Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone Guide Part 2


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Last week, we looked at the important characters that come into play in Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone, and those that will be important in the upcoming books. Today, I’m going to take you on a brief (hopefully!) trip through the places that are important during the first book. I’ll also throw in a few extras that will come into play.

If you have questions or see things I’ve missed (or want to elaborate on something) just comment away! I’d love to hear from you.

I forgot to mention in my first guide that The Sorcerer’s Stone is the American title for the first book – those of us reading the British copies are reading The Philosopher’s Stone. For this guide, I’ll be referring to the book as The Sorcerer’s Stone – but don’t worry! I’ve read both versions, and the same important principles apply.

Onward!

In Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone, there are several places that Harry and his pals visit throughout the film. I’ll go in chronological order (and will avoid spoilers).

Number 4 Privet Drive: This is where Harry Potter is left as a teeny baby after his parent’s death. It is the home of his aunt and uncle – Petunia and Vernon. Harry was left on the Dursle’s doorstep by Dumbledore, without knowing that he was a wizard. While Harry is treated horribly by the Dursley’s, Privet Drive is his home. that is until he finds himself at Hogwarts.

Diagon Alley: After Hagrid finds Harry and they begin their journey into the Wizard World, Hagrid brings Harry to Diagon Alley – the best place to find all your wizarding supplies!

With stores like Florish and Blotts, Ollivander’s Wand Shop, and Quality Quidditch Supplies, there isn’t a better place to get your Hogwarts supplies! Diagon Alley is also the home to Gringotts Bank – the Wizard bank run entirely by Goblins. It’s here, in vault 713, that Hagrid removes the mysteries package on his first visit with Harry.

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry: This is going to be a long one, so buckle in. Hogwarts is one of the schools in the world for training young witches and wizards. If you remember from last week, Albus Dumbledore is the headmaster, and the most powerful wizard around.

Hogarts is divided into four houses: Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, and Ravenclaw. Each student is sorted into their house in their first year by the Hogwarts sorting hat – a wizard hat that can see inside your head and place you in the house most appropriate with your personality.

That being said, each house has special traits that they prefer their students to have. The houses originated from the first four founders or Hogwarts, and are so named for the original professors (We’ll go more into that at a later date).

In a nutshell – Gryffindor (the lion) looks for heroes, and those of true heart. Ravenclaw’s (the eagle) are the smarty-pants of Hogwarts (GO RAVENCLAW! WHOOOOT!), Hufflepuff (the badger) are those that are loyal and just, and Slytherins (the snake)… well, Slytherins are just bad news. There was never a dark witch or wizard that did not come from the Slytherin house in Hogwarts. In fact, You-Know-Who himself was a student in the Syltherin house.

Good deeds gain house points, and stepping out of line will result in the subtraction of house points. Whatever house has the most points at the end of term earns the house cup. Totals of the points (which are awarded and removed by Professors, Prefects, and the Head Boy and Girl) are found in the Great Hall. Each house has an hourglass filled with their house colors.

Hogwarts quickly becomes Harry’s home; much more than Privet drive ever was. I could probably go on for AGES talking about Hogwarts, but I’ll stop here for now. Look for more in the upcoming Chamber of Secrets guide!

The Forbidden Forest: Pretty much everything that needs to be know about the Forbidden Forest is in its name. It’s forbidden for a reason; but also holds many interesting creatures – most of which are friends with Hagrid.

Quidditch: Quidditch is the only sport in the wizard world. Played in the air on broomsticks, Quidditch is sort of like basketball. There are 4 balls – the red quaffle which scores the points, the black bludgers which try to knock the players off of their brooms, and the tiny golden snitch. When a player catches the snitch, the game is over.

The Quidditch positions are: 1 Keeper (guards the three hoops to keep the quaffle out), 2 Beaters (uses a bat to knock the bludgers towards the other team and away from theirs) 3 Chasers (they try to score with the quaffle), and 1 Seeker. It is the Seeker’s job to find the Golden Snitch and end the game. Harry is the seeker for Gryffindor – and is the youngest Hogwarts player in a century.

PHEW!! Okay, so now we’ve got places, characters, and Quidditch under control. I could go into detail about spells, and magical objects, but I think that’s more of a “wrapping up” the first film type article.

I’m sure you’re completely overloaded, but thanks for sticking with me until the very end! If you have questions, or just want to discuss the fantastic world of Harry Potter – feel free to comment below!

We also look forward to hearing your thoughts about Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone! Make sure to come back to Daemon’s Books on February 1st to share your links and comments.

See you all in Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets!

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