Although fans might like to think that they know everything about the Boy Wizard, there are a few details most fans forget from Book One.
The first book in the Harry Potter series may seem the simplest, but it includes plenty of tiny details that act as foreshadowing, character development, and tiny hints as to what’s to come. Not all of these made it into the film version of Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, of course, as many moments had to be cut to make the film a reasonable length.
5 … And Flew To The Roof Of The School…
Another moment where Harry remembers some accidental magic is when he was being chased by Dudley and his gang of bullies, and somehow ends up on the roof of the school. He remembers getting in trouble for it, and trying to explain it away by thinking that he must have just jumped particularly hard.
This could be seen as just another instance of his magical abilities showing up, but it could also be considered to be a hint at his future skills in flying. It’s a bit of a stretch, however, it does speak to his comforts with heights, and using them to escape his problems!
4 …And Turned His Teacher’s Wig Blue
When Harry is waiting to be Sorted, he describes himself as the most nervous he has ever felt about something – even when he had to tell the Dursleys that he somehow turned his teacher’s wig blue!
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Once again, this is an example of him accidentally doing magic at a young age – although it’s not totally clear what it was about the teacher that upset him so much. However, it does also foreshadow a bit of a cheeky temperament, something that comes out when he backtalks Snape, and later, Umbridge. It would have been hilarious had Harry turned either of their hair blue!
3 He Wasn’t Originally Meant To Go To The Zoo
Harry’s trip to the zoo for Dudley’s birthday is a huge part of both the book and the movie, as it shows Harry’s magical abilities clearly, including his ability to speak Parseltongue, but there is a fairly big difference between the book and the movie in the run-up to this scene. In the movies, he is always meant to go with the family, but in the books, it’s explained that he is never brought on outings, and instead stays with Mrs. Figg.
This detail, like so many others, shows how badly he was treated, but also serves as the first introduction to two other characters in the series: Mrs. Figg, who is later revealed to be in the Order of the Phoenix, and Marge, who is the aunt he blows up (and who is suggested as a potential babysitter for the day).
2 He Remembered Meeting Other Witches and Wizards
In two different scenes in the book, Harry remembers having seen witches and wizards before. The first time, he doesn’t know why, just that a woman in green waved to him on a bus, and a man in a top hat shook his hand – he recognizes that they are a bit odd, but doesn’t know why they would be interested in him. Later, when he meets the people in the Leaky Cauldron, he tells Dedalus Diggle that he remembers him bowing in a shop once, and the wizard is thrilled to be remembered by the great Harry Potter.
It’s not clear why these moments are left out, as in the movies, he simply seems stunned to meet everyone. However, they are largely unimportant, although they do suggest that he has a bit more perception about the Wizarding World than he first realizes.
1 He Was ‘Rescued’ By Professor Quirrell
In both the books and the movies, Harry, Ron, and Hermione end up in the forbidden third floor corridor where Fluffy is guarding the stone – but in the books, Harry and Ron actually try and get through that door another time. They accidentally try and open it, confused about where they are, and get caught by Mr. Filch, who tells them off about it (and never seems to trust them again!). According to the book, Mr. Filch “was threatening to throw them in the dungeons when they were rescued by Professor Quirrell, who was passing”.
Of course, readers later realize that Quirrell wasn’t just ‘passing’, but in all likelihood was trying to figure out what was up there, what was guarding the Stone, and how to get past it! It’s a small hint to his ulterior motives that is easily missed, and was presumably left out to ensure that the final reveal of Quirrell as the villain is all the more shocking.