Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone


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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This is a pretty detailed question for this short forum space. You might consider:

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.