Harry Potter: Boy wizard. Although he doesn’t know if at first.
The Dursely’s (Aunt Petunia, Uncle Vernon, and Dudley): Petunia is Harry’s mom’s sister. They took Harry in when Harry was a baby after Harry’s parents were killed. They abhor anything perceived to be abnormal, including magic and Harry.
Dumbledore – Headmaster at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Greatest wizard who ever lived.
Professor McGonagall – transfiguration teacher and head of Gryffindor house.
Hagrid – clearly more then human, he’s almost the size of a giant. He’s the keeper of keys and goundskeeper at Hogwarts. Strictly speaking, he’s not supposed to do magic as he was expelled from Hogwarts.
Professor Snape – Potions master who is head of Slytherin House and he hates Harry.
Ron Weasley – on of the Weasley family (seven children plus mother Molly and father Arthur), he becomes Harry’s best friend.
Hermoine Granger – a muggleborn who starts out an insufferable know-it-all but after an incident with a Troll, becomes best friends with Harry and Ron.
Neville Longbottom – a fellow Gryffindor who has a terrible memory and isn’t very good at much.
Draco Malfoy – a Slytherin who is enemies with Harry. He also thinks he and his family are better then everyone else.
Professor Quirrell – the Defense Against the Dark Arts professor. He’s skittish and stutters.
Voldemort a/k/a He-who-must-not-be-named a/k/a You-Know-Who – the bad wizard who killed Harry’s parents. When he tried to kill Harry, the curse rebounded and he’s been in hiding ever since (although some think he’s dead).
Mrs. Figg – a neighbor of Harry’s who Harry often has to stay with when the Dursley’s want to leave Harry home.
Filtch – the custodian at Hogwarts. He has a cat, Mrs. Norris who helps him patrol the grounds.
Nearly-Headless Nick – Gryffindor’s ghost.
Scabbers – Ron’s pet rat.
Hedwig – Harry’s owl, that Hagrid bought for him.
Crabbe and Goyle – fellow Slytherin classmates and Malfoy’s thugs.
Locations: Privet Drive, Diagon Alley and Hogwarts (England)
Main Premise: Harry, on his 11th birthday find out he is a wizard and he is to attend Hogwarts, a school for witches and wizards. He starts to learn somethings about his background and that his parent’s were murdered by an evil dark wizard (and not in a car crash like he thought). He starts his first year at Hogwarts, only to discover not only magic but that Voldemort is trying to return to power. To prevent this, Dumbledore has hidden Nicholas Flamel’s sorcerer’s stone in the castle and Harry and his friends figure this out and try to prevent it from being stolen.
Other Important Things to Remember for Later: Voldemort seems intent on coming back, but he also seems patient. He has it out for Harry. We know Hagrid was expelled from Hogwarts, but we don’t know why. Most of the houses seem to have ghosts. Harry can talk to snakes (as seen at the zoo before he leaves for Hogwarts). Ron has a younger sister, Ginny. Harry caught his first snitch with his mouth – had to spit it out after catching it! Harry has an invisibility cloak, that was his father’s and was left with Dumbledore. Dumbledore gave it to Harry at Christmas time. Dumbledore tells Harry’s that Snape hates Harry because of James (Harry’s father) and the fact that James once saved Snape’s life and Dumbledore tells Harry that he thinks Snape worked so hard to protect Harry so that he wouldn’t feel indebted anymore. Hagrid gives Harry a photo album of Wizard photos of Harry’s parents.