Essay On Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone: The Use And Abuse Of Magic

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: The Use and Abuse of Magic Magic is often portrayed as a two-dimensional force, an effortless concept that solely benefits all that are able to use it. In many forms of media such as television shows, magic serves as a phenomenon that simply grants any wish made. Conversely, magic in literature does not operate in that manner. In British author J.K. Rowling’s famous novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the objects used to perform magic illustrate the hardships that wizards face when using magical objects. Magical objects such as the Sorting Hat, broomstick, Mirror of Erised, and the Philosopher’s Stone are dependent on free choice, they have the power to improve or damage lives, and as a…show more content…
The Philosopher’s Stone is one of the most important magical objects in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and is the object that Voldemort is determined to obtain. Not only is the Philosopher’s Stone able to turn any base metal into pure gold, it also brings immortality to the user of its elixir (Rowling 161). Turning base metals into gold is one of the main goals of alchemy. In addition, alchemy is linked with magical subjects such as potions at Hogwarts, as it is considered a protoscience (Cooper “Rowling ‘Harry Potter II’”). Nicholas Flamel, a real historical figure, is believed to have created the only Philosopher’s Stone in existence. Voldemort kills unicorns to drink their blood in order to remain alive, but his greatest desire is to steal the Philosopher’s Stone for the power of immorality. It is evident that Voldemort is willing to make choices without remorse for their consequences in order to fulfill his dream; he uses Professor Quirrell to try to kill Harry and eventually possess Quirrell’s body, leaving it to die when his body becomes too damaged that he is unable to retrieve the Stone (Rowling 213). Voldemort is blinded by what the Philosopher’s Stone can provide for him that he is reckless in his actions; he reveals that Harry’s mother “needn’t have died … she was trying to protect you [Harry]…” (213). He desires the Stone to gain wealth and power solely for himself and he disregards the well-being of others, especially since he dominates another wizard and uses their magic until he no longer needs them. This misuse of power is imperative to remember because a magical object so significant implies that a great deal of responsibility in protecting it is needed. If one abuses the power of the Philosopher’s Stone, it is possible that the user will be willing to inflict harm onto others in order to remain feared, especially since they were willing to physically harm others while seeking the

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