What is the main idea in the story of Harry Potter?

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Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels that were written by J.K. Rowling. The seven novels focus on the life of Harry Potter, a young boy who discovers he has magical talents while living with his cruel aunt and uncle. He attends Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardy (against their wishes) where he learns to hone his magical skills and meets loyal friends who help him fight evil.

All of the battles that he and his friends engage in prepare them for when they meet Harry's archnemesis, Lord Voldemort. Lord Voldemart wants to overthrow the wizard governing body, control the wizards as well as those who are non-magical, and become immortal. Throughout the seven novels, J. K. Rowling explores themes of courage, bravery, loyalty, family, friendship, choice, and death.

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J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series revolves around the life and tribulations of the series namesake, Harry Potter. Without knowing which book in the series you are requesting a main idea for, I must assume that you mean to ask in general, for the entire series, about the main idea.

The first book in the series, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone", sets the basis for the entire series with the revelation that Harry, who lives with his cruel aunt and uncle, has special gifts he does not yet understand. For example, he has no idea how he was able to jump on top of a building to escape bullies. In this way the main idea of the series is described in general terms as being the story of a young, orphaned boy with special abilities who finds out his destiny is to attend a school of wizardry with other boys and girls with similar abilities. As the novels unfold, we see that he will be constantly cast on the side of good, as fighting against evil as part of his destiny. This main idea is carried on throughout the entire series of the books.

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