The boy who lived

Episode 2: The boy who lived

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Harry Potter was born in July 1980. He is an only child. That means he does not have any brothers and sisters. His parents are called James and Lilly Potter.  Lilly was a muggle, so Harry is a half-blood.

James and Lilly, they were killed by Voldemort when Harry was only one year old. ‘You know who’ wanted actually to kill Harry, but his parents protected him.  His mother Lilly, she gave her life to save him and this act of love protected Harry from Voldemort’s attack. As a result, Harry was unharmed. That means he did not get hurt. While ‘You know who’ ceased to exist in physical form. What does that mean? It means that it seemed he had died… but is almost like his body died but his spirit didn’t. Or something like this. And the only thing that reminded Harry of what happened that day was a scar on his forehead with the shape of a lightening.

After that, after his parents’ death, Harry went to live with his aunt Petunia and her family. Petunia’s husband, uncle Vernon and Harry’s cousin, Dudley. Because the Dursleys, they did not like anything magic related at all, Harry grew up without knowing anything about his parents or the wizarding world. He had no idea he was famous. He had no idea he was a wizard and even less that people called him “the boy who lived”.

Harry’s life with the Dursleys wasn’t very easy. As you might remember, right? His relatives didn’t like him very much and they loved to remind him of that. And as you may remember, his bedroom, if we can call it that, was a very small room with no windows under the stairs of the house. It’s really not comfortable at all.

But it all changed when Harry was almost 11 years old. This is the age when children (who are special), they get the letter to go to Hogwarts that is the most famous wizarding school. And so an owl and later many owls, they tried to deliver this letter to Harry, but the Dursley’s they didn’t let him read it. So in the end, Hagrid delivered the letter himself to Harry. He went in person. I mean, the Dursleys they tried to hide Harry. ‘Cause they thought if they were not at home, if they went somewhere else, maybe they would not find Harry. But Hagrid found him. So Hagrid gave the letter to Harry and told him who he was and that he was supposed to go to Hogwarts.

So Harry did not have a lot of time to learn about all of that. This magical world and his parents, and anything, actually before taking the Hogwarts Express and going to his new school. On the train Harry meets Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. And they soon became his best friends. All 3 of them were then sorted into Gryffindor.

Because of the way Harry grew up, or maybe also because this was part of his character, Harry did not like the attention he got from people when they found out he was THE Harry Potter. He really didn’t like it. He felt bad and he wanted to hide. So yeah, he does not like the spotlight very much. And some teachers like Professor Snape for example. They were harder on him, and they expected him to be better than the others in class. Because he was so famous. They had no idea he had never heard of a wizarding world, for example. So they just expected him to be the best in class.

So, what else do we know about Harry? We know the he is very shy and that he has a good heart. He also has a natural talent as a flyer and he became the youngest Quidditch Seeker in over a century. Both his parents were also quidditch players and his father was a seeker as well.  We soon find out that Harry is also very brave and that he always seeks the truth. And something interesting is also that Harry arrives at Hogwarts around the same time ‘You know who’ starts getting stronger again and he is preparing a come back.

About the author: jdb

She is a language teacher since 2001, an English teacher since 2007 and an on-line language teacher since 2011. She is the founder of the OLC Clube, your Language Club. Jennifer loves watching movies and series, reading, travelling, meeting new people,learning about other cultures and world history, learning in general and teaching.

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