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Who would imagine that a small, quiet boy living in a closet would one day become a wizard and end up saving the world? In J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter overcomes tremendous obstacles in his quest to become a wizard and save the world. He begins the novel as a poor orphan living with his mean and unimaginative relatives, the Dursleys, but his life completely changes when he receives an invitation to attend the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Learning all of the potions and magic tricks necessary to become a wizard requires perseverance, but Harry must also persevere in defeating an evil plot that endangers his life and the lives of those around him. Perseverance means never giving up, even if a challenge seems impossible to overcome. Harry shows perseverance in the way that he deals with internal, relational, and external conflict.
Harry shows perseverance in the way that he deals with his relational conflict with Lord Voldemort. The reader learns that Voldemort has been trying to kill Harry since before he was born (12). In fact, at the end of the novel, Voldemort threatens, “you’ll meet the same end as your parents…They died begging me for mercy” (294). Rather than giving up or running away from his destiny, Harry embraces it as he struggles in his quest against the Dark Lord. Harry’s perseverance enables him to defeat Lord Voldemort, which ensures the safety of all wizards and Muggles. Of course, to be able to fight Voldemort, Harry must pass his very difficult classes at Hogwarts.
Throughout Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry perseveres against several struggles with himself, others, and society. He must overcome the sense of inferiority and longing that he feels for his parents as an orphan. He must also defeat the evil Lord Voldemort’s quest for power. Finally, he must learn all of the necessary skills, potions, and magic tricks necessary to become the powerful wizard he was always meant to be.Harry’s example proves that no matter how small or large an obstacle may seem, perseverance is always the key to success.
Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. New York: Scholastic,1997.Print.