[[quoteright:280:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/HarryPotterPic.JPG]]
[[caption-width-right:280:Burn, Harry, burn! Mystic inferno!]]

->''"Harry -- [[BrokenMasquerade 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
[[index]]
* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'' (''Sorcerer's Stone'' in the United States)
* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets''
* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban''
* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire''
* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix''
* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince''
* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''
* ''Literature/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem''
* ''Literature/QuidditchThroughTheAges''
* ''Literature/TheTalesOfBeedleTheBard''
[[/index]]

%% The tropes that a work named is trivia and belongs on the Trivia tab.

----
!!Tropes prevalent across the whole series:
[[index]]
* HarryPotter/TropesAToI
* HarryPotter/TropesJToR
* HarryPotter/TropesSToY
[[/index]]
----
-->''All was well.''