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J.K. Rowling's first novel Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone ends extremely well, fulfilling the promise and anticipation created through the suspense of the plot. One rewarding aspect of the novel's climax was that the reader finally witnessed a confrontation between Voldemort and Harry, via Quirrell, and despite the fact that Harry did not defeat Voldemort, the reader still felt rewarded that Harry triumphed. For example, the moment when Harry deduced that the Mirror of Erised was the key to finding the stone was a great moment, because Rowling was able to incorporate the magic properties of the mirror explained in an earlier chapter into the climax.
Furthermore, the ending of the novel also proved rewarding to the reader because Rowling reinforced some of the earlier themes that she had been developing throughout the course of the novel, such as: friendship, love, and identity. Dumbledore's speech at the Feast, for example, reminds readers:
“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
He rewards Neville Longbottom for standing up to his friends, and Rowling is able to bring the readers full-circle, emphasizing the importance of friendship and loyalty.
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