History Literature / HarryPotterandThePhilosophersStone

17th Apr '16 7:24:58 AM gallium
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* HeroicSacrifice: Ron makes this in the chess game at the end of the book. According to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZvGw-VRfo4, and assuming that game was the same in the book as in the movie, Ron could have sacrificed Harry and pulled off the checkmate himself. That he didn't even seem to think of that possibility ("It's the only way... I have to be taken.") is a moment of Fridge Heartwarming.
17th Apr '16 7:11:25 AM gallium
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* BlatantLies: [[spoiler:Dumbledore's claim that he sees a pair of socks when he looks in the Mirror of Erised.]] The final book hints at[[spoiler:, and WordOfGod confirms that he's actually seeing his family alive and happy again.]]

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* BlatantLies: [[spoiler:Dumbledore's Dumbledore's claim that he sees a pair of socks when he looks in the Mirror of Erised.]] Erised. The final book hints at[[spoiler:, at, and WordOfGod confirms that he's actually seeing his family alive and happy again.]]



* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Hermione says "I'm going to bed before either of you can come up with another plan to get us killed or worse, expelled!" This said, being expelled from school probably ''is'' a FateWorseThanDeath to Hermione. And if Harry and Ron thought about it, it would be for them too. Harry does give this some thought in a later book...returning to live with the Dursleys and go to public school in Dudley's hand-me-downs, condemned to the Muggle world forever, with no wand to defend himself from hostile magics, living a strictly Muggle life while knowing that magic is real and is out there for all his friends, and all his enemies, just not for him. Either that, or finding some sort of menial work on the periphery of the wizarding world, such as being an assistant to gamekeeper Hagrid, subject to abuse and pity...

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* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Hermione says "I'm going to bed before either of you can come up with another plan to get us killed or worse, expelled!" This said, being expelled from school probably ''is'' a FateWorseThanDeath to Hermione. And if Harry and Ron thought about it, it would be for them too. Harry does give this some thought in a later book...returning to live with the Dursleys and go to public school in Dudley's hand-me-downs, condemned to the Muggle world forever, with no wand to defend himself from hostile magics, living a strictly Muggle life while knowing that magic is real and is out there for all his friends, and all his enemies, just not for him. Either that, or finding some sort of menial work on the periphery of the wizarding world, such as being an assistant to gamekeeper Hagrid, subject to abuse and pity...



* CulturalTranslation: Changing the title from ''Philosopher's Stone'' to ''Sorcerer's Stone'' is not strictly an example of this, as the words "philosopher" and "sorcerer" don't mean anything different in the U.S. than they do in the UK. The thinking was that the word "philosopher" would evoke "serious impenetrable text" rather than the intended "magical adventure".
** The truly cynical take on this would be that most kids in the target age range wouldn't be familiar enough with the word "Philosopher" to know it's supposed to be serious and stodgy. They would probably think for a time that [[OlderThanTheyThink J.K. Rowling invented the Philosopher's Stone, if not the word Philosopher itself]].
17th Apr '16 7:02:03 AM gallium
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In 2001, Creator/WarnerBros released TheFilmOfTheBook. Like its source material, the movie earned strong critical reception; it also ended up as the highest-grossing motion picture released that year, and started [[Film/HarryPotter the film end of the franchise]]. Since FirstInstallmentWins, the plot of this book will be much more familiar to non-fans than any of the others.

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In 2001, Creator/WarnerBros released TheFilmOfTheBook.[[Film/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone a film adaptation]]. Like its source material, the movie earned strong critical reception; it also ended up as the highest-grossing motion picture released that year, and started [[Film/HarryPotter the film end of the franchise]]. Since FirstInstallmentWins, the plot of this book will be much more familiar to non-fans than any of the others.
17th Apr '16 7:00:51 AM gallium
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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Both the book and Film feature a snake that winks at Harry. ''Snakes can't wink''.

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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Both the book and Film feature a A snake that winks at Harry. ''Snakes can't wink''.



* ColdFlames: Hermione puts some non-burning magical fire in a jar to keep the trio warm in winter. Later she uses it to trick Snape into thinking his robes have caught fire and scoops it back into the jar when she's done. (In the film, the latter is changed to the regular kind of fire.)

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* ColdFlames: Hermione puts some non-burning magical fire in a jar to keep the trio warm in winter. Later she uses it to trick Snape into thinking his robes have caught fire and scoops it back into the jar when she's done. (In the film, the latter is changed to the regular kind of fire.)
17th Apr '16 6:48:35 AM gallium
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* IronicEcho: When Hermione mentions that she has no fire to use on the Devil's Snare, Ron shouts at her, "Are you mad? Are you a witch or not?" Hermione repeats this line to him, with the word "wizard" in place of "witch" in Book 7.
17th Apr '16 6:47:45 AM gallium
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* MoralGuardians
** While the series wouldn't bring them out in full force until later, they would end up using bits from this book, besides the use of magic, to denounce it. [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer Some more ridiculous than others]].
** The line "There is no good or evil, there is only power, and those too weak to seek it" is called "standard Witchcraft, and standard Illuminist doctrine"; we're told that "since a child's inherent nature is evil, he will find such philosophy more appealing than the Gospel of Jesus Christ". Ignored is the fact that the character putting this "philosophy" forward is the '''villain'''. [[KidsAreCruel And starting from the point that a child's nature is inherently evil.]]
** When students are paired off to practice levitation, "Harry's partner was Seamus Finnigan (which was a relief, because Neville had been trying to catch his eye)" -- to Cutting Edge, an eleven-year-old boy's not wanting to be paired off for a laboratory-style class with the school klutz is a suggestion of homosexuality.
** "Harry was eleven (11) when he was admitted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The number eleven is considered sacred to the occultist, as it is the first primary number." Er, no, the first prime number is TWO. Followed by y'know, three, five and seven. Which makes eleven the FIFTH prime number and HOLY SHIT! FIVE IS THE FIRST PRIME NUMBER! SATAN! Not to mention the fact that ''all English children'' start Secondary School at that age.
15th Apr '16 3:08:42 PM gallium
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*** [[spoiler: While Snape is a Legilimens to an extent, he is much better at Occlumency, which is the defense against Legilimens.]]



* GenerationXerox: The departure for Hogwarts. In this book, Ginny is shown crying about how she has to wait to go to Hogwarts and wants to go now as she sees her brothers off at the train station. In ''Deathly Hallows,'' her and [[spoiler:Harry's daughter, Lily, is shown doing the exact same thing when she sees her brothers off to Hogwarts]].



* MagicMirror
* MarketBasedTitle

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* MagicMirror
MagicMirror: The Mirror of Erised, which shows you your heart's desire.
* MarketBasedTitleMarketBasedTitle: Infamously, the book was titled ''Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone'' in the United States because the American publisher thought "Philosopher" might turn off children.



* NeedleInAStackOfNeedles: The flying key.

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* NeedleInAStackOfNeedles: The flying key.key, which Harry picks out from all the other flying keys because it has a bent wing (it's already been accessed by the bad guy).



* OurGoblinsAreDifferent

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* OurGoblinsAreDifferentOurGoblinsAreDifferent: Here the goblins run wizarding bank Gringott's, and they come off as SpaceJews.



-->''Erised stra ehru oyt ube cafru oyt on wohsi'' [[spoiler:(I show not your face but your heart's desire.)]]

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-->''Erised stra ehru oyt ube cafru oyt on wohsi'' [[spoiler:(I (I show not your face but your heart's desire.)]])



* SpaceJews: The goblins.

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* SpaceJews: The goblins.goblins who operate Gringott's bank.
25th Mar '16 7:21:07 AM DeanMT94
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* DragonHoard: Hagrid tells Harry that the vaults of Gringotts Wizarding Bank are guarded by dragons, but Harry never gets to see one.

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* DragonHoard: Hagrid tells Harry that the vaults of Gringotts Wizarding Bank are guarded by dragons, but Harry never gets to see one.one [[spoiler: - not in this book, anyway.]]
22nd Mar '16 10:18:56 PM Maat1932
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** It was pointed out the snake was born in captivity and had never been to Brazil, so it could be that amigo was all it "knew" about that South American country.
18th Mar '16 3:52:45 AM Snicka
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* NationalAnimalStereotypes: The boa constrictor that Harry releases is portrayed as Brazilian, using the word "[[GratuitousForeignLanguage amigo]]".
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