Recap: Harry Potter And The Philosophers Stone C 8 The Potions Master
Over the next few days, Harry is followed everywhere by whispers and stares. He is somewhat annoyed by the attention. Hogwarts turns out to be rather hard to navigate, as it is filled with Malevolent Architecture — trick doors, staircases with vanishing steps, and rooms that periodically rearrange themselves. (By her own admission, J. K. Rowling was preemptively Hand-Waving future instances of Geographic Flexibility. Boy, is this excuse useful for the films.) To continue to speak in video game terms, there are also some "bosses" to avoid. Peeves, the poltergeist introduced in the last chapter, pranks unsuspecting students. Argus Filch, the Crusty Caretaker, is a Child Hater with a seemingly sentient pet cat named Mrs. Norris. It's mentioned in passing that Filch knows the secret passages of Hogwarts better than anyone, except maybe the Weasley twins. Gee, however do the twins manage that? Harry's classes, as we are introduced to them, consist of:
- Astronomy: Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- Herbology: Taking care of exotic magical plants in the greenhouse.
- History of Magic: Taught by Professor Binns, the only ghost teacher, who is an exceptionally boring lecturer.
- Charms: Taught by Professor Flitwick, a cheerful little man.
- Transfiguration: Professor McGonagall teaches it and it is one of the harder classes. She is quite a Stern Teacher.
- Defense Against the Dark Arts: Professor Quirrell comes off as a jittery incompetent. The students don't quite buy his story about how he got his turban.