the study of how to transform base materials into gold and create the elixir of life. In "Harry Potter," Dumbledore and Nicholas Flamel successfully master the art of alchemy and create the Sorcerer's stone.
a witch or wizard who possesses the magical ability to turn him or herself into an animal. In "Harry Potter," Professor McGonagall is an animagus: she can transform herself into a tabby cat.
a player in the magical sport of Quidditch. Out of each seven-player team, two Beaters attempt to hit Bludgers toward members of the opposing team.
wild or insane
a stone taken from the stomach of a goat; a key ingredient in many magical potions and a cure for most poisons
to be prejudiced against someone or something, often unfairly
a British slang word used to express surprise
a black ball that attempts to knock players off their brooms in the magical sport of Quidditch
a stiff straw hat
a creature with the torso and head of a human and the body and legs of a horse. In "Harry Potter," the Forbidden Forest is populated by several centaurs.
a player in the magical sport of Quidditch. Each of the three Chasers attempts to throw the Quaffle through one of six rings on the opposing team's side.
a small pork sausage
chuckle or laugh
to take with authority
to stretch the neck to allow for better visibility
to shrink or cower, often in fear
a small round bread, similar to a muffin
Daily Prophet, the
the national newspaper for the magical community in England
sulky or annoyed
an attempt to distract another party; often used in terms of warfare
entangle or trap
an individual who demonstrates excessive enthusiasm for a cause, often to the point of insanity
a decorative string, often of flowers or ribbons
steadfast or unwavering
thin or weak
Wizarding money made of gold
lanky or awkwardly tall
to speak unintelligibly
the wizarding bank in London that is run by goblins
one of the four houses at Hogwarts; founded by Godric Gryffindor, who prized courage and daring among his students. In "Harry Potter," Harry, Ron, and Hermione are placed in Gryffindor.
the study of magical herbs and plants. In "Harry Potter," Professor Sprout teaches herbology to Harry's class.
School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, founded by the four great witches and wizards: Godric Gryffindor, Salazar Slytherin, Rowena Ravenclaw, and Helga Hufflepuff. Students begin their schooling at the age of 11 and continue through seven years of rigorous magical training.
a young thug
one of the four houses at Hogwarts; founded by Helga Hufflepuff.
push or bump
a player in the magical sport of Quidditch. The Keeper guards the three rings in order to keep the opposing team from scoring.
a British slang word meaning "sleep"
breeches (or knickers) that gather below the knee
a large ice cream sundae, similar to a parfait
covered with knobs
Wizarding money made of bronze; there are 29 Knuts to a Sickle
an account book
lacking stiffness; lacking energy and force
disfigured or ruined
a type of orange preserve
a plant used for magical potions; also known as wolfsbane
a non-magical person
bewildered or confused
heavily decorated or embellished
a small pie filled with meat, fish, or vegetables
a hard, peppermint-flavored candy
a type of metal alloy, primarily made from tin
a small container or glass; also known as a "vial"
a mythical creature who consumes itself in fire and is reborn in the ashes. In "Harry Potter," Dumbledore has a pet phoenix named Fawkes.
a student in his or her fifth year at Hogwarts who is given additional authority by the head of each house
a ball used to score in the magical sport of Quidditch; the Chaser attempts to throw the Quaffle through the rings on the opposing team's side
a magical sport that is played on broomsticks with seven players on each team (three Chasers, one Keeper, two Beaters, and one Seeker) and four balls (one Quaffle, two Bludgers, and one Golden Snitch). The three Chasers pass the Quaffle and attempt to score in one of the opposing team's six hoops. In the meantime, the Beaters direct the Bludgers to hit members of the opposing team, and the Seeker looks for the Golden Snitch in order to gain an additional 150 points and end the game
one of the four houses at Hogwarts; founded by Rowena Ravenclaw
a magical glass ball that turns red when the holder has forgotten something
unstable or in disrepair
the lowest class of society; worthless
stiff or firm
annoyed or irritated
a player in the magical sport of Quidditch; the Seeker is responsible for catching the Golden Snitch over the course of the match.
Wizarding money made of silver; there are 17 Sickles to a Galleon
one of the four houses at Hogwarts; founded by Salazar Slytherin. In "Harry Potter," many of the malignant characters (such as Voldemort and Draco Malfoy) are members of Slytherin.
a small golden ball with wings that is used in the magical sport of Quidditch; also known as the Golden Snitch. When the Seeker catches the Snitch, he or she ends the match and wins an additional 150 points.
an inadvertent muscle contraction
tall and thin
to run at high speed for a short distance
a calcium deposit that is shaped like an icicle and hangs down from the top of a cave
a calcium deposit shaped like an inverted icicle that forms on the bottom of a cave
a type of weasel
a yellow-brown color
unstable movement; wobble
the magical art of turning one object into another
captivate or engross
a British dessert made from layers of sponge cake, custard, and whipped cream
a cluster of hairs
a large covered bowl for serving soup
a small tower
a small child, typically a boy
a pimple or boil; also a type of marine snail
an herb used for magical potions; also known as monkshood
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Questions and Answers
The Question and Answer section for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is a great
resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
I think that fear and ignorance breed evil and, in the book, the Dursleys' display these traits. They fear anything to do outside their very narrow understanding of the world. They abuse Harry because he represents what they fear: they are also...
Study Guide for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (also Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone) study guide contains a biography of J.K. Rowling, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.
Essays for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (also Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) literature essays are academic essays for citation. These papers were written primarily by students and provide critical analysis of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.