Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Discussion Questions
-On the train to Hogwarts, Draco offers to be friends with Harry. Harry refuses. What do you think would have different if Harry had accepted Draco’s friendship?
-Why do you think Harry was sorted into Gryffindor? Which Gryffindor characteristics do you think Harry, Ron, Hermione and Neville possess?
-If Draco Malfoy had been sorted into Gryffindor, do you think he would have eventually become friends with Harry?
-Which house would you like to be in?
-What kinds of food are described in this book? Which ones would you most like to try?
-What classes does Harry take? Which ones would you like to take?
-How do you play Quidditch? What parts of the game do you like? Would you change any aspects of the game?
-How did the Mirror of Erised get its name? What would you see if you looked into the Mirror of Erised?
-Should Harry, Ron and Hermione have snuck out of their dorm to rescue the Sorcerer’s Stone? Why did Neville try to stop them?
-How did Harry get the Sorcerer’s Stone out of the Mirror of Erised? Do you think Dumbledore expected Harry to rescue the Sorcerer’s Stone?
Dumbledore says “There are all kinds of courage. It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” What examples are there of this in the book?
-During the final banquet, why does Dumbledore award the last ten points to Neville instead of to Ron, Harry or Hermione?
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Writing these questions was harder than it looks... because my goal was to come up with questions that would only be applicable to Book One. For example, I couldn't use questions such as: "Why does Harry feel pain in his scar?" because the answer to that question keeps changing with every book in the series you read.
As this blog demonstrates, I can't seem to stop talking about these books!
Update: There are spoilers in the comments section about the 7th book.