Book Discussion: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
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I've tried to make these questions more complex than the others I found online to prompt deeper discussion among adults (my main audience).
If you have ever participated in a Harry Potter book discussion, some of the questions may sound familiar, but read them carefully! I have changed many of them to try to get at more complex issues.
Also be sure to vote in the poll on the right for the book discussion to take place on Halloween!
Read through the discussion questions provided and answer as many as you like in a comment.
Read through the comments and reply to join a conversation.
Comment your own questions and thoughts about the book!
In your first comment, let us know:
What house would you belong to if you attended Hogwarts?
What would your favorite class or activity be?
Who is your favorite character from the books?
1. Adult Impact
Why do you think Harry Potter is so popular with both kids and adults?
What impacted you most during your most recent reading of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone? How is it different from your first reading?
Why do you like the Harry Potter series? How has that changed as you've gotten older?
2. Book Questions
What are the advantages/disadvantages to Harry not being aware of the wizarding world and his place there before he starts school?
[Spoiler] Later in the series, we discover the reason behind Harry's strange connection to Voldemort, but is his Horcrux the only reason Harry's wand chooses him and why the sorting hat recommends the Slytherin house? What else might this symbolize?
I've always felt that Neville should have been given at least as many points as Harry at the end of The Sorcerer's Stone, but he only gets ten. How does this contrast reflect Dumbledore's values?
Harry is often exempt from the consequences of rule-breaking. How might his character have been impacted if this was not the case?
3. Film vs. Book Questions
Many things from the books were omitted from the film. How did their exclusion impact the story/plot/characters/themes/etc.?
- Professor Snape's potion task for the protection of the Sorcerer's Stone
- Harry and Hermione do not sneak Norbert to the Owlery for pick up by Charlie Weasley
- The Dursleys dropping Harry off at the train station
- The Sorting Hat's song
- Peeves the Poltergeist
Do you think some of the darker aspects of the book were skimmed over in the movie? Would certain characters have reached a higher level of development had those darker themes been included? (Thank you to /u/rewindrevival on reddit's /r/harrypotter for this question!)
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