Even though there are exams to distract Harry and keep him quite busy, he finds it difficult to put what happened in the Forbidden Forest out of his mind. I would be too to be honest. His scar keeps hurting and his sleep is plagued by nightmares about Voldemort. With the last of the scheduled exams over, Ron and Hermione try to convince Harry that they have nothing to worry about since Dumbledore – the only wizard Voldemort has ever feared – is within the Hogwarts premises, therefore Voldemort can’t possibly harm them.
Harry realizes that Hagrid must have been tricked into revealing how to get past Fluffy in order for Hagrid to win Norbert’s egg. And lo and behold, he is right. The trio guess that the stranger in the pub who have Hagrid Norbert must have been Snape. They set out to let Dumbledore know only to find out that he left for London. With Dumbledore gone, Harry decides to go down the trapdoor to face Snape/Voldemort. Ron and Hermione insist that they are coming to help him. Aw, what true friends.
“Well, think again, boy – it’s into the forest you’re going and I’m much mistaken if you’ll all come out in one piece.”
Oh, Filch, you savage. I don’t think you should be saying that to 11-year-olds. I can imagine the throng of angry parents marching off to Hogwarts complaining about how their children are maltreated.
Harry, Ron, Neville, and Draco all have to serve detention for being out of bed after curfew. Their punishment? To help Hagrid find a wounded unicorn in the Forbidden Forest. Hagrid splits them into two groups. Harry finds a dead unicorn and a hooded figure hovering over the dead animal, drinking its blood. Harry feels a jolt of pain in his scar like he had never felt before. Just when the hooded figure lunge at them, a centaur named Firenze appears in the clearing and saves Harry. Through Firenze, Harry learns why the Sorcerer’s Stone is essential, that Voldemort is back, and that he wants the Stone for himself!
As the chapter begins, our trio continue to check on Fluffy, the three-headed dog, and make sure he is still on the case, guarding the trap door. They fully believe that Snape is after the Sorcerer’s Stone, especially following the incident wherein they are convinced that Snape is threatening Quirrell for information. Because of this, they try their best to be friendly to Quirrell, from encouraging him every change they get to as far as Ron scolding other students for making fun of bumbling, stuttering professor.
They meet with Hagrid, once again, and continue to ask him about the Stone and what else is guarding it, aside from Fluffy. Hagrid is disturbed that they know about it, yet he agrees to tell them more information in private. In truth, Hagrid is preoccupied with caring after a baby dragon that he has won from a bet. Ron informs them that it is illegal to breed dragons.
A stroke of luck leads Harry, Ron, and Hermione to finally figuring out who Nicolas Flamel is and what he has to do with the little package being guarded by Fluffy, the three-headed dog (after Hagrid’s mishap in revealing Flamel’s name). Harry suddenly remembers reading it in an Albus Dumbledore Chocolate Frog card when trying to comfort Neville with a treat after Draco harasses him. This prompted them to learn about the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Harry, Ron, and Hermione are convinced that Snape is after the Stone and Harry. Because they are unwavering in this resolve, they are more wary of Snape’s actions; every thing Snape does is a confirmation to prove their theory: Snape refereeing the Quidditch game Harry’s playing in is a threat against Harry. Snape sneakily talking to Quirrell and trying to threaten him is so that Quirrell reveals what enchantment he used to guard the Stone. Snape limping is because he tried to get past the three-headed dog guarding the Stone. Continue reading
“Let me explain. The happiest man on earth would be able to use the Mirror of Erised like a normal mirror, that is, he would look into it and see himself exactly as he is. Does that help?”
Harry thought. Then he said slowly, “It shows use what we want…whatever we want…”
“Yes and no,” said Dumbledore quietly. “It shows us nothing more or less than the deepest, most desperate desire of our hearts. You, who have never known your family, see them standing around you. Ronald Weasley, who has always been overshadowed by his brothers, sees himself standing alone, the best of all of them.”
Fair warning: this post is going to be quite lengthy.