Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

by

J. K. Rowling

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Harry Potter Character Analysis

Protagonist Harry Potter has green eyes, disheveled black hair, and a distinctive lightning bolt-shaped scar on his forehead. Harry is orphaned as a baby when the dark wizard Voldemort kills his parents, Lily and James. Curiously, Lord Voldemort is unable to kill baby Harry, making him famous throughout the wizarding world as “the boy who lived.” In light of this fame, which would certainly inflate Harry’s ego, Dumbledore decides to send the boy to live with his Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia, who are both Muggles. Harry thus grows up ignorant of his magical capabilities, the history of how his parents died, and his own fame. On Harry’s eleventh birthday, Hagrid informs him of his extraordinary background, and invites Harry to Hogwarts, the wizarding school. Initially Harry worries that he is already thought of as a great wizard due to what happened to him as a child—yet he doesn’t know the faintest thing about magic. Luckily, he discovers a talent for flying and joins the Quidditch team early on, giving him a community and a sense that he does possess some innate magical abilities. Harry truly values his friendships and is very loyal to Ron and Hermione, often actively trying to protect them and other classmates like Neville Longbottom. Harry has a deep yearning for his late parents, which is revealed when he encounters the Mirror of Erised, but teachers like Hagrid and the Headmaster, Dumbledore, come to serve as parental figures who provide Harry with love and guidance. Harry also has a blatant disregard for the rules when he feels that breaking them will allow him to do what he feels is right, an impulse that is aided by the Invisibility Cloak—and, by extension, Dumbledore himself, who gifts Harry the cloak. Perhaps Harry’s most critical characteristic is his humility, which leads him to put others’ well-being before his own and ultimately what allows him to obtain the Sorcerer’s Stone and prevent it from falling into evil hands.

Harry Potter Quotes in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

The Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone quotes below are all either spoken by Harry Potter or refer to Harry Potter. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scholastic edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone published in 1997.
Chapter 1 Quotes

Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you’d expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn’t hold with such nonsense.

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“He’ll be famous—a legend—I wouldn’t be surprised if today was known as Harry Potter Day in the future—there will be books written about Harry—every child in our world will know his name!”

“Exactly,” said Dumbledore, looking very seriously over the top of his half-moon glasses. “It would be enough to turn any boy’s head. Famous before he can walk and talk! Famous tor something he won’t even remember! Can’t you see how much better off he’ll be, growing up away from all that until he’s ready to take it?”

Related Symbols: The Sorcerer’s Stone
Page Number: 13
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Chapter 2 Quotes

The problem was, strange things often happened around Harry and it was just no good telling the Dursleys he didn’t make them happen.

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At school, Harry had no one. Everybody knew that Dudley’s gang hated that odd Harry Potter in his baggy old clothes and broken glasses, and nobody liked to disagree with Dudley’s gang.

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Chapter 4 Quotes

“Then she met that Potter at school and they left and got married and had you, and of course I knew you’d be just the same, just as strange, just as — as — abnormal— and then, if you please, she went and got herself blown up and we got landed with you!”

Page Number: 53
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“See, there was this wizard who went…bad. As bad as you could go. Worse. Worse than worse. […] This wizard, about twenty years ago now, started lookin’ fer followers. Got ’em, too — some were afraid, some just wanted a bit o’ his power, ’cause he was gettin’ himself power, all right. Dark days, Harry.”

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Chapter 5 Quotes

Harry wished he had about eight more eyes. He turned his head in every direction as they walked up the street, trying to look at everything at once: the shops, the things outside them, the people doing their shopping.

Related Characters: Harry Potter, Rubeus Hagrid
Page Number: 71
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“Don’ you worry, Harry. You’ll learn last enough. Everyone starts at the beginning at Hogwarts, you’ll be just fine. Just be yerself. I know it’s hard. Yeh’ve been singled out, an’ that’s always hard. But yeh’ll have a great time at Hogwarts — I did — still do, ’smatter of fact.”

Related Characters: Rubeus Hagrid (speaker), Harry Potter
Page Number: 86
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Chapter 6 Quotes

“Go on, have a pasty,” said Harry, who had never had anything to share before or, indeed, anyone to share it with. It was a nice feeling, sitting there with Ron, eating their way through all Harry’s pasties, cakes, and candies (the sandwiches lay forgotten).

Related Characters: Harry Potter (speaker), Ron Weasley, Rubeus Hagrid, Draco Malfoy
Page Number: 102
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Chapter 7 Quotes

Harry had never even imagined such a strange and splendid place. It was lit by thousands and thousands of candles that were floating in midair over four long tables, where the rest of the students were sitting. These tables were laid with glittering golden plates and goblets.

Related Characters: Harry Potter
Page Number: 116
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“Not Slytherin, eh?” said the small voice. “Are you sure? You could be great, you know, it’s all here in your head, and Slytherin will help you on the way to greatness, no doubt about that — no? Well, if you’re sure — better be GRYFFINDOR!”

Harry heard the hat shout the last word to the whole hall. He took off the hat and walked shakily toward the Gryffindor table. He was so relieved to have been chosen and not put in Slytherin, he hardly noticed that he was getting the loudest cheer yet.

Page Number: 121
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Chapter 8 Quotes

“I don’t know, sir,” said Harry.
Snape’s lips curled into a sneer.
“Tut, tut — fame clearly isn’t everything.”

Related Characters: Harry Potter (speaker), Professor Snape (speaker), Albus Dumbledore, James Potter
Page Number: 137
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Chapter 9 Quotes

Harry ignored her. Blood was pounding in his ears. He mounted the broom and kicked hard against the ground and up, up he soared; air rushed through his hair, and his robes whipped out behind him — and in a rush of fierce joy he realized he’d found something he could do without being taught — this was easy, this was wonderful.

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Chapter 10 Quotes

Hermione hung her head. Harry was speechless. Hermione was the last person to do anything against the rules, and here she was, pretending she had, to get them out of trouble.

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Chapter 12 Quotes

“It shows us nothing more or less than the deepest, most desperate desire of our hearts. You, who have never known your family, see them standing around you. Ronald Weasley, who has always been overshadowed by his brothers, sees himself standing alone, the best of all of them. However, this mirror will give us neither knowledge or truth. Men have wasted away before it, entranced by what they have seen, or been driven mad, not knowing if what it shows is real or even possible.”

Related Symbols: The Mirror of Erised
Page Number: 213
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Chapter 16 Quotes

“SO WHAT?” Harry shouted. “Don’t you understand? If Snape gets hold of the Stone, Voldemort’s coming back! Haven’t you heard what it was like when he was trying to take over? There won’t be any Hogwarts to get expelled from! He’ll flatten it, or turn it into a school for the Dark Arts! […] I’m going through that trapdoor tonight and nothing you two say is going to stop me! Voldemort killed my parents, remember?”

Related Symbols: The Sorcerer’s Stone
Page Number: 270
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“Oh, come off it, you don’t think we’d let you go alone?”
“Of course not,” said Hermione briskly. "How do you think you’d get to the Stone without us? I’d better go and look through my books, there might be something useful…”

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Page Number: 271
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“That’s chess!” snapped Ron. “You’ve got to make some sacrifices! I’ll make my move and she’ll take me — that leaves you free to checkmate the king, Harry!”

“But —”
“Do you want to stop Snape or not?”
“Ron —”
“Look, if you don't hurry up, he’ll already have the Stone!”

Related Characters: Harry Potter (speaker), Ron Weasley (speaker), Hermione Granger (speaker), Voldemort / You-Know-Who, Professor Snape
Related Symbols: The Sorcerer’s Stone
Page Number: 283
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“Harry — you’re a great wizard, you know.”

“I’m not as good as you,” said Harry, very embarrassed, as she let go of him.

“Me!” said Hermione. “Books! And cleverness! There are more important things — friendship and bravery and — oh Harry — be careful!”

Related Characters: Harry Potter (speaker), Hermione Granger (speaker), Ron Weasley
Related Symbols: The Sorcerer’s Stone
Page Number: 287
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Chapter 17 Quotes

“A foolish young man I was then, full of ridiculous ideas about good and evil. Lord Voldemort showed me how wrong I was. There is no good and evil, there is only power, and those too weak to seek it.”

Related Symbols: The Sorcerer’s Stone
Page Number: 291
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“Your mother died to save you. If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love. He didn’t realize that love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark. Not a scar, no visible sign… to have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever. It is in your very skin. Quirrell, full of hatred, greed, and ambition, sharing his soul with Voldemort, could not touch you for this reason. It was agony to touch a person marked by something so good.”

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Page Number: 299
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“You see, only one who wanted to find the Stone — find it, but not use it — would be able to get it, otherwise they’d just see themselves making gold or drinking Elixir of Life.”

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Harry Potter Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

The timeline below shows where the character Harry Potter appears in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: The Boy Who Lived
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...group of people wearing odd cloaks. He catches mention of “the Potters” and “their son Harry” and is flooded with fear. After work, Vernon accidentally runs right into a man in... (full context)
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...that Lily and James Potter are dead, and that Voldemort tried to kill their son, Harry, as well, but he couldn’t. No one knows why, or how, but people are saying... (full context)
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Dumbledore tells McGonagall that Harry will be entrusted into the care of his Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon. McGonagall is... (full context)
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Dumbledore assures McGonagall that the Dursleys’ home is the best place for Harry, and he will leave a letter so that Vernon and Petunia can explain everything to... (full context)
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...hair and a beard, arrives on a flying motorcycle with a bundle in his arms—baby Harry. Harry has a tuft of jet-black hair and a lightning bolt-shaped scar on his forehead... (full context)
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Dumbledore then lays Harry gently on the Dursley’s doorstep and tucks a letter inside Harry’s blanket. Hagrid then gets... (full context)
Chapter 2: The Vanishing Glass
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Ten years later, on Dudley’s birthday, Petunia raps on the door to Harry’s tiny room in the cupboard under the stairs. Harry has just woken up from a... (full context)
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...second television, a racing bike (though why he wants a bike is a mystery to Harry, because Dudley is very fat). Harry, by contrast, has always been small and skinny—and he... (full context)
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Harry has black hair, bright green eyes, and round glasses feebly held together with tape because... (full context)
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Harry is frying eggs when Dudley comes into the kitchen and counts his presents. Dudley is... (full context)
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...in the house. Their neighbor, Mrs. Figg, is calling to say that she can’t take Harry for the day while the rest of the family celebrate Dudley’s birthday. Petunia, Vernon, and... (full context)
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Harry promises not to do anything, though he understands why Vernon doesn’t believe him: strange things... (full context)
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In the car, Vernon starts to complain about everything around him: Harry, work, the bank, and motorcycles. Harry mentions his dream about a flying motorcycle, which prompts... (full context)
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At the zoo, Harry has the best morning he’s had in a long time. He walks around the zoo... (full context)
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Harry looks at the snake, which suddenly opens its eyes and winks. Harry thinks that he... (full context)
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At the sight of the snake moving, Dudley punches Harry in the ribs, knocking him out of the way. When Harry looks up, Dudley and... (full context)
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In his dark cupboard, Harry wonders what time it is, hoping that he can steal food when the Dursleys go... (full context)
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When he was younger, Harry dreamed that some unknown relation would come and take him away. Sometimes he thought that... (full context)
Chapter 3: The Letters from No One
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The snake’s escape brings on Harry’s longest punishment, ending as the summer holidays begin. Harry then spends as much time as... (full context)
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...new school uniform: maroon tailcoats, orange knickerbockers, a flat straw hat, and a walking cane. Harry tries to stifle his laughter as Vernon and Petunia beam with pride at their son.... (full context)
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As the family sits down for breakfast, the mail arrives. Vernon sends Harry to get it, and Harry realizes with excitement and wonder that there is a letter... (full context)
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Vernon throws Harry and Dudley out into the hall and slams the door. Harry listens to his and... (full context)
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That evening, Harry again demands to see his letter. Instead, Vernon tells Harry that he’s getting too big... (full context)
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The next morning, another letter arrives for Harry, this time addressed to “the smallest bedroom.” Vernon wrestles the letter away from Harry once... (full context)
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Vernon, Petunia, Harry, and Dudley arrive at a gloomy hotel outside of a big city, but the next... (full context)
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...the single bed in the shack, Petunia makes Dudley a bed on the sofa, and Harry curls up on the floor under the thinnest blanket. He watches Dudley’s wristwatch as his... (full context)
Chapter 4: The Keeper of the Keys
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...(later revealed as Hagrid) smashes through the door to the shack. The wild-looking man greets Harry warmly, saying that he hasn’t seen Harry since he was a baby. Vernon points the... (full context)
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Harry is stunned, and asks Hagrid who he is. Hagrid introduces himself as the Keeper of... (full context)
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Hagrid pulls out a letter, which Harry finally reads: it is an invitation to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry’s... (full context)
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When Hagrid has finished, Vernon announces that Harry is not going to Hogwarts. Hagrid says that a Muggle is not going to stop... (full context)
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...Lily had been a “freak.” She explains after Lily met James and they had baby Harry, Petunia knew that he would be just as “abnormal.” And then, she goes on, the... (full context)
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Harry presses Hagrid to tell him what actually happened to his parents. Reluctantly, Hagrid explains that... (full context)
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Hagrid goes on to say that one day, when Harry was just a year old, You-Know-Who went to Harry’s home—maybe because he thought he could... (full context)
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Vernon counters, saying that while yes, there might be something strange about Harry, a good beating could cure him. As for Lily and James, he says, they were... (full context)
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Harry asks Hagrid what happened to You-Know-Who. Hagrid says that he vanished the night he tried... (full context)
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Hagrid beams at Harry, saying that he’ll be famous at Hogwarts, and that he’ll finally be with people like... (full context)
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As Harry and Hagrid get ready to leave, Hagrid asks Harry not to mention this pig-tail incident—he’s... (full context)
Chapter 5: Diagon Alley
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Harry wakes the next morning thinking that he dreamed the whole episode—until he sees Hagrid next... (full context)
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...reads the Daily Prophet, the wizarding newspaper. Hagrid then explains the Ministry of Magic to Harry, whose main job is to keep magic a secret from the Muggles, otherwise everyone would... (full context)
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Harry and Hagrid take a train to London, and Harry reviews the list of things he... (full context)
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When Harry and Hagrid enter the pub, people greet Hagrid warmly. When they get a closer look... (full context)
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Hagrid takes Harry out into the alley, where he taps a particular brick in the wall three times.... (full context)
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Harry and Hagrid then reach Gringotts. The first words engraved upon the doors read “Enter, stranger,... (full context)
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A goblin named Griphook takes Harry and Hagrid on a cart through “a maze of twisting passages.” They arrive at Harry’s... (full context)
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Next, Harry and Hagrid go even deeper into the bank, until they reach vault 713. The vault... (full context)
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Next, Hagrid takes Harry to Madam Malkin’s to buy robes. Hagrid feels a little motion sick following the cart... (full context)
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Draco asks if Harry has a broom, or if he plays Quidditch. Harry says no, wondering what Quidditch could... (full context)
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Draco then asks Harry where his parents are; Harry says shortly that they’re dead. Draco asks Harry whether they... (full context)
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Harry leaps up, eager to escape the conversation. Outside, he tells Hagrid about what Draco said—that... (full context)
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Harry asks Hagrid what Quidditch is, and Hagrid explains it’s a wizard sport played on flying... (full context)
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Harry and Hagrid then go to buy his school books, and Harry has to be dragged... (full context)
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Hagrid then sets out to buy Harry a birthday present: a beautiful snowy owl. Finally, all Harry has left to buy is... (full context)
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Ollivander gives Harry three wands to try, but takes each one back immediately. He then hands Harry a... (full context)
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In the late afternoon, Harry and Hagrid make their way back to the train station. They eat before Harry’s train... (full context)
Chapter 6: The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters
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Harry spends a final month with Vernon, Petunia, and Dudley. They no longer torment Harry, but... (full context)
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The day that Harry leaves for school, the Dursleys drive him to King’s Cross station, where he is meant... (full context)
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Just then Harry hears a woman talking about Muggles. He turns to find a plump, red-haired woman (Molly... (full context)
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Harry approaches Molly, and she assumes that he must be a first year, like her youngest... (full context)
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Harry pushes his cart past the first few train cars, already packed with students. He presses... (full context)
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Harry watches Fred, George, Ron, and Percy say goodbye to their mother, Molly. Percy says he... (full context)
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The train pulls out of the station and Harry feels a “leap of excitement” about the future. Then, the youngest red-headed boy, Ron, enters... (full context)
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Harry, in turn, asks Ron if all his family are wizards. When Ron says yes, Harry... (full context)
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Harry comforts Ron, saying that he had never had any money or gifts or clothes of... (full context)
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A woman passes by with a cart, offering candy. The candies are all new to Harry, and so he buys a bit of everything. Ron declines, saying he has sandwiches. Harry... (full context)
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As Harry and Ron eat more candy, a boy named Neville asks if they’ve seen a toad... (full context)
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...to get her letter, and that she’s memorized all of the course books. Ron and Harry are both stunned. (full context)
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Ron and Harry introduce themselves, and Hermione is amazed to meet Harry (she’s learned about him from a... (full context)
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A little while later, three boys enter Harry and Ron’s compartment: Draco Malfoy, the boy from Madame Malkin’s shop, and two mean-looking, “thickset”... (full context)
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Harry refuses to shake Draco’s hand, and Draco warns him to be more polite, or else... (full context)
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A short time later, the train arrives. Harry and Ron join the crowd on the platform, where Hagrid is calling for first years... (full context)
Chapter 7: The Sorting Hat
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Ron and Harry worry about how they sort the students into Houses, exactly—wondering whether they might have to... (full context)
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...won’t have to do something like wrestle a troll, as Fred had told him, but Harry worries about having to be sorted in front of everyone. He doesn’t feel brave or... (full context)
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...in alphabetical order. When it is Hermione’s turn, she is placed into Gryffindor. Ron groans. Harry notes that sometimes the hat takes a while to choose a student’s House, as when... (full context)
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At last, Harry is called, and his name sends whispers throughout the hall. The hat is placed on... (full context)
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...steps up to the hat. A second later, the hat proclaims “Gryffindor!” Ron is relieved; Harry cheers along with everyone else. Percy tells him, “Well done,” as he takes his seat... (full context)
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...enjoy the feast. The dishes in front of them are now heaped with delicious food. Harry, who has never been able to eat as much as he wanted, digs into “a... (full context)
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Harry starts to get to know those around him. He has a polite conversation with a... (full context)
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Harry looks up at the table where the teachers are. Hagrid is there; Professor McGonagall is... (full context)
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...head back to their houses. First year Gryffindors follow Percy up to the towers, and Harry is amazed to see people in the portraits whispering and pointing. Peeves the poltergeist makes... (full context)
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...trunks waiting for them. They change into their pajamas and climb into bed. That night, Harry has a bizarre dream: “He was wearing Professor Quirrell’s turban, which kept talking to him,... (full context)
Chapter 8: The Potions Master
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Students continue to whisper in Harry’s wake as he walks the halls and tries to find his classes, which is made... (full context)
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The classes are just as difficult as trying to actually locate them. Harry studies planetary movements, Herbology, History of Magic, Charms, and Transfiguration. The latter is taught by... (full context)
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Harry looks forward to Quirrell’s class, but it turns out to be a bit of a... (full context)
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At the end of their first week, Harry and Ron eat breakfast before their first potions lesson with the Slytherins. Snape, who is... (full context)
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...class is in the dungeon. When Snape goes through the roll call, he pauses at Harry’s name, snidely commenting, “our new—celebrity.” Snape then starts his lecture, saying that potions can teach... (full context)
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Snape suddenly calls on Harry, asking if he knows what “powdered root of asphodel” and “infusion of wormwood” make together.... (full context)
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...Snape calls Neville an idiot and sends him to the hospital wing, then turns on Harry and asks why he didn’t stop Neville from doing the wrong thing. Snape surmises that... (full context)
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After the lesson, Harry’s spirits are low. But afterward he and Ron make their way to Hagrid’s wooden house... (full context)
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...work with dragons, as Hagrid liked Charlie when he was a student. While they talk, Harry’s eye is caught by a newspaper clipping. It is about the break-in at Gringotts, which... (full context)
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As Harry and Ron head back to the castle for dinner, Harry thinks again about what he... (full context)
Chapter 9: The Midnight Duel
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The next week, the Gryffindors begin flying lessons. Harry had been looking forward to learning to fly more than anything else, but he is... (full context)
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...to stand by a broom on the ground, stick out their hand, and say, “UP!” Harry’s broom effortlessly jumps into his hand. Just as the students start to mount their brooms,... (full context)
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...fun of Neville. He then spots Neville’s Remembrall on the ground and picks it up. Harry tells Malfoy to return it; instead, Malfoy gets on his broomstick and takes off, taunting... (full context)
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Harry ignores Hermione’s warning. He takes off and glides easily through the air, delighted that he’s... (full context)
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Just then, Professor McGonagall runs over, scolding Harry furiously and telling him to follow her. Harry worries that he’s about to be expelled.... (full context)
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...need a better team than the one they had last year. She concludes by telling Harry that she wants to hear that he’s training hard, otherwise she may change her mind... (full context)
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At dinner, Harry tells Ron all about what happened, explaining that Wood told him he’s the youngest House... (full context)
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After Fred and George leave, Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle come up to Harry and ask when he’s taking the train home, presuming that he’s been expelled. Harry comments... (full context)
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When the bullies leave, Ron explains to Harry that a wizard’s duel is a magical duel, but that he and Malfoy don’t know... (full context)
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That night, Ron and Harry leave for the duel just before midnight. When they reach the portrait hole, Hermione is... (full context)
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When Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Neville arrive at the trophy room, Malfoy isn’t there yet. Filch, on... (full context)
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...but Peeves won’t tell him where the students went. Filch walks away, “cursing in rage.” Harry breathes a sigh of relief, but it is short lived. When he and the others... (full context)
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The dog starts to growl menacingly, and Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Neville immediately fling themselves back out the door, flying down the hall... (full context)
Chapter 10: Halloween
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By the next morning, Harry and Ron look back on the midnight outing with the dog as an “excellent adventure.”... (full context)
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...flood the hall as usual, and a large, thin package is dropped in front of Harry. He opens the letter attached, which is from Professor McGonagall and says that he should... (full context)
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When Malfoy sees the package, he says that Harry will be in big trouble, as first years aren’t allowed to have brooms. When Professor... (full context)
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Harry and Ron return upstairs, and Hermione, who’s overheard their conversation, angrily quips, “I suppose you... (full context)
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That evening, Harry heads to the Quidditch field. Before Wood arrives, Harry eagerly mounts his broom, and is... (full context)
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Wood then teaches Harry the basics of Quidditch. Three players (Chasers) from each team try to throw a ball... (full context)
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Harry grows very busy between school work and Quidditch practice, and he can hardly believe it... (full context)
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...Halloween morning, Professor Flitwick teaches the students how to make objects fly, beginning with feathers. Harry and Seamus are paired up, and so are Ron and Hermione. When Ron waves his... (full context)
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As Harry and Ron walk from the classroom, Ron says, “It’s no wonder no one can stand... (full context)
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...faints. Chaos breaks out, and Dumbledore instructs prefects to lead students back to their dormitories. Harry and Ron start to follow Percy, but realize that Hermione doesn’t know about the troll.... (full context)
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As Harry and Ron run to the bathroom, they see Snape heading to the third floor. But... (full context)
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...a metal pipe and throws it at the troll; it roars and turns towards Ron. Harry then leaps up, grabbing the troll around its neck from behind, his wand going straight... (full context)
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...McGonagall, Snape, and Quirrell dash into the bathroom. McGonagall is livid, demanding to know what Harry, Ron, and Hermione were thinking. Hermione lies and says that she went looking for the... (full context)
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...Hermione for her “foolish” behavior and sends her back to her dorm. She then awards Harry and Ron five points each, but states that they were all very lucky. When Harry... (full context)
Chapter 11: Quidditch
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In November, Quidditch season begins. Harry’s first Quidditch match is against Slytherin, and he’s nervous that he has to prove his... (full context)
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Snape enters the yard, limping. Even though he doesn’t see the fire, when he notices Harry’s book Quidditch Through the Ages, he sneers that library books are not to be taken... (full context)
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That evening, Harry wants to get his book back from Snape, thinking that he has no reason to... (full context)
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Back in the common room, Harry relays what he saw to Ron and Hermione, concluding that Snape must have tried to... (full context)
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The next morning, Harry feels terrible—he didn’t get much sleep, and he’s not hungry at breakfast. By eleven o’clock,... (full context)
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...game begins in a swirl of balls, brooms, and bats. Gryffindor pulls ahead early, and Harry flies way above everyone else, looking for the Snitch. But partway through the game, Harry... (full context)
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Harry’s broom starts to roll, causing Harry to dangle from it by one hand. The crowd... (full context)
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Harry speeds toward the ground and hits the field on all fours. His hand is clamped... (full context)
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Later, Harry returns to Hagrid’s hut with Ron and Hermione for tea. Ron explains that Snape was... (full context)
Chapter 12: The Mirror of Erised
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By mid-December, everyone is excited for the holidays so they can return home. Harry, however, will not be returning to Privet Drive; instead he will stay at Hogwarts for... (full context)
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One day, as Harry, Ron, and Hermione return from a Potions lesson, Hagrid is bringing in an enormous tree... (full context)
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Hagrid tells the kids to cheer up—it’s the holidays after all. Hermione then reminds Harry and Ron that they should head to the library before lunch. They’re trying to find... (full context)
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The next day, Hermione goes home for the holidays. Harry and Ron spend their days sitting by the fire in the Gryffindor common room, roasting... (full context)
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On Christmas, Harry is amazed to find a small pile of packages at the foot of his bed—he... (full context)
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Harry opens his last present, which contains a “shining, silvery cloth.” Ron is in awe: it’s... (full context)
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Harry has an enormous and joyous Christmas dinner, and returns to his dorm with several party... (full context)
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In bed, the Invisibility Cloak still nags at Harry, as well as the note: “Use it well.” He pulls out the Cloak and excitement... (full context)
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Harry closes the book, but the wail continues. Panicking, Harry knocks over his lamp and flees.... (full context)
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Inside the room, Harry discovers an enormous mirror (later revealed as the Mirror of Erised). Harry looks in the... (full context)
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Harry doesn’t know how long he stands in front of the Mirror, until a distant noise... (full context)
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That night, Ron and Harry return to the Mirror. Harry once again sees Lily and James. But Ron can’t see... (full context)
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Harry asks to have another look, but Ron wants to look a little longer. They start... (full context)
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The third night Harry returns alone. Harry sits down in front of the Mirror, knowing that nothing can prevent... (full context)
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Dumbledore tells Harry that the Mirror will be moved to a new home the next day, and asks... (full context)
Chapter 13: Nicolas Flamel
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Harry doesn’t search for the Mirror of Erised again, but he starts to have nightmares about... (full context)
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...the Gryffindors win their next match against Hufflepuff, they’ll overtake Slytherin in the House Championship. Harry trains harder than ever, finding that he has fewer nightmares when he does. However, when... (full context)
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Later that afternoon, when Harry, Ron, and Hermione are in the common room, Neville returns with his legs invisibly bound... (full context)
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Neville thanks Harry and gives him the card from the Chocolate Frog, knowing that he collects them. It’s... (full context)
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Ron and Harry don’t know what the Sorcerer’s Stone is. Hermione explains that it transforms any metal into... (full context)
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The day of the Quidditch match, Harry feels incredibly anxious. Hermione and Ron have secretly been practicing the Leg-Locker Curse to use... (full context)
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The game begins. Snape awards Hufflepuff early penalties for no reason as Harry looks for the Snitch “like a hawk.” Up in the stands, Malfoy makes fun of... (full context)
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Harry then makes a “spectacular dive,” after which he raises the Snitch in triumph. The stands... (full context)
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As Harry returns his broom to the broom shed, he notices a hooded figure walking toward the... (full context)
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Harry returns to the castle, and Ron and Hermione meet him, asking where he’s been. They... (full context)
Chapter 14: Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback
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Every time Harry, Ron, and Hermione pass the third-floor corridor, they check that Fluffy is still there. But... (full context)
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Harry, Ron, and Hermione decide to go down to Hagrid’s hut. They start to ask Hagrid... (full context)
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Hagrid assures Harry that he hasn’t told anyone how to get past Fluffy. Harry is relieved, until he... (full context)
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A few days later the dragon hatches, but when Harry, Ron, and Hermione sneak down to see it happen, Malfoy also ends up following them... (full context)
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The following week drags on. Harry, Ron, and Hermione help take care of Norbert (even though he bites Ron’s hand). Then... (full context)
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...has swollen to twice its size, forcing him to go to the hospital wing. When Harry and Hermione visit him, Ron reveals that Malfoy had come to his bed to make... (full context)
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On Saturday, Hagrid says goodbye to Norbert and Harry and Hermione carry him up to the castle under the Invisibility Cloak. In the hall,... (full context)
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Harry and Hermione make it to the top of the tower, where Charlie’s friends take Norbert... (full context)
Chapter 15: The Forbidden Forest
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Filch takes Harry and Hermione to Professor McGonagall’s study. When they reach her, Neville is also there—he had... (full context)
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About a week before exams, Harry hears Quirrell whimpering in a classroom as he walks down the hall. He thinks that... (full context)
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Harry tells Hermione and Ron what he heard, wondering if Snape convinced Quirrell to tell him... (full context)
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The following evening, Filch takes Harry, Hermione, Neville, and Malfoy to Hagrid’s hut, announcing that they will be serving detention in... (full context)
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Harry, Hagrid, and Hermione follow a trail of blood until they hear something along the path.... (full context)
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Hagrid, Harry, and Hermione see red sparks—a signal that Neville and Malfoy are in trouble. Hagrid leaves... (full context)
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Harry and Malfoy walk together with Fang for nearly half an hour, and Harry notes that... (full context)
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Firenze and Harry gallop back, but are interrupted by Bane and Ronan, who criticize Firenze for behaving like... (full context)
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Firenze runs off with Harry, ignoring Harry’s questions about what is lurking in the forest and why the others are... (full context)
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At that moment, Hagrid and Hermione run towards Harry and Firenze on the path, happy to that he’s okay. Back in the Gryffindor common... (full context)
Chapter 16: Through the Trapdoor
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As Harry completes his exams, he constantly worries that Voldemort is going to get the Stone. He... (full context)
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A sudden thought strikes Harry: it’s odd that Hagrid desperately wants a dragon, and a stranger just happens to show... (full context)
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After hearing this information, Harry, Ron, and Hermione bolt inside, figuring that Snape or Voldemort must have been the hooded... (full context)
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When McGonagall leaves, Harry figures that Snape sent the owl summoning Dumbledore, and that he’s going to try to... (full context)
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Hermione and Ron acknowledge that Harry is right, and decide to go with him. That night, they take the Invisibility Cloak... (full context)
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When Harry, Ron, and Hermione arrive at the third-floor corridor, the door is already open. Fluffy is... (full context)
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Harry, Ron, and Hermione land on a snakelike plant, which starts to wind around them and... (full context)
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...of flying keys in the air and a locked wooden door on the other side. Harry spots broomsticks, and he, Ron, and Hermione each mount one, realizing that they have to... (full context)
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In the next chamber, Harry, Ron, and Hermione find a huge, life-sized wizard’s chess set, and Ron concludes that they... (full context)
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Harry and Hermione continue on, though they’re shaken by what happened to Ron. In the next... (full context)
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Harry says that he will go forward, and Hermione should take the one that will allow... (full context)
Chapter 17: The Man with Two Faces
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In the final room, Harry is surprised to come face to face not with Snape or Voldemort, but with Quirrell.... (full context)
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Harry then realizes that the Mirror of Erised is behind Quirrell. Quirrell examines it, knowing that... (full context)
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Harry realizes that his deepest desire at that moment is to find the Stone before Quirrell.... (full context)
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Quirrell unbinds Harry and tells him to stand in front of the Mirror. When Harry sees his reflection,... (full context)
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Voldemort’s voice returns, demanding to see Harry face to face. Quirrell reaches up and undoes his purple turban, then turns around. At... (full context)
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Harry starts to move away. Voldemort tells Harry not to be a fool, or he will... (full context)
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Quirrell tries to grab Harry again, but his hands continue to blister, and he howls in agony. Voldemort tells Quirrell... (full context)
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Harry awakens in the hospital wing, with Dumbledore in front of him. Dumbledore explains calmly that... (full context)
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Harry continues, wondering what happened to Voldemort. Dumbledore says that Quirrell has died, but Harry merely... (full context)
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Harry then asks who left the Invisibility Cloak for him; Dumbledore reveals that it was him,... (full context)
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After Dumbledore leaves, Ron and Hermione visit Harry, relieved to see that he’s okay. Harry explains what happened to him before asking what... (full context)
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The next day, Harry gets one more visitor: Hagrid, who bursts into tears when he sees Harry and apologizes,... (full context)
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Dumbledore awards Harry sixty points for “pure nerve and outstanding courage.” Gryffindor students give a roaring cheer: they... (full context)
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Harry packs up his belongings with a bittersweet sense of finality. He and the other students... (full context)