Identity and Belonging Who am I?:
Fictional universe of Harry Potter The central character in the series is Harry Pottera boy who lives in Surrey with his aunt, uncle, and cousin — the Dursleys — and discovers, at the age of eleven, that he is a wizardthough he lives in the ordinary world of non-magical people known as Muggles.
His magical ability is inborn, and children with such abilities are invited to attend exclusive magic schools that teach the necessary skills to succeed in the wizarding world.
As Harry develops through his adolescence, he learns to overcome the problems that face him: The environment Rowling created is intimately connected to reality. The British magical community of the Harry Potter books is inspired by s British culture, European folklore, classical mythology and alchemyincorporating objects and wildlife such as magic wandsmagic plants, potions, spells, flying broomstickscentaurs and other magical creatures, the Deathly Hallowsand the Philosopher's Stonebeside others invented by Rowling.
While the fantasy land of Narnia is an alternate universe and the Lord of the Rings ' Middle-earth a mythic past, the wizarding world of Harry Potter exists parallel to the real world and contains magical versions of the ordinary elements of everyday life, with the action mostly set in Scotland Hogwartsthe West Country, Devon, London, and Surrey in southeast England.
The full background to this event and Harry Potter's past is revealed gradually throughout the series. After the introductory chapter, the book leaps forward to a time shortly before Harry Potter's eleventh birthday, and it is at this point that his magical background begins to be revealed.
Despite Harry's aunt and uncle's desperate prevention of Harry learning about his abilities,  their efforts are in vain. Harry meets a half-giant, Rubeus Hagridwho is also his first contact with the wizarding world.
Hagrid reveals himself to be the Keeper of Keys and Grounds at Hogwarts as well as some of Harry's history. Harry survived with only a lightning-shaped scar on his forehead as a memento of the attack, and Voldemort disappeared soon afterwards, gravely weakened by his own rebounding curse.
As its inadvertent saviour from Voldemort's reign of terror, Harry has become a living legend in the wizarding world. However, at the orders of the venerable and well-known wizard Albus Dumbledorethe orphaned Harry had been placed in the home of his unpleasant Muggle relatives, the Dursleys, who have kept him safe but treated him poorly, including confining him to a cupboard without meals and treating as their servant.
Hagrid then officially invites Harry to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, a famous magic school in Scotland that educates young teenagers on their magical development for seven years, from age eleven to seventeen.
With Hagrid's help, Harry prepares for and undertakes his first year of study at Hogwarts. As Harry begins to explore the magical world, the reader is introduced to many of the primary locations used throughout the series.
Harry meets most of the main characters and gains his two closest friends: Ron Weasleya fun-loving member of an ancient, large, happy, but poor wizarding family, and Hermione Grangera gifted, bright, and hardworking witch of non-magical parentage.
He also discovers a talent of flying on broomsticks and is recruited for his house's Quidditch team, a sport in the wizarding world where players fly on broomsticks. The first book concludes with Harry's second confrontation with Lord Voldemort, who, in his quest to regain a body, yearns to gain the power of the Philosopher's Stonea substance that bestows everlasting life and turns any metal into pure gold.
He and his friends investigate a year-old mystery that appears uncannily related to recent sinister events at the school. Ron's younger sister, Ginny Weasleyenrolls in her first year at Hogwarts, and finds an old notebook in her belongings which turns out to be an alumnus's diary, Tom Marvolo Riddle, later revealed to be Voldemort's younger self, who is bent on ridding the school of "mudbloods", a derogatory term describing wizards and witches of non-magical parentage.
The memory of Tom Riddle resides inside of the diary and when Ginny begins to confide in the diary, Voldemort is able to possess her. Through the diary, Ginny acts on Voldemort's orders and unconsciously opens the "Chamber of Secrets", unleashing an ancient monster, later revealed to be a basiliskwhich begins attacking students at Hogwarts.
It kills those who make direct eye contact with it and petrifies those who look at it indirectly. The book also introduces a new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, Gilderoy Lockharta highly cheerful, self-conceited wizard with a pretentious facade, later turning out to be a fraud.
Harry discovers that prejudice exists in the Wizarding World through delving into the school's history, and learns that Voldemort's reign of terror was often directed at wizards and witches who were descended from Muggles.
Harry also learns about the innate ability of his to speak the snake language Parseltongue is rare and often associated with the Dark Arts. When Hermione is attacked and petrified, Harry and Ron finally piece together the puzzles and unlock the Chamber of Secrets, with Harry destroying the diary for good and saving Ginny, and also destroying a part of Voldemort's soul.
The end of the book reveals Lucius Malfoy, Draco's father and rival of Ron and Ginny's father, to be the culprit who slipped the book into Ginny's belongings and introduced the diary into Hogwarts. The third novel, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkabanfollows Harry in his third year of magical education.
It is the only book in the series which does not feature Lord Voldemort in any form. Instead, Harry must deal with the knowledge that he has been targeted by Sirius Blackhis father's best friend, and, according to the Wizarding World, an escaped mass murderer who assisted in the murder of Harry's parents.
As Harry struggles with his reaction to the dementors — dark creatures with the power to devour a human soul and feed on despair — which are ostensibly protecting the school, he reaches out to Remus Lupina Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher who is eventually revealed to be a werewolf.
Lupin teaches Harry defensive measures which are well above the level of magic generally executed by people his age. Harry comes to know that both Lupin and Black were best friends of his father and that Black was framed by their fourth friend, Peter Pettigrewwho had been hiding as Ron's pet rat, Scabbers.
During Harry's fourth year of school detailed in Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireHarry is unwillingly entered as a participant in the Triwizard Tournament, a dangerous yet exciting contest where three "champions", one from each participating school, must compete with each other in three tasks in order to win the Triwizard Cup.
This year, Harry must compete against a witch and a wizard "champion" from overseas visiting schools Beauxbatons and Durmstrang, as well as another Hogwarts student, causing Harry's friends to distance themselves from him.
The point at which the mystery is unravelled marks the series' shift from foreboding and uncertainty into open conflict. Voldemort's plan to have Crouch use the tournament to bring Harry to Voldemort succeeds.
Although Harry manages to escape, Cedric Diggorythe other Hogwarts champion in the tournament, is killed by Peter Pettigrew and Voldemort re-enters the Wizarding World with a physical body.
In response to Voldemort's reappearance, Dumbledore re-activates the Order of the Phoenixa secret society which works from Sirius Black's dark family home to defeat Voldemort's minions and protect Voldemort's targets, especially Harry.
Despite Harry's description of Voldemort's recent activities, the Ministry of Magic and many others in the magical world refuse to believe that Voldemort has returned. In an attempt to counter and eventually discredit Dumbledore, who along with Harry is the most prominent voice in the Wizarding World attempting to warn of Voldemort's return, the Ministry appoints Dolores Umbridge as the High Inquisitor of Hogwarts and the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher.Oct 05, · Her first novel, Looking For Alibrandi was awarded the Children's Book Council of Australia award in and her second novel, Saving Francesca won the same award in Looking For Alibrandi was made into a major film in and won the Australian Film Institute Award for best Film and best adapted screen play, also written by the author/5(K).
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The central character in the series is Harry Potter, a boy who lives in Surrey with his aunt, uncle, and cousin – the Dursleys – and discovers, at the age of eleven, that he is a wizard, though he lives in the ordinary world of non-magical people known as Muggles.
The wizarding world exists parallel to the Muggle world, albeit hidden and in secrecy. This sense of belonging comes about through personal identity trough a connection to culture and heritage. Without an acceptance of your heritage or culture you cannot belong to now and to yourself.
This concept is explored through William Shakespeare’s tragic play ‘Othello’ and the novel ‘Looking for Alibrandi’ () by Australian. Looking for Alibrandi is a novel which mostly deals with Josephine going through a journey of self discovery.
Josie discovers who she is through both positive and negative circumstances; however, they all combine to help her find her true identity.
The sense of not belonging is very obvious when a relationship breaks. The loss of a partner is an immediate loss of self-esteem. We suddenly cease to be attractive in our own eyes and we do not care about anything for a while.