The purpose of placing the Philosopher's stone where it was placed was to hide it from Voldemort. Is there any in-universe reason why it was hidden behind a series of solvable puzzles? It looks like it was set up such that a worthy hero could solve the puzzles and get the stone (there were even written clues!), but surely the point was to hide it from anyone, including capable wizards such as Quirrel who might be helping Voldemort.

Why then not just hide it behind Snape's magical fire and not provide the potion, for example?

I understand that the purpose of the puzzle is to show Harry as a hero, so I'm not even questioning why the puzzles were easy enough to be solved by an 11 years old, but is there an in universe explanation why there were puzzles at all?

  • You did notice that the reason for the last puzzle was that "wizards are not good at logic" right? – Jontia Mar 24 '20 at 18:08
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    Possible duplicate of Was the Sorcerer's (Philosopher's) Stone really that well protected? – Jenayah Mar 24 '20 at 18:09
  • @Jenayah not really, the answer there point out that the tests aren't so easy after all, and I can agree, my problem is that there shouldn't be any tests at all! To draw an analogy, if I put something precious in a safe, I won't leave a note with a clue to find the combination, not even a very hard one. – user2723984 Mar 24 '20 at 18:11
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    @Jontia is your point that they didn't think it through very well? – user2723984 Mar 24 '20 at 18:12
  • Okay, my bad, picked the wrong dupe. The actual dupe is then Why did the chambers in Philosophers Stone let people pass? – Jenayah Mar 24 '20 at 18:14

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