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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone


by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Allusions and Cultural References

When authors give shout outs to other great works, people, and events, it's usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Literary and Philosophical References

  • Miranda Goshawk, The Standard Book of Spells (Grade 1) (5.70)
  • Bathilda Bagshot, A History of Magic (5.70)
  • Adalbert Waffling, Magical Theory (5.70)
  • Emeric Switch, A Beginners' Guide to Transfiguration (5.70)
  • Phyllida Spore, One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi (5.70, 14.10)
  • Arsenius Jigger, Magical Drafts and Potions (5.70)
  • Newt Scamander, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (5.70)
  • Quentin Trimble, The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection (5.70)
  • Vindictus Viridian, Curses and Countercurses… (5.202)
  • Modern Magical History (6.221)
  • The Rise and Fall of the Dark Arts (6.221)
  • Great Wizarding Events of the Twentieth Century (6.221)
  • Mrs. Norris (implied reference to Jane Austen, Mansfield Park) (character, referenced throughout)
  • Quidditch Through the Ages (9.7, 10.4, 10.8, 10.13)
  • Great Wizards of the Twentieth Century (12.32)
  • Notable Magical Names of Our Time (12.32)
  • Important Modern Magical Discoveries (12.32)
  • A Study of Recent Developments in Wizardry (12.32, 13.60)
  • Dragon Species of Great Britain and Ireland (14.22)
  • From Egg to Inferno, A Dragon Keeper's Guide (14.22)
  • Dragon Breeding for Pleasure and Profit (14.51)

Historical References

  • Nicolas Flamel (referenced throughout; see Chapter 13 specifically)
  • Perenelle Flamel (character, referenced throughout)
  • Agrippa (6.173, 6.175, 6.178)
  • Ptolemy (6.175)
  • Morgana (6.184, 6.188)
  • Hengist of Woodcroft (6.188)
  • Alberic Grunnion (6.188)
  • Circe (6.188)
  • Paracelsus (6.188)
  • Merlin (6.188)
  • Cliodna (6.188)

Pop Culture References

  • West Ham football team (11.41)

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