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->''"Harry -- yer a wizard."''
-->-- '''Rubeus Hagrid''', ''Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'' [[note]][[BeamMeUpScotty Commonly phrased as]] (per the film version) "You're a wizard, Harry."[[/note]]
A series of young adult novels by Creator/JKRowling, starting off in the late [[TheNineties 1990s]]. Blending fantasy with the nearly extinct British BoardingSchool genre, it was the debut work of Rowling, an ex-schoolteacher. Needless to say, there is [[Franchise/HarryPotter a multimedia franchise]] revolving around them, consisting of [[Film/HarryPotter a series of films]], [[VideoGame/HarryPotter video games]] and various other merchandising tie-ins, but at the heart of it are the books.
The basic story is simple: Harry Potter is a seemingly normal schoolboy, living with his resentful, abusive aunt and uncle after being orphaned in his infancy, who on his eleventh birthday discovers [[ChangelingFantasy he isn't really normal at all]]. His parents were both powerful wizards, and Harry himself is the renowned defeater of Voldemort, would-be EvilOverlord of the wizarding world. Voldemort had attempted to kill Harry when the latter was only a year old, but for unknown reasons, the curse he cast at the boy afflicted himself instead, killing him... [[OnlyMostlyDead sort of]].
Harry goes to Hogwarts, the great school of magic, and is happy. There are the normal school troubles -- [[BreadEggsMilkSquick bullies, unpleasant teachers, the three-headed dog guarding a mysterious something]] -- but nothing serious, until he sees a dark shadow creeping through the forest. Investigating, he eventually discovers that Voldemort [[NotQuiteDead did not truly die]]. Though his body was destroyed, his spirit clung to life, seeking ways to return from death and resume his campaign of terror.
!!The complete list of the books
* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'' (''Sorcerer's Stone'' in the United States)
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!!Tropes prevalent across the whole series:
-->''All was well.''