From what I understand the stone was supposed to resurrect someone (that's the reason it took it's name) but in reality it only brought back something like a ghost (as we see in the tale). I think this is confirmed when Harry holds the stone and his family seems to be alive BUT when he tries to touch them he can't. So, is it true? Could the stone really work but not in the way it's name describes?

  • @MikeKellogg They marked mine as a dupe of that and it wasn't even related. I have no hope for this one.
    – user40790
    Feb 29 '16 at 21:53
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    @MikeKellogg It isn't a dupe. This is asking if the name and the function differ, that asked how the function was possible. Not a dupe
    – CHEESE
    Feb 29 '16 at 22:12

Yes, yes it can. Not only is it possible for the stone to really work but not in the way its name describes, it actually--as you pointed out--does! On a more serious note, the stone is called that, I assume, because of the brother's wish. He told Death he wanted a stone to bring back people from death, and Death gave him this stone, which was subsequently named the Resurrection Stone. Also, Resurrection Stone sounds good, but I would not buy the Not-Quite-Resurrection Stone.

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    Dumbledore, who's usually right, thinks Death wasn't really involved. That part was just a story.
    – wyvern
    Mar 1 '16 at 0:55

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