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In the News: Harry Potter
Harry Potter made the news in Scholastic News Edition 4, 5/6 on November 14, 2005
By Alexandra Cale

Harry Potter
Harry Potter portrait
(Photo: Courtesy Warner Brothers)
Harry Potter is a fictional 16-year-old wizard who attends Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. He is extremely famous in the wizarding community. Harry is also known as "the boy who lived" because he survived the evil Lord Voldemort's killing curse when he was just a year old.

Despite his enormous celebrity, Harry does not let it go to his head. In fact, his fame actually annoys him because people usually either adore him or hate him for it. He is especially recognizable by the lightning-bolt scar on his forehead that was left from Voldemort's curse.

Vernon and Petunia Dursely, Harry's uncle and aunt, were forced to raise him after his parents' death. They favor their own son, Dudley, over Harry, and do their best to make the young wizard miserable. Now that he attends Hogwarts, he lives with the Durselys only during the summer months.

At Hogwarts, Harry and his two best friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, all belong to Gryffindor House. In their six years at school, they have had many adventures. Harry is intensely loyal to his friends, and they have shown equal dedication to him.

When he is not studying or battling dark wizards, Harry enjoys Quidditch, a sport played in the air on flying broomsticks. He is the team's Seeker, and his job is to catch the Golden Snitch before the other team. This year Harry was voted captain of Gryffindor's team.

For more of Harry's adventures, check out Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, opening in theaters on November 18, 2005.