5 Unanswered Questions from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone


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Or Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, if you prefer. Nicolas Flamel was a philosopher in the edition I read first, so I’m running with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

These questions came from a recent listening to all seven of the US edition Harry Potter audio books. I’ve read the books numerous times and read PotterMore and many of JK Rowling’s interviews, but haven’t found answers to these questions. If you have more unanswered questions, please add them on the comments. There are links to questions for the other books in the series below too.

Can Dumbledore speak owl?

An owl flies past the window before Vernon Dursley leaves for work at the start of the book. Was it a coincidence or is Dumbledore able to speak owl and sent it on a scouting mission?

Was it cold leaving Harry on the doorstep?

We know Dumbledore wasn’t the best guardian (#spoiler). He knew that Harry was being abused and did nothing (and neither did the other adults), but intentionally leaving a baby on a doorstep on a November night? I hope he used a warming charm.

How did the Dursleys get off the island?

MC-Funko-HQ-EverettHagrid and Harry took the boat. Did the hut owner visit and find them abandoned? Then how did they explain the missing boat AND a missing child? Jo answers, please!

How is Hagrid’s first name pronounced?

The US audiobook gets Voldemort correct (dropping the T because it’s French), but not Grindelwald, so is the audio book’s pronunciation of Rubeus correct? I always thought Roo-bee-us, but Jim Dale says Roo-bay-us.

Does anyone fail Hogwarts?

Or is it like some private schools and Crabb and Goyle’s parents are rich enough to pay for passing grades? Which makes us question Hogwarts’ academic integrity.

More Unanswered Questions from the Harry Potter Series

Unanswered Questions from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Unanswered Questions from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Unanswered Questions from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Unanswered Questions from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Unanswered Questions from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Unanswered Questions from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
All unanswered questions in one post

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