How does the author use foreshadowing to comment on and prepare the reader for the story's defining conflicts? Consider the early introduction of Fawkes, the Dursley's hatred of all things magic, and Ginny's dismay when the cat was petrified.
Knowing what you know about Harry and each of the houses, what do you think would have become of Harry had the Sorting Hat placed him in Slytherin as it had originally considered?
What is glorified as the greatest virtue in this story, and why?
What does the author accomplish by framing many people before finally revealing the Heir of Slytherin to be Voldemort's younger self, acting through Ginny Weasley?
What do the origins and parts of the names reveal about their characters? Consider the names of Lucius Malfoy, Albus Dumbledore, and Voldemort.