeated Voldemort, saving the wizarding world.


Early life

Source: Wizarding World

Harry was born to James and Lily Potter (née Evans) on 31 July 1980. He had a tiny Christening attended only by James, Lily and the Godfather, Sirius Black.[1][2]

A prophecy by Sybill Trelawney stated that a Dark wizard, Voldemort could be defeated at the hands of a boy, an equal born at the end of July. Voldemort targeted the Potters at the height of the First Wizarding War so that he could kill Harry. Albus Dumbledore helped the Potters live in hiding at Godric's Hollow under the protection of the Fidelius Charm.[3] They selected Peter Pettigrew instead of Sirius to be their Secret Keeper.[4]

Peter was a spy for the Death Eaters and betrayed the Potters to Voldemort. On 31 October 1981, Voldemort found the Potter cottage and killed James and Lily.[4] Lily opted not to step aside when given the choice, and died in a sacrifice that caused a force to shield Harry when he was hit by the Killing Curse.[5][6] The Killing Curse bounced off Harry, leaving a scar in the shape of a lightning bolt, and struck Voldemort, who survived without a body due to Horcruxes he had created and went into exilen. A piece of Voldemort's fragile broke off in the process and latched onto Harry, unknowingly causing him to be turned into a seventh Horcrux.[3]

Philosopher's Stone

Harry in the Cupboard under the Stairs

Harry was taken to Privet Drive by Rubeus Hagrid to live at Aunt Petunia's house. Albus Dumbledore wanted him to be brought up out of the wizarding world until he was old enough to understand what happened.[7] Petunia and her husband, Vernon Dursley begrudgingly brought Harry up. They and their son, Dudley Dursley bullied him, forcing him to live in a Cupboard under the Stairs. They decided not to tell Harry that he was a wizard. He attended St. Grogory's Primary School but he had no friends because he was bullied by Dudley's gang.[8]

He noticed when he was growing up that he could cause strange things to happen, angering the Dursleys. On Dudley's eleventh birthday, he was was dreaming about a flying motorbike when he woke up. At the zoo, he started speaking to a snake which understood him when he spoke. Dudley knocked him out the way, and Harry accidentally caused the glass pane to fade away. The snake escaped, and he was locked in the cupboard by Vernon and Petunia.[8]

Hagrid speaking to Harry

Harry soon started to get letters sent to him that Vernon and Petunia would not let him have. The sender kept trying to get letters to Harry, so Vernon took the family to the Hut-on-the-Rock. Hagrid knocked the door down on Harry's birthday, and told him the truth about the wizarding world and that he was accepted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.[9] They spent the day in Diagon Alley buying supplies, and he was given Hedwig.[9]

Harry befriended Ronald Weasley on the Hogwarts Express.[10] He was sorted into Gryffindor House by the Sorting Hat.[11] He and Ron saved Hermione Granger at Hallowe'en when a troll was let loose in the school, and they became friends.[12] He thought Professor Snape hated him[13], and he found an enemy in Draco.[10] In a Flying lesson, Harry proved to be very adept on a broomstick when he saved a Remembrall that Draco had purposely dropped. McGonagall gave him the role of Seeker, the youngest in over a century.[13]

Draco challenged Harry to a wizard's duel and sent Filch to intercept him for being out of bed at night. He, Ron, Hermione and Neville run away and found Fluffy guarding a trapdoor in the third-floor corridor. Harry thought Fluffy was guarding the object he saw Hagrid collect at Gringotts in the summer, and they started to work out what it could be. Harry started to think Snape was trying to steal the object.[14] When he played Quidditch against Slytherin, the Nimbus 2000 he had been given[12] began bucking and trying to knock him off. Hermione intervened, thinking that Snape was trying to kill him and unknowingly cut off the true perpetrator, Professor Quirrell. Harry eventually caught the Snitch and won.[15]

Harry finding the Mirror of Erised

Hagrid accidentally told them Fluffy was needed to keep a secret known only to Dumbledore and Nicolas Flamel. Harry and Ron stayed behind for the holidays to research him. He was sent the Cloak of Invisibility. Harry used the cloak to sneak out at night and he found the Mirror of Erised. He and Ron worked out that the mirror only showed them what their heart wanted. Dumbledore moved the mirror, explaining that it does "not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live".[16]

Harry found out that Fluffy was guarding the Philosopher's Stone when he saw Flamel in a Chocolate Frog Card. He overheard Snape talking about the Philosopher's Stone to Professor Quirrell, and it sounded like Snape wanted to steal it.[17] Hagrid then told them a secret: he was given a dragon egg that was hatching any day. He called the dragon Norbert, which he helped Hagrid to Charlie Weasley.[18]

Draco found out about their plans and he told Professor McGonagall. He and Hermione hid under the Invisibility Cloak and gave Norbert to Charlie, but Filch found them.[18] They had detention in the Forbidden Forest to help Hagrid search for a missing unicorn. Harry and Draco found the unicorn having it's blood being drunk by a cloaked figure. Harry had to be saved by Firenze. When Harry worked out that the figure wanted the Sorcerer's Stone, Firenze implied that the figure might be Voldemort.[19]

Harry worked out that the person who gave Hagrid the egg found out that Fluffy will sleep if they play a song. He decided to stop the thief stealing the Philosopher's Stone. Fluffy was sleeping due to an enchanted harp, and he, Ron and Hermione jumped through the trapdoor into the first of the underground chambers. They faced a Devil's Snare, he caught a winged key, and won at wizard's chess on a giant chessboard. Ron sacrificed the Knight, and was knocked out and dragged to the side.[20]

Harry and Hermione found a troll in the next chamber that had been knocked out, and then they faced a potion challenge. Hermione solved the riddle but the potion only had enough for one person to get through the next door.[20] Harry went ahead but he was confronted by the thief in front of the Mirror of Erised: Professor Quirrell. Quirrell was the one who tried to kill him and Snape had tried to save him. The mirror had the stone, and put it in Harry's pocket.[5]

Harry celebrating the House Cup win

Harry heard a voice telling Quirrell that the key was Harry. He lied that he didn't have it, and a voice thought Harry was lying. The voice was Voldemort, whose face was on the back of Quirrell's head. Quirrell tried to kill him by strangling him, but touching Harry was very painful. Voldemort abandoned Quirrell to die and Harry was knocked out. Dumbledore arrived to save him, and he woke up three days later in the Hospital Wing. At the End-of-Year Feast, he was awarded fifty House points like Ron and Hermione, and Neville was given ten points, winning Gryffindor the House Cup.[5]

Chamber of Secrets


Harry had a thin face, round glasses and a thin scar on his forehead. He inherited the shape and colour of Lily's bright, green eyes[16], but he looked like James. He had jet-black hair, which could grow unruly when it was getting longer. Vernon had to tell Harry he needed a haircut every few days.[8]

At age eleven, Harry was small and skinny and had glasses which had to be held together by scotch tape because Dudley had punched him and they broke.[8]


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