That’s right. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was first published under the title Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Maybe all you die hard Harry Potter fans knew that, but did you know:
- The “Philosopher’s Stone” is an object from legends, and dates back to 300 CE. According to lore, it was used in alchemy, a medieval science that attempts to transmute base metals into gold and to create an elixir of immortality.
- A prominent theme in the novel is the dangers of desire. Harry encounters this in the Mirror of Erised (“desire” spelled backwards).
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