Thematic Notes on Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

in progress ….

Chapter Titles
1. The Boy Who Lived
2. The Vanishing Glass
3. The Letters from No One

Colors
Blonde
Ch 1: Petunia
Ch 2: Dudley

Silver
Ch 1: Albus’ hair and beard

Black
Ch 1: Rubeus’ hair and beard
Ch 1: Harry’s hair

Gray (Grey… my preferred spelling of the color; Iron)
Ch 3: final color of Vernon’s face after glancing at the letter sent to Harry
Ch 3: water of sea described with row boat

Pink
Ch 2: Dudley in his baby pictures
Ch 2: Dudley’s face (he looked a lot like Vernon)

Red
Ch 3: initial color of Vernon’s face when taunting him about the mail Harry claimed was his

Orange
Ch 3: knickerbockers worn by Smeltings boys

Yellow
Ch 3: parchment of envelope addressed to “Mr H. Potter”

Green (Emerald)
Ch 1: wizard’s cloak seen by Vernon
Ch 1: Minerva’s cloak worn to Privet Dr.
Ch 2: Harry’s eyes
Ch 2: blinding flash of light accompanied a burning of his forehead when Harry tried to remember his parents
Ch 2: clothes of a wild-looking woman who waved merrily to Harry on a bus
Ch 3: ink of address on parchment envelope sent to Harry
Ch 3: change in Vernon’s face as he glanced at letter sent to Harry

Blue
Ch 1: Albus’ eyes
Ch 2: Dudley’s eyes

Purple/Violet
Ch 1: cloak of wizard who bumped into Vernon
Ch 1: Albus’ cloak worn to Privet Drive
Ch 2: Vernon’s face when warning Harry
Ch 2: top hat worn by tiny wizard who bowed to Harry while he shopped with Petunia and Dudley
Ch 2: very long coat of a bald man who had shaken Harry’s hand in the street
Ch 3: seal bearing coat of arms (H, lion, eagle, badger, snake) on parchment envelope addressed to Harry
Maroon
Ch 3: tailcoats worn by Smeltings boys

Animals
Badger: on purple seal bearing Hogwarts’ coat of arms

Cat
Ch 1: Minerva’s animal form
Ch 2: many owned by Mrs. Figg: Tibbles, Snowy, Mr. Paws and Tufty
Ch 3: Mrs. Figg tripped over one of hers

Eagle
Ch 3: on purple seal bearing Hogwarts’ coat of arms

Gorilla
Ch 2: zoo gorilla scratched its head, looking a lot like Dudley

Lion
Ch 3: on purple seal bearing Hogwarts’ coat of arms

Owl
Ch 1: owls noted by Muggles all over the country

Rat
Ch 2: face of Piers (Dudley’s best friend) resembled a rat’s face

Snake
Ch 2: Brazilian boa constrictor at zoo who spoke to Harry
Ch 3: on purple seal bearing Hogwarts’ coat of arms

Spider
Ch 2: many in Harry’s cupboard under the stairs, making Harry used to them

Numbers
3
Ch 3: letters sent to Harry on 2nd day

12
Ch 3: no fewer letters sent on Friday

24
Ch 3: letters rolled inside 2 dozen eggs on Saturday

30 or 40
Ch 3: letters sent down kitchen chimney on Sunday

about 100
ch 3: letters sent to front desk of hotel

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