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Quotations, in order of their appearance in the book (speaker
and significance at bottom)

1. “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were
proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very
much. They were the last people you’d expect to be involved
in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn’t
hold with such nonsense.”

2. “...No company except stupid people drumming their
fingers on the glass trying to disturb it all day long. It was
worse than having a cupboard as a bedroom, where the only
visitor was Aunt Petunia hammering on the door to wake you

3. “ ‘Of course we knew [you were a wizard]! How could
you not be, my dratted sister being what she was? Oh she got
a letter just like that and disappeared off to that--that
school--and came home every vacation with her pockets full
of frogspawn, turning teacups into rats. I was the only one
who saw her for what she was--a freak! But for my mother
and father, oh no, it was Lily this and Lily that, they were
proud of having a witch in the family!’ ”

4. “ ‘I really don’t think they should let the other sort in, do
you? They’re just not they same, they’ve never been brought
up to know our ways.” Some of them have never even heard
of Hogwarts until they get the letter, imagine. I think they
should keep it in the old Wizarding families. What’s your
surname, anyway?’ ”

5. “ “After all, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named did great
things--terrible, yes, but great.’ ”

6. “We could all have been killed--or worse, expelled.”

7. “ ‘Yes, Severus does seem the type, doesn’t he? So useful
to have him swooping around like an overgrown bat. Next to
him, who would suspect p-p-poor, st-stuttering P-Professor
Quirrell?’ ”

8. “ ‘There is no good and evil, there is only power, and
those too weak to seek it.’ ”

9. “ ‘After all, to the well-organized mind, death is but the
next great adventure.’ ”

10. “ ‘You know, the Stone was really not such a wonderful
thing. As much money and life as you could want! The two
things most human beings would choose above all--the
trouble is, humans do have a knack of choosing precisely
those things that are worst for them.’ ”

11. “ ‘Call him Voldemort, Harry. Always use the proper
name for things. Fear of a name increases fear of the thing
itself.’ ”

12. “ ‘I’ll never drink again!’ ”

1. Narrator, Chapter One. Normality theme.
2. Narrator (Harry’s perspective), Chapter Two. Not very
significant, just Harry being the compassionate,
sympathetic person he is.

3. Aunt Petunia, Chapter Four. A little glimpse into

Petunia’s jealousy of her sister and the attention she got.
4. Draco Malfoy, Chapter Five. Racism and intolerance

5. Mr. Ollivander, Chapter Five. Morality theme.
6. Hermione, Chapter Nine. Hermione’s original “teacher’s
pet” mindset.

7. Quirrell, Chapter Seventeen. Appearances are deceiving

8. Quirrell, Chapter Seventeen. Morality theme.
9. Dumbledore, Chapter Seventeen. Death theme.
10. Dumbledore, Chapter Seventeen. Just Dumbledore
pondering the meaning of life.

11. Dumbledore, Chapter Seventeen. Dumbledore’s opinion
on calling Voldemort “You-know-who.”

12. Hagrid, Chapter Seventeen. Hagrid feels guilty about
endangering Harry’s life.

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