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What are the main themes in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone?

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sboland | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted November 25, 2010 at 12:43 AM via web

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What are the main themes in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone?

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bmadnick | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted November 25, 2010 at 2:24 AM (Answer #1)

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The main theme throughout the Harry Potter books is the triumph of good over evil. This is true in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone as well. However, applying this general theme of good vs. evil specifically to this novel, Harry must fight Voldemort's evil accomplice Quirrell to prevent Voldemort from getting the sorceror's stone and obtaining immortality.

I think another theme that is just as important to this particular book is the power of love. When Voldemort killed Harrry's parents, he was unable to kill Harry, and his attempt results in the scar on Harry's forehead. Dumblodore explains to Harry that although his parents are dead, their love for their son is always with him. Dumbledore explains to Harry that their love "is in your very skin".

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