It doesn’t take long for Harry Potter neophytes (such as myself) to see the powerful allure cast by this young wizard -- as displayed in the new Warner Bros. film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. However, the movie's opening scenes are a bit unsteady, with Harry as the poor victim of stifling foster parents. He lives under a staircase in a room barely big enough for a single twin bed. And the foster parents take a particular fright when letters start arriving for Harry, letters in florid penmanship on old parchment stationery. The father seems to realize the danger posed by the letters and burns them.
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