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What I Learned from … Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone

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Whether you call it Philosophers Stone or Scorers Stone – Harry Potter and the [preferred adjective] stone is a beautiful book – in my opinion – that brilliantly sets up an amazing series that has definatly changed the lifes of many children and adults globally. I was definitely one of them. I vividly remember the day that my mum had finished the series and told me I had to start reading them. So I took the first book on our annual Hunstanton trip and could not put it down. I remember going through the series so quickly and crying near the end because I knew there wouldn’t be more to read.

Since Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone was published on the 26th June 1997, it is the 20th anniversary of it’s release! And to mark this milestone I thought I’d break down what the first book in this series taught me as I grew up. I hope you enjoy …

This post does contain SPOILERS of the first book but if you haven’t gotten to the reveal of the first book then where have you been the last 20 years? 😀

Rather than split the book up into many life lessons (which is possible because there are LOADS) I thought I’d talk a bit about what I’d class as the main moral of the first book …


Assumptions

The book is based on the consequences of assumptions. Harry assumes that Snape is the one trying to steal the Philosophers Stone due to the fact that he’s a dark wizard, mysterious and has a classroom in a basement where he constantly picks on Harry Potter. Some fair assumptions – you could say – but when Snape was the one protecting Harry all along it makes you wonder what would have happened if Harry would have delved deeper in Snape’s history. A boring series, that’s what would have happened.

Right from when Professor Quirrell is introduced, in Diagon Alley, the readers and Harry assume that he’s an innocent character due to his stutter, lack of dark attitude and overall morality however this all plays a part in the twist of Quirrell hiding Voldemort the whole time.

This book teaches us not to assume things about people because often there hiding something whether that’s Snape hiding his past with Lily or Quirrell hiding his plans with He Who Must Not be Named.

However assumptions can be a good thing, as taught in the book too, when Draco asked If Harry wanted to be friends Harry saw the rudeness that Draco had portrayed, his evil manner and sense of selfishness and swiftly denied the offer.

Conclusion: The point is that were constantly judging other people. We’re human. It’s what we do. It stems back from our survival days and even in the modern day we need to protect ourselves by judging other people – whether we should take up their offer, hang around with them etc. And this book beautifully teaches that it’s okay to assume things but not to base our actions and speech on these assumptions because we should explore other people because they may be hiding something. This probably won’t be a dark lord under there turban but often something in their past that has changed how they act.


Oh and of course, the Philosophers Stone taught me these lessons as well …

Always run into brick walls in case they lead to Platform 9 ¾ …

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Never ignore a letter marked from School …

2

Post CAN come on Sunday …

3

Always greet cats, especially with markings around the eyes …

4

Swish and Flick your wand for great effect …

5

Always give Fat Ladies your passwords …

6

Standing up for yourself will end up in getting frozen …

7

Learn the Enchanted Harp in case of encounter with Three-Headed Dogs …

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I hope you enjoyed this post. What life lessons did the first Harry Potter book teach you? Tell us down below and Happy Tapping!

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3 Comments

  1. Felicia Fancy

    June 27, 2017 at 6:58 am

    Great post Sam 🙂

    I’m really looking forward to any Harry Potter posts that you write!

    I think that The Philosopher’s Stone also teaches us that family doesn’t have to mean your blood relatives. Harry found his family at Hogwarts and I think in real life we often find our family in different places too.

    • That is another great lesson found in the book ♥.
      J.K Rowling manages to create relatable characters that people can project their own experiences on to create there own life lessons from it – it’s absolutely beautiful

  2. Wonderful Potter post 🙂

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