Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Analysis
Hello everyone. My name's Harleen and I will be writing 5
articles looking inside the Harry Potter books and picking up those little
coincidences or references that the reader usually wouldn't notice or think
relevant unless they've read the books more than one time. As some of you may
know, J.K. Rowling has a style of twisting the plot with things right under our
Take for example, Ron's faithful pet rat, Scabbers. In the world of Harry Potter
and magic, almost nothing is what it seems and everything comes unexpected. This
article is going to try to uncover some of these secrets.
Many references have been made in Harry Potter and the
Philosopher's Stone, which prove to be very important in later books. These
include Sirius Black and his flying motorcycle as well as Mrs. Figg. However, in
this article I will be focusing on Mrs. Arabella Figg. First of all, she was
once married. What happened to her husband? Is it possible that he died while
working in the Order? Perhaps she wants to avenge her husband and although she
is a Squib, she is working in the Order to get back at her husband's murderers.
This is unlikely though, because when Moody showed Harry the picture of the
original Order of the Phoenix, he did not mention a Figg. Also there are
numerous mentions of Arabella Figg, cabbages, and cats throughout the book and
the series. Some of these include:
· Mrs. Figg's house smells like cabbages and cats. She makes Harry look at
pictures of all the cats she'd ever owned
· The Polyjuice Potion tastes like over-cooked cabbage.
· The Apocethary in Diagon Alley smells like rotten cabbages.
· Hagrid buys Flesh-Eating Slug Repellent citing that they are ruining the
· The tent Mr. Weasley borrows from the old Warlock that he works with,
Perkins, smells like cats and is decorated in exactly the same style as Mrs.
· Mrs. Figg's cats, Tiddles, Mr. Paws, Snowy, and Tufty, could be spies for her
to watch out for Harry. Another likely theory is that her cats are really
Kneazles and are highly loyal to Mrs. Figg and are constantly watching out for
Harry on behalf of her.
These theories might be completely wrong, however, by reading
the Harry Potter books, nothing is what they seem.