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HARRY
POTTER
AND
THE
SORCERER'S
STONE
BY
J
K
ROWLING
ILLUSTRATIONS
BY
MARY
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CHAPTER
1
THE
BOY
WHO
LIVED
MR
AND
MRS
DURSLEY
OF
NUMBER
FOUR
PRIVET
DRIVE
WERE
PROUD
TO
SAY
THAT
THEY
WERE
PERFECTLY
NORMAL
THANK
YOU
VERY
MUCH
THEY
WERE
THE
LAST
PEOPLE
YOU'D
EXPECT
TO
BE
INVOLVED
IN
ANYTHING
STRANGE
OR
MYSTERIOUS
BECAUSE
THEY
JUST
DIDN'T
HOLD
WITH
SUCH
NONSENSE
MR
DURSLEY
WAS
THE
DIRECTOR
OF
A
FIRM
CALLED
GRUNNINGS
WHICH
MADE
DRILLS
HE
WAS
A
BIG
BEEFY
MAN
WITH
HARDLY
ANY
NECK
ALTHOUGH
HE
DID
HAVE
A
VERY
LARGE
MUSTACHE
MRS
DURSLEY
WAS
THIN
AND
BLONDE
AND
HAD
NEARLY
TWICE
THE
USUAL
AMOUNT
OF
NECK
WHICH
CAME
IN
VERY
USEFUL
AS
SHE
SPENT
SO
MUCH
OF
HER
TIME
CRANING
OVER
GARDEN
FENCES
SPYING
ON
THE
NEIGHBORS
THE
DURSLEYS
HAD
A
SMALL
SON
CALLED
DUDLEY
AND
IN
THEIR
OPINION
THERE
WAS
NO
FINER
BOY
ANYWHERE
THE
DURSLEYS
HAD
EVERYTHING
THEY
WANTED
BUT
THEY
ALSO
HAD
A
SECRET
AND
THEIR
GREATEST
FEAR
WAS
THAT
SOMEBODY
WOULD
DISCOVER
IT
THEY
DIDN'T
THINK
THEY
COULD
BEAR
IT
IF
ANYONE
FOUND
OUT
ABOUT
THE
POTTERS
MRS
POTTER
WAS
MRS
DURSLEY'S
SISTER
BUT
THEY
HADN'T
MET
FOR
SEVERAL
YEARS
IN
FACT
MRS
DURSLEY
PRETENDED
SHE
DIDN'T
HAVE
A
SISTER
BECAUSE
HER
SISTER
AND
HER
GOODFORNOTHING
HUSBAND
WERE
AS
UNDURSLEYISH
AS
IT
WAS
POSSIBLE
TO
BE
THE
DURSLEYS
SHUDDERED
TO
THINK
WHAT
THE
NEIGHBORS
WOULD
SAY
IF
THE
POTTERS
ARRIVED
IN
THE
STREET
THE
DURSLEYS
KNEW
THAT
THE
POTTERS
HAD
A
SMALL
SON
TOO
BUT
THEY
HAD
NEVER
EVEN
SEEN
HIM
THIS
BOY
WAS
ANOTHER
GOOD
REASON
FOR
KEEPING
THE
POTTERS
AWAY
THEY
DIDN'T
WANT
DUDLEY
MIXING
WITH
A
CHILD
LIKE
THAT
WHEN
MR
AND
MRS
DURSLEY
WOKE
UP
ON
THE
DULL
GRAY
TUESDAY
OUR
STORY
STARTS
THERE
WAS
NOTHING
ABOUT
THE
CLOUDY
SKY
OUTSIDE
TO
SUGGEST
THAT
STRANGE
AND
MYSTERIOUS
THINGS
WOULD
SOON
BE
HAPPENING
ALL
OVER
THE
COUNTRY
MR
DURSLEY
HUMMED
AS
HE
PICKED
OUT
HIS
MOST
BORING
TIE
FOR
WORK
AND
MRS
DURSLEY
GOSSIPED
AWAY
HAPPILY
AS
SHE
WRESTLED
A
SCREAMING
DUDLEY
INTO
HIS
HIGH
CHAIR
NONE
OF
THEM
NOTICED
A
LARGE
TAWNY
OWL
FLUTTER
PAST
THE
WINDOW
AT
HALF
PAST
EIGHT
MR
DURSLEY
PICKED
UP
HIS
BRIEFCASE
PECKED
MRS
DURSLEY
ON
THE
CHEEK
AND
TRIED
TO
KISS
DUDLEY
GOODBYE
BUT
MISSED
BECAUSE
DUDLEY
WAS
NOW
HAVING
A
TANTRUM
AND
THROWING
HIS
CEREAL
AT
THE
WALLS
LITTLE
TYKE
CHORTLED
MR
DURSLEY
AS
HE
LEFT
THE
HOUSE
HE
GOT
INTO
HIS
CAR
AND
BACKED
OUT
OF
NUMBER
FOUR'S
DRIVE
IT
WAS
ON
THE
CORNER
OF
THE
STREET
THAT
HE
NOTICED
THE
FIRST
SIGN
OF
SOMETHING
PECULIAR
A
CAT
READING
A
MAP
FOR
A
SECOND
MR
DURSLEY
DIDN'T
REALIZE
WHAT
HE
HAD
SEEN
THEN
HE
JERKED
HIS
HEAD
AROUND
TO
LOOK
AGAIN
THERE
WAS
A
TABBY
CAT
STANDING
ON
THE
CORNER
OF
PRIVET
DRIVE
BUT
THERE
WASN'T
A
MAP
IN
SIGHT
WHAT
COULD
HE
HAVE
BEEN
THINKING
OF
IT
MUST
HAVE
BEEN
A
TRICK
OF
THE
LIGHT
MR
DURSLEY
BLINKED
AND
STARED
AT
THE
CAT
IT
STARED
BACK
AS
MR
DURSLEY
DROVE
AROUND
THE
CORNER
AND
UP
THE
ROAD
HE
WATCHED
THE
CAT
IN
HIS
MIRROR
IT
WAS
NOW
READING
THE
SIGN
THAT
SAID
PRIVET
DRIVE
NO
LOOKING
AT
THE
SIGN
CATS
COULDN'T
READ
MAPS
OR
SIGNS
MR
DURSLEY
GAVE
HIMSELF
A
LITTLE
SHAKE
AND
PUT
THE
CAT
OUT
OF
HIS
MIND
AS
HE
DROVE
TOWARD
TOWN
HE
THOUGHT
OF
NOTHING
EXCEPT
A
LARGE
ORDER
OF
DRILLS
HE
WAS
HOPING
TO
GET
THAT
DAY
BUT
ON
THE
EDGE
OF
TOWN
DRILLS
WERE
DRIVEN
OUT
OF
HIS
MIND
BY
SOMETHING
ELSE
AS
HE
SAT
IN
THE
USUAL
MORNING
TRAFFIC
JAM
HE
COULDN'T
HELP
NOTICING
THAT
THERE
SEEMED
TO
BE
A
LOT
OF
STRANGELY
DRESSED
PEOPLE
ABOUT
PEOPLE
IN
CLOAKS
MR
DURSLEY
COULDN'T
BEAR
PEOPLE
WHO
DRESSED
IN
FUNNY
CLOTHES
THE
GETUPS
YOU
SAW
ON
YOUNG
PEOPLE
HE
SUPPOSED
THIS
WAS
SOME
STUPID
NEW
FASHION
HE
DRUMMED
HIS
FINGERS
ON
THE
STEERING
WHEEL
AND
HIS
EYES
FELL
ON
A
HUDDLE
OF
THESE
WEIRDOS
STANDING
QUITE
CLOSE
BY
THEY
WERE
WHISPERING
EXCITEDLY
TOGETHER
MR
DURSLEY
WAS
ENRAGED
TO
SEE
THAT
A
COUPLE
OF
THEM
WEREN'T
YOUNG
AT
ALL
WHY
THAT
MAN
HAD
TO
BE
OLDER
THAN
HE
WAS
AND
WEARING
AN
EMERALDGREEN
CLOAK
THE
NERVE
OF
HIM
BUT
THEN
IT
STRUCK
MR
DURSLEY
THAT
THIS
WAS
PROBABLY
SOME
SILLY
STUNT
THESE
PEOPLE
WERE
OBVIOUSLY
COLLECTING
FOR
SOMETHING
YES
THAT
WOULD
BE
IT
THE
TRAFFIC
MOVED
ON
AND
A
FEW
MINUTES
LATER
MR
DURSLEY
ARRIVED
IN
THE
GRUNNINGS
PARKING
LOT
HIS
MIND
BACK
ON
DRILLS
MR
DURSLEY
ALWAYS
SAT
WITH
HIS
BACK
TO
THE
WINDOW
IN
HIS
OFFICE
ON
THE
NINTH
FLOOR
IF
HE
HADN'T
HE
MIGHT
HAVE
FOUND
IT
HARDER
TO
CONCENTRATE
ON
DRILLS
THAT
MORNING
HE
DIDN'T
SEE
THE
OWLS
SWOOPING
PAST
IN
BROAD
DAYLIGHT
THOUGH
PEOPLE
DOWN
IN
THE
STREET
DID
THEY
POINTED
AND
GAZED
OPENMOUTHED
AS
OWL
AFTER
OWL
SPED
OVERHEAD
MOST
OF
THEM
HAD
NEVER
SEEN
AN
OWL
EVEN
AT
NIGHTTIME
MR
DURSLEY
HOWEVER
HAD
A
PERFECTLY
NORMAL
OWLFREE
MORNING
HE
YELLED
AT
FIVE
DIFFERENT
PEOPLE
HE
MADE
SEVERAL
IMPORTANT
TELEPHONE
CALLS
AND
SHOUTED
A
BIT
MORE
HE
WAS
IN
A
VERY
GOOD
MOOD
UNTIL
LUNCHTIME
WHEN
HE
THOUGHT
HE'D
STRETCH
HIS
LEGS
AND
WALK
ACROSS
THE
ROAD
TO
BUY
HIMSELF
A
BUN
FROM
THE
BAKERY
HE'D
FORGOTTEN
ALL
ABOUT
THE
PEOPLE
IN
CLOAKS
UNTIL
HE
PASSED
A
GROUP
OF
THEM
NEXT
TO
THE
BAKER'S
HE
EYED
THEM
ANGRILY
AS
HE
PASSED
HE
DIDN'T
KNOW
WHY
BUT
THEY
MADE
HIM
UNEASY
THIS
BUNCH
WERE
WHISPERING
EXCITEDLY
TOO
AND
HE
COULDN'T
SEE
A
SINGLE
COLLECTING
TIN
IT
WAS
ON
HIS
WAY
BACK
PAST
THEM
CLUTCHING
A
LARGE
DOUGHNUT
IN
A
BAG
THAT
HE
CAUGHT
A
FEW
WORDS
OF
WHAT
THEY
WERE
SAYING
THE
POTTERS
THAT'S
RIGHT
THAT'S
WHAT
I
HEARD
YES
THEIR
SON
HARRY
MR
DURSLEY
STOPPED
DEAD
FEAR
FLOODED
HIM
HE
LOOKED
BACK
AT
THE
WHISPERERS
AS
IF
HE
WANTED
TO
SAY
SOMETHING
TO
THEM
BUT
THOUGHT
BETTER
OF
IT
HE
DASHED
BACK
ACROSS
THE
ROAD
HURRIED
UP
TO
HIS
OFFICE
SNAPPED
AT
HIS
SECRETARY
NOT
TO
DISTURB
HIM
SEIZED
HIS
TELEPHONE
AND
HAD
ALMOST
FINISHED
DIALING
HIS
HOME
NUMBER
WHEN
HE
CHANGED
HIS
MIND
HE
PUT
THE
RECEIVER
BACK
DOWN
AND
STROKED
HIS
MUSTACHE
THINKING
NO
HE
WAS
BEING
STUPID
POTTER
WASN'T
SUCH
AN
UNUSUAL
NAME
HE
WAS
SURE
THERE
WERE
LOTS
OF
PEOPLE
CALLED
POTTER
WHO
HAD
A
SON
CALLED
HARRY
COME
TO
THINK
OF
IT
HE
WASN'T
EVEN
SURE
HIS
NEPHEW
WAS
CALLED
HARRY
HE'D
NEVER
EVEN
SEEN
THE
BOY
IT
MIGHT
HAVE
BEEN
HARVEY
OR
HAROLD
THERE
WAS
NO
POINT
IN
WORRYING
MRS
DURSLEY
SHE
ALWAYS
GOT
SO
UPSET
AT
ANY
MENTION
OF
HER
SISTER
HE
DIDN'T
BLAME
HER
IF
HE'D
HAD
A
SISTER
LIKE
THAT
BUT
ALL
THE
SAME
THOSE
PEOPLE
IN
CLOAKS
HE
FOUND
IT
A
LOT
HARDER
TO
CONCENTRATE
ON
DRILLS
THAT
AFTERNOON
AND
WHEN
HE
LEFT
THE
BUILDING
AT
FIVE
O'CLOCK
HE
WAS
STILL
SO
WORRIED
THAT
HE
WALKED
STRAIGHT
INTO
SOMEONE
JUST
OUTSIDE
THE
DOOR
SORRY
HE
GRUNTED
AS
THE
TINY
OLD
MAN
STUMBLED
AND
ALMOST
FELL
IT
WAS
A
FEW
SECONDS
BEFORE
MR
DURSLEY
REALIZED
THAT
THE
MAN
WAS
WEARING
A
VIOLET
CLOAK
HE
DIDN'T
SEEM
AT
ALL
UPSET
AT
BEING
ALMOST
KNOCKED
TO
THE
GROUND
ON
THE
CONTRARY
HIS
FACE
SPLIT
INTO
A
WIDE
SMILE
AND
HE
SAID
IN
A
SQUEAKY
VOICE
THAT
MADE
PASSERSBY
STARE
DON'T
BE
SORRY
MY
DEAR
SIR
FOR
NOTHING
COULD
UPSET
ME
TODAY
REJOICE
FOR
YOUKNOWWHO
HAS
GONE
AT
LAST
EVEN
MUGGLES
LIKE
YOURSELF
SHOULD
BE
CELEBRATING
THIS
HAPPY
HAPPY
DAY
AND
THE
OLD
MAN
HUGGED
MR
DURSLEY
AROUND
THE
MIDDLE
AND
WALKED
OFF
MR
DURSLEY
STOOD
ROOTED
TO
THE
SPOT
HE
HAD
BEEN
HUGGED
BY
A
COMPLETE
STRANGER
HE
ALSO
THOUGHT
HE
HAD
BEEN
CALLED
A
MUGGLE
WHATEVER
THAT
WAS
HE
WAS
RATTLED
HE
HURRIED
TO
HIS
CAR
AND
SET
OFF
FOR
HOME
HOPING
HE
WAS
IMAGINING
THINGS
WHICH
HE
HAD
NEVER
HOPED
BEFORE
BECAUSE
HE
DIDN'T
APPROVE
OF
IMAGINATION
AS
HE
PULLED
INTO
THE
DRIVEWAY
OF
NUMBER
FOUR
THE
FIRST
THING
HE
SAW
AND
IT
DIDN'T
IMPROVE
HIS
MOOD
WAS
THE
TABBY
CAT
HE'D
SPOTTED
THAT
MORNING
IT
WAS
NOW
SITTING
ON
HIS
GARDEN
WALL
HE
WAS
SURE
IT
WAS
THE
SAME
ONE
IT
HAD
THE
SAME
MARKINGS
AROUND
ITS
EYES
SHOO
SAID
MR
DURSLEY
LOUDLY
THE
CAT
DIDN'T
MOVE
IT
JUST
GAVE
HIM
A
STERN
LOOK
WAS
THIS
NORMAL
CAT
BEHAVIOR
MR
DURSLEY
WONDERED
TRYING
TO
PULL
HIMSELF
TOGETHER
HE
LET
HIMSELF
INTO
THE
HOUSE
HE
WAS
STILL
DETERMINED
NOT
TO
MENTION
ANYTHING
TO
HIS
WIFE
MRS
DURSLEY
HAD
HAD
A
NICE
NORMAL
DAY
SHE
TOLD
HIM
OVER
DINNER
ALL
ABOUT
MRS
NEXT
DOOR'S
PROBLEMS
WITH
HER
DAUGHTER
AND
HOW
DUDLEY
HAD
LEARNED
A
NEW
WORD
WON'T
MR
DURSLEY
TRIED
TO
ACT
NORMALLY
WHEN
DUDLEY
HAD
BEEN
PUT
TO
BED
HE
WENT
INTO
THE
LIVING
ROOM
IN
TIME
TO
CATCH
THE
LAST
REPORT
ON
THE
EVENING
NEWS
AND
FINALLY
BIRDWATCHERS
EVERYWHERE
HAVE
REPORTED
THAT
THE
NATION'S
OWLS
HAVE
BEEN
BEHAVING
VERY
UNUSUALLY
TODAY
ALTHOUGH
OWLS
NORMALLY
HUNT
AT
NIGHT
AND
ARE
HARDLY
EVER
SEEN
IN
DAYLIGHT
THERE
HAVE
BEEN
HUNDREDS
OF
SIGHTINGS
OF
THESE
BIRDS
FLYING
IN
EVERY
DIRECTION
SINCE
SUNRISE
EXPERTS
ARE
UNABLE
TO
EXPLAIN
WHY
THE
OWLS
HAVE
SUDDENLY
CHANGED
THEIR
SLEEPING
PATTERN
THE
NEWSCASTER
ALLOWED
HIMSELF
A
GRIN
MOST
MYSTERIOUS
AND
NOW
OVER
TO
JIM
MCGUFFIN
WITH
THE
WEATHER
GOING
TO
BE
ANY
MORE
SHOWERS
OF
OWLS
TONIGHT
JIM
WELL
TED
SAID
THE
WEATHERMAN
I
DON'T
KNOW
ABOUT
THAT
BUT
IT'S
NOT
ONLY
THE
OWLS
THAT
HAVE
BEEN
ACTING
ODDLY
TODAY
VIEWERS
AS
FAR
APART
AS
KENT
YORKSHIRE
AND
DUNDEE
HAVE
BEEN
PHONING
IN
TO
TELL
ME
THAT
INSTEAD
OF
THE
RAIN
I
PROMISED
YESTERDAY
THEY'VE
HAD
A
DOWNPOUR
OF
SHOOTING
STARS
PERHAPS
PEOPLE
HAVE
BEEN
CELEBRATING
BONFIRE
NIGHT
EARLY
IT'S
NOT
UNTIL
NEXT
WEEK
FOLKS
BUT
I
CAN
PROMISE
A
WET
NIGHT
TONIGHT
MR
DURSLEY
SAT
FROZEN
IN
HIS
ARMCHAIR
SHOOTING
STARS
ALL
OVER
BRITAIN
OWLS
FLYING
BY
DAYLIGHT
MYSTERIOUS
PEOPLE
IN
CLOAKS
ALL
OVER
THE
PLACE
AND
A
WHISPER
A
WHISPER
ABOUT
THE
POTTERS
MRS
DURSLEY
CAME
INTO
THE
LIVING
ROOM
CARRYING
TWO
CUPS
OF
TEA
IT
WAS
NO
GOOD
HE'D
HAVE
TO
SAY
SOMETHING
TO
HER
HE
CLEARED
HIS
THROAT
NERVOUSLY
ER
PETUNIA
DEAR
YOU
HAVEN'T
HEARD
FROM
YOUR
SISTER
LATELY
HAVE
YOU
AS
HE
HAD
EXPECTED
MRS
DURSLEY
LOOKED
SHOCKED
AND
ANGRY
AFTER
ALL
THEY
NORMALLY
PRETENDED
SHE
DIDN'T
HAVE
A
SISTER
NO
SHE
SAID
SHARPLY
WHY
FUNNY
STUFF
ON
THE
NEWS
MR
DURSLEY
MUMBLED
OWLS
SHOOTING
STARS
AND
THERE
WERE
A
LOT
OF
FUNNYLOOKING
PEOPLE
IN
TOWN
TODAY
SO
SNAPPED
MRS
DURSLEY
WELL
I
JUST
THOUGHT
MAYBE
IT
WAS
SOMETHING
TO
DO
WITH
YOU
KNOW
HER
CROWD
MRS
DURSLEY
SIPPED
HER
TEA
THROUGH
PURSED
LIPS
MR
DURSLEY
WONDERED
WHETHER
HE
DARED
TELL
HER
HE'D
HEARD
THE
NAME
POTTER
HE
DECIDED
HE
DIDN'T
DARE
INSTEAD
HE
SAID
AS
CASUALLY
AS
HE
COULD
THEIR
SON
HE'D
BE
ABOUT
DUDLEY'S
AGE
NOW
WOULDN'T
HE
I
SUPPOSE
SO
SAID
MRS
DURSLEY
STIFFLY
WHAT'S
HIS
NAME
AGAIN
HOWARD
ISN'T
IT
HARRY
NASTY
COMMON
NAME
IF
YOU
ASK
ME
OH
YES
SAID
MR
DURSLEY
HIS
HEART
SINKING
HORRIBLY
YES
I
QUITE
AGREE
HE
DIDN'T
SAY
ANOTHER
WORD
ON
THE
SUBJECT
AS
THEY
WENT
UPSTAIRS
TO
BED
WHILE
MRS
DURSLEY
WAS
IN
THE
BATHROOM
MR
DURSLEY
CREPT
TO
THE
BEDROOM
WINDOW
AND
PEERED
DOWN
INTO
THE
FRONT
GARDEN
THE
CAT
WAS
STILL
THERE
IT
WAS
STARING
DOWN
PRIVET
DRIVE
AS
THOUGH
IT
WERE
WAITING
FOR
SOMETHING
WAS
HE
IMAGINING
THINGS
COULD
ALL
THIS
HAVE
ANYTHING
TO
DO
WITH
THE
POTTERS
IF
IT
DID
IF
IT
GOT
OUT
THAT
THEY
WERE
RELATED
TO
A
PAIR
OF
WELL
HE
DIDN'T
THINK
HE
COULD
BEAR
IT
THE
DURSLEYS
GOT
INTO
BED
MRS
DURSLEY
FELL
ASLEEP
QUICKLY
BUT
MR
DURSLEY
LAY
AWAKE
TURNING
IT
ALL
OVER
IN
HIS
MIND
HIS
LAST
COMFORTING
THOUGHT
BEFORE
HE
FELL
ASLEEP
WAS
THAT
EVEN
IF
THE
POTTERS
WERE
INVOLVED
THERE
WAS
NO
REASON
FOR
THEM
TO
COME
NEAR
HIM
AND
MRS
DURSLEY
THE
POTTERS
KNEW
VERY
WELL
WHAT
HE
AND
PETUNIA
THOUGHT
ABOUT
THEM
AND
THEIR
KIND
HE
COULDN'T
SEE
HOW
HE
AND
PETUNIA
COULD
GET
MIXED
UP
IN
ANYTHING
THAT
MIGHT
BE
GOING
ON
HE
YAWNED
AND
TURNED
OVER
IT
COULDN'T
AFFECT
THEM
HOW
VERY
WRONG
HE
WAS
MR
DURSLEY
MIGHT
HAVE
BEEN
DRIFTING
INTO
AN
UNEASY
SLEEP
BUT
THE
CAT
ON
THE
WALL
OUTSIDE
WAS
SHOWING
NO
SIGN
OF
SLEEPINESS
IT
WAS
SITTING
AS
STILL
AS
A
STATUE
ITS
EYES
FIXED
UNBLINKINGLY
ON
THE
FAR
CORNER
OF
PRIVET
DRIVE
IT
DIDN'T
SO
MUCH
AS
QUIVER
WHEN
A
CAR
DOOR
SLAMMED
ON
THE
NEXT
STREET
NOR
WHEN
TWO
OWLS
SWOOPED
OVERHEAD
IN
FACT
IT
WAS
NEARLY
MIDNIGHT
BEFORE
THE
CAT
MOVED
AT
ALL
A
MAN
APPEARED
ON
THE
CORNER
THE
CAT
HAD
BEEN
WATCHING
APPEARED
SO
SUDDENLY
AND
SILENTLY
YOU'D
HAVE
THOUGHT
HE'D
JUST
POPPED
OUT
OF
THE
GROUND
THE
CAT'S
TAIL
TWITCHED
AND
ITS
EYES
NARROWED
NOTHING
LIKE
THIS
MAN
HAD
EVER
BEEN
SEEN
ON
PRIVET
DRIVE
HE
WAS
TALL
THIN
AND
VERY
OLD
JUDGING
BY
THE
SILVER
OF
HIS
HAIR
AND
BEARD
WHICH
WERE
BOTH
LONG
ENOUGH
TO
TUCK
INTO
HIS
BELT
HE
WAS
WEARING
LONG
ROBES
A
PURPLE
CLOAK
THAT
SWEPT
THE
GROUND
AND
HIGHHEELED
BUCKLED
BOOTS
HIS
BLUE
EYES
WERE
LIGHT
BRIGHT
AND
SPARKLING
BEHIND
HALFMOON
SPECTACLES
AND
HIS
NOSE
WAS
VERY
LONG
AND
CROOKED
AS
THOUGH
IT
HAD
BEEN
BROKEN
AT
LEAST
TWICE
THIS
MAN'S
NAME
WAS
ALBUS
DUMBLEDORE
ALBUS
DUMBLEDORE
DIDN'T
SEEM
TO
REALIZE
THAT
HE
HAD
JUST
ARRIVED
IN
A
STREET
WHERE
EVERYTHING
FROM
HIS
NAME
TO
HIS
BOOTS
WAS
UNWELCOME
HE
WAS
BUSY
RUMMAGING
IN
HIS
CLOAK
LOOKING
FOR
SOMETHING
BUT
HE
DID
SEEM
TO
REALIZE
HE
WAS
BEING
WATCHED
BECAUSE
HE
LOOKED
UP
SUDDENLY
AT
THE
CAT
WHICH
WAS
STILL
STARING
AT
HIM
FROM
THE
OTHER
END
OF
THE
STREET
FOR
SOME
REASON
THE
SIGHT
OF
THE
CAT
SEEMED
TO
AMUSE
HIM
HE
CHUCKLED
AND
MUTTERED
I
SHOULD
HAVE
KNOWN
HE
FOUND
WHAT
HE
WAS
LOOKING
FOR
IN
HIS
INSIDE
POCKET
IT
SEEMED
TO
BE
A
SILVER
CIGARETTE
LIGHTER
HE
FLICKED
IT
OPEN
HELD
IT
UP
IN
THE
AIR
AND
CLICKED
IT
THE
NEAREST
STREET
LAMP
WENT
OUT
WITH
A
LITTLE
POP
HE
CLICKED
IT
AGAIN
THE
NEXT
LAMP
FLICKERED
INTO
DARKNESS
TWELVE
TIMES
HE
CLICKED
THE
PUTOUTER
UNTIL
THE
ONLY
LIGHTS
LEFT
ON
THE
WHOLE
STREET
WERE
TWO
TINY
PINPRICKS
IN
THE
DISTANCE
WHICH
WERE
THE
EYES
OF
THE
CAT
WATCHING
HIM
IF
ANYONE
LOOKED
OUT
OF
THEIR
WINDOW
NOW
EVEN
BEADYEYED
MRS
DURSLEY
THEY
WOULDN'T
BE
ABLE
TO
SEE
ANYTHING
THAT
WAS
HAPPENING
DOWN
ON
THE
PAVEMENT
DUMBLEDORE
SLIPPED
THE
PUTOUTER
BACK
INSIDE
HIS
CLOAK
AND
SET
OFF
DOWN
THE
STREET
TOWARD
NUMBER
FOUR
WHERE
HE
SAT
DOWN
ON
THE
WALL
NEXT
TO
THE
CAT
HE
DIDN'T
LOOK
AT
IT
BUT
AFTER
A
MOMENT
HE
SPOKE
TO
IT
FANCY
SEEING
YOU
HERE
PROFESSOR
MCGONAGALL
HE
TURNED
TO
SMILE
AT
THE
TABBY
BUT
IT
HAD
GONE
INSTEAD
HE
WAS
SMILING
AT
A
RATHER
SEVERELOOKING
WOMAN
WHO
WAS
WEARING
SQUARE
GLASSES
EXACTLY
THE
SHAPE
OF
THE
MARKINGS
THE
CAT
HAD
HAD
AROUND
ITS
EYES
SHE
TOO
WAS
WEARING
A
CLOAK
AN
EMERALD
ONE
HER
BLACK
HAIR
WAS
DRAWN
INTO
A
TIGHT
BUN
SHE
LOOKED
DISTINCTLY
RUFFLED
HOW
DID
YOU
KNOW
IT
WAS
ME
SHE
ASKED
MY
DEAR
PROFESSOR
I'VE
NEVER
SEEN
A
CAT
SIT
SO
STIFFLY
YOU'D
BE
STIFF
IF
YOU'D
BEEN
SITTING
ON
A
BRICK
WALL
ALL
DAY
SAID
PROFESSOR
MCGONAGALL
ALL
DAY
WHEN
YOU
COULD
HAVE
BEEN
CELEBRATING
I
MUST
HAVE
PASSED
A
DOZEN
FEASTS
AND
PARTIES
ON
MY
WAY
HERE
PROFESSOR
MCGONAGALL
SNIFFED
ANGRILY
OH
YES
EVERYONE'S
CELEBRATING
ALL
RIGHT
SHE
SAID
IMPATIENTLY
YOU'D
THINK
THEY'D
BE
A
BIT
MORE
CAREFUL
BUT
NO
EVEN
THE
MUGGLES
HAVE
NOTICED
SOMETHING'S
GOING
ON
IT
WAS
ON
THEIR
NEWS
SHE
JERKED
HER
HEAD
BACK
AT
THE
DURSLEYS'
DARK
LIVINGROOM
WINDOW
I
HEARD
IT
FLOCKS
OF
OWLS
SHOOTING
STARS
WELL
THEY'RE
NOT
COMPLETELY
STUPID
THEY
WERE
BOUND
TO
NOTICE
SOMETHING
SHOOTING
STARS
DOWN
IN
KENT
I'LL
BET
THAT
WAS
DEDALUS
DIGGLE
HE
NEVER
HAD
MUCH
SENSE
YOU
CAN'T
BLAME
THEM
SAID
DUMBLEDORE
GENTLY
WE'VE
HAD
PRECIOUS
LITTLE
TO
CELEBRATE
FOR
ELEVEN
YEARS
I
KNOW
THAT
SAID
PROFESSOR
MCGONAGALL
IRRITABLY
BUT
THAT'S
NO
REASON
TO
LOSE
OUR
HEADS
PEOPLE
ARE
BEING
DOWNRIGHT
CARELESS
OUT
ON
THE
STREETS
IN
BROAD
DAYLIGHT
NOT
EVEN
DRESSED
IN
MUGGLE
CLOTHES
SWAPPING
RUMORS
SHE
THREW
A
SHARP
SIDEWAYS
GLANCE
AT
DUMBLEDORE
HERE
AS
THOUGH
HOPING
HE
WAS
GOING
TO
TELL
HER
SOMETHING
BUT
HE
DIDN'T
SO
SHE
WENT
ON
A
FINE
THING
IT
WOULD
BE
IF
ON
THE
VERY
DAY
YOUKNOWWHO
SEEMS
TO
HAVE
DISAPPEARED
AT
LAST
THE
MUGGLES
FOUND
OUT
ABOUT
US
ALL
I
SUPPOSE
HE
REALLY
HAS
GONE
DUMBLEDORE
IT
CERTAINLY
SEEMS
SO
SAID
DUMBLEDORE
WE
HAVE
MUCH
TO
BE
THANKFUL
FOR
WOULD
YOU
CARE
FOR
A
LEMON
DROP
A
WHAT
A
LEMON
DROP
THEY'RE
A
KIND
OF
MUGGLE
SWEET
I'M
RATHER
FOND
OF
NO
THANK
YOU
SAID
PROFESSOR
MCGONAGALL
COLDLY
AS
THOUGH
SHE
DIDN'T
THINK
THIS
WAS
THE
MOMENT
FOR
LEMON
DROPS
AS
I
SAY
EVEN
IF
YOUKNOWWHO
HAS
GONE
MY
DEAR
PROFESSOR
SURELY
A
SENSIBLE
PERSON
LIKE
YOURSELF
CAN
CALL
HIM
BY
HIS
NAME
ALL
THIS
'YOUKNOWWHO'
NONSENSE
FOR
ELEVEN
YEARS
I
HAVE
BEEN
TRYING
TO
PERSUADE
PEOPLE
TO
CALL
HIM
BY
HIS
PROPER
NAME
VOLDEMORT
PROFESSOR
MCGONAGALL
FLINCHED
BUT
DUMBLEDORE
WHO
WAS
UNSTICKING
TWO
LEMON
DROPS
SEEMED
NOT
TO
NOTICE
IT
ALL
GETS
SO
CONFUSING
IF
WE
KEEP
SAYING
'YOUKNOWWHO'
I
HAVE
NEVER
SEEN
ANY
REASON
TO
BE
FRIGHTENED
OF
SAYING
VOLDEMORT'S
NAME
I
KNOW
YOU
HAVEN'T
SAID
PROFESSOR
MCGONAGALL
SOUNDING
HALF
EXASPERATED
HALF
ADMIRING
BUT
YOU'RE
DIFFERENT
EVERYONE
KNOWS
YOU'RE
THE
ONLY
ONE
YOUKNOW
OH
ALL
RIGHT
VOLDEMORT
WAS
FRIGHTENED
OF
YOU
FLATTER
ME
SAID
DUMBLEDORE
CALMLY
VOLDEMORT
HAD
POWERS
I
WILL
NEVER
HAVE
ONLY
BECAUSE
YOU'RE
TOO
WELL
NOBLE
TO
USE
THEM
IT'S
LUCKY
IT'S
DARK
I
HAVEN'T
BLUSHED
SO
MUCH
SINCE
MADAM
POMFREY
TOLD
ME
SHE
LIKED
MY
NEW
EARMUFFS
PROFESSOR
MCGONAGALL
SHOT
A
SHARP
LOOK
AT
DUMBLEDORE
AND
SAID
THE
OWLS
ARE
NOTHING
NEXT
TO
THE
RUMORS
THAT
ARE
FLYING
AROUND
YOU
KNOW
WHAT
EVERYONE'S
SAYING
ABOUT
WHY
HE'S
DISAPPEARED
ABOUT
WHAT
FINALLY
STOPPED
HIM
IT
SEEMED
THAT
PROFESSOR
MCGONAGALL
HAD
REACHED
THE
POINT
SHE
WAS
MOST
ANXIOUS
TO
DISCUSS
THE
REAL
REASON
SHE
HAD
BEEN
WAITING
ON
A
COLD
HARD
WALL
ALL
DAY
FOR
NEITHER
AS
A
CAT
NOR
AS
A
WOMAN
HAD
SHE
FIXED
DUMBLEDORE
WITH
SUCH
A
PIERCING
STARE
AS
SHE
DID
NOW
IT
WAS
PLAIN
THAT
WHATEVER
EVERYONE
WAS
SAYING
SHE
WAS
NOT
GOING
TO
BELIEVE
IT
UNTIL
DUMBLEDORE
TOLD
HER
IT
WAS
TRUE
DUMBLEDORE
HOWEVER
WAS
CHOOSING
ANOTHER
LEMON
DROP
AND
DID
NOT
ANSWER
WHAT
THEY'RE
SAYING
SHE
PRESSED
ON
IS
THAT
LAST
NIGHT
VOLDEMORT
TURNED
UP
IN
GODRIC'S
HOLLOW
HE
WENT
TO
FIND
THE
POTTERS
THE
RUMOR
IS
THAT
LILY
AND
JAMES
POTTER
ARE
ARE
THAT
THEY'RE
DEAD
DUMBLEDORE
BOWED
HIS
HEAD
PROFESSOR
MCGONAGALL
GASPED
LILY
AND
JAMES
I
CAN'T
BELIEVE
IT
I
DIDN'T
WANT
TO
BELIEVE
IT
OH
ALBUS
DUMBLEDORE
REACHED
OUT
AND
PATTED
HER
ON
THE
SHOULDER
I
KNOW
I
KNOW
HE
SAID
HEAVILY
PROFESSOR
MCGONAGALL'S
VOICE
TREMBLED
AS
SHE
WENT
ON
THAT'S
NOT
ALL
THEY'RE
SAYING
HE
TRIED
TO
KILL
THE
POTTERS'
SON
HARRY
BUT
HE
COULDN'T
HE
COULDN'T
KILL
THAT
LITTLE
BOY
NO
ONE
KNOWS
WHY
OR
HOW
BUT
THEY'RE
SAYING
THAT
WHEN
HE
COULDN'T
KILL
HARRY
POTTER
VOLDEMORT'S
POWER
SOMEHOW
BROKE
AND
THAT'S
WHY
HE'S
GONE
DUMBLEDORE
NODDED
GLUMLY
IT'S
IT'S
TRUE
FALTERED
PROFESSOR
MCGONAGALL
AFTER
ALL
HE'S
DONE
ALL
THE
PEOPLE
HE'S
KILLED
HE
COULDN'T
KILL
A
LITTLE
BOY
IT'S
JUST
ASTOUNDING
OF
ALL
THE
THINGS
TO
STOP
HIM
BUT
HOW
IN
THE
NAME
OF
HEAVEN
DID
HARRY
SURVIVE
WE
CAN
ONLY
GUESS
SAID
DUMBLEDORE
WE
MAY
NEVER
KNOW
PROFESSOR
MCGONAGALL
PULLED
OUT
A
LACE
HANDKERCHIEF
AND
DABBED
AT
HER
EYES
BENEATH
HER
SPECTACLES
DUMBLEDORE
GAVE
A
GREAT
SNIFF
AS
HE
TOOK
A
GOLDEN
WATCH
FROM
HIS
POCKET
AND
EXAMINED
IT
IT
WAS
A
VERY
ODD
WATCH
IT
HAD
TWELVE
HANDS
BUT
NO
NUMBERS
INSTEAD
LITTLE
PLANETS
WERE
MOVING
AROUND
THE
EDGE
IT
MUST
HAVE
MADE
SENSE
TO
DUMBLEDORE
THOUGH
BECAUSE
HE
PUT
IT
BACK
IN
HIS
POCKET
AND
SAID
HAGRID'S
LATE
I
SUPPOSE
IT
WAS
HE
WHO
TOLD
YOU
I'D
BE
HERE
BY
THE
WAY
YES
SAID
PROFESSOR
MCGONAGALL
AND
I
DON'T
SUPPOSE
YOU'RE
GOING
TO
TELL
ME
WHY
YOU'RE
HERE
OF
ALL
PLACES
I'VE
COME
TO
BRING
HARRY
TO
HIS
AUNT
AND
UNCLE
THEY'RE
THE
ONLY
FAMILY
HE
HAS
LEFT
NOW
YOU
DON'T
MEAN
YOU
CAN'T
MEAN
THE
PEOPLE
WHO
LIVE
HERE
CRIED
PROFESSOR
MCGONAGALL
JUMPING
TO
HER
FEET
AND
POINTING
AT
NUMBER
FOUR
DUMBLEDORE
YOU
CAN'T
I'VE
BEEN
WATCHING
THEM
ALL
DAY
YOU
COULDN'T
FIND
TWO
PEOPLE
WHO
ARE
LESS
LIKE
US
AND
THEY'VE
GOT
THIS
SON
I
SAW
HIM
KICKING
HIS
MOTHER
ALL
THE
WAY
UP
THE
STREET
SCREAMING
FOR
SWEETS
HARRY
POTTER
COME
AND
LIVE
HERE
IT'S
THE
BEST
PLACE
FOR
HIM
SAID
DUMBLEDORE
FIRMLY
HIS
AUNT
AND
UNCLE
WILL
BE
ABLE
TO
EXPLAIN
EVERYTHING
TO
HIM
WHEN
HE'S
OLDER
I'VE
WRITTEN
THEM
A
LETTER
A
LETTER
REPEATED
PROFESSOR
MCGONAGALL
FAINTLY
SITTING
BACK
DOWN
ON
THE
WALL
REALLY
DUMBLEDORE
YOU
THINK
YOU
CAN
EXPLAIN
ALL
THIS
IN
A
LETTER
THESE
PEOPLE
WILL
NEVER
UNDERSTAND
HIM
HE'LL
BE
FAMOUS
A
LEGEND
I
WOULDN'T
BE
SURPRISED
IF
TODAY
WAS
KNOWN
AS
HARRY
POTTER
DAY
IN
THE
FUTURE
THERE
WILL
BE
BOOKS
WRITTEN
ABOUT
HARRY
EVERY
CHILD
IN
OUR
WORLD
WILL
KNOW
HIS
NAME
EXACTLY
SAID
DUMBLEDORE
LOOKING
VERY
SERIOUSLY
OVER
THE
TOP
OF
HIS
HALFMOON
GLASSES
IT
WOULD
BE
ENOUGH
TO
TURN
ANY
BOY'S
HEAD
FAMOUS
BEFORE
HE
CAN
WALK
AND
TALK
FAMOUS
FOR
SOMETHING
HE
WON'T
EVEN
REMEMBER
CAN'T
YOU
SEE
HOW
MUCH
BETTER
OFF
HE'LL
BE
GROWING
UP
AWAY
FROM
ALL
THAT
UNTIL
HE'S
READY
TO
TAKE
IT
PROFESSOR
MCGONAGALL
OPENED
HER
MOUTH
CHANGED
HER
MIND
SWALLOWED
AND
THEN
SAID
YES
YES
YOU'RE
RIGHT
OF
COURSE
BUT
HOW
IS
THE
BOY
GETTING
HERE
DUMBLEDORE
SHE
EYED
HIS
CLOAK
SUDDENLY
AS
THOUGH
SHE
THOUGHT
HE
MIGHT
BE
HIDING
HARRY
UNDERNEATH
IT
HAGRID'S
BRINGING
HIM
YOU
THINK
IT
WISE
TO
TRUST
HAGRID
WITH
SOMETHING
AS
IMPORTANT
AS
THIS
I
WOULD
TRUST
HAGRID
WITH
MY
LIFE
SAID
DUMBLEDORE
I'M
NOT
SAYING
HIS
HEART
ISN'T
IN
THE
RIGHT
PLACE
SAID
PROFESSOR
MCGONAGALL
GRUDGINGLY
BUT
YOU
CAN'T
PRETEND
HE'S
NOT
CARELESS
HE
DOES
TEND
TO
WHAT
WAS
THAT
A
LOW
RUMBLING
SOUND
HAD
BROKEN
THE
SILENCE
AROUND
THEM
IT
GREW
STEADILY
LOUDER
AS
THEY
LOOKED
UP
AND
DOWN
THE
STREET
FOR
SOME
SIGN
OF
A
HEADLIGHT
IT
SWELLED
TO
A
ROAR
AS
THEY
BOTH
LOOKED
UP
AT
THE
SKY
AND
A
HUGE
MOTORCYCLE
FELL
OUT
OF
THE
AIR
AND
LANDED
ON
THE
ROAD
IN
FRONT
OF
THEM
IF
THE
MOTORCYCLE
WAS
HUGE
IT
WAS
NOTHING
TO
THE
MAN
SITTING
ASTRIDE
IT
HE
WAS
ALMOST
TWICE
AS
TALL
AS
A
NORMAL
MAN
AND
AT
LEAST
FIVE
TIMES
AS
WIDE
HE
LOOKED
SIMPLY
TOO
BIG
TO
BE
ALLOWED
AND
SO
WILD
LONG
TANGLES
OF
BUSHY
BLACK
HAIR
AND
BEARD
HID
MOST
OF
HIS
FACE
HE
HAD
HANDS
THE
SIZE
OF
TRASH
CAN
LIDS
AND
HIS
FEET
IN
THEIR
LEATHER
BOOTS
WERE
LIKE
BABY
DOLPHINS
IN
HIS
VAST
MUSCULAR
ARMS
HE
WAS
HOLDING
A
BUNDLE
OF
BLANKETS
HAGRID
SAID
DUMBLEDORE
SOUNDING
RELIEVED
AT
LAST
AND
WHERE
DID
YOU
GET
THAT
MOTORCYCLE
BORROWED
IT
PROFESSOR
DUMBLEDORE
SIR
SAID
THE
GIANT
CLIMBING
CAREFULLY
OFF
THE
MOTORCYCLE
AS
HE
SPOKE
YOUNG
SIRIUS
BLACK
LENT
IT
TO
ME
I'VE
GOT
HIM
SIR
NO
PROBLEMS
WERE
THERE
NO
SIR
HOUSE
WAS
ALMOST
DESTROYED
BUT
I
GOT
HIM
OUT
ALL
RIGHT
BEFORE
THE
MUGGLES
STARTED
SWARMIN'
AROUND
HE
FELL
ASLEEP
AS
WE
WAS
FLYIN'
OVER
BRISTOL
DUMBLEDORE
AND
PROFESSOR
MCGONAGALL
BENT
FORWARD
OVER
THE
BUNDLE
OF
BLANKETS
INSIDE
JUST
VISIBLE
WAS
A
BABY
BOY
FAST
ASLEEP
UNDER
A
TUFT
OF
JETBLACK
HAIR
OVER
HIS
FOREHEAD
THEY
COULD
SEE
A
CURIOUSLY
SHAPED
CUT
LIKE
A
BOLT
OF
LIGHTNING
IS
THAT
WHERE
WHISPERED
PROFESSOR
MCGONAGALL
YES
SAID
DUMBLEDORE
HE'LL
HAVE
THAT
SCAR
FOREVER
COULDN'T
YOU
DO
SOMETHING
ABOUT
IT
DUMBLEDORE
EVEN
IF
I
COULD
I
WOULDN'T
SCARS
CAN
COME
IN
HANDY
I
HAVE
ONE
MYSELF
ABOVE
MY
LEFT
KNEE
THAT
IS
A
PERFECT
MAP
OF
THE
LONDON
UNDERGROUND
WELL
GIVE
HIM
HERE
HAGRID
WE'D
BETTER
GET
THIS
OVER
WITH
DUMBLEDORE
TOOK
HARRY
IN
HIS
ARMS
AND
TURNED
TOWARD
THE
DURSLEYS'
HOUSE
COULD
I
COULD
I
SAY
GOODBYE
TO
HIM
SIR
ASKED
HAGRID
HE
BENT
HIS
GREAT
SHAGGY
HEAD
OVER
HARRY
AND
GAVE
HIM
WHAT
MUST
HAVE
BEEN
A
VERY
SCRATCHY
WHISKERY
KISS
THEN
SUDDENLY
HAGRID
LET
OUT
A
HOWL
LIKE
A
WOUNDED
DOG
SHHH
HISSED
PROFESSOR
MCGONAGALL
YOU'LL
WAKE
THE
MUGGLES
SSSORRY
SOBBED
HAGRID
TAKING
OUT
A
LARGE
SPOTTED
HANDKERCHIEF
AND
BURYING
HIS
FACE
IN
IT
BUT
I
CCCAN'T
STAND
IT
LILY
AN'
JAMES
DEAD
AN'
POOR
LITTLE
HARRY
OFF
TER
LIVE
WITH
MUGGLES
YES
YES
IT'S
ALL
VERY
SAD
BUT
GET
A
GRIP
ON
YOURSELF
HAGRID
OR
WE'LL
BE
FOUND
PROFESSOR
MCGONAGALL
WHISPERED
PATTING
HAGRID
GINGERLY
ON
THE
ARM
AS
DUMBLEDORE
STEPPED
OVER
THE
LOW
GARDEN
WALL
AND
WALKED
TO
THE
FRONT
DOOR
HE
LAID
HARRY
GENTLY
ON
THE
DOORSTEP
TOOK
A
LETTER
OUT
OF
HIS
CLOAK
TUCKED
IT
INSIDE
HARRY'S
BLANKETS
AND
THEN
CAME
BACK
TO
THE
OTHER
TWO
FOR
A
FULL
MINUTE
THE
THREE
OF
THEM
STOOD
AND
LOOKED
AT
THE
LITTLE
BUNDLE
HAGRID'S
SHOULDERS
SHOOK
PROFESSOR
MCGONAGALL
BLINKED
FURIOUSLY
AND
THE
TWINKLING
LIGHT
THAT
USUALLY
SHONE
FROM
DUMBLEDORE'S
EYES
SEEMED
TO
HAVE
GONE
OUT
WELL
SAID
DUMBLEDORE
FINALLY
THAT'S
THAT
WE'VE
NO
BUSINESS
STAYING
HERE
WE
MAY
AS
WELL
GO
AND
JOIN
THE
CELEBRATIONS
YEAH
SAID
HAGRID
IN
A
VERY
MUFFLED
VOICE
I'D
BEST
GET
THIS
BIKE
AWAY
G'NIGHT
PROFESSOR
MCGONAGALL
PROFESSOR
DUMBLEDORE
SIR
WIPING
HIS
STREAMING
EYES
ON
HIS
JACKET
SLEEVE
HAGRID
SWUNG
HIMSELF
ONTO
THE
MOTORCYCLE
AND
KICKED
THE
ENGINE
INTO
LIFE
WITH
A
ROAR
IT
ROSE
INTO
THE
AIR
AND
OFF
INTO
THE
NIGHT
I
SHALL
SEE
YOU
SOON
I
EXPECT
PROFESSOR
MCGONAGALL
SAID
DUMBLEDORE
NODDING
TO
HER
PROFESSOR
MCGONAGALL
BLEW
HER
NOSE
IN
REPLY
DUMBLEDORE
TURNED
AND
WALKED
BACK
DOWN
THE
STREET
ON
THE
CORNER
HE
STOPPED
AND
TOOK
OUT
THE
SILVER
PUTOUTER
HE
CLICKED
IT
ONCE
AND
TWELVE
BALLS
OF
LIGHT
SPED
BACK
TO
THEIR
STREET
LAMPS
SO
THAT
PRIVET
DRIVE
GLOWED
SUDDENLY
ORANGE
AND
HE
COULD
MAKE
OUT
A
TABBY
CAT
SLINKING
AROUND
THE
CORNER
AT
THE
OTHER
END
OF
THE
STREET
HE
COULD
JUST
SEE
THE
BUNDLE
OF
BLANKETS
ON
THE
STEP
OF
NUMBER
FOUR
GOOD
LUCK
HARRY
HE
MURMURED
HE
TURNED
ON
HIS
HEEL
AND
WITH
A
SWISH
OF
HIS
CLOAK
HE
WAS
GONE
A
BREEZE
RUFFLED
THE
NEAT
HEDGES
OF
PRIVET
DRIVE
WHICH
LAY
SILENT
AND
TIDY
UNDER
THE
INKY
SKY
THE
VERY
LAST
PLACE
YOU
WOULD
EXPECT
ASTONISHING
THINGS
TO
HAPPEN
HARRY
POTTER
ROLLED
OVER
INSIDE
HIS
BLANKETS
WITHOUT
WAKING
UP
ONE
SMALL
HAND
CLOSED
ON
THE
LETTER
BESIDE
HIM
AND
HE
SLEPT
ON
NOT
KNOWING
HE
WAS
SPECIAL
NOT
KNOWING
HE
WAS
FAMOUS
NOT
KNOWING
HE
WOULD
BE
WOKEN
IN
A
FEW
HOURS'
TIME
BY
MRS
DURSLEY'S
SCREAM
AS
SHE
OPENED
THE
FRONT
DOOR
TO
PUT
OUT
THE
MILK
BOTTLES
NOR
THAT
HE
WOULD
SPEND
THE
NEXT
FEW
WEEKS
BEING
PRODDED
AND
PINCHED
BY
HIS
COUSIN
DUDLEY
HE
COULDN'T
KNOW
THAT
AT
THIS
VERY
MOMENT
PEOPLE
MEETING
IN
SECRET
ALL
OVER
THE
COUNTRY
WERE
HOLDING
UP
THEIR
GLASSES
AND
SAYING
IN
HUSHED
VOICES
TO
HARRY
POTTER
THE
BOY
WHO
LIVED
CHAPTER
2
THE
VANISHING
GLASS
NEARLY
TEN
YEARS
HAD
PASSED
SINCE
THE
DURSLEYS
HAD
WOKEN
UP
TO
FIND
THEIR
NEPHEW
ON
THE
FRONT
STEP
BUT
PRIVET
DRIVE
HAD
HARDLY
CHANGED
AT
ALL
THE
SUN
ROSE
ON
THE
SAME
TIDY
FRONT
GARDENS
AND
LIT
UP
THE
BRASS
NUMBER
FOUR
ON
THE
DURSLEYS'
FRONT
DOOR
IT
CREPT
INTO
THEIR
LIVING
ROOM
WHICH
WAS
ALMOST
EXACTLY
THE
SAME
AS
IT
HAD
BEEN
ON
THE
NIGHT
WHEN
MR
DURSLEY
HAD
SEEN
THAT
FATEFUL
NEWS
REPORT
ABOUT
THE
OWLS
ONLY
THE
PHOTOGRAPHS
ON
THE
MANTELPIECE
REALLY
SHOWED
HOW
MUCH
TIME
HAD
PASSED
TEN
YEARS
AGO
THERE
HAD
BEEN
LOTS
OF
PICTURES
OF
WHAT
LOOKED
LIKE
A
LARGE
PINK
BEACH
BALL
WEARING
DIFFERENTCOLORED
BONNETS
BUT
DUDLEY
DURSLEY
WAS
NO
LONGER
A
BABY
AND
NOW
THE
PHOTOGRAPHS
SHOWED
A
LARGE
BLOND
BOY
RIDING
HIS
FIRST
BICYCLE
ON
A
CAROUSEL
AT
THE
FAIR
PLAYING
A
COMPUTER
GAME
WITH
HIS
FATHER
BEING
HUGGED
AND
KISSED
BY
HIS
MOTHER
THE
ROOM
HELD
NO
SIGN
AT
ALL
THAT
ANOTHER
BOY
LIVED
IN
THE
HOUSE
TOO
YET
HARRY
POTTER
WAS
STILL
THERE
ASLEEP
AT
THE
MOMENT
BUT
NOT
FOR
LONG
HIS
AUNT
PETUNIA
WAS
AWAKE
AND
IT
WAS
HER
SHRILL
VOICE
THAT
MADE
THE
FIRST
NOISE
OF
THE
DAY
UP
GET
UP
NOW
HARRY
WOKE
WITH
A
START
HIS
AUNT
RAPPED
ON
THE
DOOR
AGAIN
UP
SHE
SCREECHED
HARRY
HEARD
HER
WALKING
TOWARD
THE
KITCHEN
AND
THEN
THE
SOUND
OF
THE
FRYING
PAN
BEING
PUT
ON
THE
STOVE
HE
ROLLED
ONTO
HIS
BACK
AND
TRIED
TO
REMEMBER
THE
DREAM
HE
HAD
BEEN
HAVING
IT
HAD
BEEN
A
GOOD
ONE
THERE
HAD
BEEN
A
FLYING
MOTORCYCLE
IN
IT
HE
HAD
A
FUNNY
FEELING
HE'D
HAD
THE
SAME
DREAM
BEFORE
HIS
AUNT
WAS
BACK
OUTSIDE
THE
DOOR
ARE
YOU
UP
YET
SHE
DEMANDED
NEARLY
SAID
HARRY
WELL
GET
A
MOVE
ON
I
WANT
YOU
TO
LOOK
AFTER
THE
BACON
AND
DON'T
YOU
DARE
LET
IT
BURN
I
WANT
EVERYTHING
PERFECT
ON
DUDDY'S
BIRTHDAY
HARRY
GROANED
WHAT
DID
YOU
SAY
HIS
AUNT
SNAPPED
THROUGH
THE
DOOR
NOTHING
NOTHING
DUDLEY'S
BIRTHDAY
HOW
COULD
HE
HAVE
FORGOTTEN
HARRY
GOT
SLOWLY
OUT
OF
BED
AND
STARTED
LOOKING
FOR
SOCKS
HE
FOUND
A
PAIR
UNDER
HIS
BED
AND
AFTER
PULLING
A
SPIDER
OFF
ONE
OF
THEM
PUT
THEM
ON
HARRY
WAS
USED
TO
SPIDERS
BECAUSE
THE
CUPBOARD
UNDER
THE
STAIRS
WAS
FULL
OF
THEM
AND
THAT
WAS
WHERE
HE
SLEPT
WHEN
HE
WAS
DRESSED
HE
WENT
DOWN
THE
HALL
INTO
THE
KITCHEN
THE
TABLE
WAS
ALMOST
HIDDEN
BENEATH
ALL
DUDLEY'S
BIRTHDAY
PRESENTS
IT
LOOKED
AS
THOUGH
DUDLEY
HAD
GOTTEN
THE
NEW
COMPUTER
HE
WANTED
NOT
TO
MENTION
THE
SECOND
TELEVISION
AND
THE
RACING
BIKE
EXACTLY
WHY
DUDLEY
WANTED
A
RACING
BIKE
WAS
A
MYSTERY
TO
HARRY
AS
DUDLEY
WAS
VERY
FAT
AND
HATED
EXERCISE
UNLESS
OF
COURSE
IT
INVOLVED
PUNCHING
SOMEBODY
DUDLEY'S
FAVORITE
PUNCHING
BAG
WAS
HARRY
BUT
HE
COULDN'T
OFTEN
CATCH
HIM
HARRY
DIDN'T
LOOK
IT
BUT
HE
WAS
VERY
FAST
PERHAPS
IT
HAD
SOMETHING
TO
DO
WITH
LIVING
IN
A
DARK
CUPBOARD
BUT
HARRY
HAD
ALWAYS
BEEN
SMALL
AND
SKINNY
FOR
HIS
AGE
HE
LOOKED
EVEN
SMALLER
AND
SKINNIER
THAN
HE
REALLY
WAS
BECAUSE
ALL
HE
HAD
TO
WEAR
WERE
OLD
CLOTHES
OF
DUDLEY'S
AND
DUDLEY
WAS
ABOUT
FOUR
TIMES
BIGGER
THAN
HE
WAS
HARRY
HAD
A
THIN
FACE
KNOBBLY
KNEES