Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Harry Potter Novel Connections (Part 1)

Many story connections exist between the Harry Potter books that sit at opposite ends of each other; i.e. books one and seven; books two and six; and books three and five. Finally, book four shares many connections with each pair of books. This post looks at books one and seven, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, respectively.

Book One

Book Seven

Harry is told the initial (truthful) details about his parent’s death.

Harry is told the full story of his parent’s death and the night of its occurrence.



Hagrid explains to Harry that you would be mad to try and rob Gringotts.

... Which is precisely what Harry and co. attempt to do.



Griphook the Goblin shows Harry to his vault for the first time at Gringotts wizarding bank.

Griphook makes a re-appearance as a prisoner of Voldemort, helping Harry and co. in breaking into Gringotts.



Harry nearly swallows the Snitch in his first Quidditch game against Slytherin.

Dumbledore bequests the same Snitch to Harry and enchanted it with the writing I open at the close, meaning to only open to Harry when Harry was near death.



Harry, Ron and Hermione believe that Snape is after the Philosopher's Stone. These suspicions are proven to be wrong.

Harry and almost every other character believed that Snape killed Dumbledore. It is revealed that Dumbledore had in fact requested Snape to kill him.



Professor Snape saves Harry from a jinx from Professor Quirrell during a Quidditch game, despite Harry’s, Ron’s and Hermione’s initial belief that Snape was jinxing him.

It is revealed that despite his hostility towards Harry, Snape had in fact been helping Harry throughout the series and his true loyalties lay with Albus Dumbledore.



Ollivander sells Harry his wand.

Ollivander makes a re-appearance as a prisoner of Voldemort and informs Harry more about the Elder Wand.



Baby Harry arrives at number four Privet Drive for the first via Hagrid.

Harry leaves number four Privet Drive for the last time via Hagrid.



Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald is mentioned on a Famous Wizard Card while Harry and Ron are on the Hogwarts Express.

Grindelwald makes a full appearance.



Harry first sees his parents in the Mirror of Erised.

Harry sees his parents through use of the Resurrection Stone.



Harry learns about the blood protection left by his mother’s death.

Because Voldemort took Harry’s blood, the blood protection is what keeps Harry alive when Voldemort attempts to kill him in the Forbidden Forest.





Ron sees his heart's deepest desire in the Mirror of Erised on Christmas night.

Ron sees his deepest fears in the locket Horcrux on Christmas night.



Dumbledore lies to Harry about what he would see in the Mirror of Erised.

Harry discovers what Dumbledore really would have seen in the Mirror of Erised.



Harry gets his father’s Invisibility Cloak as a Christmas present. The note that came with it explained that it was borrowed from Harry's father at the time of his death. The note didn’t have a name on it as to who had borrowed it.

Harry’s Invisibility Cloak was in fact one of the Deathly Hallows and Dumbledore confirms that it was he who had borrowed it and why.



Dumbledore is seen using the Deluminator.

Dumbledore bequests the Deluminator to Ron.



Hagrid hatches Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback and is released to Romania via Charlie Wesley and his friends.

Hagrid is informed by Charlie Weasley at Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour's wedding about the dragon, renamed Norberta because it was in fact female.



Harry faces Lord Voldemort for the first time, as a spirit.

Harry faces Lord Voldemort for the last time.



Lord Voldemort seeks a rare magical object. In this case, the Philosopher's Stone.

Lord Voldemort seeks a rare magical object. In this case, the Elder Wand.

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