Harry Potter Study Guides

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the story of the titular hero's second year attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Amidst a series of mysterious attacks on the student body Harry must cope with the suspicions of his fellow students, the school's mysterious past, and the identity of the force behind the attacks. The story is an illustration of childhood friendship, the shadows of past sins, and the perils of false accusations in climates of paranoia.

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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    In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry returns for his fourth year at Hogwarts to find that the school is hosting the Triwizard Tournament, a competition between three wizarding schools. When Harry is unexpectedly chosen as a competitor, he must not only face the tournament's dangerous tasks, but also uncover who submitted his name as a competitor - and why. Ushering in the return of Lord Voldemort, this installment is a major turning point for the series, and also touches on themes of friendship, slavery, and coming of age.

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the sixth book in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. In this novel, Professor Snape makes an unbreakable vow to protect Harry Potter's rival, Draco Malfoy. Harry and Dumbledore look into memories in an attempt to learn more about Voldemort, and it is unveiled that he has been placing parts of his soul in objects called Horcruxes that must be destroyed if Voldemort is to be defeated.

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix follows the titular hero, Harry, through his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry forms a new familial bond with his godfather, the fugitive Sirius Black, and experiences troubling visions of his archenemy Voldemort. The story follows Harry's attempt to make sense of his visions while struggling with self-doubt, his lack of a family, and growing anxiety due to his apparent connection to Voldemort's mind.

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the third novel in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. Harry learns that a prisoner known only as Black has escaped from Azkaban, a high security prison. Harry learns that "Black" was once a friend of his parents, though he was rumored to have betrayed them and gave Voldemort access to their house, where he killed Harry's parents. Harry must discover the true identity of Black and determine what role he will play in the ever approaching battle.

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

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    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is the story of its titular hero, the young wizard Harry. Orphaned at a young age, Harry must come to terms with his magical heritage and cope with the bizarre wizarding world of which he is now a part. At Hogwarts Academy of Witchcraft and Wizardry Harry makes lifelong friends, gains a valuable mentor, and thwarts the immortality-seeking plots of his parents' murderer, the evil Lord Voldemort.

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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    Harry Potter and the Dealthy Hallows is the seventh and final book in J.K. Rowlings Harry Potter series. Voldemort is continuing to accumulate power and it is up to Harry, Ron, and Hermoine to find the remaining Horcruxes to defeat him once and for all. When the Death Eaters descend upon Hogwarts, it leads to a battle that will affect the future of the wizarding world forever.

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

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    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone tells the tale of Harry, an ordinary boy who discovers he is not so ordinary after all; not only is he a wizard, he is also the target of the evil Lord Voldemort, who tried to kill Harry when he was a baby. As he makes his way through his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry must again confront Voldemort with the help of his new friends. Major themes include good versus evil and the journey from childhood to adulthood.