Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Discussion, Chapters 9-17
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Chapters discussed in this thread:
9. The Midnight Duel
12. The Mirror of Erised
13. Nicholas Flamel
14. Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback
15. The Forbidden Forest
16. Through the Trapdoor
17. The Man with Two Faces
We are all glad when Harry gets on the Quidditch team but was it fair? I mean first years don't often get to play at all, and then to get his own broomstick? How would you have felt?
And for Harry making the Quidditch team, if I was just another student (not one of Harry's particular friends), I think I might have thought it seemed a little bit like the staff showing favoritism toward "The Boy Who Lived" -- but I also probably wouldn't care much about Quidditch, either, as I'm hopeless at sports!
But then again, I'm just a fan. Actually, it might have been fun to have put in a rival for Harry within Gryffindor who resented his BMOC status. I guess Jo felt Malfoy was enough.
Some students from the other houses may think that it is unfair, but (apart from Malfoy, Crabbe and Goyle) they don't play much of a role in the first book (some are mentioned by name but not much more), so if there is any resentment against Harry, JKR probably didn't think it important enough to mention it.
#8: I think this might have been a case of JKR knowing the story hindering things a little bit. By which I mean that I think she knew the important role Neville would be playing in the future and she was trying to establish a link between him and threesome in this book, but you're right, he's not needed here, the Forbidden Forrest and the end would have been enough.
ETA: Oh, and the fight at the Quiddich game! I love Neville!
You're right, but the whole duel thing is really unnecessary to the plot, except it does develop the characters and cements their roles. Harry is his typical rule-breaking-for-no-good-reason self, Ron is the loyal friend, Hermione is her usual don't-break-the-rules self, Neville is the bumbling forgetful sidekick and Draco is hatching his usual plot to get Harry in trouble.
Ron is so wonderful in this book. Between resisting returning to the Mirror and encouraging Harry to do the same and sacrificing himself in chess he really proves himself to be a great person and friend. Harry is a lucky kid.
I really wish the movie had left the lines for Harry, Ron, and Hermione a little closer to the book when the boys are stuck in Devil's Snare. It's so much better when Hermione loses her head for a second.
This first conversation of Harry and Dumbledore remains one of my favorite parts of the series. And how awesome that this first question Harry asks isn't addressed again until book 5! 5!!! I wish I had such planning skills! Just one of those little things that set these books apart.
I remember the first time reading this being surprised that Quirrell was the villain. I wasn't convinced it was Snape because that seemed too obvious a choice but I didn't expect it to be Quirrell. The fact that I didn't expect it made me so ready to read the next one and figure it out before the end because it's a rare book that keeps me guessing. Another attribute that makes me love the books!