Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

by J. K. Rowling
Start Free Trial

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Questions and Answers

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

A major conflict in this first book in the Harry Potter series is between Harry, who represents good, and Voldemort, who is evil incarnate. Harry has grown up until age eleven unknown and looked...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2020, 1:55 pm (UTC)

2 educator answers

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

One of the primary themes is the necessity and power of love in guiding a person’s development. Harry is a gifted magician who must learn to develop his powers and use them appropriately....

Latest answer posted December 30, 2019, 4:43 am (UTC)

4 educator answers

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

One of the morals of the story is that you never know what you are capable of until you try. Harry was faced with extraordinary circumstances, and he was able to rise to the challenge. He found...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2016, 12:32 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is JK Rowling’s first novel about Harry Potter and is magical adventures. Just as in the other novels, the book takes place in England in the 1990s. The book...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2019, 1:44 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Even in her very first novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J. K. Rowling reveals herself to be a master of literary techniques. We will examine three of these (out of many more): irony,...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2021, 12:21 am (UTC)

3 educator answers

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

The main lesson in the story is that you should not judge people based on appearances. By this I mean what people look like but also their actions. Sometimes people have secrets that you just do...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2016, 5:12 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter not only grows in confidence, but with that confidence, he also learns to value his voice and ideas. At the start of the novel, Harry generally expresses himself in short phrases; he...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2017, 5:55 am (UTC)

4 educator answers

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter (the child’s godfather) and Andromeda (the child’s grandmother) becomes the surrogate parents because of the death of both the child’s biological parents (Tonks and Lupin). During the...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2009, 5:53 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry James Potter became a household name in the wizarding world when he was just a baby. He is the only known person to have survived the Killing Curse. Harry was 15 months old when Voldemort...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2019, 5:45 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, which is the first book in the seven-part Harry Potter series, has seventeen chapters. It tells the story of a young boy named Harry Potter, who has been...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2020, 12:19 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is narrated in third-person limited point of view. Third-person narration is simply when the narrator uses "he/she/it/they" when telling the story. This is...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2020, 11:50 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Let's take a brief survey of the major and supporting characters in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. The protagonist, of course, is Harry Potter himself, but we don't meet him until several...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2020, 2:25 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Responsibility 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...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2012, 2:25 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

There are three types of irony: dramatic, situational and verbal. Situational irony is when something happens that is not what you expect. One of the biggest examples of irony does not become...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2012, 5:22 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

The protagonist of story or novel is the hero -- the person we are rooting for or that is the focal point of the story. Sometimes they can be horrible people, but in this case, the protagonist is...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2010, 3:25 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

In the Magical world, Harry Potter was not safe from Voldemort or his followers. This was especially true after Harry survived Voldemort's attack on Harry's family. The death of Harry's parents...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2008, 4:29 am (UTC)

4 educator answers

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

There are so many allusions hidden in the Harry Potter series, especially in the character names! There are allusions Greek mythology, such as the name Argus Filch. Argus was a monster with a...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2019, 8:10 pm (UTC)

3 educator answers

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

The Dursleys, Harry's Muggle guardians as the novel opens, symbolize narrow-mindedness, conventionality and lack of imagination. They fear what they know of Harry, and do their best to keep him...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2017, 10:41 am (UTC)

2 educator answers

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

In J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, Draco Malfoy is a clear foil for Harry. From the very beginning of the first novel, we see stark contrasts between Draco and Harry. When Harry first goes to...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2019, 8:18 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

There are quite a few examples of gender differentiation and social variation in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Let's define these terms and look at some of the examples. Gender...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2022, 9:43 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

I think one of the first and key pieces of irony that we are presented with in the novel is when the Dursley family try to do everything they possibly can to escape and run away from the letters...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2010, 6:32 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

The reader response literary theory considers the reader central to the interpretation of the text. While the approaches are varied, this form of criticism asks the reader to actively create...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2022, 10:08 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

A metaphor is a comparison. Magic can be perceived as a metaphor for imagination because both magic and imagination move us outside of the ordinary. In the Harry Potter books, the Muggle world—the...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2020, 8:34 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

In the beginning Harry is introduced as an ordinary, quiet, reserved, and insecure young boy whose adoptive family mistreats and neglects him to the point of abuse. Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2020, 11:25 am (UTC)

3 educator answers

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

At the beginning of the novel, the main conflict is the conflict between Harry Potter and the family with which he lives. Mr. and Mrs. Dursley treat Harry like an animal or a slave. He is forced to...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2021, 8:45 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

As most of the literate and cinema-going world now knows, Harry Potter and Hermione Granger are two of the main characters in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series of fantasy novels, the first of...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2018, 1:54 am (UTC)

2 educator answers

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Chapter One: The Boy Who LivedThe Dursleys lived at number four, Privet Drive, and were happy to say that they were a very "normal" family with one son named Dudley. It was Mrs....

Latest answer posted January 9, 2009, 10:21 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

The meanings of the names Vernon, Petunia, and Dudley were not chosen by J.K. Rowling for their meaning or significance. The name Vernon is of English origin and means Alder Tree. Petunia is also...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2020, 7:31 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

In creating the magical world of Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling has followed a long line in literature of heroes forged from the furnace of the Everyman, and naturally in children’s literature, Joseph...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2020, 6:16 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Chapter Seventeen: The Man with Two FacesInstead of seeing Snape in the next room, Harry is surprised to find Professor Quirrell who reveals himself as the villain. It was Quirrell, not Snape,...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2009, 12:59 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry has his first lesson in chapter eight of the book. While Harry has many other classes before his potions lesson, that is the first lesson that is...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2019, 5:24 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Throughout the seven Harry Potter novels, Harry and Malfoy engage in what is one of the most famous rivalries in young adult literature. Early on in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2018, 5:47 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Gender differentiation refers to the process of assigning different gender roles to men and women in social situations. In J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Hermione often...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2022, 5:17 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

So sorry. I forgot to add that "by the hour" simply means over a period of time--hours, in this case. So, the the friends sat around the fire and talked for hours, toasting food and eating it.

Latest answer posted December 27, 2013, 7:21 pm (UTC)

2 educator answers

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Chapter Two: The Vanishing Glass Ten years have passed, and Dudley Dursley has been spoiled rotten by his parents while Harry Potter has been forced to sleep in "the cupboard under the...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2009, 10:52 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

This first book in the Harry Potter series is filled with foreshadowing. For example, in the opening chapter, Harry's ability to communicate with the snakes on the trip to the zoo foreshadows the...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2019, 12:17 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Chapter Three: The Letters from No OneHarry has been banished to his cupboard under the stairs until summer. Harry feels as lonely as ever and focuses on his only ray of hope: secondary school...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2009, 11:28 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry is to report to platform nine and three quarters at King’s Cross station. His uncle dumps him between platforms 9 and 10, where Harry watches a family of children vanish. The mother of the...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2009, 5:23 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry's first year at Hogwarts is possibly the most significant time in his life. The latter years get darker and more complicated, but it's the introduction to the wizarding world that builds the...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2019, 9:29 am (UTC)

2 educator answers

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

In Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J. K. Rowling uses the construction of freedom in order to introduce and examine the differences between the themes of power and humility. The...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2020, 3:23 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

It's Harry's first Quidditch match against Slytherin. He tries to prepare by reading a book Hermione had gotten from the library, but Snape takes the book away saying that the books aren't...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2009, 2:38 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Voldemort has taken extreme measures to remain "alive" so he can carry out revenge against Harry and the wizards who defeated his evil plan years ago. One of those measures is consuming Unicorn...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2013, 9:32 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Religious undertones exist both in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and in the series as a whole. As mentioned in the other answers, Harry is a Christ figure, a chosen one who is destined to...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2018, 3:36 am (UTC)

3 educator answers

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

I can certainly point you in the right direction by providing some insight into the similarities and differences between Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and the books that follow it in the...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2020, 7:38 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

In order for Harry to undertake the hero's journey, he has to wait until he is ready. This means keeping him in the regular world until he is old enough to pick up the mantle of hero and take the...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2011, 5:51 pm (UTC)

3 educator answers

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Gender variation is typically described as nonconformity or defiance in the face of typical gender roles, and we see some of this in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. You might...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2022, 1:05 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

I used to write a lot of film reviews. I found that the hardest part was getting the necessary information from the credits. It can drive you crazy trying to write down names and title while the...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2012, 9:07 pm (UTC)

2 educator answers

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

There are a few instances in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone where Hagrid's behavior seems to reflect gender differentiation. At one point Ron, Hermione, and Harry are grilling Hagrid about...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2022, 6:32 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

There is quite a bit of social variation in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone—let's take a look at some examples. Social variation refers to the differences in language, customs,...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2022, 8:32 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

A package arrives for Harry. It's a Nimbus 2000, and a note telling him to meet Oliver Wood, the captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team. When Harry meets Oliver, the captain explains the game...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2009, 2:27 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Showing 1-50 of 113