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All you wanted to know about Harry Potter

As Harry Potter’s decade-long journey comes to an end with the last film in the franchise releasing today, we give you a recap of everything the wizarding world has been through so far.

hollywood Updated: Jul 15, 2011 12:45 IST
Serena Menon
Serena Menon
Hindustan Times

As Harry Potter’s decade-long journey comes to an end with the last film in the franchise releasing today, we give you a recap of everything the wizarding world has been through so far.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Dumbledore drops a baby Harry Potter at his maternal aunt and uncle’s house, where he is treated like a

On his 11th birthday, Hagrid visits him, introduces him to the world of magic and takes him to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft And Wizardry, against his aunt and uncle’s wishes.

Befriends Hermoine Granger and Ron Weasley. Becomes a Gryffindor.

Finds out that his parents died protecting him from Voldemort, who tried to kill him, after it was prophecised that a boy born in July would bring his end.

Has his first face-off with Voldemort, who has possessed a professor’s body. Harry defeats him.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry returns to Hogwarts.

Students get attacked and he finds himself talking to a diary that belongs to a certain Tom Riddle.

Discovers a Chamber of Secrets within Hogwarts. Manages to access it.

Has second face-off with Voldemort, who shows himself as a teenager called Tom Marvolo Riddle (anagram for Voldemort). Discovers the diary belongs to Voldermort and he has been causing those attacks.

Voldemort calls upon a basilisk to kill Harry in the chamber. Harry defeats the snake using the sword of Godric Gryffindor (the wizard after whom Gryffindor house is named). The sword appears to those from the house in need.

Harry stabs Tom Riddle’s diary with the dead basilisk’s poisonous fang, sending Riddle back to his life-less state.

Harry Potter and Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry breaks law and performs magic outside Hogwarts, runs away from aunt’s house. Is haunted by dog-like figure called Grim.

Hears about a ‘murderer’ called Sirius Black escaping from Azkaban.

Learns that Voldemort’s right-hand man Peter Pettigrew betrayed Harry’s parents, not Sirius.

Sirius and Remus want to kill Peter, who is an animagus rat and has lived with Ron as his pet (Scabbers) for 12 years.

But Peter escapes when professor Remus Lupin is revealed as a werewolf.

Harry casts a massive patronus charm to get rid of dementors, saves Sirius.

Harry is told that Sirius is his godfather. Helps him escape to live in hiding till he is proven innocent.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Hogwarts hosts the Triwizard tournament. Three other magical schools to participate.

According to the rules, only of-age students can enroll by dropping their names into a magical ‘goblet of fire’. The goblet then coughs up three names, one from each participating school.

But on the day of selection, Harry, who is underage, sees the goblet cough up his name, shocking all and forcing him to participate.

Cedric Diggory, a smart and intelligent Huffepuff, is the official participant from Hogwarts.

Harry and Cedric make it to the final. As they pounce to grab the trophy, they are transported to a dilapidated mansion. The trophy was a portkey.

Harry realises he has reached Voldemort’s haunt.

Harry’s blood is used to bring Voldemort back to life in flesh, bone and full power.

Cedric is killed by Voldemort.

Voldemort and Harry dual. Harry sees his parents, and others, who Voldemort has killed, as their wands meet.

Harry breaks contact on his mother’s behest, reaches out to Cedric’s dead body and trophy (portkey) and transports back to Hogwarts, where the crowd cheering him doesn’t realise that the Voldemort has returned.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
The old Order Of The Phoenix consisted of Harry’s parents among others. It is revived to protect Harry from Voldemort.

Ministry refuses to believe that Voldemort has returned.

Harry helps train some friends in self-defense spells and calls the group Dumbledore’s Army.

Professor Dolores Umbridge takes over Hogwarts, imposes bizarre rules and punishes students.

Dumbledore realises Harry and Voldemort share thoughts, and deliberately stays away from him.

Fred and George, Ron’s twin brothers, sick of Umbridge, leave Hogwarts with much fanfare.

Harry and friends break into Ministry to find out the exact prophecy.

They are attacked by Death Eaters. The Order of the Phoenix arrives; they battle.

Bellatrix kills Sirius Black.

Dumbledore fights off Voldemort.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Voldemort rises to power, gathers Death Eater army.

Dumbledore explains the concept of horcruxes to Harry.

Is told that Voldemort has split his soul into seven horcruxes. And in order to destroy him, all seven will need to be ruined.

He learns that Tom Riddle’s diary was one horcrux, which Harry already destroyed.

Dumbledore finds another horcrux, a ring that he wears. That too is destroyed.

Draco Malfoy is blackmailed to kill Dumbledore. Scared, he is unable to do it.

Snape kills Dumbledore.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
While transporting Harry to the Weasleys house, Mad Eye Moody dies.

Ron’s older brother Bill’s wedding is interrupted by a message: the ministry has fallen and the minister is dead. Everyone is attacked by Death Eaters.

Harry, Hermoine and Ron disapparate and find refuge in Sirius’s house.

Using a potion they enter the Ministry and find the third horcrux a locket

After many failed attempts at destroying it, Ron breaks it using the sword of Gryffindor.

Dobby, a house elf who Harry had freed years ago, arrives to help the trio, who are captured in Death Eater Lucius Malfoy’s house.

Helps them escape, but gets stabbed by Bellatrix’s dagger. Dies.

Voldemort gets Elder Wand, the most powerful wand in the world, from Dumbledore’s grave.

Witches and wizards you should know
Harry Potter
Managed to destroy Voldemort’s physical body when he was one n Smart, lucky, loyal and courageous

Risks life for the world

Hermoine Granger
Born to non-wizard parents (muggles)

Super intelligent

Ron Weasley’s love interest

Harry and Ron’s best friend

Ronald Weasley
One of the six Weasley kids

Son of Molly and Arthur Weasley

Harry and Hermoine’s best friend

Is petrified of spiders

Lord Voldemort
Also called the Dark Lord, You-Know-Who and Tom Riddle

Physical body was destroyed when he tried to kill Harry when he was a baby

Wants to kill Harry Potter at any cost

Very powerful and super-duper evil

Albus Dumbledore
Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Is the most powerful wizard

Was killed in Harry Potter And The Half- Blood Prince by Snape

Bellatrix Lestrange
Death Eater

Sirius Black’s cousin

Voldemort’s right hand

Killed Sirius Black, Neville Longbottom’s parents

Dolores Umbridge
Works for the Ministry of Magic

Hates Harry, Dumbledore

Draco Malfoy
Son of Lucius Malfoy

Harry Potter’s enemy from Hogwarts

Ginny Weasley
Ron’s gutsy sister

Harry Potter’s love interest

Fred and George Weasley
Mischievous twins


Professor Minerva McGonagall
Deputy Headmistress of Hogwarts

Cares deeply for Harry Potter and his friends

Severus Snape

Dislikes Harry, Ron and Hermoine

Kills Dumbledore on his own request

Protects Harry

Rubeus Hagrid
Care of magical creatures teacher at Hogwarts


Friend of Harry

Remus Lupin
Friend of Harry’s father


Loves Harry

Married Tonks

Sirius Black
Harry’s godfather

Dies in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Loves Harry dearly

Potter Dictionary
DEATH EATERS: Voldemort’s followers, dark wizards
DEMENTORS: Guards of Azkaban, suck every happy thought out
AZKABAN: Wizard prison
HORCRUXES: Dark wizarding technique of immortality. The soul is split by killing people and preserved. Even if a wizard is attacked, until all the horcruxes, where his soul is preserved are destroyed, he cannot die.
PORTKEY: A means of transport within the wizarding world. Anything can be jinxed to make a portkey and on contact, the person will be transported to the pre-fed destination.
PARTONUS: A special spell that wards off dementors.
AVADA KEDAVRA: Killing curse.
ANIMAGUS: Can turn into an animal, bird or creature.
DISAPPARATE: Magically transporting oneself from one location to another.

First Published: Jul 14, 2011 21:23 IST