Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul

Topics: Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Ron Weasley Pages: 5 (1918 words) Published: May 19, 2002
Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul

Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul is the first of seven editions of the Chicken Soupseries. It is loved and admired by everyone that reads it. It has become a popular book all over the world. The author, are various people-was a struggling single mother when she started the Harry Potter series. She spent time in a café in England to write the books. She did a fabulous job, she has been the recipient several awards for the series, and the first book will be transformed into a movie, which should be released in November of 2001. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Harry Potter, and I plan on reading the rest of them. From what I have read in just the first book I am sure that I will enjoy all the rest. The author has a very creative way of writing that is easy enough to understand, but also involved so that the reader isn't bored stiff. This is partially why I feel that it has had such great success. Another big reason for its success is because it can be read and enjoyed by all ages. If you are young, you can relate to the first years; if you are older you can think back and it brings out the child in you.

This magnificent story is about an eleven year old boy who has been deprived of practically everything all his life. Harry Potter lived in a cupboard under the stairs with his "muggle" relatives. Muggle refers to humans who lack any sort of mystical power. His Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia treated him very poorly because they refused to accept him for whom he is: a very famous child with great potential as a wizard amongst the magical world. As he grew up he never got anything of his own, even on special occasions. He received his spoiled cousin Dudley's old clothes, which were all too big for Harry. At school Harry was bullied around, at home he never got a full dinner, and his birthdays were often forgotten. Needless to say, he lived a very depressing life.

Fortunately things changed. Harry received an envelope in the mail, but Uncle Vernon did not allow him to read it. Another letter came; once again Harry was not allowed to read it. More and more letters came, it was apparent to Harry that someone was trying to contact him and would not stop until he got the message. In order to stop the letters from coming Uncle Vernon decided to let Harry have Dudley's toy room, which Dudley objected to and for the first time in his life didn't get what he wanted. The letters continued. On the night before Harry's birthday, Uncle Vernon rushed everyone to a cabin on an island hoping that this would rid them of the enormous amount of letters received. His plan failed. Not only did Harry get his long awaited letter, but also Hagrid, who is the groundskeeper at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, greeted him. To Harry's surprise, he was informed that he was a wizard. He learned all about his parents; their death, their being a wizard and a witch, and whom ultimately killed them. Lord Voldemort, also often referred to as "You-Know-Who" had caused destruction to the whole village and killed his Father, and attempted to kill Harry, but his Mother saved him and lost her own life. Harry, although, was left with a scar on his forehead, which resembles a lightning bolt. The letter that Harry was finally able to read was his notification that he was accepted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry was overcome with joy, but it was all too much. He couldn't believe it, after all before this sudden change of events he had never received mail, he had never heard anything about his parents, and he had never been as happy as he was right then. Sure enough it wasn't a dream and he really was going to start a great adventure.

The next day Harry and Hagrid set out to buy all of Harry's school supplies, which weren't your typical supplies; he had gotten a telescope, his robes, a cauldron, a wand, and an owl. The day of his departure finally came; he left on a magical train from Platform...
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