1. At the end of Harry’s adventures,
when the Sorcerer’s Stone has been safely destroyed, Dumbledore
reveals to Harry that he devised the Mirror of Erised in the knowledge
that Harry would succeed where Voldemort would fail. This admission raises
the question of whether Dumbledore orchestrates other parts of Harry’s
adventures too. Does he know, for instance, that the troll will
be let into Hogwarts, and does he foresee Harry’s defeat of the
troll? Is it possible that Dumbledore has a godlike foreknowledge
of the whole story from beginning to end?
2. When Harry chooses his wand
on Diagon Alley, he finds that the one right for him is the companion
wand to the one sold long ago to Voldemort. Why does Rowling choose
to emphasize a curious affinity between Harry and his great enemy,
3. What does the episode of the
Sorting Hat reveal about Harry? What does it say about fate in the
story? Is it always superior to human will?
4. At the end of Chapter 7,
Harry dreams of various suspicious Hogwarts figures involved in
the mysterious plot he has uncovered, including Quirrell and Snape.
Why, do you think, does Malfoy appear in the dream as well? Is Malfoy’s
role in the story deeper than it seems?
5. Why does the school first
prohibit the Forbidden Forest and then force Harry to enter it for
his detention? Has there been a change in opinion among the Hogwarts
authorities as to Harry’s ability to handle danger so that prohibitions
are no longer as necessary as they used to be?