Personal Literary Canon
By Zoe King
The first Harry Potter book is the story of a boy who lives in a cupboard under the stairs in his aunt and uncle's house for most of his life, until he is visited by a man who tells him that he is a wizard. Harry then finds himself swept up into the wizarding world, enrolling in Hogwarts, a school designed to teach young wizards and witches how to do magic. He makes friends with Ron and Hermione at the school, and together they end up exposing the return of Voldemort, the man who killed Harry's parents, along with many others. This book was probably the first larger series book that I read that had a continuous and complex plot. I first read it late into elementary school, and I think this series encouraged me to continue reading throughout my life.