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Harry James Potter. Harry Potter was born on July the 31st in the year of 1980, in the small town of Godric’s Hollow . Harry was an only son to Lily and James Potter. Lily (Evans) Potter and James were both students at Hogwarts from 1971 - 1978 in the same house of Gryffindor (there were four houses in the wizarding school of Hogwarts and they were Slytherin, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and ofcourse Gryffindor, which was known for its students bravery) and both James and Lily were a prefects in their 6th year and head boy/girl in their 7th. Lily, Harry’s mother was a mudblood ( A mudblood is a witch or wizard who was born not of wizard and witch parents but muggles, who are normal non wizarding humans like us) while on the other hand James was pure (born of both wizard and witch mother and father). On October the 31st 1981 both James and Lily were murdered by Voldemort yet voldemorts spell rebounded and almost killed himself and only Harry was saved by the love of his mother Lily. On November the first Hagrid delivers Harry to Albus Dumbledore to leave on the footstep of number 4 Privet Drive (Lilys Muggle sister Ms. Petunia Dursley). Harry Potter in his 1st year of Hogwarts on his first ever game caught the Golden Snitch against Slytherin. “It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends.” - Albus Dumbledore in “Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone” Harry grew up in a house of Muggles who didn’t appreciate Harry’s true history or existence. Harry received a scar when his parents died and he was almost killed by Voldemort, yet his Aunty and Uncle Dursley told him that he had received it when his parents had died in a ‘car crash’. Every chance the Dursleys had they tried to ‘squash’ the magic out of him and his life. Harry was treated harsh and unfairly especially compared to the Dursleys son Dudley. Harry was never given anything on his birthday or given clothes which fitted him and was always yelled at for things which were out of his control in comparison to Dudley who got whatever he wanted whenever he wanted – an example of this being the time Dudley’s Aunty Marge brought Dudley and computerised robot and Harry, a box of dog biscuits. Harry was unaware of his true self and history until his 11th birthday when mysterious letters had been forcing their way into the Dursleys home addressed to Harry, a large strange man named Hagrid found Harry and the Dursleys in a hut and explained to Harry, his true identity. Harry is only truly able to be happy when he is at Hogwarts or away from the Dursleys and their physical and Verbal abuse. "Wow, I wonder what it'd be like to have a difficult life?" Harry Potter - Sarcastically - in Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix. Harry changes his views on his self regularly, but was often positive in the times he needed it most. Harry and his friends almost always seems to find humour in every situation they are faced with. Despite the loss of his Parents at such a young age, the trauma of your school believing you’re murdering other students, the death of fellow friends such as Cedric Diggory, Albus Dumbledore, Sirius and Dobby Harry with the support of his friends seems to be able to continue to fight on and conquer many obstacles which come within his journey of life. I believe Harry’s friends at Hogwarts seriously impact Harry’s sense of self, I believe this as whenever Harry is having a fight with his friends he is much less positive about himself and seems to make much less thought out and well planned decisions. Harry has much less happiness without his friends thoughts, advice and playful humour. I believe humour is a key to happiness as it opens ones mind to thoughts which can get you away from where you are. “ Courage is a quality so necessary for maintaining virtue, that it is always respected, even when it is associated with vice.” - Albus Dumbledore in “Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone” Some quotes which I was able to find that Harry has said which I believe reference back to his ‘sense of self’ are such quotes as; “ "It's just hard," Harry said “ "And they'd* love to have me," ” I believe this is an example of when said Harry sarcastically. "We'd be Harry was doubting his abilities and sense of self as he afterwards sighs which is often best pals if they didn't keep trying and sign of defeat (note I am aware in other cases it can be a sigh of relief, yet not in this case.) to do me in.“ ” “ If I get caught before I can get to the stone, well, I'll I believe this is an example of Harry when he has a good sense of self, as he is able to find humour in such a serious topic for himself . have to go back to the Dursleys and wait for Voldemort to (note they’d* is a reference to the Death Eaters) find me there, it's only dying a bit later than I would have, because I'm never going over to the Dark Side! I'm going through that trapdoor tonight and nothing you two say is going to stop me! Voldemort killed my parents, remember?“ “ - I believe this quote shows both Harrys good and bad side of his sense of self. I believe it shows good as he is determined and knows that he wants to do and knows he is better than someone who changes to the dark side. Though Harry is quite stern with his words I still manage to find a bad side of his sense of self through the way he talks about himself dying and how its doesn’t matter that much. There were many different things Harry did in an attempt to at least try and overcome his difficulties with adversity and loss. Not all of them were very helpful as sometimes Harry was overcome with rage. Harry usually sook out the advice of his close friends and staff of Hogwarts such as Hermione, Ron, Dumbledore, his beloved Hagrid and etc. Yet sometimes when Harry was so overcome with rage he would accidently do spells, which could seriously harm students and teachers/muggles alike. Harry also seeks the comfort of a photo album of his parents which moves and waves at him, I believe being able to see his parents is a form of comfort for Harry. Harry has learnt mostly to embrace his adversity and not to deny who he is. Harry also used retaliation on some other students who made fun of him and or his friends, but as he was so used to the hurt from the Dursleys, it wasn’t easy to force Harry into retaliation. Bibliography • Information – • (Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, 1997) • (Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, 1998) • (Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, 1999) • (Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 2000) • (Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix, 2003) • (Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, 2005) • (Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, 2007) • Positive/negative self quotes - http://www.mugglenet.com/books/quotes/harry.shtml • Photos – • Photo 1 http://www.solarnavigator.net/films_movies_actors/films/harry_potter.htm (Accessed on the March 2011) • Photo 2 - http://wizardinglife.com/tag/hogwarts/page/2/ (Accessed on the March 2011) • Photo 3 - http://www.andpop.com/tag/harry-potter/ (Accessesed on the March 2011) • Photo 4 - http://www.reellifewisdom.com/taxonomy/term/harry_potter_and_the_sorcerers_stone (Accessed on the March 2011) • Photo 5 for ending slide - http://bactrim.and.tedehu.brasilia.me/show_page/cute-harry-potter (Accessed March 2011) By Rosemary Brady.
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