what three creatures from traditional tales that are paralleled in "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" and explain how they function in terms of advancing plot and/or characterization. Why has Rowling included these elements in the story?
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The dog Fluffy which guards the trapdoor at Hogwarts School resembles Cerberus, the three-heads dog and guardian of the underworld of Greek mythology.
I think warewolves and dragons are mentioned too which are in standard European myth traditions.