Split 7 Ways – The Sorcerer’s Stone

I Open At The Close…
In the remaining 15 days leading up to the final installment of the phenomenon that is the Harry Potter series, or as I refer to it, the end of time, I will post blog entries every few days dedicated to each of the films in the series.  Split 7 Ways, the last 15 Days of Harry Potter will focus on each film starting with the first, Sorcerer’s Stone and ending with the first half of the last, Deathly Hallows Part 1. I will give a brief summary of the story, highlight some of the things that are important to the final installment and also mention things that the movies may not have conveyed from the book that are pertinent to the series.  So, as Albus Dumbledore once said, “let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure”.
Sorcerer’s Stone Summary
The story begins when Lord Voldemort, the most powerful dark wizard since Grindelwald, defeated by Dumbledore decades earlier, has fallen.  He killed James and Lilly Potter, and, for reasons unknown, attempted to kill their 1 year old son, Harry Potter.  However, the killing curse back-fired off of Harry and onto Voldemort.  Harry survived the curse, leaving a lightning-shaped scar on his forehead, and Voldemort was defeated.  Harry is the only one ever to survive the killing curse.
The wizarding world is in celebration as Albus Dumbledore, the Hogwarts headmaster, has the 1-year-old Harry moved to the home of his relatives, the Dursley’s (Vernon, Petunia & Dudley).  The Durlsey’s are muggles (can’t do magic), don’t like magic and treat Harry very badly. 
10 years later, now 11 years old, Harry finds out he is actually a wizard and heads off to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  The Sorting Hat wants to put him in either Gryffindor or Slytherin house, but at Harry’s request, chooses Gryffindor.   Harry becomes best friends with Ronald Weasley, from a poor, pure-blood family & Hermione Granger, from a Muggle family.  Harry’s worst enemy at school is Draco Malfoy, from a rich, pure-blood family who used to be supporters of Voldemort.  Also, Harry becomes friends with a shy and accident-prone young boy named Neville Longbottom. 
Professor Quirrell is the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher and Severus Snape teaches Potions.  Snape is quite mean and unfair to Harry.  While Snape and Quirrel have a conversation Snape and Harry make eye contact for the first time and Harry feels a burning pain in his scar.
Harry plays Seeker on the Gryffindor quidditch team and wins their first game by catching the snitch in his mouth.
The Trio (Harry, Ron & Hermione) find out that the Sorcerer’s Stone is being secretly kept at Hogwarts because someone is attempting to steal it.  The Sorcerer’s Stone can produce the elixir of life, which makes you immortal, and they suspect Snape of trying to steal it.
At Christmas time, one of Harry’s gifts is an invisibility cloak.  He doesn’t know who it is from but a note said it used to be his father’s.
The Trio investigate the whereabouts of the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry learns that Lord Voldemort has been possessing Professor Quirrel the whole time and it was he who was going after the Sorcerer’s Stone and not Snape.  Quirrell attacks Harry but finds that he cannot touch him.  Quirrell turns to ashes and Lord Voldemort flees in the form of a spirit.
What You Need To Know
Petunia, Harry’s aunt, was Lilly’s sister.  She resents and despises Harry and all wizards.  Petunia recalls how excited Lilly was when she got her Hogwarts letter at age 11. 
Harry buys his wand from Ollivander’s wand shop.  Harrry’s wand has a phoenix feather core.  Lord Voldemort’s wand is the only other wand whose core is a feather from the same phoenix as Harry’s. They are brother wands and have a very special connection. 
Harry asks Dumbledore why Voldemort tried to kill him when he was a baby.  Dumbledore says that he can’t answer that now, but will tell Harry when he’s older.
Voldemort killed Harry’s father, James and when his mother Lilly wouldn’t get out of the way he killed her as well.  Lilly’s love and sacrifice for Harry gave him a great protection.  Dumbledore tells Harry that Voldemort could not touch Harry because of the protection left behind by his mother, hence Quirrell turning to ash.
Dumbledore tells Harry that Lord Voldemort, not being truly alive, cannot be killed.
Dumbledore tells Harry that Snape has been protecting them the whole year.  Much of this has to do with the fact that Harry’s father had saved Snape’s life when they were young.
Dumbledore tells Harry that he must go back to live with the Dursley’s every summer.
Dumbledore gave Harry the invisibility cloak.  He had borrowed it from James just before he died.
What the Movie Doesn’t Tell You

Chris Columbus actually does a very good job of translating the book to film without leaving out any information that is pertinent to the overall story.

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