“It was only 5 months ago when I read the books for the first time but I’d seen all the movies. I was what you’d call ‘marathoning’ Harry Potter. It was soo much fun I had to do it again.”
Chapter 1- The Boy Who Lived
Not much is said in the first chapter about what happened on the night James and Lily Potter were killed because J.K. Rowling didn’t want to give too much away. Voldemort attempted to shoot the boy because he’d heard about a prophecy in which (we will find out about later), but the killing curse backfired on him and left a terrible scar on Harry’s forehead.
Dumbledore used his Deluminator to darken Privet Drive on the night Harry was brought to live with the Dursleys. His Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon and cousin Dudley are all the family Harry’s got left so. Dumbledore leaves him on their doorstep. Things would’ve been a lot worse for Harry if he’d gone to live with James Potter’s closest friend, Sirius Black, I think.
Chapter 2- The Vanishing Glass – 10 Years Later.
Harry goes to the zoo in celebration of Dudley’s birthday. While they were looking at a snake behind a glass window, Harry begins talking to it and Dudley gets annoyed, shoving Harry away. Suddenly the window disappears, and Dudley is standing behind the glass in the snake’s cage.
Chapter 3- The Letters From No One
The Dursley’s wouldn’t let Harry get his letter saying that he was accepted into Hogwarts as they wouldn’t allow him to go, but letters kept coming in through the fireplace and mail slot until the whole room was full of messages.
Chapter 4- The Keeper of the Keys
Rubeus Hagrid is the Keeper of the keys. I love how for the first time someone sticks up for Harry. Knowing that Hagrid is protective of Harry is what makes me like him. I relish seeing the Dursley’s backed in a corner on account of not treating Harry properly.They’ve done Harry injustice by keeping his real identity a secret, and now all of it comes out, and the Dursley’s are furious!
Harry is shocked to hear he is a wizard and even thinks Hagrid made a mistake. After he thinks about all the times when he got into trouble, like the Boa at the zoo and his hair growing back overnight, he realizes he might be a wizard after all.
Chapter 5- Diagon Alley
The experience Harry had with Hagrid felt like a dream, and he didn’t want to wake up. Lucky for him it wasn’t a dream. The next morning he was awakened by an owl with the Daily Prophet newspaper. Today they had to go shopping for the items on his school list. Such things can only be found in the wizarding world of shops known as Diagon Alley. First stop was Gringotts. The wizard bank run by Goblins. Here Harry finds he has more money than he ever knew he had! It meant Harry was financially secure and able to afford the things he needed. If only he had his parents to take care of him *sigh. While Harry and Hagrid were in the Leaky Cauldron, they meet Professor Quirrell who teaches defense against the dark arts at Hogwarts and that Harry will probably have as a teacher. There were many others who knew ‘of’ Harry as the great boy who lived. While Harry was in Madam Malkin’s shop, he ran into Draco Malfoy. This was the first, and only time Draco was even friendly but rather still stuck up. Harry felt stupid about not knowing what Quidditch or Hufflepuff was. They visit Ollivander’s to buy a wand. According to Mr. Olivander, the wand chooses the wizard, and sure enough, his wand happened to be Holly and phoenix feather, eleven inches whose brother gave him his scar. Be that as it may, Voldemort and Harry are connected not only by the scar on his forehead but by their wands.
Chapter 6- The Journey From Platform Nine and Three Quarters.
Harry names his Owl Hedwig. This chapter is all about the first train ride Harry has ever been on that will take him to Hogwarts School of Wizardry. He makes platform nine and three-quarters with the help of the Weasley’s and arrives safely at Hogsmeade station where the first years travel by boat to Hogwarts.
Chapter 7 – The Sorting Hat
Harry is put in the House of Gryffindor along with Hermione and Ron and others like Draco Malfoy who knew he would be in the House of Slytherin. Neville Longbottom is also a cool Gryffindor kid.
Chapter 8 – The Potions Master
Snape gets on Harry’s case about not knowing his potions enough.
Chapter 9 – The Midnight Duel
Harry gets into a fight with Draco over Neville’s Remembrall and ends up being the new Seeker in Quidditch. Thanks to Draco, Harry gets a new Nimbus 2000 broomstick, and a jealous Draco challenges Harry to a wizard duel but instead Harry, Ron and Hermione encounter a three-headed dog.
Chapter 10 – Hallowe’en
Hermione is locked in the girl’s bathroom with a Giant Troll. She was in there crying during the Halloween feast because of something Ron had said, but she gets rescued by Harry and Ron.
“But from that moment on, Hermione Granger became their friend. There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.”
Chapter 11- Quidditch
Harry almost gets killed in his first game of Quidditch. Hermione blames Snape as the one responsible for putting a spell on Harry’s game. However, we learn Snape was only trying to save him, and the actual culprit is revealed later
Chapter 12- The Mirror of Erised
Chapter 13- Nicolas Flamel
Neville gets a leg-locking curse put on him by Draco. Harry discovers who Nicolas Flamel is a Chocolate Frog card. Hermione did some research and came up with something she borrowed from the library that states:
The ancient study of alchemy is concerned with making the Philosopher’s Stone, a legendary substance with astonishing powers. The stone will transform any meal into pure gold. also produces the Elixir of Life, which will make the drinker immortal. There have been many reports of the Philosopher’s Stone over the centuries, but the only Stone currently in existence belongs to Mr Nicolas Flamel, who celebrated his six hundred and sixty-fifth birthday last year, enjoys a quiet life in Devon with his wife, Perenelle (six hundred and fifty-eight.)
Harry wins the Quidditch game against Hufflepuff.
Chapter 14- Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback
– studying for final exam Harry, Ron and Hermione run into Hagrid in the library who asks them to see him later.
– While drinking tea with Hagrid they discuss Fluffy the three-headed dog and how to get past him. The philosophers stone is mentioned, and Hagrid shows them his dragon egg. His emotional attachment to such creatures is a bit embarrassing. Draco meanwhile was spying on them and sees the dragon hatch.
“I tell you, that dragon’s the most horrible animal I’ve ever met, but the way Hagrid goes on about it, you’d think it was a fluffy little bunny rabbit.” – Ron Weasley
He named it Norbert but the care and feeding of it got too much, not to mention it was against wizard law, so they had to do something about it. They decide to get Charlie to take him. The night Charlie’s friends took Norbert away they were caught by Mr. Filch.
Chapter 15- The Forbidden Forest
50 points each taken from Gryffindor = 150 points lost for being in the astronomy tower at 1 o’clock in the morning.
Draco, Neville, Harry, and Hermione are punished, and for that, they had to find the Unicorn who’s been hurt in the Dark Forest. Someone has been eating its blood. Hagrid led them into the forest where they encounter Ronan and Bane the Centaurs.
The Unicorn was dead, and they saw a cloaked figure drinking its blood. Harry felt pain in his scar and before the cloaked figure could attack, Firenze, another Centaur, ran it off. The Centaurs knew exactly what was going on, but Firenze had to explain it to Harry. It was Voldemort who was trying to gain life and strength, and he was after the Philosopher’s Stone.
-When Harry gets back to his dorm room, someone had left his invisibility cloak folded on his bed with a note saying: “Just in case.”
Chapter 16: Through the Trapdoor
Studying for final exams, Harry thinks he has to get to the Philosopher’s Stone before Snape gives it to Voldemort. It means they have to get past not only Fluffy but Neville, Mrs. McGonagall and Peeves and anybody else who stood in their way. Hermione uses a Petrificus Totalus spell (body-binding curse) on Neville, and they trick Peeves into thinking they are the Bloody Barron. Keeping the cloak of invisibility on they creep through the corridor and open the chamber where Fluffy stood over a trap door.
Hagrid accidentally tells them how to get past Fluffy, so they play the flute to keep the dog asleep before they all jump through the trapdoor landing in some plant vines. Thanks to Hermione’s smart thinking she remembers how to get free of what is the Devil’s Snare. Harry leant his Quidditch keeper skills to get a key from a flock of birds by flying on a broomstick. They unlock the door to the next chamber and find themselves standing on a huge chessboard. Being that Ron was good at chess, he takes the reigns of the black knight and directs Harry and Hermione at playing wizard chest. They win the game and pass through the next chamber only to find a dead troll. In the next room, they had to decipher a puzzle, having to do with potions. Again Hermione gets them safely through because she uses her logic skills. Friendship and bravery are present in both Hermione and Harry, but they agree Harry was to face the last chamber alone.
Chapter 17: The Man with Two Faces
Standing in front of the Mirror of Erised was a man wearing a turban. He had two faces, and Harry recognizes him as Professor Quirrel. It was Voldemort who took possession of him. But they couldn’t get the stone because of the enchantment spell Dumbledore placed on it. Only Harry could. Suffice it to say Voldemort did not get the rock, and Harry incinerates Quirrel with his bare hands before he passes out. He wakes up in the hospital three days later. Dumbledore explains things as best he could and with the end of the first year behind him, Harry and his friends are back together, and Gryffindor wins the house cup with the most points. At the end of The Philosopher’s Stone Harry goes back to the Dursleys but his home is at Hogwarts. To hear him say he’s going to have fun with Dudley was more like sarcasm.
I hope you all enjoyed reading The Philosopher’s Stone again. I did. Now go and treat yourself to the movie!