Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

by J. K. Rowling

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How is Harry determined and how is he responsible? In this story there are many character traits that could describe Harry. Two being responsible and determined. Give specific examples of how both of these are true.

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Harry shows responsibility in the way that he takes notes on Snape's speech the first day in class.  Harry, enchanted by his teacher's lecture, carefully copies down the information.  Harry wishes to do well in the wizarding world and be a success.  Hogwarts signals a whole new beginning for him, and he wants to do his best.  Snape, however, takes Harry's note-taking completely the wrong way and jumps to the conclusion that Harry "our new celebrity" does not believe that he has to pay attention in class. 



Harry shows great determination in the final moments of the book, when he goes after the villain (whom he presumes to be Snape) that is trying to steal the philosopher's stone.  Even when faced with multiple daunting tasks, Harry and his friends do not give up.  Even when facing Quirrell and Voldemort, Harry remains resolved to protect the stone at all costs. 

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