Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was the first book in the Harry Potter series. Harry learns that he is a wizard and begins his education at Hogwarts.

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What was the first spell Harry Potter learned?

The first spell he was taught was Wingardium Leviosa in Charms class.

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What is the theme of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone?

The major theme is death and dealing with death. However themes of love vs hate and good vs evil are also prominent.

The story answers the question, "What really matters?"

The Philosopher's Stone seems to be important because it promises infinite wealth and an endless lifespan. But the only person who can locate the stone is the one who wants to find it without using it - in other words, the person who knows that wealth and longevity don't really matter.

Harry believes the quest for the Philosopher's Stone is important because he needs to prevent it from falling into the hands of an evil person. But in fact the stone is never in any danger and it is not very important to the grand plot. The only real point of the quest is to test Harry himself - to find out if he has the character-qualities required to defeat Voldemort.

The obstacle course seems to test power and intelligence. But in fact any adult wizard could easily run through most of it. For eleven-year-olds, however, this is only possible with team-work, cooperation and courage. Friendship proves far more important than individual abilities.

It is a Hollywood cliche that "family matters more than anything". But one of the messages of Harry Potter is that family only matters if your family love you, and the Dursleys are not very important to anything. What matters is love - whether from family, friends or anyone else.

The conclusion of the story is that love matters more than anything because true love can conquer death. Lily Potter showed her love by dying for her son, and as a result he could not be killed. This theme will be revisited in the final volume, when Harry must die to save everyone, and as a result, his friends cannot be killed.

In the first book, the obvious Christ-figure is Lily, and in later books it will be Dumbledore; but ultimately, it will be Harry. The redemption theme is in the whole series. However, the aspect of this theme that is specific to the first book is Harry's own discovery that love can save us from all evils, and that this is what really matters. Harry and the gang have to keep the Scorcerer's Stone away from Professor Quirrel.

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When is Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone set?

The first chapter was on the 1st November 1981. The rest of the book took place between June 1991 and June 1992.

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What is the installation key for the Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone game?

Each copy of the game has a unique code which is printed on the manual. Sharing these codes is illegal.

If you have lost your code, you can often contact the manufacturer and be given a new one.

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Where did Harry Potter get his owl?

Hedwig was a birthday gift from Rubeus Hagrid who purchased her from Eeylops Owl Emporium in Diagon Alley.

Hagrid is the half-giant, Keeper of Keys & Groundskeeper at Hogwarts.

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What spells did Harry Potter use in his first year?

Harry learns the following spells in the Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone video game:

  • Flipendo & Flipendo Duo - this spell knocks objects over and stuns magical creatures. He learns this spell in his first ever Defense Against the Dark Arts class.
  • Alohomora - This spell unlocks doors. This also appears in the book and movie.
  • Wingardium Leviosa - levitates small objects. Harry learns this in his Charms class. This also appears in the book and movie.
  • Incendio - shrinks spiky bushes and stuns Venemous Tentaculas. Harry learns this in Herbology.
  • Lumos - makes the tip of the wand light up. Harry learns this in his second DADA lesson. This appears in later books.
  • Verdimillius - cast on invisible things to make them appear.
  • Locomotor Mortis - spell used to immobilize enemies. This also appears in the book.
  • Mucus Adnauseam - poisons the enemy with a serious cold. Makes spell use harder for the person hit.
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What four words did Albus Dumbledore say at the welcome feast in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone?

He says: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!

After the feast he warned them that "The Forbidden Forest is out of bounds to everyone. First years must remember this, and it would do a few of our older students some good to remember this too. Secondly, the Third Floor Corridor is out of bounds to all who do not wish to die a most painful death."

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What are the moral lessons of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone?

  • Don't always want, always wish in your heart.
  • Don't judge a book by it's cover.
  • Stand up for what is right, even if you stand alone.
  • Actions have consequences
  • Stay true to your friends
  • Don't dwell on dreams
  • Never give up
  • Don't be greedy
  • Good always triumphs over evil
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Why did Emily Dale only play Katie Bell in the first two Harry Potter movies?

Katie Bell was only given a minor role in the first few films and it is possible that Emily Dale was only a named extra. Katie Bell was not in the following three movies so when the time came for the role to be cast for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, they decided to recast the role.

This might be because Emily Dale was unavailable or because the casting directors wanted somebody else.

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What did Harry Potter chase in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone?

During his Flying lesson, Harry chased Draco Malfoy to retrieve Neville Longbottom's remembrall. This led to him becoming seeker on the Gryffindor Quidditch team where he had to catch the Golden Snitch.

After escaping Fluffy and Devil's Snare. Harry (along with Ron and Hermione) tried to chase a flying key with a broken wing while being chased by a lot of other flying keys.

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What breed of dog is Fluffy in Harry Potter?

Fluffy is a three-headed dog. In Greek and Roman mythology they are often called hellhounds. The chief hell hound in mythology is called Cerbeus.

In the movie, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,Fluffy was based on a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

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What Christmas gifts did Harry Potter receive during his first year at Hogwarts?

  • 50p from the Dursleys
  • A wooden flute from Hagrid
  • Fudge and a jumper from Mrs. Weasley
  • Chocolate frogs from Hermione
  • The invisibility cloak from Dumbledore (although he didn't know who it was from at the time)
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What is the name of the three headed dog in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone?

Fluffy

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How many words are in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone?

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone by J.K. Rowling has 76,944 words. There are seventeen chapters in the book and 223 pages (UK edition).

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How many pages are in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone?

309 Pages -- Scholastic First American Hardcover Edition (October 1998)

309 Pages -- Arthur A. Levine Books Library Edition (November 2003)

320 Pages -- Scholastic Trade Collectors Edition (November 2000)

320 Pages -- Scholastic 10th Anniversary Edition (September 2008)

320 Pages -- Scholastic Paperback Edition (September 1999)

422 Pages -- Thorndike Press Large Print Edition (November 1999)

Note: Philosopher's Stone (UK) has 223 pages. However, this question is about Sorcerer's Stone (US) specifically, which does not contain 223 pages.
The paperback edition has 309 pages .

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What date did Harry Potter get his Hogwarts letter?

Harry finally received his Hogwarts letter on the 31st July 1991, his eleventh birthday.

The first letter arrived about a week and a half previously. At first the Dursleys moved his bedroom, then Vernon took to sleeping on the doormat. When the letters still arrived he nailed the door shut, but they appeared through other means so Vernon sealed the entire house.


On the Sunday, the letters came through the fireplace. Vernon then took them to a hotel for a night - where they showed up the next morning, before finally taking them to the hut.

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What is the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone called?

The first chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is titled 'The Boy Who Lived'.

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What Gringotts vault once held the philosopher's stone?

Vault 713.

It was broken into on the 31st July 1991 (Harry's 11th birthday) by Professor Quirrell and Lord Voldemort. However as this was after Hagrid had emptied the vault the theft was unsuccessful.

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What is the resolution of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone?

Professor Quirrell dies and Harry stops Lord Voldemort from getting the stone and returning to power. Albus Dumbledore and Nicolas Flamel then discuss the situation and agree that the best course of action is the destroy the philosopher's stone. That was cannot be stolen and used by Voldemort in future.

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Does the movie Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone have any curse words in it?

No, the closest thing they have to profanity is the word "mudblood" which is unique to the Harry Potter universe. It is a derogatory word used to describe someone raised by a non-magical family. It is treated almost like a racial slur, and people are highly offended when someone says it.

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What is the first line of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone?

The first line of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is:

"Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you'd expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn't hold with such nonsense."

And the first line in the film is from Albus Dumbledore to a cat:

"I should have known that you would be here... Professor McGonagall."

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What is the title of the first Harry Potter book?

The first Harry Potter book (and movie) is called Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

In America and a few other countries the title was changed to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone because the American publisher believed American children would not know what a Philosopher was and Sorcerer sounded more exciting.

J.K Rowling later stated that she regrets allowing the change and had see been in a stronger position at the time she would have fought against it.

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How old was Dani Harmer when she was Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone?

Dani Harmer was eleven years old during filming and twelve when the movie was released. Harmer appeared as an extra in the movies.

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How do you beat Lord Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone for PlayStation 2?


The above video contains a walkthrough showing you how to defeat Lord Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stonefor PlayStation 2.


Walkthroughs for other platforms are also available.

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What is the plot of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone?

Eleven year old Harry Potter just discovered that he is a wizard, a famous one at that. Ten years ago when he was one year old he became the only wizard to ever survive the killing curse and was branded 'The Boy Who Lived'. That same night, the person who attempted to kill him - Lord Voldemort an evil wizard bent on killing all muggles so that wizards can rule the world - disappeared.

Lord Voldemort is attempting to return to power by stealing the Philosopher's Stone and Harry, aided by his two best friend Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, are the only ones who can stop him.

Harry also has to try and fit in at his new school and live up to being famous for something he didn't even know had happened.

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