June 20, 2009

History of Magic homework : Compose an essay on the role of Harry Potter in defeating the Dark Lord

The Harry Potter Books. The definitive guide on the life of Harry Potter and his battles with He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, which spanned 7 years of his life was immortalised in a series of books by the famous authour, J.K. Rowling. These books are listed in chronological order as below :

  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)

  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2)

  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3)

  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4)

  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)

  6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6)

  7. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows

The Boy Who Lived. As chronicled in the first book, Harry Potter's troubles with the Dark Lord started when Harry Potter was barely a year old. He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named attempted to kill the Potter family hiding in Godric's Hollow. Instead, the Killing Curse rebounded on the Dark Lord, owing to the protection left on Harry Potter by Lily Potter's sacrifice, destroying You-Know-Who's body and leaving the Dark Lord barely alive. Thus, the wizarding world was freed of the Dark Lord's reign of terror for 10 years.

The Man With Two Faces. At the age of 11, Harry Potter and his close friends, Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger learnt of Voldemort's attempts to retrieve the Elixir of Life. They then proceeded to foil Voldemort and his servant, Quirrell's attempts to steal the Philosopher's Stone.

The Heir of Slytherin. A year on, Harry Potter kills the Basilisk freed by Salazar Slytherin's heir in the Chamber of Secrets and destroys Tom Marvolo Riddle's diary. Failing to open the Chamber of Secrets 50 years ago, Lord Voldemort or Tom Marvolo Riddle, as he was known then, had preserved his 16-year old self in a diary. By destroying the diary, Harry Potter once again delayed the Dark Lord's return to power.

The Servant of Lord Voldemort. Uncovering the true story behind his parents' death 12 years ago, Harry Potter stroved to right an old injustice by saving the life of his godfather Sirius Black. Black had been wrongfully convicted for the murder of Peter Pettigrew and betraying the Potters to Voldemort. However, the real traitor Peter Pettigrew escaped once again and rejoined his master through Harry Potter's act of mercy.

Flesh, Blood and Bone. Tricked into participating in the Triwizard Tournament, Harry Potter is captured by Voldemort. Through the use of Dark Magic which requires the blood of a foe, Voldemort is resurrected.

Dumbledore's Army. The formation of a secret organisation of students at Hogwarts in order to learn and practice the Defense Against the Dark Arts. The practical knowledge gained by the students led by Harry Potter would prove to be useful during the second war against Voldemort.

The Second War Begins. After witnessing Voldemort's failed attempt to kill Harry Potter on the grounds of the Ministry of Magic, the magical community finally realizes the truth of Harry Potter's words and starts taking steps to capture and foil Voldemort and his Death Eaters.

Horcruxes. With the guidance of Dumbledore, Harry Potter uncovers the secret of Voldemort's immortality and the key to taking down the Dark Lord.

The Muggle-Born Registration Commission. Harry, Ron and Hermione steal the third Horcrux, Slytherin's Locket from the Ministry of Magic and help a group of muggle-born witches and wizards escape from persecution.

Gringotts. Harry Potter convinces the goblin Griphook to help them smuggle into Gringotts to steal the fourth Horcrux, Hufflepuff's Cup out of the Lestranges vault.

The Battle of Hogwarts. Harry solves the mystery of Ravenclaw's Lost Diadem and destroy the fifth Horcrux.

The Forest Again. Harry offers his life in exchange for his friends. Thus, giving them the same protection from Voldemort as his mother's sacrifice did for him.

The Flaw In the Plan. Harry turns the Dumbledore's mistake to his advantage and defeats Voldemort.

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