Harry Potter Response Sheet

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Dr. Sigler Response Sheet 3: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Children’s Literature ENGL: 3333 As I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for the second time in my life, it had brought be back to 5th grade all over again, getting lost in the place they call Hogwarts. The reason I believe this story is incredibly popular among adults, children and myself is because this story allows people to get away from a normal, mediocre, life to go to a magical and exciting place. “Ever seen a game of Quidditch, Potter?” (151), some people would ask, what is Quidditch? It’s a game where people fly on broomsticks playing with a quaffle, bludgers and a golden snitch. I also believe the Harry Potter series is popular because it’s not limited to any age; it can be read by all. Especially with seven books, readers can see how he matures over time. Harry Potter fits the “fantasy genre” perfectly. For the part of “Willing suspension of disbelief”, a lot of magic goes on in Hogwarts. “Then the hat twitched. A rip near the brim opened wide like a mouth – and the hat began to sing” (117), only at Hogwarts would something extraordinary like this happen. The second is that it often begins in a mundane world, which holds true for the story because Harry lives with the Dursleys, off of the ordinary place of Privet Drive. Next is the relationship between the mundane and fantasy world. This is expressed by going to platform 9 and ¾’s, the portal to get you between the two worlds. Lastly, the “reality-fantasy-reality” structure, which happens where Harry starts off in the normal world, then heads off to school at Hogwarts, and goes back home after the school year. A similarity between the two worlds, in Harry’s case, he has enemies in both places that are always trying to put him down. “Don’t be silly, Vernon, she hates the boy” (22), Uncle Vernon talking about Harry as he

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