Harry Potter’s Development of Friendships
The novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, is a story about an orphan named Harry Potter who is sent to live with his relatives, the Dursleys. For the first ten years of his life, Harry is hated and ignored by his Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon. Harry has never experienced a friendship with anyone until the day he is sent to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Throughout the school year, Harry develops a balance of friendship between Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, and Neville Longbottom. Each of them, has a need to belong somewhere. Together, they form a balance that make them each feel wanted in way that they have never known until they meet each other.
On the train ride to Hogwarts, Harry discovers a lot of similarities with Ron Weasley. Together, Harry and Ron help each other through the hard times and remain loyal friends without trouble. Harry’s first encounter with Ron took place on the train to the Hogwarts School where he realizes how alike the two are. Ron explains, “ ‘You never get anything new … I’ve got Bill’s old robes, Charlie’s old wand, and Percy’s old rat’” (100). Ron having five older brothers, knows the meaning of sharing, while Harry, a boy who has never had anything to share, now had access to money. Harry describes that “ ‘After all, he’d never had any money in his life until a month ago’”(100). Harry decides to buy candy and share it with Ron. For the first time, Harry can share something with a person and Ron gets something that is not handed down. The two boys become friends easily because they are comfortable around each other. During many occasions, Ron risks getting into trouble to help Harry out. When Malfoy dares Harry…
…ds, Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Neville, who has never been praised for anything, won points from Dumbledore who ended saying, “ ‘It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends’ ” (306).
Harry Potter begins his life as a loner because his relatives did not want to acknowledge him. At Hogwarts, he meets three people who become his good friends. Each has a strength and with that a weakness. Ron needs Harry to help him realize that he can be great and live up to his many brothers. Hermione helps Harry through all his schoolwork and during danger. In return, Harry helps Hermione loosen up and acknowledge what true friendship is. Neville gets courage from his friends. Together, they overcome the weakness and help each other through all the conflicts that come their way.