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How does J.K. Rowling's use symbolism in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone?

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sboland | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted December 2, 2010 at 4:38 AM via web

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How does J.K. Rowling's use symbolism in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone?

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 10, 2011 at 4:41 AM (Answer #1)

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The most important symbol in the novel Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is the scar on Harry's forehead. The scar represents Harry's past, his present, and his future.

The scar is representative of Harry's link to Lord Voldemort. Voldemort is the one who gave Harry the scar as a young child when he murdered Harry's parents. The scar forces people to become instantly drawn to Harry based upon the prophecy of his rise.

Another symbol in the novel is the names associated with each of the different houses at Hogwarts. Perhaps the most telling house is that of Slytherin. The image of the house is that of the snake. Historically, as far back to Adam and Eve, the image of the snake represents evil.

One last symbol is the game of Quidditch. The game not only brings pride to each house, it represents the importance of values.

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ypately | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted December 2, 2010 at 7:08 AM (Answer #2)

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one symbol is the broom... J.K. Rowling  could have choose any other object or even an living creature and made the book much more interesting but he chose not too... so there is a reason behind this which is personal to him

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