Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
The Home Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
He looked very pleased with himself, but Hermione didn't.
"Hagrid, you live in a wooden house," she said. (14.51-52)
Here, Hermione reminds us of the literal importance of kinds of homes. Hagrid's home is unprepared for dragon raising for many reasons, not least of all the issue that the dragon breathes fire constantly, and the house is made of wood. His home has structural problems with the very idea of dragon raising. His idealism shows us both his big heart and total lack of practicality.
A hundred and fifty points lost. That put Gryffindor in last place. In one night, they'd ruined any chance Gryffindor had had for the house cup. Harry felt as though the bottom had dropped out of his stomach. How could they ever make up for this? (15.16)
Although Hogwarts serves as a big home for all the students during the academic year, students also feel a responsibility to their individual "houses." Each of the four Hogwarts houses is a kind of home containing a kind of family (true for at least the academic year). Here, Harry was trying to do something good, but instead has let down both his school home and school family terribly.
It seemed to be a handsome, leather-covered book. Harry opened it curiously. It was full of wizard photographs. Smiling and waving at him from every page were his mother and father.
"Sent owls off ter all yer parents' old school friends, askin' for photos… knew yeh didn' have any… d'yeh like it?"
Harry couldn't speak, but Hagrid understood. (17.175-177)
We're going to go unconventional here, so bear with us. The text has already established that Harry doesn't feel at home at the Dursleys'. While he does feel at home at Hogwarts, he also knows he's at school, and that school has a fixed term. In other words, Hogwarts isn't his forever home. Since Harry isn't fully established in a permanent, physical residence, he's open to thinking of other kinds of homes. With this kind gift from Hagrid, Harry has pictures of his parents for the first time, and in this album, he always has a "place" where he can come home.