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The hidden meaning of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Thesis: There is more than meets the eye to this story. Hidden meaning can be found throughout Harry’s adventures.

I. Introduction

Overview of the book and adventures of Harry Potter

II. The Philosopher’s Stone

The hidden meaning behind the Philosopher’s Stone, the paragraph describes the interpretation of the Stone in the real world context.

III. The diversity in Hogwarts

The paragraph explains the different groups in Hogwarts, their relationships with each other, and the deeper meaning behind these relationships.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is the first book in the Harry Potter series. Harry Potter is a young boy who has lived in the muggle world for ten years, oblivious of the existence of magic. All this changes when he is enrolled into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and his whole world changes in an instant. Suddenly he is casting spells, rescuing a baby dragon and learning about potions. He uncovers a plot to steal the Philosopher’s Stone and together with his friends Hermione and Ron foils the plot, coming face to face with Lord Voldemort in the process.

There is more than meets the eye to this story. Hidden meaning can be found throughout Harry’s adventures. As suggested by the title, the central plot is the Philosopher’s Stone. This Stone possesses the ability to give eternal life. Lord Voldemort will go to any lengths to lay his hands on this stone. The hidden meaning behind this is mankind’s eternal pursuit for the one thing he can never have; Immortality. Every human being fears death. J.K Rowling plays with the readers’ emotions by creating the idea of eternal life. Lord Voldemort does not get the stone. Nicholas Flamel also loses his immortality with the loss of the stone. This is reflective of the inevitability of death. Death cannot be avoided no matter who one is, or what means they use.

Hogwarts introduces Harry to a diverse society of pure blood wizards, half giants, centaurs and muggles who can further be segmented on basis of their intellect, social class, and magical capabilities. Hogwarts aims to create a sense of equality and fairness among all diverse groups. However, there are those who are against this. For instance, Draco Malfoy feels Hermione has no right to be in Hogwarts as she is a muggle. He even calls her a mudblood. This can be equated to Britain in the 1990’s. The elites segregated themselves by building schools, neighborhoods, and clubs that only allowed in people of their own social status. This segregation was a deliberate effort to avoid integration of classes. The elites feared they might lose their superiority if the minorities got the same opportunities as they did. The advantaged in society will always try to keep it that way, at the cost of the disadvantaged.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is merged in a world of magic, fantasy and things impossible in the real world. It would seem then that readers of this book would only be able to relate to it in terms of their dreams and desires, and not in terms of the realities of their world. However, if one reads it with an insightful mind they might be surprised at how similar their worlds are.