Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone


My Reading Notes

February 21, 2009

Put-Outer – This was called the Deluminator in Book 7, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Dumbledore left it to Ron in his will and that’s how Ron found out where Harry and Hermione were after he left the two.

First mention of Godric’s Hollow. This is where the Potters lived. Harry went here in Book 7.

Hagrid carried Harry in his arms when he brought him to Privet Drive when he was a baby. Voldemort told Hagrid to carry Harry’s body when they thought he was dead in Book 7. Hagrid carried him from the Forest to Hogwarts.

Hagrid came to Privet Drive in Sirius’ bike. This was also where he and Harry rode on their escape from Privet Drive to Tonk’s residence in Book 7.

Dumbledore had blue eyes. Harry’s were green.

Harry talked to the snake.

Harry’s parents: James Potter and Lily Potter

Harry looked a lot like his dad but he got his mum’s eyes.

The Dursleys: Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia (Lily’s sister), Dudley.

Albus Dumbledore – Headmaster at Hogwarts.

Minerva McGonagall – Deputy Headmistress.

Rubeus Hagrid – Keeper of Keys and Grounds.

Muggle – non-magic folk.

Dumbledore was the only one Voldemort was afraid of at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Gringotts – wizards’ bank run by goblins.

The Daily Prophet – wizards’ newspaper.

Cornelius Fudge – Minister of Magic.

Ministry of Magic – main job is to keep it from muggles that there’s still witches and wizards.

Leaky Cauldron – a grubby-looking pub.

Griphook – the goblin at Gringotts who took Harry and Hagrid to the vaults.

Madam Malkin Robes for All Occasions.

Flourish and Blotts – bookstore.

Ollivander – wandmaker.

“It’s the wand that chooses the wizard.”

Harry’s wand – made from holly and phoenix.

Hedwig – Harry’s snowy owl. He found he name in “A History of Magic.”

King’s Cross Station, Platform Nine and ¾, scarlet steam engine, The Hogwart’s Express, September 1, 11:00 a.m.

The Weasleys – red hair, freckles, second hand clothes:

Arthur and Molly – the parents
1. Bill – was head boy, was in Africa doing something for Gringotts.
2. Charlie – was captain of Quidditch, studying about Dragons in Romania.
3. Percy – a prefect.
4. Fred – twins, mess around a lot, funny
5. George – twins, but still got good marks
6. Ron – got Bill’s old robes, Charlie’s old wand, Percy’s old rat.
7. Ginny – the youngest

Scabbers – Ron’s old rat.

The twins were the first ones to recognize Harry at King’s Cross Station.

Harry – small and skinny for his age, wore his cousin’s old clothes. Dudley was four times bigger than he was. He had a thin face, knobbly knees, black hair and bright green eyes. He wore round glasses held together with a lot of Sellotape because of all the times Dudley had punched him on the nose. He had a very thin scar on his forehead which was shaped like a bolt of lightning.

Ron Weasley – tall, thin and gangly, with freckles, big hands and feet and a long nose.

Hermione Granger – had a bossy sort of voice, lots of bushy brown hair and rather large front teeth.

Neville Longbottom – a round-faced boy. He kept losing his toad.

Draco Malfoy – a boy with a pale, pointed face, had a bored, drawling voice.

Rubeus Hagrid – a giant of a man, with a long shaggy mane of hair and a wild, tangled beard, his eyes glinting like black beetles.

Seamus Finnigan – sandy-haired boy.

Professor Severus Snape – had greasy black hair, a hooked nose and sallow skin.

The Sorting Hat – a pointed wizard’s hat, patched and frayed and extremely dirty, had a rip near the brim for a mouth.

The four houses of Hogwarts:
1. Gryffindor – brave, daring, chivalry.
2. Hufflepuff – just and loyal, patient.
3. Ravenclaw – wise.
4. Slytherin – cunning.

Nearly Headless Nick – resident ghost of Gryffindor tower, Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington.

Bloody Baron – the Slytherin ghost.

Peeves – a poltergeist.

Portrait of a Fat Lady hung at the entrance of the Gryffindor common room.

Argus Filch – caretaker.

Mrs. Norris – Filch’s cat, scrawny, dust-coloured, with bulging, lamplike eyes.

Professor Sprout –Herbology teacher, a dumpy little witch.

Professor Binns – History of Magic teacher, only ghost who taught.

Professor Flitwick – Charms teacher, tiny little wizard who had to stand on a pile of books to see over his desk.

Professor McGonagall – Transfiguration teacher, strict and clever, Head of Gryffindor House.

Professor Quirell – Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, wore a turban, stuttered.

Professor Severus Snape – Potions teacher, Head of Slytherin House.

First mention of bezoar in Potions class.

Bezoar is a stone taken from the stomach of a goat and it will save you from most poisons. In Book 6, Harry thought of the bezoar and gave it to Ron when he accidentally drunk poison. This is the same bezoar that earned Harry the Felix Felicis from Professor Slughorn.

Fang – Hagrid’s enormous black boarhound.

Remembrall – a glass ball the size of a large marble. It tells you if there’s something you’ve forgotten to do. You hold it tight and if it turns red, that means you’ve forgotten something.

Madam Hooch – Flying teacher, had short grey hair and yellow eyes like a hawk.

Oliver Wood – captain of Gryffindor Quidditch team.

Harry’s roommates: Ron, Neville, Seamus, Dean.

Nimbus 2000 – Harry’s first broomstick, given by Professor McGonagall.

Quidditch – wizard sport, like football played up in the air on broomsticks and there were four balls. The game is explained on page 124.

The balls in the game of Quidditch:

Quaffle – a bright red ball the size of a football

Bludgers – two identical balls, jet black and slightly smaller than the Quaffle. The bludgers rocket around trying to knock players off their brooms.

Snitch – a tiny ball about the size of a large walnut, bright gold and has little fluttering wings.

7 Players on each side:

3 Chasers – throw the Quaffle to each other and try and get it through one of the three hoops. 10 points.
1 Keeper – flies around the hoops and stops the other team from scoring.
2 Beaters – protect their side from the Bludgers and try and knock them towards the other team.
1 Seeker – catches the Snitch.

Whichever Seeker catches the Snitch wins his team an extra 150 points. A game of Quiddich only ends when the Snitch is caught.

Wingardium Leviosa – the spell to make objects fly.

Alohomora – the spell used to open a locked door.

Ron and Hermione – the unlikely pair. She, the genius, and he would copy Harry’s homework which have been corrected by Hermione. There was a time when the two boys weren’t talking to her at the beginning of their first year at Hogwarts, but after the two boys saved her from the troll in the girls’ bathroom, and she lied to Professor McGonagall to get the two out of trouble, they became friends.

The Gryffindor Quidditch team:

Captain and Keeper – Oliver Wood
Chasers: Angelina Johnson, Katie Bell, Alicia Spinnet (Alicia was mentioned only in Book 2)
Beaters: Fred and George Weasley
Seeker: Harry Potter

Lee Jordan – the commentator

Fluffy – the three-headed dog guarding the trap-door.

Madam Pince – the librarian.

Hermione’s parents were dentists.

Invisibility Cloak – Dumbledore’s Christmas present to Harry.

The Mirror of Erised – the inscription said (backwards)”

“I show not your face but your heart’s desire.” Erised is desire spelled backwards.

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live,” Dumbledore said to Harry.

Nicolas Flamel – only known maker of the Philosopher’s Stone, a stone that transforms any metal into pure gold and produces the Elixir of Life, which will make the drinker immortal. Nicolas was 665 years old.

Whenever Harry would run into Snape after he had found out about the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry would have the horrible feeling that Snape could read minds. It was true because Snape was a very good Occlumens.

Locomotor Mortis – the leg locker curse. It makes your legs get stuck together.

Norbert – Hagrid’s dragon, the Norwegian ridgeback.

Centaur – half man, half horse; They’re stargazers.

Ronan – centaur with red hair and beard and tail, chestnut body.

Bane – black-haired and bodied centaur.

Firenze – a centaur with white-blond hair and a palomino body and had astonishing blue eyes, like sapphires.

The blood of the unicorn will keep you alive, even if you are on in from death, but at a terrible price. You have slain something pure and defenseless to save yourself and you will have but a half life, a cursed life, from the moment the blood touches your lips.

It was Voldemort who had slain the unicorn and was drinking its silver blood.

Hog’s Head – the pub down in the village.

Petrificus Totalus – the spell that makes one’s body stiff and rigid that they can’t move. It is the full Body-Bind spell.

It was Quirrell who tried to kill Harry at the Quidditch match and it wasn’t Snape, who was actually muttering a counter curse to save him.

Quirrell was working with Voldemort, who lived at the back of Quirrell’s head. It was Quirrell who was drinking the unicorn blood to strengthen Voldemort.

Madam Pomfrey – the nurse in the hospital wing.

Witches and wizards call Voldemort You-Know-Who, but Dumbledore said to Harry:

“Call him Voldemort, Harry. Always use the proper name for things. Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.”

Dumbledore on Nicolas Flamel and destroying the Philosopher’s Stone:

“To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure. The Stone was really not such a wonderful thing, as much money and life as you could want! The two things most human beings would choose above all – the trouble is, humans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things which are worst for them. (Page 215)

Devil’s Snare – has snakelife tendrils that wrap around your body. It likes the dark and the damp.

For seven years, Slytherin has won the House Cup, but thanks to Harry, he’s helped the Gryffindor team win two games and win points for their house.

Slytherin – green and silver, serpent.

Gryffindor – scarlet and gold, lion.



1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Samantha Clemens  |  January 4, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Very interesting, some of the analysis I hadn’t noticed but is now very clear


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