In the first Harry Potter movie, how did belief and reality interplay when it came to pursuing a goal?

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Harry, Ron, and Hermione ultimately pursue the goal of retrieving the sorcerer's stone in order to prevent Professor Snape from acquiring it, as they believe that he is attempting to do so in order to use it for his own private and nefarious reasons. In reality, however, Snape is also...

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Harry, Ron, and Hermione ultimately pursue the goal of retrieving the sorcerer's stone in order to prevent Professor Snape from acquiring it, as they believe that he is attempting to do so in order to use it for his own private and nefarious reasons. In reality, however, Snape is also trying to protect the stone—and Harry, it seems—from another foe: Professor Quirinus Quirrell, a mousy man who wears always wears a kind of turban on his head. The trio of friends cannot imagine that Quirrell is actually the person they need to watch out for, as he is small and nervous and seems so meek; in reality, however, he is hiding a dark secret. A seriously weakened Voldemort has taken up residence at the back of Quirrell's skull, which Quirrell hides with his turban.

The children believe that Snape is evil and up to no good, and they turn out to be wrong when they learn the reality: that he has actually been trying to protect Harry from Quirrell. They believe that Quirrell is harmless and innocent, and they turn out to be wrong when he reveals the reality: that he is allowing Voldemort to use his body in order to grow strong enough to return to a full life. Appearances can be very deceiving, as they come to realize.

Likewise, Harry wields power of his own, as, when he touches Quirrell to defend himself, he burns Quirrell quite seriously. His belief that he may not be able to take on a dark wizard and win is proven to be untrue by reality: when his mother died to protect him, all those years ago, her love and sacrifice remained with him, serving as a kind of shield, so that Quirrell is unable to wound him.

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