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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Book Club: Discussion Questions

Updated: Sep 16, 2019

Harry Potter lives a pretty ordinary life with his Aunt, Uncle and cousin, Dudley, at Number 4 Privet Drive. That is, until his eleventh birthday when Harry learns he is actually a wizard and he’ll be attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry!



As you read through Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling with your family, we’ve got a list of questions for you to ponder and discuss.


Discussion Questions:

  1. Do you think Albus Dumbledore is making the right decision by placing Harry with his Aunt and Uncle and not in the wizarding world?

  2. How would you feel if you were Harry and had spent your whole life believing one thing about your parents and your past, only to find out that you were actually a wizard?!

  3. Have a think about all the classes Harry has. Which class do you think you would find most interesting? Which Professor do you like the most? The least?

  4. Harry feels like a natural as soon as he gets on a broomstick. Is there anything that you love to do that you feel like a natural at?

  5. Why do you think Dumbledore says that many men have wasted away or been driven mad by the Mirror of Erised?

  6. Why do you think the centaurs do not feel very friendly towards humans?

  7. Do you think Neville was brave to try and stop Harry, Ron and Hermione from leaving Gryffindor Tower? Have you ever had to stand up to your friends about something? How did it make you feel?

  8. What do you think Professor Dumbledore means when he says 'Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.'?


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