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MonkeyNotes-Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
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Dreams - Harry dreams of his parents’ death and has prophetic dreams.

• Harry’s dream of the motorcycle is the first of many of Harry’s dreams the reader will be privy too. As the book progresses, Harry’s dreams will focus more on the night of his parents’ death rather than the day after.

• After Hagrid tells Harry of Harry’s parents’ murder, Harry gets a brief memory of a blinding flash of green light and a cold, cruel laugh. As the series goes on, Harry will remember more and more from the night his parents were murdered and these memories will be incorporated into his dreams.

• After spending three nights staring at the image of his family in the Mirror of Erised, Harry began having nightmares of his parents disappearing in a flash of green light while a high voice laughed.

• The night after the Sorting ceremony, Harry dreams about Quirrell’s turban, Malfoy, Snape, and Voldemort.

Harry’s Scar (hurting)

Harry’s scar hurts whenever he is in contact or dreaming about Voldemort. This becomes a crucial symbol at the end of the book when the scar hurts so bad that Harry blacks out.

Harry’s Hair

Hagrid’s comment that Harry looks like his dad but has his mother’s eyes is gone over throughout the series. Harry’s black hair is magically unmanageable, like his fathers. Later, when Harry sees his parents in the Mirror of Esired, he too will notice his similarities to his dad and mom.

Harry’s Eyes and Glasses

Hagrid’s comment that Harry looks like his dad but has his mother’s eyes is gone over throughout the series.

Harry’s glasses represent his love for reading.


Numbers

Vault 713 incorporates both lucky numbers used in these books: 7 and 13. These numbers reoccur often. On the Hogwarts Express, Harry will collect 7 chocolate frog cards. Harry's wand cost 7 galleons. The candy on the train cost 7 knuts. There are 7 Weasley kids. There are 7 people on each Quidditch team. Harry's first Quidditch practice is at 7:00. Voldemort's wand is 13 1/2 inches long. The second wand Harry tries is 7 inches long. Harry has to pass 7 obstacles to get to the Stone (Fluffy, Devil's Snare, Keys, Chess, Troll, Potions, Mirror). Harry has 7 classes, Slytherin almost wins the house cup 7 years in a row, and the Harry Potter epic itself is a seven-book series. In an interview, Rowling even said: “I wrote lists of all the subjects to be studied--I knew there had to be seven.” (Conversations, 39) (Website)

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