I was first introduced to this book series by my third graders when I was a teacher. I still love these books and reread them every few years.
Harry’s parents are killed protecting him from Lord Voldemort (also known as “He Who Must Not Be Named.” One of the most evil wizards in the world. As a result Harry grows up with his Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon, quite sour and dour people. His cousin Dudley is even worse.
As a child he was lied to and told his parents died in a car accident. So when he gets a letter from Hogwarts he has no idea what it is. Luckily, Professor Dumbledore sends Hagrid to assist Harry in his school preparations. Since Uncle Vernon keeps moving the family it does pose a challenge. However, once Hagrid explains, as best as he can, to Harry about who he is Harry is thrilled to go to Hogwarts.
Once at school he is put into Gryffindor House, just like his parents. His first year is going as expected until it is discovered he’s a natural on a broom. He becomes the teams Seeker.
We also have a third floor corridor off limits this school year. It turns out that is where the Sorcerer’s Stone is being kept under heavy guard. Fluffy (a three headed dog) is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s clearly being protected from Voldemort.
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