5 Things I Noticed While Re-Reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

I didn’t anticipate discussing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone again.  Re-reading it now, with the entire series completed, the movies finished, and completely new content coming out has made me aware of things in a new way.

Here are 5 things I took away from re-reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone:

  1. The movie skips over the second Gryffindor Quidditch Match of the year.  Snape is the referee and everyone is upset because he is completely biased against Gryffindor.  I think many people didn’t understand the deeper meaning of Snape protecting Harry.  Dumbledore explains Snape’s debt to James as the reason.  It isn’t until the final book that we understand the true reason.
  2. At the same match, Neville, Ron, and Malfoy get into a fight because Malfoy is picking on Neville.  I forgot that Neville does stand up to people more than just the one time.  Also, I figured out how it can play into my fan fiction.  WHAT!?
  3. I love the extended Norbert the dragon content!  I always wished the movie had done that instead of some other scenes.
  4. Directly related to that- it was Neville who gets caught with Harry, Hermione, and Draco when the dragon is released.  The movie put Ron in the place, but I like it with Neville better.
  5. Peeves!  I know why he was left out of the movies (even though they cast and filmed some stuff).  I just adore him.

Quirrell quote

Side note, our main villain suggests there is no good or evil, just power.  This is a common idea among villains and they aren’t entirely wrong.  When good and evil are subjective, it becomes difficult to define what makes something evil.  Even the villain is the hero in his or her own story.  I have always felt, and I think we see this to be true through the series, that intent is a huge factor in deciding what is good and what is evil.  That Voldemort doesn’t know love is important because he can’t act out of love, even when he acts wrong. I believe that Rowling has created such well developed characters because she understands this.  She knows her characters motivations and what it drives them to do.  I often wish more villains were that well developed.  I always hope, when I write, that my villains have a reason to have turned against people.

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