History Literature / HarryPotterandThePhilosophersStone

11th Jul '16 9:56:00 AM BananaPancakes
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Harry thinks he's a normal kid, living a sucky life with the Dursleys, his [[SocialClimber social-climbing]] MuggleFosterParents who hate him and all that he represents. On his eleventh birthday, GentleGiant Hagrid shows up and tells Harry not only that he's a wizard, but a wizarding celebrity due to having survived an attack by [[BigBad Lord Voldemort]] ten years ago, somehow rendering the evil wizard [=MIA=]. It's then off to [[WizardingSchool Hogwarts]], where Harry befriends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, forming the iconic PowerTrio. The three begin to suspect that someone is planning to steal the mystical stone of the title, which could be used to restore Voldemort to full power.

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Harry thinks he's a normal kid, living a sucky life with the Dursleys, his [[SocialClimber social-climbing]] MuggleFosterParents who hate him and all that he represents. On Much to his surprise, however, on his eleventh birthday, GentleGiant Hagrid shows up and tells Harry not only that he's not only a wizard, but a wizarding celebrity due to having survived an attack by [[BigBad Lord Voldemort]] ten years ago, somehow rendering the evil wizard [=MIA=].MIA. It's then off to [[WizardingSchool Hogwarts]], where Harry befriends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, forming the iconic PowerTrio. The three begin to suspect that someone is planning to steal the mystical stone of the title, which could be used to restore Voldemort to full power.



In 2001, Creator/WarnerBros released [[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.

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In 2001, Creator/WarnerBros released [[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 a series of films based on the film end of the franchise]].books]]. Since FirstInstallmentWins, the plot of this book will be much more familiar to non-fans than any of the others.



* ApologeticAttacker: Hermione, when body-binding Neville.

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* ApologeticAttacker: Hermione, when body-binding Neville.after Body-Binding Neville as he tries to [[BreakThemByTalking talk her, Ron, and Harry out of wandering around after hours again]].



* BerserkButton: Hagrid: [[PunctuatedForEmphasis "NEVER—INSULT—ALBUS—DUMBLEDORE—IN—FRONT—OF—ME!"]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes

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



** [[spoiler:Voldemort]] tells Harry that his parents died as cowards, begging for mercy. When Harry proclaims otherwise, [[spoiler:he]] immediately agrees, retracting his previous statement and proclaiming that James died to buy Lily the time to escape, and Lily died protecting Harry.

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** [[spoiler:Voldemort]] tells Harry that his parents died as cowards, begging for mercy. When Harry proclaims otherwise, [[spoiler:he]] immediately agrees, retracting his [[spoiler:his]] previous statement and proclaiming that James died to buy Lily the time to escape, and Lily died protecting Harry.



* 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.

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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, likely as not Hermione considers being expelled from school probably ''is'' a FateWorseThanDeath to Hermione.''true'' FateWorseThanDeath.



* ContrivedCoincidence: Hagrid, who always has wanted a dragon, happens to play cards with a man who just happens to have a dragon egg that he's prepared to bet in a card game. [[spoiler: Later the trope's subverted, as it turns out that this was very far from a coincidence...]]
* ConvenientCranny: After managing to subdue the humongous three-headed dog, Fluffy, the trio drops down a hatch to escape the dog. Of course, this did not turn out to be as convenient as it may have at first seemed.

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* ContrivedCoincidence: Hagrid, who always has wanted a dragon, happens to play cards with a man who just happens to have a dragon egg that he's prepared to bet in a card game. [[spoiler: Later the trope's subverted, as it turns out that this was very far from a coincidence...]]
coincidence …]]
* ConvenientCranny: After managing to subdue the humongous massive three-headed dog, Fluffy, the trio drops down a hatch to escape the dog. Of course, this did not turn out to be as convenient as it may have at first seemed.



** Alternatively, [[spoiler:Quirrel- while less competent than Snape- was being backed up by the second most powerful wizard in the universe, thus making it impossible for Snape to stop him]]. Or, the Counter-Curse was not the right one; there are possibly many curses that could make a broom go haywire, and [[spoiler:Snape]] had to guess.

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** Alternatively, [[spoiler:Quirrel- [[spoiler: Quirrell -- while less competent than Snape- Snape -- was being backed up directly by the second most powerful wizard in the universe, thus making it impossible for Snape to stop him]]. Or, the Counter-Curse was not the right one; there are possibly many curses that could make a broom go haywire, and [[spoiler:Snape]] had to guess.



-->Harry thought. Then he said slowly, "It shows us what we want... whatever we want..."\\
"Yes and no," said Dumbledore quietly. "It shows us nothing more or less than the deepest, most desperate desire of our hearts..."
* DragonHoard: Hagrid tells Harry that the vaults of Gringotts Wizarding Bank are guarded by dragons, but Harry never gets to see one [[spoiler: - not in this book, anyway.]]

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-->Harry thought. Then he said slowly, "It shows us what we want... want … whatever we want..."\\
want …"\\
"Yes and no," said Dumbledore quietly. "It shows us nothing more or less than the deepest, most desperate desire of our hearts..."
hearts …"
* DragonHoard: Hagrid tells Harry that the vaults of Gringotts Wizarding Bank are guarded by dragons, but Harry never gets to see one [[spoiler: - -- not in this book, anyway.]]



** Among other things, this is the only book that deviates from Harry's third-person-limited POV after we're in his head for the first time. During the troll scene, we're briefly in Ron's head as he decides to do ''Wingardium Leviosa'', and when Harry's broomstick is acting up during the Quidditch match, we stay on the ground with Ron, Hermione and Hagrid. Other books do switch POV, but only in full chapters designated for it.

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** Among other things, this is the only book that deviates from Harry's third-person-limited POV after we're in his head for the first time. During the troll scene, we're briefly in Ron's head as he decides to do ''Wingardium Leviosa'', and when Harry's broomstick is acting up during the Quidditch match, we stay on the ground with Ron, Hermione Hermione, and Hagrid. Other books do switch POV, but only in full chapters designated for it.



* EasingIntoTheAdventure

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* EasingIntoTheAdventureEasingIntoTheAdventure:



* EnemyEatsYourLunch: Malfoy, Crabbe and Goyle attempt this when they are in Harry and Ron's compartment, having just insulted Harry's parents, Hagrid, and Ron's family. Harry angrily tells them to leave, only Malfoy claims that they've eaten all ''their'' food. Cue Goyle reaching to steal some Chocolate Frogs - [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments only to be comically attacked by Scabbers.]]

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* EnemyEatsYourLunch: Malfoy, Crabbe and Goyle attempt this when they are in Harry and Ron's compartment, having just insulted Harry's parents, Hagrid, and Ron's family. Harry angrily tells them to leave, only Malfoy claims that they've eaten all ''their'' food. Cue Goyle reaching to steal some Chocolate Frogs - -- [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments only to be comically attacked by Scabbers.]]



** 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 attribute 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: After reading book 6, the reader can tell just ''how much'' Quirrell is lying.]]

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** 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 attribute 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: After "Inferi". [[spoiler:After reading book Book 6, the reader can tell just ''how much'' Quirrell is lying.]]



** Hagrid says that he doesn't think Voldemort is really dead because he doesn't think that there was enough human left in him to die. [[spoiler: Voldemort died with only part of his soul after splitting it, so wasn't completely human, which is why he was able to come back.]]

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** Hagrid says that he doesn't think Voldemort is really dead because he doesn't think that there was enough human left in him to die. die.[[spoiler: Voldemort 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.]]



** When Harry is being Sorted, the Hat remarks that Harry has "a nice thirst to prove [himself]". Yet, this is something he never, ''ever'' displays over the course of the 7 books. He never ''tries'' to live up to his name. The movie changes that to "a thirst for ''power''" which is even more telling that [[spoiler: the Sorting Hat was actually responding to the piece of Voldemort inside Harry]].

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** When Harry is being Sorted, the Hat remarks that Harry has "a nice thirst to prove [himself]". Yet, this is something he never, ''ever'' displays over the course of the 7 seven books. He never ''tries'' to live up to his name. The movie changes that to "a thirst for ''power''" which is even more telling that [[spoiler: the Sorting Hat was actually responding to the piece of Voldemort inside Harry]].



"I won't let you do it," he said, hurrying to stand in front of the portrait hole. "I'll –- I'll fight you!"\\

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"I won't let you do it," he said, hurrying to stand in front of the portrait hole. "I'll –- -- I'll fight you!"\\



* MacGuffinGuardian: Fluffy

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* MacGuffinGuardian: FluffyFluffy.



* MarketBasedTitle:
** 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.
** While most translations kept the original title, in France it was changed to ''Harry Potter à l'École des Sorciers'' (''Harry Potter at Wizard School'') since ''Philosopher's Stone'' would have been a borderline SpoilerTitle (Nicolas Flamel was French and his story is popular enough in his home country that it would have given away a significant chunk of the plot immediately).
* MasterActor: [[spoiler:Quirrell]]

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* MarketBasedTitle:
** 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.
** While most translations kept the original title, in France it was changed to ''Harry Potter à l'École des Sorciers'' (''Harry Potter at Wizard School'') since ''Philosopher's Stone'' would have been a borderline SpoilerTitle (Nicolas Flamel was French and his story is popular enough in his home country that it would have given away a significant chunk of the plot immediately).
* MasterActor: [[spoiler:Quirrell]][[spoiler:Quirrell.]]



* MoraleMechanic: Present in Wizard Chess, which is much like normal chess except that it's played with semi-sentient enchanted pieces capable of arguing against, or even flat-out disobeying, orders they disagree with. Under a player whose judgment they respect (such as Ron, who is excellent at it), they're willing to sacrifice themselves knowing it's for the greater good. In the hands of a mediocre player like Harry they're more likely to rebel, convinced that their side is doomed to defeat anyway and determined not to give their "lives" in a lost cause.

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* MoraleMechanic: Present in Wizard Chess, which is much like normal chess except that it's played with semi-sentient enchanted pieces capable of arguing against, or even flat-out disobeying, orders with which they disagree with.disagree. Under a player whose judgment they respect (such as Ron, who is excellent at it), they're willing to sacrifice themselves knowing it's for the greater good. In the hands of a mediocre player like Harry they're more likely to rebel, convinced that their side is doomed to defeat anyway and determined not to give their "lives" in a lost cause.



-->'''Hagrid''': "Ooh. I shouldn' a sait tha'."

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-->'''Hagrid''': "Ooh. I shouldn' a sait tha'."



* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Harry Potter gives a whole speech to this effect prior to the climax of the first book: "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 [[{{Foreshadowing}} turn it into a school for the Dark Arts]]! Losing points doesn't matter anymore, can't you see? D'you think he'll leave you and your families alone if Gryffindor wins the house cup?"

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* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Harry Potter gives a whole speech to this effect prior to the climax of the first book: climax: "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 [[{{Foreshadowing}} turn it into a school for the Dark Arts]]! Losing points doesn't matter anymore, can't you see? D'you think he'll leave you and your families alone if Gryffindor wins win the house cup?"



* WelcomedToTheMasquerade: Hagrid acts as as TheHerald to Harry and picks him up from his {{Muggle Foster Parents}} and introduces him to the world of wizards in order to reintegrate him there.
* WhamLine: "There was already someone there [in the room where the Stone was kept] -- but it wasn't Snape. It wasn't even Voldemort. [''Chapter break.''] [[spoiler:It was Quirrell.]]"

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* WelcomedToTheMasquerade: Hagrid acts as as TheHerald to Harry and Harry, picks him up from his {{Muggle Foster Parents}} MuggleFosterParents, and introduces him to the world of wizards in order to reintegrate him there.
there.
* WhamLine: WhamLine:
-->'''Last line of chapter sixteen''':
"There was already someone there [in the room where the Stone was kept] -- but it wasn't Snape. It wasn't even Voldemort. "\\
[''Chapter break.''] [[spoiler:It '']\\
'''First line of chapter seventeen: "[[spoiler:It
was Quirrell.]]"



* WhoWantsToLiveForever: At the end, Dumbledore casually reveals that Nicolas Flamel and Perenelle were willing to have the Stone destroyed to keep it from Voldemort. After several centuries of life, it's like going to bed at the end of a very long day.

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* WhoWantsToLiveForever: At the end, Dumbledore casually reveals that Nicolas Flamel and Perenelle Flamel were willing to have the Stone destroyed to keep it from Voldemort. After several centuries of life, it's like going to bed at the end of a very long day.
20th Jun '16 1:23:39 AM HeroicJay
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* IllNeverTellYouWhatImTellingYou: Hagrid refuses to tell the heroes anything about the Stone while accidentally dripping all sorts of hints, over and over again.
7th Jun '16 8:57:27 AM theenglishman
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* MarketBasedTitle: 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.

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* MarketBasedTitle: MarketBasedTitle:
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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.children.
** While most translations kept the original title, in France it was changed to ''Harry Potter à l'École des Sorciers'' (''Harry Potter at Wizard School'') since ''Philosopher's Stone'' would have been a borderline SpoilerTitle (Nicolas Flamel was French and his story is popular enough in his home country that it would have given away a significant chunk of the plot immediately).
30th May '16 2:39:38 PM dmeagher13
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** 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]].
30th May '16 12:54:51 PM dmeagher13
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* BlatantLies: Dumbledore's claim that he sees a pair of socks when he looks in the Mirror of Erised. The final book hints at, and WordOfGod confirms that he's actually seeing his family alive and happy again.

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* BlatantLies: Dumbledore's claim that he sees a pair of socks when he looks in the Mirror of Erised. The final book hints at, and WordOfGod confirms that he's actually seeing his family alive and happy again.again, much like Harry does.
27th May '16 9:44:07 AM dmeagher13
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* WelcomedToTheMasquerade: Hagrid acts as as TheHerald to Harry and picks him up from his {{Parental Substitute}}s and introduces him to the world of wizards in order to reintegrate him there.

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* WelcomedToTheMasquerade: Hagrid acts as as TheHerald to Harry and picks him up from his {{Parental Substitute}}s {{Muggle Foster Parents}} and introduces him to the world of wizards in order to reintegrate him there.
16th May '16 12:32:58 AM JMQwilleran
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* SanitySlippage: Vernon Dursley slowly starts to lose his grip on things as more and more Hogwarts acceptance letters arrive for Harry Potter, nailing up the mail lot, tossing letters in the fireplace and eventually taking the whole family to a deserted island in the middle of a terrible storm in the hopes of getting away. In the film, you can even see that his normally carefully-maintained hair now looks wild.
-->'''Dudley''': Daddy's gone mad, hasn't he?!
15th May '16 3:03:03 PM nighttrainfm
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* GoodAllAlong: [[spoiler:Severus Snape was trying to stop Professor Quirrell from taking the Philosopher's Stone. What the Trio mistook for him hexing Harry was actually him performing a countercurse against Quirrell's hex.]]

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* GoodAllAlong: [[spoiler:Severus Snape was trying to stop Professor Quirrell from taking the Philosopher's Stone. What the Trio mistook for him hexing Harry was actually him performing a countercurse against Quirrell's hex. Downplayed in that he *does* dislike Harry for rather petty reasons, he just didn't want Harry dead.]]
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]]. …
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