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** The American edition is the only one to change most British English to American. For example, "mom" is used instead of "mum", and Dean Thomas is mentioned to be a "soccer" fan. Later books use the British terms (with the exception of references to the Stone, which is still changed to "Sorcerer's" for continuity purposes).

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** The American edition is the only one to change changes most British English to American. For example, "mom" is used instead of "mum", "mum," and Dean Thomas is mentioned to be a "soccer" fan. Later books use the British terms (with the exception of references to the Stone, which is still changed to "Sorcerer's" for continuity purposes).


** 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. Later books do switch POV, but only in full chapters designated for it and always in the first chapter or two.
** The attempt to kill Harry by knocking him off his broom mid-Quidditch match is hard to take seriously after reading the following books, in which Harry gets successfully knocked out mid-flight several times and securing his landing is always rather trivial. For those keeping count, that means [[JerkJock Cormac McLaggen]] came closer to killing Harry than [[spoiler:Quirrell]] did. A point to note here is, though, that it's the youngest Potter we see in the franchise, and he might have not perfected the art of flying to the time of [[spoiler:Quirrell's]] attack.

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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 for Harry's broomstick is acting up during the first two Quidditch match, games, we stay on the ground with Ron, Hermione, Ron and Hagrid.Hermione watching him play. Later books do switch POV, but only in full chapters designated for it and always in the first chapter or two.
** The attempt to kill Harry by knocking him off his broom mid-Quidditch match is hard to take seriously after reading the following books, in which Harry gets successfully knocked out mid-flight several times and securing his landing is always rather trivial. For those keeping count, that means [[JerkJock Cormac McLaggen]] came closer to killing Harry than [[spoiler:Quirrell]] did. A point to note here is, though, that it's the youngest Potter we see in the franchise, and he might have not perfected the art of flying to at the time of [[spoiler:Quirrell's]] attack.


** [[spoiler:Your new teacher is a ShrinkingViolet with a SpeechImpediment?]] He may only ''seem'' harmless.

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** [[spoiler:Your new teacher is a ShrinkingViolet with a SpeechImpediment?]] scared ninny who can't talk without stuttering?]] He may only ''seem'' harmless.



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

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** Dumbledore's claim that he sees a pair of socks when he looks in the Mirror of Erised. It actually occurs to Harry not long afterwards that maybe Dumbledore wasn't telling the truth, but figures it was a personal question, after all, and doesn't think more about it. The final book hints, and [[invoked]]WordOfGod confirms, that [[spoiler:he's actually seeing his family alive and happy again, much like Harry does]].


* ArcVillain: [[spoiler:Quirrell]]. Played with, though, as [[spoiler:the series-wide BigBad Voldemort is using his body as a vessel.]]

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* ArcVillain: [[spoiler:Quirrell]]. Played with, though, as [[spoiler:the series-wide BigBad main villain Voldemort is using his body as a vessel.]]


** A double subversion regarding the Potters' murder. The narration in chapter one says it happens on "a dull, grey Tuesday," but later in the series it's revealed to be AllHallowsEve.[[note]][[WritersCannotDoMath Although]] it's specified further to be Halloween 1981, which fell on a Saturday per the Gregorian calendar.[[/note]]

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** A double subversion regarding the Potters' murder. The narration in chapter one says it happens on "a dull, grey Tuesday," but later in the series it's revealed to be AllHallowsEve.UsefulNotes/AllHallowsEve.[[note]][[WritersCannotDoMath Although]] it's specified further to be Halloween 1981, which fell on a Saturday per the Gregorian calendar.[[/note]]

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* AloneAmongFamilies: When Harry is dropped off at the station to get on the Hogwarts Express, he's the only one there all by himself.


-->'''Harry''': I'm glad we didn't have to fight that one.

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-->'''Harry''': -->'''Harry:''' I'm glad we didn't have to fight that one.



-->'''Hermione''': [[HypocriticalHumor A lot of the greatest wizards don't have an ounce of logic.]]

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-->'''Hermione''': -->'''Hermione:''' [[HypocriticalHumor A lot of the greatest wizards don't have an ounce of logic.]]



-->"Get the mail, Dudley," said Uncle Vernon from behind his paper.
-->"Make Harry get it."
-->"Get the mail, Harry."
-->"Make Dudley get it."
-->"Poke him with your Smeltings stick, Dudley."

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-->"Get the mail, Dudley," said Uncle Vernon from behind his paper.
-->"Make
paper.\\
"Make
Harry get it."
-->"Get
"\\
"Get
the mail, Harry."
-->"Make
"\\
"Make
Dudley get it."
-->"Poke
"\\
"Poke
him with your Smeltings stick, Dudley."



-->While he drove, Uncle Vernon complained to Aunt Petunia. He liked to complain about things: people at work, Harry, the council, Harry, the bank, and Harry were just a few of his favourite subjects.

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-->While he drove, Uncle Vernon complained to Aunt Petunia. He liked to complain about things: people at work, Harry, the council, Harry, the bank, and Harry were just a few of his favourite favorite subjects.



-->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 "

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-->Harry thought. Then he said slowly, "It shows us what we want want... whatever we want "
-->"Yes
want..."\\
"Yes
and no," said Dumbledore quietly. "It shows us nothing more or less than the deepest, most desperate desire of our hearts "hearts..."



-->"You can't go out," said Neville, "you'll be caught again. Gryffindor will be in even more trouble."
-->"You don't understand," said Harry, "this is important."
-->But Neville was clearly steeling himself to do something desperate.
-->"I won't let you do it," he said, hurrying to stand in front of the portrait hole. "I'll -- I'll fight you!"
-->"''Neville''," Ron exploded, "get away from that hole and don't be an idiot --"
-->"Don't you call me an idiot!" said Neville. "I don't think you should be breaking any more rules! And you were the one who told me to stand up to people!"
-->"Yes, but not to ''us''," said Ron in exasperation.

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-->"You can't go out," said Neville, "you'll be caught again. Gryffindor will be in even more trouble."
-->"You
"\\
"You
don't understand," said Harry, "this is important."
-->But
"\\
But
Neville was clearly steeling himself to do something desperate.
-->"I
desperate.\\
"I
won't let you do it," he said, hurrying to stand in front of the portrait hole. "I'll -- I'll fight you!"
-->"''Neville'',"
you!"\\
"''Neville'',"
Ron exploded, "get away from that hole and don't be an idiot --"
-->"Don't
--"\\
"Don't
you call me an idiot!" said Neville. "I don't think you should be breaking any more rules! And you were the one who told me to stand up to people!"
-->"Yes,
people!"\\
"Yes,
but not to ''us''," said Ron in exasperation.



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

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



-->'''Dudley''': Daddy's gone mad, hasn't he?

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-->'''Dudley''': -->'''Dudley:''' Daddy's gone mad, hasn't he?



-->'''Last line of chapter sixteen, "Through the Trapdoor"''': "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'']
-->'''First line of chapter seventeen, "The Man with Two Faces"''': "[[spoiler:It was Quirrell.]]"

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-->'''Last line of chapter sixteen, "Through the Trapdoor"''': "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'']
-->'''First
"\\
[''Chapter break'']\\
'''First
line of chapter seventeen, "The Man with Two Faces"''': "[[spoiler:It was Quirrell.]]"

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* BathroomBrawl: A troll attacks Hermione in the girls' bathroom and both Harry and Ron have to come to her rescue.

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* FarSideIsland: The island with the shack that Vernon takes the family to.

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* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: "...There will be books written about Harry..." says Professor [=McGonagall=] about Harry Potter. You have no idea, Minerva...


** [[spoiler:Voldemort]] tries to break Harry's spirit by telling him that his parents both begged for mercy before they died. When Harry disagrees, [[spoiler:he]] quickly recants and admits that James and Lily died bravely protecting their son.

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** [[spoiler:Voldemort]] tries to break Harry's spirit by telling him that his parents both begged for mercy before they died. When He quickly recants when Harry disagrees, [[spoiler:he]] quickly recants and admits that James and Lily died bravely protecting their son.

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* AlreadyDoneForYou: [[spoiler:The obstacle to the Stone after the chess board is a troll. Harry and Hermione find it out cold with a bloody lump on its head]].
-->'''Harry''': I'm glad we didn't have to fight that one.


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* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: The three centaurs: Firenze (blond), Bane (brunette) and Ronan (redhead).


* FriendlessBackground: Harry, Ron, and Hermione share this. Harry was kept ignorant of all things magical for the better part of ten years, Ron's family isn't prestigious, and Hermione is a HollywoodNerd.

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* FriendlessBackground: Harry, Ron, and Hermione share this. Both Harry was kept ignorant and Hermione knew nothing of all things magical magic for the better part most of ten years, their respective lives hitherto, Hermione is also a HollywoodNerd, and Ron's family isn't prestigious, and Hermione is a HollywoodNerd.prestigious.


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



** Hagrid is pretty cheerful when he arrives to collect Harry, even being amused by Vernon threatening him with a gun. Then Vernon Dursley insults Albus Dumbledore.

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** Hagrid is pretty cheerful when he arrives to collect Harry, even being amused by Vernon Dursley [[BullyingADragon threatening him with a gun. gun]]. Then Vernon Dursley insults Albus Dumbledore.



** Draco Malfoy challenges Harry to a duel at night in, but this is a SubvertedTrope because Draco doesn't actually show up and just wanted to get Harry into trouble.
** Malfoy steals a Rembrall from Neville, a frequent target of his bullying, and mocks him for injuring himself. Harry gets tired of this and rises on his broomstick, challenging Malfoy to a contest of flying skills. Harry is able to retrieve the Rembrall through a tricky broomstick maneuver, defending Neville's honor and coming out on top.

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** Draco Malfoy challenges Harry to a duel at night in, but this is a SubvertedTrope because Draco doesn't actually show up and just wanted to get Harry into trouble.
** Malfoy
steals a Rembrall Remembrall from Neville, a frequent target of his bullying, and mocks him for injuring himself. Harry gets tired of this and rises on his broomstick, challenging Malfoy to a contest of flying skills. Harry is able to retrieve the Rembrall Remembrall through a tricky broomstick maneuver, defending Neville's honor and coming out on top. top.
** Later that afternoon, Draco challenges Harry to a duel at midnight, but this is a SubvertedTrope because Draco doesn't actually show up and just wanted to get Harry into trouble.



* 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 a ''true'' FateWorseThanDeath.

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* ComicallyMissingThePoint: After she, Ron, and Harry encounter Fluffy for the first time, Hermione says "I'm going to bed before either of you can come up says, "I hope you're pleased with another plan to get us yourselves. We could all have been killed -- or worse, expelled!" expelled. Now, if you don't mind, I'm going to bed." This said, likely as not Hermione considers being expelled from school a ''true'' FateWorseThanDeath.



* {{Counterspell}}: Most directly seen when one teacher tries to curse Harry off his broom while another tries to counter it. The counter-curse was not entirely effective, even though the latter teacher was more skilled than the former -- while there are myriad possible reasons for this that one could fanwank over, [[TheUnreveal it's never actually given an explanation]].

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* {{Counterspell}}: Most directly seen when one teacher tries to curse Harry off his broom while another tries to counter it. The counter-curse was not entirely effective, even though the latter teacher was more skilled than the former -- while there are myriad possible reasons for this that one could fanwank over, [[TheUnreveal it's never actually given an explanation]].explained]].



** The attempt to kill Harry by knocking him off his broom mid-Quidditch match is hard to take seriously after reading the following books, in which Harry gets successfully knocked out mid-flight several times and securing his landing is always rather trivial. For those keeping count, that means [[JerkJock Cormac McLaggen]] came closer to killing Harry than [[spoiler:Quirrell]] did. A point to note here is, though, that it's the youngest Potter we see in the franchise, and he might have not perfected the art of flying to the time of the [[spoiler: Quirrell's]] attack.

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** The attempt to kill Harry by knocking him off his broom mid-Quidditch match is hard to take seriously after reading the following books, in which Harry gets successfully knocked out mid-flight several times and securing his landing is always rather trivial. For those keeping count, that means [[JerkJock Cormac McLaggen]] came closer to killing Harry than [[spoiler:Quirrell]] did. A point to note here is, though, that it's the youngest Potter we see in the franchise, and he might have not perfected the art of flying to the time of the [[spoiler: Quirrell's]] [[spoiler:Quirrell's]] attack.



* ExactWords: As Ron points out, and Dumbledore discovered the hard way as a kid, Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans really do have every flavor...including inedible things like earwax, snot, and vomit.

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* ExactWords: As Ron points out, and Dumbledore discovered the hard way as a kid, Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans really do have every flavor...flavor, including inedible things like earwax, snot, and vomit.



* FireForgedFriends: Harry and Ron become friends with Hermione after they fight a mountain troll together. Lampshaded by the narrative, which states "there are some things you can't share without ending up liking each other."

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* FireForgedFriends: Harry and Ron become friends with Hermione after they fight a mountain troll together. Lampshaded by the narrative, narration, which states "there are some things you can't share without ending up liking each other."



%%* FriendlessBackground: Harry, Ron, and Hermione.
* FromBadToWorse: Harry is dejected enough that he and Hermione get in trouble for being out of bed at night. When he sees that Neville got in trouble for the same reason on the same night ([[NiceJobBreakingItHero ironically, while trying to get them out of trouble]]), he feels even worse. It's lampshaded in the narration.

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%%* * FriendlessBackground: Harry, Ron, and Hermione.
Hermione share this. Harry was kept ignorant of all things magical for the better part of ten years, Ron's family isn't prestigious, and Hermione is a HollywoodNerd.
* FromBadToWorse: Harry is dejected enough that he and Hermione get in trouble for being out of bed at night.night when they send Norbert off. When he sees that Neville got in trouble for the same reason on the same night ([[NiceJobBreakingItHero ironically, while trying to get them out of trouble]]), he feels even worse. It's lampshaded in the narration.



** A much less unhappy one occurs exactly ten years later: the first Dark creature Harry and company encounter firsthand, [[spoiler:Quirrell's]] troll, invades Hogwarts on Halloween.

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** A much less unhappy one occurs exactly ten years later: after that date: the first Dark creature Harry and company encounter firsthand, [[spoiler:Quirrell's]] troll, invades Hogwarts on Halloween.



* 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. 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. 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 they will lose anyway and determined not to give their "lives" in a lost cause.



** [[spoiler:Quirrell]] easily figured out all the obstacles guarding the stone, but he couldn't get past Fluffy. Enter Hagrid, who lets slip to a complete stranger [[spoiler:(in fact a disguised Quirrell)]] that Fluffy can be put to sleep by playing music to him.
* NoImmortalInertia: [[spoiler:Even though Nicholas Flamel and his wife have enough of the Elixir of Life to "set their affairs in order", they apparently still die within a few months of the Stone being destroyed. Perhaps ZigZagged: the Stone had been at Hogwarts under significant protection all school year, so they may have had about a year's supply for the both of them.]]

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** [[spoiler:Quirrell]] easily figured out all the obstacles guarding the stone, but he couldn't get past Fluffy. Enter Hagrid, who lets slip to tells a complete stranger [[spoiler:(in fact a disguised Quirrell)]] that Fluffy can be put to sleep by playing music to him.
him.
* NoImmortalInertia: [[spoiler:Even though Nicholas Flamel and his wife have enough of the Elixir of Life to "set their affairs in order", they apparently still die within a few months of the Stone being destroyed. Perhaps ZigZagged: a ZigZaggingTrope: the Stone had been at Hogwarts under significant protection all school year, perhaps up to a month longer, so they may have had about a year's supply for the both of them.]]



* OnlySmartPeopleMayPass: Some of the obstacles the staff placed in front of the stone. They weren't all considerate enough to warn you in advance, however -- if you don't already know how to deal with Devil's Snare, you have about ten seconds to figure it out before it crushes you. Snape's potions-in-bottles puzzle is the closest fit (although why he felt the riddle had to rhyme is anyone's guess). The only real aversion to this was [[spoiler:Quirrell's]] obstacle, fighting a troll, which, luckily, the Trio didn't have to deal with (again).
* OpenSecret: Dumbledore assures Harry that his confrontation with the BigBad is a complete secret, which naturally means the whole school knows.

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* OnlySmartPeopleMayPass: Some of the obstacles the staff placed in front of the stone. They weren't all considerate enough to warn you in advance, however -- if you don't already know how to deal with Devil's Snare, you have about ten seconds to figure it out before it crushes you. Snape's potions-in-bottles puzzle is the closest fit (although why he felt the riddle had to rhyme {{rhyme|sOnADime}} is anyone's guess). The only real aversion to this was [[spoiler:Quirrell's]] obstacle, fighting a troll, which, luckily, the Trio didn't have to deal with (again).
* OpenSecret: Dumbledore assures Harry that his confrontation with the BigBad is a complete secret, which naturally means the whole school knows.



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[[folder:Q-S]][[folder:R-S]]



* ReminderFailure: Neville Longbottom's grandmother mails him a magical Remembrall, a glass orb which glows red if the holder has forgotten something. Cue the obligatory joke where it turns red immediately and Neville is stuck for the rest of the scene trying to figure out what the Remembrall is trying to remind him of. In the movie he even points out how useless an object is that only lets you know you forgot ''something'', not what it is you forgot.

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* ReminderFailure: Neville Longbottom's grandmother mails him a magical Remembrall, a magical glass orb which that glows red if the holder has forgotten something. Cue the obligatory joke where it turns red immediately and Neville is stuck for spends the rest of the scene trying to figure out what the Remembrall is trying to remind him of. In the movie he even points out how useless notes the limited utility of an object is that only lets you know you forgot ''something'', not what it is ''what'' you forgot.



-->'''Dudley''': Daddy's gone mad, hasn't he?!

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-->'''Dudley''': Daddy's gone mad, hasn't he?!he?



* ShaggyDogStory: Had Dumbledore and Flamel decided the Stone was better off destroyed ''before'' Voldemort got within a hairsbreadth of getting his (well, [[spoiler:Quirrell's]]) hands on it, they could have avoided so much trouble.

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* ShaggyDogStory: Had Dumbledore and Flamel decided the Stone it was better off destroyed to destroy the Stone ''before'' Voldemort got within a hairsbreadth of getting his (well, [[spoiler:Quirrell's]]) hands on it, they could have avoided so much trouble.



* SomethingWeForgot: Hurray, Harry and Hermione managed to get [[FluffyTheTerrible Norbert]] out of Hogwarts! Wait, where's [[spoiler:[[OhCrap Harry's Invisibility Cloak?]]]]

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* SomethingWeForgot: Hurray, Hooray, Harry and Hermione managed to get got [[FluffyTheTerrible Norbert]] out of Hogwarts! Wait, where's [[spoiler:[[OhCrap Harry's Invisibility Cloak?]]]]



* 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.

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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.even budge. This leads Harry to wonder if the brooms can tell if you don't actually want to fly.



** He says that Ollivander's is the "only place for wands", which is inaccurate, as there are other wandmakers such as Gregorovitch, though he may just be referring to Diagon Alley. Or he may have just meant "the only place worth considering using", which may be the true cause -- in ''Deathly Hallows'' Krum says "you Britons set much store by Ollivander".

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** He says that Ollivander's is the "only place for wands", which is inaccurate, as there are other wandmakers such as Gregorovitch, though he may just be referring to Diagon Alley. Or he may have just meant "the only place worth considering using", which may be the true cause patronising" -- in ''Deathly Hallows'' Krum says "you Britons set much store by Ollivander".



-->[''Chapter break.'']

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-->[''Chapter break.'']break'']



* WouldYouLikeToHearHowTheyDied: [[spoiler:Voldemort claims Harry's parents "died begging [him] for mercy" ]] and then, when Harry insists he's lying, casually admits he fabricated that story.

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* WouldYouLikeToHearHowTheyDied: [[spoiler:Voldemort claims Harry's parents "died begging [him] for mercy" ]] and then, when Harry insists angrily asserts he's lying, casually admits he fabricated that story.



* YourSizeMayVary: Dudley's friend Piers Polkiss is described as being scrawny but the next chapter describes him and the rest of Dudley's gang as being big and stupid.

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* YourSizeMayVary: Dudley's friend Piers Polkiss is described as being scrawny when he first appears in chapter two, but the next chapter describes him and the rest of Dudley's gang as being big and stupid.

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