Tag Archive: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter Fact #174


Hahahah! It’s so fitting that Fred and George would be the ones to do this. Excuse me while I go read Sorcerer’s Stone again and laugh my ass off.


Believe it or not, even though this is just the first book, it was kinda hard to narrow it down to just 3. Here are mine, in no particular order:

1. When Hagrid comes to collect Harry from the little rock in the middle of nowhere the Dursleys have taken him to. This is such an amazing scene for a lot of reasons. Harry and Hagrid begin a deep and beautiful relationship with this meeting if you think about it. Jo said in an interview that the only thing she knew for sure about the ending of the last book is that Hagrid would walk out of the Forbidden Forest carrying Harry in his arms. He’s the one who rescues baby Harry from the ruins of his parents’ home in Godric’s Hollow, takes him away from the Dursleys after 10 full years of misery, brings him into Hogwarts for the first time, takes him away from the Dursleys again in the beginning of Deathly Hallows….And of course, this is when Harry gets the news that he is a wizard. Hagrid giving Dudley the pig’s tail doesn’t hurt either! 🙂

2. When Harry looks into the Mirror of Erised and sees himself surrounded by his family. I’m choosing this vision instead of when he sees himself holding the Sorcerer’s Stone because the former is the one that haunts him throughout the rest of the series. What he sees in that mirror remains his greatest strength as he grows up and fulfills his destiny, even though there are so many times later on where it’s tested. It was also a very personal moment for me as a young kid reading this book.

3. When Hermione, Ron, and Harry defeat the troll in the girls’ bathroom and Hermione takes the blame by saying that she went looking for the troll, and the boys were just trying to help her. The reason Hermione was there (and unaware of the troll) in the first place is because of a mean comment Ron made about her earlier, but when the three of them are caught with the smoking wand (so to speak), they forget everything else and just protect each other. This is when the friendships within the trio are cemented, and in hindsight, a clear metaphor for the journey they embark on together. It was such a wonderful scene in the movie. Made me feel warm and fuzzy inside, despite all the troll snot and destruction.

Runners-up: Harry killing Quirrell-Voldemort with his bare hands, Snape saving him from being thrown off his broom in his first Quidditch match.

What do you think? Agree/disagree?