Things You Didn't Know About 'The Sorcerer's Stone' If You've Only Seen The Movie

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The Harry Potter film series is fairly faithful to the source material in the first two entries, but there are still many things that were either changed or dropped altogether. The Sorcerer's Stone starts the franchise in both the live-action and novel versions, but fans who have only ever seen the movie are in for a big surprise should they read the book. Quite a few scenes and events happen differently in the original material, while some things that were never included offer a detailed insight into life at Hogwarts. 

It's interesting to go through the points that split the movie and book into separate paths because of how different the details will feel to those who are only familiar with the film.


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    The History Of Magic Teacher Is A Ghost

    The History Of Magic Teacher Is A Ghost
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban / Warner Bros. Pictures

    History of Magic is a peculiar class because it's supposed to be the most boring, yet is taught by an actual ghost. The novel explains that Professor Binns was so relentless in his teachings that the old man died in his office and woke up to teach his class without realizing he had perished.

    Harry initially marvels at Professor Binns's status as a ghost, but gets over it fairly quickly when he learns that the teacher is so boring that nothing about him could ever be interesting. Professor Binns also has a habit of forgetting the students' names and calls them something else entirely.

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    The Existence Of Peeves The Poltergeist

    The Existence Of Peeves The Poltergeist
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (video game) / Electronic Arts

    Those who have never read the books have no clue that Hogwarts students are regularly antagonized by a poltergeist named Peeves. The movies omit him entirely, but he makes his first appearance in the novel version of The Sorcerer's Stone. In fact, the mention of Peeves is the first thing Harry hears when he enters Hogwarts because the ghosts are in debate as to whether they should ostracize him.

    Peeves nearly outs Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Neville when they are out of bed for the midnight duel when he screams to Filch to find them. He nearly catches the trio again when they are under the Invisibility Cloak heading for the Sorcerer's Stone - Harry mimics the voice of the Bloody Baron to scare Peeves off because the Baron is the only one the poltergeist fears. 

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    Norbert Stays With Hagrid Extensively, And Charlie Weasley's Friends Take Him Away

    Norbert Stays With Hagrid Extensively, And Charlie Weasley's Friends Take Him Away
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Moviegoers are under the impression that Norbert was hardly ever able to bond with Hagrid before he was sent away. In truth, he sticks around a bit too long, with Harry and his friends nervous that Norbert will cause problems for Hagrid's job. Norbert stays with Hagrid for a number of weeks, to the point where he becomes large enough to take up a lot of the space in Hagrid's hut.

    In a departure from the film, the book version of Norbert doesn't have a sweet disposition. He routinely attempts to bite everyone - and actually succeeds in biting Ron. After Ron is injured, Hagrid agrees to send Norbert away, and Ron contacts his brother, Charlie, in Romania. Charlie writes back to inform him that his friends are traveling by broomstick and will take Norbert with them. 

    Harry and Hermione take Norbert to the Astronomy Tower, where Charlie's friends take Norbert off the heroes' hands. In their happiness, Harry and Hermione forget to put on the Invisibility Cloak and are caught out of bed, which leads to their detention in the Forbidden Forest.

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    The Dursleys Abandon Harry At The Train Station

    The Dursleys Abandon Harry At The Train Station
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Hagrid is the one who takes Harry to the train station in the film, but the original version is a lot scarier for Harry. He gets his items from Diagon Alley and spends a month at Privet Drive, where the Dursleys pretend Hagrid's appearance never happened. They eventually acknowledge it when they head into the city to get the pig's tail Hagrid gave Dudley surgically removed.

    When Harry tells them the platform number, the Dursleys are overjoyed because they believe it doesn't exist. The family then gladly takes him to King's Cross and laughs at a nervous Harry when he can't locate the platform. The Dursleys proceed to abandon Harry at the station under the belief that he will never get to Hogwarts. Their next correspondence with him is when they send him a 50 pence coin as a petty Christmas present.

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    Harry And Malfoy First Meet At Madam Malkin's Robe Shop

    Harry And Malfoy First Meet At Madam Malkin's Robe Shop
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Harry first learns of the pureblood fanaticism in Diagon Alley when he encounters Malfoy. The boys are there to be fitted into their dress robes for school and Malfoy strikes up a conversation. Harry is uneasy throughout because he senses Malfoy is a more malicious version of Dudley; Malfoy talks about bullying his father into buying him things and judges Hagrid by calling him a "servant."

    Malfoy asks Harry if his parents truly belonged in the Wizarding World, not bothering to offer his condolences when he learns they're deceased. He gives his approval when he learns Harry's parents were a witch and wizard, but is unaware that Harry's grandparents were Muggles. Harry is glad to leave when he gets his robes; Hagrid later tells him that certain families like Malfoy's are fanatics.

    They learn each other's identities on the Hogwarts Express and get into a minor scuffle until Ron's rat bites Crabbe, which is when Malfoy and his goons flee - the rivalry between Harry and Malfoy begins from there. 

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    The Sorcerer's Stone Is Protected By A Troll And A Task Involving Potions

    The Sorcerer's Stone Is Protected By A Troll And A Task Involving Potions
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / Warner Bros. Pictures

    The tasks to reach the Sorcerer's Stone are much more difficult in the book. Harry, Ron, and Hermione go through the same traps as the movie depicts, along with two more that are arguably even more difficult. After Ron sacrifices himself on the chessboard, Harry and Hermione enter the next obstacle, where they find a mountain troll.

    It's supposed to be the most lethal task for the heroes, but the troll has already been knocked out cold by Quirrell by the time Harry and Hermione come across it. The next challenge is in a chamber that contains seven unlabeled potions at the center of the room.

    A riddle is provided for the wizards to solve - it reveals that three potions are poison, two are useless, one grants immunity against the purple flames that block the entrance passage, and one grants immunity against the black flames that guard the chamber containing the Sorcerer's Stone.

    Hermione solves the riddle and takes the potion for the purple flames; Harry opts to face Voldemort and consumes the potion for the black flames. Hermione goes back to take Ron back up the trapdoor and alert Dumbledore.

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