Timeframe 
Second Week of June � Late June, 1992
 Synopsis 
Harry faces the final protection around the stone alone. Harry notices the Mirror of Erised, but apart from that, the chamber is completely empty of artefacts. However, as expected, somebody has got there first. But it�s not Snape; it�s not even Voldemort� It�s Quirrell! He stares into the mirror and it is clear that the stone has been somehow concealed behind the glass. Quirrell is aware of Harry�s presence and tells him that Snape was only a red herring and that he bares responsibility for everything that Harry suspected of Snape. This includes the hexing incident during the Quidditch match � Snape was actually performing a counter curse in an attempt to save Harry. Hermione accidentally knocked Quirrell over as she rushed to deal with Snape and his concentration was broken. Now that he has explained himself, Quirrell returns to looking into the mirror, unsure of what to do. Quirrell unwraps his turban and a terrible sight is revealed. Where the rear of his head should have been, there is a second face. The weakened form of Voldemort, devoid of a body of his own, shares that of Quirrell! Voldemort tells Quirrell that Harry may be of some use in attaining the stone. Quirrell moves Harry in front of the mirror, and the boy stares into it. His deepest wish at this point is to get the stone before Quirrell and this is exactly what he sees in the reflection. But the instant he views the image, he feels the stone materialise in his pocket. However, it all looks to be pointless because Voldemort reads Harry�s mind and discovers the location of the stone. He orders Quirrell to kill Harry and the latter has to use his bare hands to protect himself. Wherever contact is made between Quirrell�s skin and that of Harry, Quirrell burns and blisters. He is unable to touch the boy without suffering agony. The effort involved nearly kills the boy and he quickly looses consciousness.
Harry wakes up in the hospital wing three days later. Dumbledore sits by his bedside. The headmaster says that the stone is safe and that Voldemort has gone. He left Quirrell to die and escaped in his spirit form to lie low once again. Dumbledore explains that because Lily Potter died to save her son, he has a special magical protection flowing in his blood. This is why Quirrell could not touch him. In answer to a question by Harry, he reveals that only somebody wishing to have the stone but not use it for personal gain would have been able to get it from the mirror, as in Harry�s case. Dumbledore also owns up to being the sender of the invisibility cloak at Christmas. In addition, the professor mentions that Snape hates Harry to the extent that he does because of a previous hatred that Snape carried for James Potter when they were at Hogwarts together.
Hagrid also visits Harry�s bedside. He gives the boy a photo album containing the first photographs of his parents that Harry has seen in his life. It is a wonderful gift and he is incredibly grateful.
Harry is permitted to leave the hospital wing on the night of the feast marking the end of the academic year. It looks as though Slytherin have won the house cup, until Dumbledore announces that some additional last-minute points need to be awarded. Harry, Ron and Hermione receive high amounts for their bravery and Neville Longbottom seals an unlikely victory for Gryffindor when his loyalty is recognised. The celebrations are memorable and last right through the night.
The next morning, all the students board the Hogwarts express for the homeward journey for the summer holidays. Ron says that he must come and visit the Weasleys' during the summer. When the train arrives back at King�s Cross, Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia meet Harry. However, for once he is happy to return to Privet Drive because he knows that the Dursleys will be too scared of his magical powers to be unpleasant to him.
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