Harry Potter 101

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I can’t imagine there are too many people left on the planet who haven’t read a Harry Potter book, or seen at least one of the seven films made thus far. In the event that one or two of you haven’t made the plunge yet, I thought I’d give you a brief background so you can catch up on all the magical goodness before Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them comes to theaters this November.

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Main Characters

Obviously the main-est character is Harry Potter, but his cohorts are Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. Harry is an orphan living with neglectful relatives when he finds out he’s actually a wizard from a respected magical family. Ron is a cheeky redhead with six siblings, and Hermione is a muggle-born (non-magic parents) who is insanely smart. All three are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

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Hogwarts

Hogwarts is a school for magical students, typically between the ages of 11 to 17, hidden from Muggle eyes in Scotland. There are other schools across the planet, as I’ve mentioned in a previous post, but Hogwarts is the one to be concerned about when you’re just dipping your toes into the mermaid-infested waters.

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Dumbledore

Albus Dumbledore is the headmaster of Hogwarts. He’s one of the most powerful wizards in existence, and his age is one of the biggest mysteries of the series. No one knows how old he really is. He also knows a whole lot about Harry’s back story, and isn’t always the most forthcoming with information. This can be frustrating at times, but it’s a crucial part of the story.

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Pottermore

If you need any more background, then you should definitely consult Pottermore, the website created by author J.K. Rowling. It houses an insane amount of additional information on the world she created, from character profiles to info about other schools in the wizarding universe.

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So, if you haven’t taken the dive down the proverbial rabbit hole, what’s been holding you back? Have we convinced you to finally dive into Harry Potter? Let us know in the comments!

x Katie

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