Notes on Objects & Places from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Objects/Places

Hogwarts: Hogwarts is the best wizard's school in the magic world to which Harry Potter attends. Albus Dumbledore is the headmaster of the school and top wizard of the magical world. The majority of the novel takes place in Hogwarts, where Harry and his friends live in Gryffindor House, win the House Cup, and save the Sorcerer's Stone from the evil Voldemort.

4 Privet Drive: 4 Privet Drive is the home of the Dursleys and Harry for the first ten years of his life. It is here that Dumbledore leaves the baby Harry to be raised and it is here that he sends so many letters that are never opened.

Gringotts: Gringotts is the Wizards Bank, located under London, under the Underground train system, is run by goblins, and stores numerous vaults of wealth and treasures. Harry's inheritance is safely stored at Gringotts, as is the Sorcerer's Stone before Hagrid takes it to Hogwarts. Gringotts is in the news because of several break-in attempts...to steal the hidden Stone.

The Daily Prophet: The Daily Prophet is the newspaper of the magic world, which Hagrid (among others) reads on a daily basis. It is in this newspaper that Harry learns of the break-in attempts at Gringotts.

Diagon Alley: Diagon Alley is the first magical place that Harry visits with Hagrid. In the Alley, Harry learns about magic and buys all of his necessities for school - including his wand, books, cloak, and more.

The Leaky Cauldron: The Leaky Cauldron is the first store in Diagon Alley that Harry and Hagrid visit to purchase his materials for Hogwarts. It is through a brick behind the Leaky Cauldron that Hagrid and Harry enter Diagon Alley.

Knuts: Knuts are bronze pieces of money used in the wizard world. There are also Sickles (silver) and Galleons (gold).

Quidditch: Quidditch is the wizard equivalent of football (or soccer). Harry masters this sport quickly and becomes the first first-year allowed to play for the House Cup.

Madam Malkin's: Madam Malkin's is the cloak store where Harry waits for Hagrid to buy a drink. Inside, he meets a little spoiled boy there who informs him of so many places, activities, and objects in the wizard world that he does not yet understand. The boy turns out to be his future nemesis, Draco Malfoy.

Slytherin: Slytherin is Gryffindor's rival house, and the one to which Draco Malfoy belongs and Professor Snape controls and heads. According to myth and rumor, Voldemort was a member of Slytherin when he attended Hogwarts years ago.

Hufflepuff: Hufflepuff is another Hogwart house.

Ollivander's: The shop of wands, where Harry purchases his wand of a phoenix tail.

Harry's wand: The wand that Harry selects (or that selects Harry) has only one brother wand. The matching wand to Harry's belongs to Voldemort.

Gryffindor: Gryffindor is the Hogwart house to which Harry, Hermione, Ron, and Neville belong, and is directed by Professor McGonagall. Although they appear to be in last place in terms of points, they eventually win the House Cup at the conclusion of the novel.

Remembrall: A Remembrall is a ball that tells you what you need to remember and is a gift for Neville from his family. Draco Malfoy steals Neville's Remembrall during flying lessons, causing Harry to race after him to retrieve it. At this point, Harry learns of his phenomenal flying ability.

Nimbus Two Thousand: The Nimbus Two Thousand is the high-tech, fancy broomstick that Harry is given to play Quidditch for Gryffindor.

Invisibility Cloak: Harry receives an Invisibility Cloak as an anonymous gift for Christmas. It belonged to his father and helps Harry uncover many mysteries at Hogwarts. It helps him discover certain truths, but also gets him into trouble.

Mirror of Erised: The Mirror of Erised is a magical grand mirror, with gold inscription on top and claws as feet on the bottom. When one looks into the mirror, one can see his or her own desires and wishes. It is also the mirror that helps Harry obtain the Sorcerer's Stone at the end of the novel.

Muggles: 'Muggle' is the term for normal, regular non-wizard people in the magical world.

Ravenclaw: Ravenclaw is the fourth house in Hogwarts.

Sorcerer's Stone: The Sorcerer's Stone was created by Nicholas Flamel and guarded by Dumbledore at Hogwarts. It grants everlasting life and changes all touched objects to gold. Voldemort seeks the Stone to grant him immortality, while Harry seeks it to save his life and the lives of all wizards at Hogwarts.

Wizard's Chess: Wizard's chess is an animated, life-like game of chess, where the figurines fight and defeat one another on their own. Ron, Hermione, and Harry must pass through and win a life-size game of Wizard's Chess in order to get to the Sorcerer's Stone.

Cupboard Under the Stairs: The Cupboard Under the Stairs is Harry's home at the Dursley's house. They force him to sleep in the small compartment while Dudley is given two full bedrooms. Only when Harry's magic seems to pose a threat to the family, do they let him sleep in a bed outside the cupboard.

Platform Nine and Three Quarters : Platform Nine and Three Quarters is the magical platform from where the train to Hogwarts leaves. It is unseen to the muggles and can only be reached by concentrating hard and walking (or running) into the brick wall between platforms nine and ten.

The Sorting Hat: The Sorting Hat is a large, black, pointed 'witch' hat that speaks. It decides in which house each child belongs after being placed upon its head. When it makes a decision, it calls out the name of the house. The Sorting Hat is a vital component to the initiation of the new students of Hogwarts.

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