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Harry Potter

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Lindsay McClintic

on 3 December 2014

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Transcript of Harry Potter

by Diana Charboneau
Jill Hensley
Lindsay McClintic

The first book,
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
, was published in 1997.
Background Information
The last book,
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
, was published in 2007.
There are over 450 million copies in print world wide of all the books.

Three young wizards (Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger)
At Hogwarts for seven years battling evil, in particular Lord Voldemort.
Dealing with typical teenage drama at the same time

The last book broke all records to become the fastest-selling book in history, selling 11 million copies on the first day in the United States and UK alone.
How is
Harry Potter
a guilty pleasure?
Stereotyped "nerdy"
Considered children's books
Against religious beliefs

The "Nerdy" fans
Religions against
Harry Potter

Many religions object to
Harry Potter
because they believe it teaches children the acts of witchcraft, which is a sin.
The Controversy
Violence and death
Rule breaking
Improves literacy
Life lessons can be learned
Harry Potter
Relatable situations

Harry Potter
series promotes reading
"Almost six out of ten children (59%) think the books have helped them improve their reading skills."
Millions of children waited in anticipation for the release of the books
Teaches Life Lessons
Making Connections through communities

Turns fans to heroes
Have engaged millions through work for equality, human rights, and literacy
"We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better." -JKR
Many people can relate to situations in
Harry Potter
First kisses
Death of loved ones
Stress over tests/exams
Friend conflicts

Banned book list
How can
Harry Potter
be defended?
JKR is an inspiration
"J.K Rowling created a world where glasses were cool, and being smart made you stronger. She showed us that it didn't matter if you wore glasses or if you had bushy hair, or if you had slightly longer teeth and less money than others. She showed us that you should be accepted for who you are. She took the people perhaps who are ignored at school and made them the heroes."
J.K. Rowling is an inspiration to people all around the world. Before Harry Potter was published, it was rejected by 12 publishing companies. She never stopped trying, and now Harry Potter is a cultural phenomena.
JK Rowling is an inspiration to people all over the world. Before
Harry Potter
was published, it was rejected by 12 companies. She never gave up, and now
Harry Potter
is a cultural phenomenon.
"These books have taught children to read, to think, to write and to criticize, all hallmarks of free expression."
What It All Means
Behind the nerdy stereotype and the controversy,
Harry Potter
creates a sense of belonging, and provides readers and viewers with priceless values about life.
Harry Potter
is an inspiration to many all over the world.
Harry Potter Alliance
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