YMMV: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

  • First Installment Wins: This is probably more well known than the rest of the series.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • One moment that could be this or (even more) Hilarious in Hindsight is the passage in the Christmas chapter describing the Weasley Twins enchanting snowballs to bounce off the back of Professor Quirell's turban after you've read the end of the book and discovered what he's keeping under there.
    • Another passage involves Hagrid forbidding Harry to buy a solid-gold cauldron. Imagine if Harry did buy that kind of cauldron, y'know, for Potions class...
    • Dumbledore, when asked by Harry about what he sees in the Mirror of Erised, amusingly replies that he sees himself holding a new pair of socks. Word of God after the seventh book has confirmed that he was lying; what he actually sees is his dead sister Ariana alive and well, and his estranged brother Aberforth having forgiven him.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Rereading the opening of this book with Dumbledore telling McGonagall about how little they have had to celebrate for 11 years... and with the knowledge of how bad things were under Voldemort was when he was in charge in Deathly Hallows...
    • Dumbledore saying he trusts Hagrid with his life. While what happens in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, wasn't even Hagrid's fault it still comes across being harsh.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Fred and George's winter prank on Quirrel becomes much funnier after the reveal at the end.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: And then some.
  • It Gets Better: Notably, It takes about a third of the novel before Harry gets to Hogwarts. And quite a few children readers were turned off by the first few chapters for being too slow-paced; not to mention most of Rowling's dry satire on middle-class insecurities flying straight over their heads.
  • Memetic Mutation: TROLL! IN THE DUNGEON!
    • Wingardium Leviosa!
      • It's Levi-OH-sa, not Levio-saaah.
  • Special Effect Failure: Some of the owls in the Privet Drive sequence are stuffed/fake. They look good and they cut away fast to hide it, but they aren't moving.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Probably few people realized just how big and vicious of a battle this book would begin among its fans, most prominently among Harry/Hermione and Ron/Hermione shippers.
  • Squick: Dumbledore's experience with the Every Flavor Beans. He lost his liking to them a long time ago because of a vomit-flavored one, and when we see him actually try another, it was earwax-flavored.
  • Viewers Are Morons: The infamous change in the title for the American market, on the basis that Americans couldn't possibly take any interest in the book unless there was an explicit reference to magic.
  • What an Idiot: Hagrid takes Harry, Ron (only in the film), Neville, Hermione and Malfoy into the Forbidden Forrest to look for a Unicorn Murderer for detention. Harmful to Minors does not begin to describe Hagrid.
    • Vernon insults magic and threatens Harry in front of Hagrid, a half-giant with super strength, who happens to be from the wizarding world. It's a good thing Hagrid isn't malicious, or Vernon would've probably ended up with a broken neck, or worse.
  • The Woobie: Harry is this at the beginning of the film for living with family members who are abusive towards him.