Harry Potter was orphaned as an infant in a showdown between his parents, James and Lily, and the evil Lord Voldemort. Lord Voldemort’s original intent was to murder Harry too, but Voldemort was weak after killing the Potters and his Avada Kedavra curse rebounded, separating his soul from his body. Lord Voldemort, known as “you-know-who” to those who were afraid to say his name, vanished and was presumed dead. 16-month-old Harry came out alive but with a lighting bolt-shaped scar on his forehead, and a forever-changed life. Harry was “The Boy Who Lived,” one of only two known people to survive the Avada Kedavra curse.
After James and Lily Potter died, Professor Dumbledore left the toddler Harry on Lily’s sister’s doorstep with a note of explanation. Harry spent eleven miserable years living with his aunt and uncle, Vernon and Petunia Dursley, and their fat, spoiled son, Dudley. The Dursleys are muggles, or non-magical folks and wanted nothing to do with the wizarding world.
While Dudley Dursley was indulged, Harry was neglected and made to live in a closet under the stairs. He was fed very little, and never any sweets, and had to wear Dudley’s oversized castoffs. He never received birthday gifts or Christmas presents (unless you count items such as a toothpick to be gifts) nor was he allowed to attend trips to amusement parks and museums. The Dursley’s told Harry his parents died in a car accident, and wouldn’t let on about his magical past.
On Harry’s eleventh birthday, he received a visit from Hagrid, the gentle half-giant. Hagrid told Harry the truth he about his past and Harry learned he, and his parents, were wizards. Hagrid also delivered an invitation to attend the prestigious Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry was soon to discover a wonderful new world.
While en route to Hogwarts, Harry met the two classmates who would become his best friends and partners in his quest to rid the wizarding world of Lord Voldemort, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. Though he didn’t know a thing about witchcraft or wizardry, Harry adjusted nicely. He was accepted into the House of Gryffendor and became a Seeker on his house’s Quidditch team. Harry found happiness at Hogwarts.
During his years at Hogwarts, Harry learned of his legacy. Sibyll Trelawney, the Divination teacher at Hogwarts, had a vision just before Harry was born. There would be a child born at the end of July with the power to defeat Lord Voldemort. Only two children were born at this time, Harry and another Gryffendor, Neville Longbottom. Lord Voldemort chose the child of James and Lily Potter to be the child described in Professor Trelawney’s prophecy, which is how (and why) his parents came to battle Voldemort that fateful night. Harry’s parents were killed trying to protect him. When the Avada Kedavra curse rebounded, some of Voldemort’s powers passed to Harry, rendering him a force to be reckoned with.
Each year at Hogwarts has ended up with Harry battling Lord Voldemort, though he’s had help from other powerful wizards such as the head of Howarts himself, Professor Dumbledore. After Dumbledore’s death, Harry made it his mission to go after Lord Voldemort himself. He knows only one of them will come out alive.