WARNING! This includes spoilers for the whole Harry Potter series.

 

  • Why was Harry only returned to the Dursleys a day after the attack?

Here’s the timeline:

The evening of the 31st of October: you-know-who tries to kill Harry

The morning of the 1st of November: Vernon Dursley goes to work, notices strange men in cloaks celebrating

The evening of the 1st of November: Hagrid brings Harry to Privet Drive

 

Why did the journey take a whole day?

Image result for hagrid and baby harry

 

  • During the Second Wizarding War, there was a taboo on voldemort’s name. A lot of people think that the reason why a lot of people were scared to speak his name out loud in the books was that the taboo already existed during the First Wizarding War, which is the only explanation that really makes sense. Why, then, does Dumbledore tell McGonagall “”My dear Professor, surely a sensible person like yourself can call him by his name? All this ‘You- Know-Who’ nonsense — for eleven years I have been trying to persuade people to call him by his proper name.”

Image result for dumbledore and mcgonagall privet drive

 

  • Dumbledore knew even then that Harry’s scar would come in useful.

“Couldn’t you do something about it, Dumbledore?”

“Even if I could, I wouldn’t. Scars can come in handy.”

 

  • Dumbledore’s and Sirius’ deaths were foreshadowed like crazy while Fred’s wasn’t at all

 

  • There are so many hints at future characters and events in the second chapter- Mrs. Figg, Mr. Tibbles, Aunt Marge, parseltongue etc.

Image result for mrs. figg

  • How did James ever become Head Boy? It’s so inconsistent with everything we’ve seen about him.

Image result for james potter

 

  • Hagrid gives Dudley a tail even though it’s Vernon who offended him by saying “I AM NOT PAYING FOR SOME CRACKPOT OLD FOOL TO TEACH HIM MAGIC TRICKS!” In fact, Dudley doesn’t say a word throughout the whole scene and doesn’t provoke Hagrid in any way.

 

  • Why did First Years need to buy “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” despite not having “Care of Magical Creatures” until third year?

 

 

Picture Credits:

Hagrid holding Harry: https://pinterest.com/pin/362469469982804799/

Dumbledore and McGonagall: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpYHbdh9yTM

Mrs. Figg: http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Arabella_Figg

James Potter: http://wizardsandwhatnot.com/2017/04/25/james-potter/

These images belong to Warner Bros and are used under the fair use provision of copyright law.

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4 thoughts on “Thoughts I Had While Rereading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone-Part 1

  1. Hi! These are some thought provoking questions you’ve had. Some of them I immediately wanted to answer for you; but as I kept reading your post, I had to take a moment to digest all of it. Now I need the time to stew over all of it. Thanks for sharing. And happy re-reading! 😃

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    1. Yeah, true. I feel like Dumbledore didn’t make Harry a prefect because the ministry would have made a big deal of it and he was trying to spare Harry and himself the backlash. Neville hadn’t quite come out of his shell at that point yet, but I still feel like Dean and Seamus would have been just as capable, if not more so, than Ron.
      To be fair, Dumbledore probably knows that Ron saw himself being head boy in the Mirror of Erised, so that might be why he chose him.

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