HARRY POTTER Biography - Fictional, Iconical & Mythological characters


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Name: Harry Potter                                                                   
Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by British author J. K.     
Rowling. The books chronicle the adventures of the eponymous adolescent wizard       
Harry Potter, together with Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, his best friends.       
The story is mostly set at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, an             
academy for young wizards and witches. The central story arc concerns Harry's         
struggle against the evil wizard Lord Voldemort, who killed Harry's parents in       
his quest to conquer the wizarding world.                                             
Since the release of the first novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in     
1997, which was retitled Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the United         
States, the books have gained immense popularity, critical acclaim and               
commercial success worldwide. The series has spawned films, video games and           
Potter-themed merchandise. As of April 2007, the first six books in the seven         
book series have sold more than 400 million copies and have been translated           
into more than 64 languages. The seventh and last book in the series, Harry           
Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was released on 21 July 2007. Publishers             
announced a record-breaking 12 million copies for the first print run in the U.S.     
The success of the novels has made Rowling the highest-earning novelist in           
history. English language versions of the books are published by Bloomsbury           
in the United Kingdom, Scholastic Press in the United States, Allen & Unwin in       
Australia, and Raincoast Books in Canada.                                             
Thus far, the first five books have been made into a series of motion pictures       
by Warner Bros. The sixth, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, began filming     
in September 2007, with a scheduled release of 21 November 2008. The series           
also originated much tie-in merchandise, making the Harry Potter brand worth $15