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Timeline:

  1. Gringotts vault 713
  2. Hagrid's coat
  3. ???
  4. Harry's pocket

It was destroyed after this, so presumably still existed. Was Quirrel's guess of it being inside the Mirror of Erised correct?

Can't be physically, because then breaking it would have yielded the stone, and Quirrel wouldn't've had to "use the boy"

Inside a mirror dimension? Inside the mirror as a concept instead of a physical object? But the stone must still physically be somewhere, no?

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    Magic doesn't follow the rules of physics. We have bags and tents that are bigger on the inside. Cabinets that transport you between each of them instantly. Turning people into animals.... The stone is in the mirror, magically. – Skooba Jul 30 at 16:19
  • There's a quote from Quirrell/Voldemort, something about 'Is the stone inside? Do I have to break it?' – marcellothearcane Jul 30 at 17:00
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The stone was probably in the room and probably under a spell that will cause you not to find it (kind of like the Fidelius Charm). Dumbledore then enchanted the stone to appear only in the pocket of a person whose deepest desire was to find the stone, but not use it. The Mirror of Erised was there to determine what your desire was.

"How did I get the Stone out of the mirror?"
"Ah, now, I'm glad you asked me that. It was one of my more brilliant ideas, and between you and me, that's saying something. You see, only one who wanted to find the Stone — find it, but not use it — would be able to get it, otherwise they'd just see themselves making gold or drinking Elixir of Life. My brain surprises even me sometimes..."

Dumbledore says the stone was there, but only if you wanted to find it and not use it. Quirrell focused on the mirror, but didn't realise it was only the path to get to the stone. Breaking the mirror wouldn't help — the stone would only reveal itself under very specific conditions.

In short: Dumbledore put the stone in a condition that will cause it to appear only in the pocket of the seeker who's deepest desire was to retrieve the stone but not use it.

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    Dumbledore's response heavily implies the stone was inside the mirror. – Jontia Jul 30 at 18:25
  • Why the pocket? – SovereignSun Jul 30 at 18:29
  • @SovereignSun: Maybe Dumbledore likes pockets? :) – FuzzyBoots Jul 30 at 20:00
  • @Jontia- not at all. Dumbledore says If someone saw himself in the mirror finding the stone- He'll be able to get it. The mirror didn't contain the stone, it was a way of determining if you're worthy of it. – MBEllis Jul 31 at 15:21
  • Geographically in the room does seem like the likely answer, but I don't see great evidence for that yet. The question is perhaps better expressed as "What coordinates would a GPS-tracker show?" (Taking into account that electronics go haywire in Hogwarts). - Related or replacement question: Why didn't/couldn't Quirrel/Voldemort break the enchantment Dumbledore had cast on Erised? – Jonta 2 days ago

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