Orphan Harry learns he is a wizard on 11th birthday when Hagrid escorts him to magic-teaching Hogwarts School. As a baby, his mother's love protected him and vanquished villain Voldemort, leaving child famous as "The Boy who Lived". With friends Hermione and Ron, he has to win over the returned "One Who Must Not Be Named". Not all his friends survive massive war.
So Harry Potter is still one of my all time favorite series, ever.
I love the fact that the characters are not perfect. So many books are ruined by Mary Sue’s, and the fact that Harry has a hero complex, and Lupin is scared of having a baby and making a commitment to Tonks, and Dumbledore is just so vain and proud, and Hermoine is a know-it-all, and Ron can be just so STUPID, and Fred and George at times were just so immature… but it’s such a large part of what makes this world so real to us, and why we love the books just so so much.
So many kids learned to love to read because of this series, so that gives it an A++ in my book (if I had said book *grin*). This series was one of the first books I could convince my “I hate to read” husband to read, and though he didn’t love them as much as I did, just the fact that he read them and finished them – eventually – was a huge accomplishment. Because of this series, Jon started thinking – just a little bit – that books aren’t as scary as he always thought (and years later, he actually reads with me once or twice a week! Guys, this is huge!)
One of the other things I love about the book is how J.K. Rowling writes the bad guys in the book, and writes about evil in the book. You’d think all the death and all the despair and darkness in the later books would give kids nightmares, but have you ever heard of a kid having a nightmare from reading the books? They don’t. The books are somehow managed to be written in such a way that children know what’s happening, and the adults know what is happening, but no one is going to wake up screaming. that’s amazing.