Yes, I knew the original title was The Philopher's Stone, but I'm from Europe, so I bought the UK edition. I assume you have listened to the whole book, so you know by now what it is. And it is not something J.K. Rowling invented, but something she borrowed from traditional alchemy, as is Nicholas Flamel. (Although the reality of it is a very different matter, of course ;o) )
"The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter (revised edition)"
Holy hippogriff, Batman! Of course I am definitely interested. I'll be requesting that one from my library. Thanks! (I've always wanted to know where that stuff came from.)
BTW, I am to their 6th year and I have to say that Joanne Rowling has got to be my favorite author; she's got one heck of an imagination! How she integrates already known myths into her own is genious.
Now I completely understand why Voldemort had that potion, can't believe I didn't get it before. He's evil, and that's one heck of a horrible way to get to one of his Horcruxes. Although you'd think that he'd have made it harder with the others, too.
In the scene where Tom Riddle is asking Professor Slughorn about these elusive Horcruxes, did anyone notice the ring on Tom's finger? In the book it is said that the family that Voldemort's mother came from was kin to the three brothers, and that when Tom was just learning about magic at Hogwarts, he made a visit to the home of his mother's and Dumbledor felt that that was when he made his 1st horcrux. Would it stand to reason then that that ring was a horcrux, and thus Voldemort's FIRST horcrux? PLUS it held the resurrection stone, did it not?