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How did Dumbledore manage to hide the stone the way he did? [duplicate]

The climax of the first book is when Harry is able to inexplicably able to retrieve the stone from inside the mirror. Shortly after, we learn that the only way to get the stone from the mirror, was to ...
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How was the Philosopher's Stone destroyed?

How was the Philosopher's Stone destroyed? Was it ever stated in the first book how the Stone was destroyed? Was the Stone destroyed when Harry dropped it?
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Why did Quirrell wait so long to try to steal the Philosopher's Stone?

Quirrell knew how to get around Fluffy around in April, but he waited until June to try to steal the Philosopher's Stone. Why didn't he try earlier? I know Voldemort was afraid of Dumbledore, but was ...
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Why did Dumbledore put so many obstacles to protect The Philosopher's stone when it’s pretty much pointless? [duplicate]

This has always struck me as odd, in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry, Ron, and Hemione get past 7 obstacles in order to stop Quirrell. Although, even if Harry and his pals don’t show ...
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Why wasn't Snape punished for attempting to save Harry's life? [duplicate]

In the first book of Harry Potter, it is revealed that Snape was not trying to curse Harry's broom; he was trying to save him. But we also learn that Professor Quirrell was behind it the whole time, ...
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What was Dumbledore's reasoning for placing the Mirror of Erised in a random classroom for most of the year?

The Mirror of Erised was the obstacle that essentially made all the previous obstacles protecting the Philosopher's Stone obsolete. Dumbledore had enchanted the mirror so that only a person who wanted ...
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Physical location of Philosopher's Stone before Harry's pocket?

Timeline: Gringotts vault 713 Hagrid's coat ??? 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 ...
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How did Bellatrix know about the Philosopher's Stone?

She was in Azkaban during those events. She confronted Snape about it in HBP. How did she know about it?
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Does the Sorcerer's (Philosopher's) stone protect against non-natural causes of death?

It's likely this has been asked before, but I can't find it: Does the Sorcerer's (Philosopher's) Stone protect against non-natural death? I.e., getting hit by a bus, Avada Kedavra, falling off a ...
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How does a centaur know what is hidden in Hogwarts?

In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, when Harry, Ron, and Malfoy got detention from Professor McGonagall they have to go into the Forbidden Forest with Hagrid to find a unicorn who is injured, ...
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Why wasn't Fluffy's chamber locked with anti-Alohomora charm? [duplicate]

Fluffy's chamber on the third floor didn't have any special lock. It could easily be unlocked using Alohomora. Alohomora was a basic spell which even first years could use and that's how our heroes ...
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Why was the entrance to the Stone's dungeon hideout located on the third floor?

I've been reading the Harry Potter books for years and there's something I noticed the other day which I can't believe I hadn't spotted before. The Philosopher's Stone is hidden in some dungeons ...
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How often does one have to take the Elixir of Life to sustain their life?

'Therefore, Voldemort would be entirely dependent on the Elixir, and if it ran out, or was contaminated, or if the Stone was stolen, he would die just like any other man.' –Albus Dumbledore in Harry ...
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Could the Sorcerer's Stone have extended Dumbledore's life in The Half-Blood Prince if it was not destroyed? [closed]

When Dumbledore was cursed with Marvolo Gaunt's ring, could he have extended his one-year timer until death with the Sorcerer Stone if it was never destroyed in the first book? Could he have lived ...
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Did Dumbledore and Snape have a plan, for when Quirrell stole the Philosopher's Stone?

In Deathly Hallows we learn that Dumbledore asked Snape to keep an eye on Quirrell. We presume because he thought Quirrell was fishy. Keep an eye on Quirrell, won't you? I assume at some point after ...
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How did Nicolas Flamel plan to use the Philosopher's Stone after Dumbledore hid it?

Dumbledore and Flamel remove the stone from Gringotts in the summer before Harry's first year at Hogwarts. Dumbledore hides it in Hogwarts, with one of his most wonderful ideas: only someone wanting ...
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Why was Quirrell unable to take the stone out of 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 — ...
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How did Harry remove the Philosopher's Stone from the Mirror of Erised?

‘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 ...
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