Harry is an orphan living with the Dursleys who mistreat him terribly and force him to live in a tiny cupboard under the stairs. His days are sad and lonely. Owls begin to bring him letters, but Mr. Dursley tries very hard to keep them from Harry.
Eventually, Harry learns that he is a wizard. The letter invites him to go to Hogwarts, a school for witches and wizards. He does not want to be in Slytherin house because it had a reputation of turning out evil wizards. The sorting hat put Harry in Gryffindor house. Students in Gryffindor are known for being courageous.
Once in Griffindor house, Harry becomes good friends with Ron and Hermoine. They work together to overcome many obstacles and defeat Lord Voldemort. At Hogwarts, Harry found an exciting life, strong friendships, and a new sense of belonging.