Hogwart's School for Witchcraft and Wizardry
Harry James Potter (b. 31 July, 1980) was a half-blood wizard, the only child and son of James Potter and Lily Potter (née Evans), and one of the most famous wizards in modern times. He was also one of the most famous students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry of his time. He was the only known survivor of the Killing Curse, as Lord Voldemort tried to murder him when he was an infant (trying to stop a prophecy made before Harry’s birth), which led to Voldemort’s first defeat and the end of the First Wizarding War. The death of his parents led to the orphaned Harry being taken in by his Muggle relatives, the Dursleys, the only relatives Harry had left.
At the age of eleven, Harry learned from Rubeus Hagrid, the Hogwarts gamekeeper, that he was a wizard. He began attending Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and was sorted into Gryffindor house. While at school, Harry became best friends with Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. He became the youngest Seeker in over a century and eventually captain of his house’s Quidditch team, winning two Quidditch Cups as part of the team.19 He became even better known in his early years for protecting the Philosopher’s Stone from Voldemort and saving Ginny Weasley from the Chamber of Secrets. In his fourth year, Harry won the Triwizard Tournament, although the competition ended in tragedy with the death of Cedric Diggory and the return of Lord Voldemort. The next school year, Harry reluctantly founded Dumbledore’s Army and fought in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, during which he lost his godfather, who was a father figure to him.
Harry played a significant role in many other battles of the Second Wizarding War and hunted down and destroyed Voldemort’s Horcruxes with Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. During the Battle of Hogwarts, he personally witnessed the deaths of Severus Snape and Fred Weasley, and learned that Remus Lupin, Nymphadora Tonks, Colin Creevey, and many others had fallen as well. He encountered Voldemort and sacrificed himself, knowing that that was the only way to destroy the piece of Voldemort’s soul that was inside him. Having a near death experience, Albus Dumbledore gave Harry advice; He awoke and duelled Voldemort one last time, and defeated him.
After the war, Harry became an Auror and married his best friend Ron’s younger sister, Ginny Weasley, with whom he had three children: James Sirius, Albus Severus, and Lily Luna. Harry was also named the godfather of Teddy Remus Lupin. He had felt the effects of the Cruciatus Curse and the Imperius Curse several times. He was also hit by the Killing Curse twice, but survived. Harry is also notable for being the only known Master of Death, having united the three Deathly Hallows.
The Potters were an old, very wealthy pure-blood family, and Harry inherited much of his wealth from his parents. The Potters descended from the Peverell family, an ancient wizarding line, through Ignotus Peverell, who passed an Invisibility cloak on to his descendants. The Gaunts, descendants of Salazar Slytherin, also descend from the Peverells, through Ignotus’ brother Cadmus, who passed on the Resurrection Stone as a family heirloom in a signet ring, making Harry and Tom Marvolo Riddle very distant relatives.
It is also probable that Harry was distantly related, on his father’s side, to the Blacks, Malfoys, Weasleys, and the Longbottoms, and almost all other pure-blood families, making him distantly related to various other wizards and witches, including Bellatrix Lestrange, Sirius Black, Nymphadora Tonks, and even his own future wife Ginny Weasley, though the degree of consanguinity is not known.
Harry’s maternal relatives are the Muggle Evans and Dursley families.
Harry James Potter was born on 31 July, 1980, to James and Lily Potter, members of the first Order of the Phoenix at the height of the First Wizarding War. From birth, he lived in hiding with his parents after Lord Voldemort marked them for death. They lived in the village of Godric’s Hollow in a home put under the Fidelius Charm to keep them hidden. As part of the charm, they had planned to make their Secret-Keeper Sirius Black, but acting on his advice, they changed this designation to Peter Pettigrew, as they thought he would be less suspicious. In a terrible turn of fate, it happened that Pettigrew was a spy for Voldemort. He betrayed James and Lily Potter, faked his own death, and framed Sirius Black for everything.
Lily shields her baby from Voldemort.
At an unknown time, James and Lily had a short, quick Christening for Harry, which Sirius attended. It was quiet and quick, and only James, Lily and Sirius were there. It is also known that for Harry’s birthday Sirius bought Harry a toy Broomstick. The Potters are also known to have owned a cat but it is not known what happened to the cat after Lord Voldemort’s attack.
On the evening of 31 October, 1981, Lord Voldemort arrived at Godric’s Hollow and ended the lives of Harry’s parents; he started with James, who tried to stand up to him; unfortunately he did not have his wand with him and was killed immediately. Voldemort then advanced on Lily Potter, who died protecting Harry. Her sacrifice prevented the Killing Curse from working. Her love for Harry became a barrier protecting her son; when Voldemort attempted the curse on the child, it backfired, and instead of killing Harry, Voldemort lost all his powers and physical form but was saved from death by his multiple Horcruxes. Harry became the only person known to have survived the Killing Curse. The failed curse left a lightning bolt-shape scar on his forehead. The scar would be a bane and a blessing to Harry in the years to come, as it opened a telepathic link between Lord Voldemort and himself. He became famous even at the age of one for defeating Lord Voldemort.
The house at Godric’s Hollow was destroyed in the fight, and Rubeus Hagrid rescued Harry from the ruined house. Hagrid was given specific orders to take him to his Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon, but Hagrid was intercepted by Sirius Black, who pleaded for Hagrid to give the baby to him. Hagrid refused, saying that he was under orders from Dumbledore to get Harry to Privet Drive as quickly as possible. Sirius, though reluctant, relented and gave Hagrid his flying motorcycle to take Harry to Privet Drive. Dumbledore left a letter explaining everything to the Dursleys, but they never relayed it to Harry. Instead, Harry spent the next decade of his life in their strict and miserable home.
Living with the Dursleys, Harry thought, was the worst thing in the world. As they were a Muggle family, they had no understanding of magic, and even though his aunt and uncle knew about his lineage, they wanted nothing to do with it. The Dursleys considered themselves a “proper” family and hated anything out of the ordinary. They lied to Harry about his parents, claiming they had died in a car wreck and that James was an unemployed drunk. They resented Harry for his magical talents, which were sporadic, but evident. They would not even let Harry say the word “magic.” They discouraged any sort of imagination insisting upon “stamping that rubbish out” and screamed at or punished Harry whenever something “unusual” occurred. In his youth, Harry could make strange things happen without understanding why (as no one had bothered to tell him that he was a wizard). For instance, after his aunt Petunia sheared off all his messy hair in fury that it would not lay flat, it grew back to its untouched state by the next morning. Harry was punished, even though he had not done anything on purpose. Another time, Dedalus Diggle bowed to him in a shop, and his Aunt Petunia ferociously interrogated Harry as to how he knew the man before leaving the shop very quickly.
The Dursleys spoiled and pampered their son Dudley and paid almost no attention to Harry. All his clothes were ill-fitting hand-me-downs from Dudley, far too large for Harry. He was forced to sleep in the cupboard under the stairs, while his cousin got two bedrooms to himself. They ordered Harry around like a slave. In time, Dudley became a terrible bully of Harry. The Dursleys took Dudley and a friend to spectacular places every year for his birthday, but they never threw Harry a party and gave him horrible presents like a pair of Uncle Vernon’s old socks.
There were two benefits to Harry’s virtual imprisonment at the Dursleys’ home. First, Harry’s neighbour, Arabella Figg, was a Squib working undercover for the Order of the Phoenix to keep tabs on Harry’s well-being; however, to maintain favour with the Dursleys, she was forced to mistreat him whenever they sent him to her. And second, by returning to live with his mother’s only living blood relative, the protection that Lily gave Harry would live on. While Harry could call that place home, there he could not be harmed. However, this charm would be broken when Harry turned 17 years old, or when he no longer called 4 Privet Drive his home.
On Dudley’s eleventh birthday, the Dursleys went to Zoo with Dudley’s best friend Piers Polkiss. Unfortunately for the Dursleys they had to take Harry with them, as Yvonne, Petunia’s best friend, was on holiday at Majorca, and Mrs. Figg broke her leg. At the Zoo, Harry accidentally made the glass into a boa enclosure disappear.
Harry attended a normal Muggle school along with Dudley. He did not have any friends, since all the students were afraid of Dudley’s gang. It is told that he was good at sports, even though he was the last picked for a team; this was more because no one wanted to admit to Dudley that they liked him, rather than because he was no good. Harry got decent, if not good, grades at school. Harry once accidentally turned his teacher’s wig blue, and once somehow found himself on the school kitchen roof, when escaping from Dudley’s gang.
If Harry had not gone to Hogwarts, he would have attended Stonewall High, a Muggle public school.
Harry had no birthday celebrations until the day he turned eleven, which was the same day that he discovered the exceptional reality about his identity. The week of Harry’s birthday, hundreds of letters began arriving at the Dursley’s home, addressed to him from a place called Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. When the Dursleys saw the first letter was addressed as “cupboard under the stairs,” they panicked at the thought of Harry’s ill treatment being observed and transferred him to Dudley’s second bedroom, which soon appeared on letters as the “smallest bedroom.” When Harry’s Uncle Vernon first read the letter, he turned a pale, porridge grey out of fear that wizards were trying to contact Harry. Because of this, Vernon Dursley tried to destroy the letters in a futile attempt to keep Harry from his destiny. As the letters kept coming in increasingly larger quantities, the Dursleys saw no alternative but to flee from them. The owls carrying the letters followed them wherever they went. In a final desperate move, the Dursleys relocated themselves to a shack on a rocky island in the edge of the sea.
At midnight on Harry’s birthday, Rubeus Hagrid appeared in person to find out why Harry had not received his letter. He was infuriated by the Dursleys and explained to Harry, in spite of Vernon’s obstinate protests, that he was a wizard, how his parents died, and that he was to be sent to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
This would be Harry’s first birthday celebration, and Hagrid gave him a small home made birthday cake and an owl, whom Harry named Hedwig. Hagrid took Harry to the Leaky Cauldron, where he learned that he was famous. He met Quirinus Quirrell, his soon-to-be Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts, the Inn-keeper, Tom, a witch named Doris Crockford, and Dedalus Diggle, the man who had bowed to Harry several years earlier. Hagrid then took Harry to Diagon Alley, where he learned more about his fame in the Wizarding world and that his parents had left him a small fortune in a vault at Gringotts.
Harry bought his first wand from the wandmaker Ollivander that day. His wand was eleven inches long and made of holly. The phoenix feather at the core came from Dumbledore’s phoenix Fawkes. It was crafted by Ollivander, who had also created a twin wand. This wand had been made from yew, and contained the only other feather supplied by Fawkes. This twin wand had long ago chosen Tom Marvolo Riddle as its wielder. Riddle, under the alias of Lord Voldemort, ended up using this wand to attack Harry and his parents. The two wands, sharing the same phoenix origin, had a unique connection which would prevent them from successfully duelling against each other.
Harry Potter was further guided by destiny when he met his lifelong best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger while riding the Hogwarts Express. Initially, the Sorting Hat considered putting Harry into Slytherin, but changed its mind at Harry’s insistence, as he had heard about the Dark Wizards who had been in the house. All three were Sorted into Gryffindor House on their first evening at school. While Harry immediately took to Ron, he did not immediately befriend Hermione, though he was nicer to her than Ron was…