History Literature / HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone

16th Mar '17 4:56:59 PM nighttrainfm
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* SummonToHand: Broomstick practice starts with a short-range version - holding your hand over one and shouting "Up!" Harry is one of the few who gets it right first time; Hermione's just rolls over and Neville's doesn't budge at all. This leads Harry to wonder if the brooms can tell if you don't actually want to fly.
14th Mar '17 8:26:06 AM NightShade96
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* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Hagrid delivers Harry to the Dursleys on Sirius Black's flying motorcycle, which is also [[spoiler:[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows how he transports him from the house for the last time]].]]
** One of the first things Harry learns about the wizarding world is that it's dangerous to mess with goblins and flat-out mad to try and rob Gringotts, but [[spoiler: Voldemort]] manages to attempt this a few chapters later, offscreen. [[spoiler: Then Book 7 rolls around ]]
** The high-security vaults are [[spoiler:guarded by dragons.]]
** Vernon and Petunia glare at Harry when he says he leaves from "platform nine and three-quarters" [[spoiler: but only Vernon calls idea of the weird platform "rubbish". We learn in Book 7 that Petunia has actually ''stood on the platform''. She was probably quiet because she was reminded of it for the first time in years.]]
*** Even subtler, when Hagrid shows up at the island where the Dursleys are holed up, [[spoiler: Vernon calls Dumbledore an "old fool". How would he have any idea whether Hogwarts' Headmaster is old or not? When he and his wife discussed Harry's letter, Petunia must have told him that Dumbledore worked there when Lily was at school.]]
** When Harry goes to buy his wand at Ollivander's, Ollivander tells him about his parent's wands, mentioning that his father's wand was good for Transfiguration. In Book 3, we find out that [[spoiler:James managed to secretly become an Animagus, which would require very good skills in transfiguration.]]
** Harry claiming that Voldemort will turn Hogwarts into [[spoiler:a school for the Dark Arts. Come book seven, he does just that.]]
** Midway through the book, Harry has a horrible feeling that Snape can read minds. In [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Book 5]], [[spoiler:Snape is revealed to be a skilled Legilimens, which happens to be the sort of mind-reading Harry mentioned all the way back in Book 1. However, when he explains this to Harry, he calls it "the ability to extract feelings and memories from another person's mind" and takes exception to Harry's characterization of this ability as "mind-reading".]]
** Quirrell mentions that the turban was given to him by an African prince for ridding him of a rather troublesome zombie -- in Book 6 it's revealed that zombies are actually called "Inferi". [[spoiler:And after reading Book 6, the reader can tell just ''how much'' Quirrell is lying.]]
** In terms of foreshadowing strictly inside the plot of Book 1 itself, when Hagrid explains the professors who arranged for the traps to protect the Mirror of Erised, and likewise the Philosopher's Stone, [[spoiler:Quirrell]] is among those listed. Later, when they are proceeding through the traps to get to the Philosopher's Stone to prevent who they think is Snape from getting it, they enter [[spoiler:Quirrell's]] trap room and discover a knocked out Troll, which gives away an early clue that [[spoiler:Quirrell was the one who released a troll into the castle on Halloween, and that it is in fact Quirrell, not Snape, who was searching for the Stone.]]
** Harry tried asking Dumbledore what the latter sees in the Mirror of Erised. When returning to bed, Harry realized that Dumbledore wasn't being truthful with his answer, and then telling himself that it was something personal for Dumbledore.
** Voldemort correctly surmising that [[spoiler:Harry lied to Quirell about having the Stone during the climax at the Mirror of Erised.]] It seems like he's just being smart or that Harry didn't lie too well.[[spoiler: Voldemort's actually employing Legilimency, though it won't be identified as such until Book 5.]]
** Voldemort notes that he was after Harry specifically that night, and only killed Lily for defending him. When Harry asks Dumbledore why Voldemort wanted him dead, Dumbledore replies that Harry will be ready for the answer when he's older.
** Right there on the Chocolate Frog Card: [[spoiler: ''Dumbledore is particularly famous for his defeat of the Dark Wizard Grindelwald in 1945'', which is when he scored the Elder Wand.]]
** Hagrid says that he doesn't think Voldemort is really dead because he doesn't think there was enough human left in him to die.[[spoiler: Voldemort's body died with only part of his soul after splitting it, so he wasn't completely human, which is why he was able to come back.]]
** Dumbledore says that one shouldn't spend so much time dreaming that you forget to live. [[spoiler:His overly-idealistic dreams eventually led to his sister's death, which he's never really gotten over.]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Hagrid delivers Harry to the Dursleys on Sirius Black's flying motorcycle, which is also [[spoiler:[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows how he transports him from the house for the last time]].]]
** One of the first things Harry learns about the wizarding world is that it's dangerous to mess with goblins and flat-out mad to try and rob Gringotts, but [[spoiler: Voldemort]] manages to attempt this a few chapters later, offscreen. [[spoiler: Then Book 7 rolls around ]]
** The high-security vaults are [[spoiler:guarded by dragons.]]
** Vernon and Petunia glare at Harry when he says he leaves from "platform nine and three-quarters" [[spoiler: but only Vernon calls idea of the weird platform "rubbish". We learn in Book 7 that Petunia has actually ''stood on the platform''. She was probably quiet because she was reminded of it for the first time in years.]]
*** Even subtler, when Hagrid shows up at the island where the Dursleys are holed up, [[spoiler: Vernon calls Dumbledore an "old fool". How would he have any idea whether Hogwarts' Headmaster is old or not? When he and his wife discussed Harry's letter, Petunia must have told him that Dumbledore worked there when Lily was at school.]]
** When Harry goes to buy his wand at Ollivander's, Ollivander tells him about his parent's wands, mentioning that his father's wand was good for Transfiguration. In Book 3, we find out that [[spoiler:James managed to secretly become an Animagus, which would require very good skills in transfiguration.]]
** Harry claiming that Voldemort will turn Hogwarts into [[spoiler:a school for the Dark Arts. Come book seven, he does just that.]]
** Midway through the book, Harry has a horrible feeling that Snape can read minds. In [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Book 5]], [[spoiler:Snape is revealed to be a skilled Legilimens, which happens to be the sort of mind-reading Harry mentioned all the way back in Book 1. However, when he explains this to Harry, he calls it "the ability to extract feelings and memories from another person's mind" and takes exception to Harry's characterization of this ability as "mind-reading".]]
** Quirrell mentions that the turban was given to him by an African prince for ridding him of a rather troublesome zombie -- in Book 6 it's revealed that zombies are actually called "Inferi". [[spoiler:And after reading Book 6, the reader can tell just ''how much'' Quirrell is lying.]]
** In terms of foreshadowing strictly inside the plot of Book 1 itself, when Hagrid explains the professors who arranged for the traps to protect the Mirror of Erised, and likewise the Philosopher's Stone, [[spoiler:Quirrell]] is among those listed. Later, when they are proceeding through the traps to get to the Philosopher's Stone to prevent who they think is Snape from getting it, they enter [[spoiler:Quirrell's]] trap room and discover a knocked out Troll, which gives away an early clue that [[spoiler:Quirrell was the one who released a troll into the castle on Halloween, and that it is in fact Quirrell, not Snape, who was searching for the Stone.]]
** Harry tried asking Dumbledore what the latter sees in the Mirror of Erised. When returning to bed, Harry realized that Dumbledore wasn't being truthful with his answer, and then telling himself that it was something personal for Dumbledore.
** Voldemort correctly surmising that [[spoiler:Harry lied to Quirell about having the Stone during the climax at the Mirror of Erised.]] It seems like he's just being smart or that Harry didn't lie too well.[[spoiler: Voldemort's actually employing Legilimency, though it won't be identified as such until Book 5.]]
** Voldemort notes that he was after Harry specifically that night, and only killed Lily for defending him. When Harry asks Dumbledore why Voldemort wanted him dead, Dumbledore replies that Harry will be ready for the answer when he's older.
** Right there on the Chocolate Frog Card: [[spoiler: ''Dumbledore is particularly famous for his defeat of the Dark Wizard Grindelwald in 1945'', which is when he scored the Elder Wand.]]
** Hagrid says that he doesn't think Voldemort is really dead because he doesn't think there was enough human left in him to die.[[spoiler: Voldemort's body died with only part of his soul after splitting it, so he wasn't completely human, which is why he was able to come back.]]
** Dumbledore says that one shouldn't spend so much time dreaming that you forget to live. [[spoiler:His overly-idealistic dreams eventually led to his sister's death, which he's never really gotten over.]]
{{Foreshadowing}}: Has [[Foreshadowing/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone its own page]].
8th Feb '17 8:45:42 PM SithPanda16
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** Draco Malfoy is the poster-child of Jerkassery in the series. is a spoiled rich brat who enjoys picking on the other students and tries to get Harry and his friends into trouble.

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** Draco Malfoy is the poster-child of Jerkassery in the series. He is a spoiled rich brat who enjoys picking on the other students and tries to get Harry and his friends into trouble.
8th Feb '17 8:45:04 PM SithPanda16
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** Severus Snape: On the general scope, he gives obscenely unfair advantage to his own student house (Slytherin) at every single opportunity while ignoring their transgressions while simultaneously jumping at any chance to punish students of other houses. He even holds a special hatred for Harry because [[spoiler:his father saved his life.

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** Severus Snape: On the general scope, he gives obscenely unfair advantage to his own student house (Slytherin) at every single opportunity while ignoring their transgressions while simultaneously jumping at any chance to punish students of other houses. He even holds a special hatred for Harry because [[spoiler:his father saved his life.]]
8th Feb '17 8:44:04 PM SithPanda16
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* {{Jerkass}}: Draco Malfoy is the poster-child of Jerkassery in the series. is a spoiled rich brat who enjoys picking on the other students and tries to get Harry and his friends into trouble.

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* {{Jerkass}}: {{Jerkass}}:
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Draco Malfoy is the poster-child of Jerkassery in the series. is a spoiled rich brat who enjoys picking on the other students and tries to get Harry and his friends into trouble.
8th Feb '17 8:41:04 PM SithPanda16
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%% * {{Jerkass}}:
%% ** ''Anyone'' from Slytherin.
%% ** The Dursleys.

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%% * {{Jerkass}}:
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{{Jerkass}}: Draco Malfoy is the poster-child of Jerkassery in the series. is a spoiled rich brat who enjoys picking on the other students and tries to get Harry and his friends into trouble.
** ''Anyone'' from Slytherin.
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Severus Snape: On the general scope, he gives obscenely unfair advantage to his own student house (Slytherin) at every single opportunity while ignoring their transgressions while simultaneously jumping at any chance to punish students of other houses. He even holds a special hatred for Harry because [[spoiler:his father saved his life.
** The Dursleys.Uncle Vernon regularly mistreats Harry, hoping to stomp the magic out of him, by forcing him to live in a cupboard under the stairs and punishing him for any perceived transgression. Vernon's wife, Harry's Aunt Petunia, blatantly favors her son Dudley over Harry, treats Harry much the same as Vernon, and is generally presented as the neighborhood busybody. Dudley is a SpoiledBrat who constantly beats up Harry.



%%* MacGuffinGuardian: Fluffy the three-headed dog is the first defense against those who seek to steal the stone.

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%%* * MacGuffinGuardian: Fluffy the three-headed dog is the first defense against those who seek to steal the stone.



%%* MasterActor: [[spoiler:Quirrell.]]

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%%* * MasterActor: [[spoiler:Quirrell.]]]] See ObfuscatingDisability.



%%* ObfuscatingDisability: [[spoiler:Quirrell]].

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%%* * ObfuscatingDisability: [[spoiler:Quirrell]].[[spoiler:Quirrell pretends to have a speech disability. That way no one would ever suspect p-p-poor s-s-stuttering Professor Quirrel.]]
8th Feb '17 8:22:21 PM SithPanda16
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* BerserkButton: Hagrid: [[PunctuatedForEmphasis "NEVER INSULT ALBUS DUMBLEDORE IN FRONT OF ME!"]] (In the film, he says this line in a more TranquilFury.)

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* BerserkButton: Hagrid: [[PunctuatedForEmphasis "NEVER INSULT ALBUS DUMBLEDORE IN FRONT OF ME!"]] (In the film, he says this line in a more TranquilFury.)



%%* PleaseKeepYourHatOn: Professor Quirrell. Oh God.

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%%* * PleaseKeepYourHatOn: Professor Quirrell. Oh God.Quirrell's turban hides [[spoiler:the face of Lord Voldemort on [[BodyHorror the back of his head.]]]]


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* VisualPun: Near the end of the book we discover that Quirrel is [[spoiler: literally a two-faced villain who has Voldemort's face on the back of his head.]]
7th Feb '17 7:18:25 PM SithPanda16
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%%* FluffyTheTerrible
%%** Fluffy, of course.

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%%* FluffyTheTerrible
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* FluffyTheTerrible: The big scary three-headed dog guarding the stone is named Fluffy, of course.



%%* MacGuffinGuardian: Fluffy.

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%%* MacGuffinGuardian: Fluffy.Fluffy the three-headed dog is the first defense against those who seek to steal the stone.
7th Feb '17 4:10:53 PM fruitstripegum
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* CompletelyDifferentTitle: The book is known as ''Harry Potter à l'école des sorciers'' (roughly Harry Potter at Wizards' School) in French.
31st Jan '17 11:39:48 AM jamespolk
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* CannotCrossRunningWater: Belief in this principle is why the Dursleys take Harry to a shack in the middle of the sea in their attempt to escape the wizarding world.
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