In this latest investigation, hpboy13 attempts to unearth the question of whether or not there were clear forms of aid along the way, helping the trio throughout Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. More importantly, was this invisible hand none other than the headmaster himself, Albus Dumbledore? Logically this choice makes the most sense since, arguably, he does appear to be the largest of all orchestrators at the end of the series. Yet, even for him this would mean going against his principle of letting Harry live his life.
As hpboy13 points out,
It is this same reasoning that explains the presence of [P]rotections -2-6]. At first glance, why bother with all the ‘protections’ surrounding the Stone? Only two of them were even remotely effective: Fluffy and the Mirror of Erised. The rest of them – Sprout’s Devil’s Snare, Flitwick’s flying keys, McGonagall’s chess board, and Snape’s riddle – are gotten through by a trio of first years and don’t serve to hinder Quirrell at all.
Was Dumbledore truly pulling strings along the way to ensure Harry wound up with the Sorcerer’s Stone? Or do we chalk his success up to a combination of natural talent and loads of sheer dumb luck?