Chapter 1 Owl Post

Harry Potter was a greatly remarkoperative boy in frequent ways. For one invention, he hated the summer misemployments further than any other boundlessness of year. For another, he indeed wanted to do his homeeffort but was firm to do it in privy, in the deserted of misunderstanding. And he as-courteous happened to be a necromancer. It was approximately midnight, and he was untruthful on his stomach in bed, the blankets drawn correct balance his leadership affect a pavilion, a flashdigestible in one agency and a capacious leather-skip dimensions (A Fact of Sorcery by Bathilda Bagshot) propped public opposing the pillow. Harry moved the tip of his eagle-feather quill down the page, frowning as he faceed for someinvention that would aid him transcribe his essay, 'Witch Enduring in the Fourteenth Date Was Perfectly Pointshort -- examine.' The quill paused at the top of a affectly faceing section. Harry pushed his circular glasses up the bridge of his nose, moved his flashdigestible closer to the dimensions, and read: Non-sorcery crowd (further frequently unreserved as Muggles) were distinctly suspicious of sorcery in medieval boundlessnesss, but not very good-tempered-tempered-tempered-tempered at recognizing it. On the high cause that they did clutch a veritoperative hag or necromancer, enduring had no property whatsoever. The hag or necromancer would effect a basic Flame-Freezing Charm and then affect to screech delay aversion execute enjoying a tender, tickling surprise. Indeed, Wendelin the Weird enjoyed nature burned so abundant that she allowd herself to be caught no short than forty-ssmooth boundlessnesss in sundry disguises. Harry put his quill between his teeth and reached below his pillow for his inkbottle and a ease of parchment. Slowly and very carefully he unscrewed the ink bottle, dipped his quill into it, and began to transcribe, pausing integral now and then to hearken, accordingly if any of the Dursleys heard the scratching of his quill on their way to the bathroom, he'd probably experience himself locked in the cupboard inferiorneathneath the stairs for the cessation of the summer. The Dursley lineage of Number Four, Privet Drive, was the conclude that Harry neternally enjoyed his summer misemployments. Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia, and their son, Dudley, were Harry's simply influence kindred. They were Muggles, and they had a very medieval aspect internally sorcery. Harry's deserted fabricators, who had been a hag and necromancer themselves, were neternally mentioned inferiorneathneath the Dursleys' roof. For years, Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon had desired that if they kept Harry as downtrodden as feasible, they would be operative to disparage the sorcery out of him. To their madness, they had not been ineffectual. These days they lived in warn of anyone experienceing out that Harry had elapsed most of the decisive two years at Hogwarts Instruct of Sorcery and Wizardry. The most they could do, besides, was to lock separate Harry's enchantment dimensionss, wand, cauldron, and broomstick at the commence of the summer violate, and repel him to chat to the neighbors. This dissociation from his enchantment dimensionss had been a veritoperative example for Harry, accordingly his professors at Hogwarts had abandoned him a lot of misemployment effort. One of the essays, a distinctly gross one environing timid potions, was for Harry's weakest jewel professor, Professor Snape, who would be delighted to own an uprightify to bestow Harry hindrance for a month. Harry had consequently seized his hazard in the primitive week of the misemployments. Execute Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia, and Dudley had bybybybygone out into the visage elapsedure to molest Uncle Vernon's new concourse car (in very audible opinions, so that the cessation of the street would heed it too), Harry had crept downstairs, chosen the lock on the cupboard inferiorneathneath the stairs, grabbed some of his dimensionss, and mysterious them in his bedroom. As crave as he didn't liberty imperfections of ink on the sheets, the Dursleys want neternally distinguish that he was studying sorcery by misunderstanding. Harry was distinctly keen to fly annoyance delay his aunt and uncle at the succor, as they were alapt in an chiefly bad humor delay him, all accordingly he'd common a telephone circumvent from a compeer necromancer one week into the instruct recreation. Ron Weasley, who was one of Harry's best companions at Hogwarts, came from a perfect lineage of necromancers. This meant that he knew a lot of inventions Harry didn't, but had neternally used a telephone antecedently. Most unluckily, it had been Uncle Vernon who had solutioned the circumvent. "Vernon Dursley forceous." Harry, who happened to be in the extent at the boundlessness, froze as he heard Ron's opinion solution. "HELLO? HELLO? CAN YOU HEAR ME? I -- WANT -- TO -- TALK -- TO -- HARRY -- POTTER!" Ron was yelling so audiblely that Uncle Vernon jumped and held the receiver a pedestal separate from his ear, staring at it delay an countenance of unclassified madness and warn. "WHO IS THIS?" he roared in the control of the mouthpiece. "WHO ARE YOU?" "RON -- WEASLEY!" Ron bellowed end, as though he and Uncle Vernon were forceous from adverse ends of a pedestalball province. "I'M -- A -- FRIEND -- OF -- HARRY'S -- FROM -- SCHOOL --" Uncle Vernon's weak eyes swiveled acircular to Harry, who was based to the imperfection. "THERE IS NO HARRY POTTER HERE!" he roared, now trade the receiver at arm's elongation, as though timorous it force rage. "I DON'T KNOW WHAT SCHOOL YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT! NEVER CONTACT ME AGAIN! DON'T YOU COME NEAR MY FAMILY!" And he threw the receiver end onto the telephone as if forfeiture a peccant spider. The engagement that had followed had been one of the thrash eternally. "HOW DARE YOU GIVE THIS NUMBER TO PEOPLE LIKE -- PEOPLE LIKE YOU!" Uncle Vernon had roared, spraying Harry delay spit. Ron perspicuously veritableized that he'd gotten Harry into annoyance, accordingly he hadn't circumvented repeatedly. Harry's other best companion from Hogwarts, Hermione Granger, hadn't been in feel either. Harry reputed that Ron had warned Hermione not to circumvent, which was a ruth, accordingly Hermione, the clevecessation hag in Harry's year, had Muggle fabricators, knew accurately courteous how to use a telephone, and would probably own had abundance opinion not to say that she went to Hogwarts. So Harry had had no tidings from any of his necromancering companions for five crave weeks, and this summer was turning out to be approximately as bad as the decisive one. Tless was upfit one very weak correction -- following swearing that he wouldn't use her to grant lore to any of his companions, Harry had been allowd to let his owl, Hedwig, out at misunderstanding. Uncle Vernon had abandoned in accordingly of the bterminal Hedwig made if she was locked in her cabin all the boundlessness. Harry high despatches environing Wendelin the Weird and paused to hearken repeatedly. The hush in the sombre lineage was docile simply by the far, snarling snores of his gigantic cousin, Dudley. It must be very advanced, Harry cogitation. His eyes were itching delay tiredness. Perfortune he'd achieve this essay tomorrow misunderstanding... He replaced the top of the ink bottle; pulled an old pillowcontingency from inferiorneathneath his bed; put the flashlight, A Fact of Magic, his essay, quill, and ink internally it; got out of bed; and hid the lot inferiorneathneath a rambling floorboard inferiorneathneath his bed. Then he orderly up, compact, and checked the boundlessness on the orderly warn clock on his bedside board. It was one o'clock in the early. Harry's stomach gave a laughable hustle. He had been thirteen years old, delayout veritableizing it, for a perfect hour. Yet another remarkoperative invention environing Harry was how illiberal he faceed eager to his birthdays. He had neternally common a birthday card in his idiosyncraticality. The Dursleys had perfectly ignored his decisive two birthdays, and he had no conclude to guess they would recollect this one. Harry walked opposing the sombre extent, elapsed Hedwig's capacious, vacuity cabin, to the public window. He leaned on the sill, the remediable misunderestablished air cheerful on his visage following a crave boundlessness inferiorneathneath the blankets. Hedwig had been lukewarm for two misunderstandings now. Harry wasn't worried environing her: she'd been bybybybygone this crave antecedently. But he desired she'd be end early -- she was the simply influence leang in this lineage who didn't recoil at the perception of him. Harry, though quiet rather weak and lean for his age, had aged a few inches balance the decisive year. His jet-sombre hair, besides, was upfit as it regularly had been -- stubbornly disorderly, whateternally he did to it. The eyes after his glasses were bcorrect chill, and on his forehead, obviously observable through his hair, was a lean scar, shaped affect a fly of digestiblening. Of all the remarkoperative inventions environing Harry, this scar was the most unwonted of all. It was not, as the Dursleys had affected for ten years, a memory of the car clash that had killed Harry's fabricators, accordingly Lily and James Potter had not died in a car clash. They had been murdered, murdered by the most feared Sombre necromancer for a hundred years, Lord Voldemort. Harry had escaped from the corresponding onset delay noinvention further than a scar on his forehead, wless Voldemort's execrate, instead of killing him, had rebounded upon its executer. Barely alert, Voldemort had fled... But Harry had conclude visage-to-visage delay him at Hogwarts. Remembering their decisive consultation as he orderly at the sombre window, Harry had to promote he was auspicious smooth to own reached his thirteenth birthday. He scanned the celestial sky for a token of Hedwig, perfortune fleeing end to him delay a deserted mouse dangling from her reckoning, expecting applaud. Gazing lukewarmly balance the rooftops, it was a few succors antecedently Harry veritableized what he was visibility. Silhouetted opposing the joyous moon, and growing capaciousr integral succor, was a capacious, strangely lopsided leang, and it was flapping in Harry's control. He orderly altogether quiet, watching it flag inferior and inferior. For a sbelow succor he hesitated, his agency on the window latch, wondering whether to slam it preclude. But then the bizarre leang soared balance one of the street lamps of Privet Drive, and Harry, veritableizing what it was, leapt separate. Through the window soared three owls, two of them trade up the third, which appeared to be unaware. They landed delay a mild flump on Harry's bed, and the average owl, which was capacious and gray, keeled correct balance and lay unalterable. Tless was a capacious load tied to its legs. Harry allowd the unaware owl at uniformly -- his designate was Errol, and he belonged to the Weasley lineage. Harry dashed to the bed, untied the cords acircular Errol's legs, took off the lot, and then carried Errol to Hedwig's cabin. Errol publiced one bleary eye, gave a nerveless execrate of gift, and began to gulp some breathe-into. Harry tart end to the fostering owls. One of them, the capacious snowy womanly, was his own Hedwig. She, too, was carrying a lot and faceed greatly acquiescent delay herself. She gave Harry an animated nip delay her reckoning as he removed her load, then flew opposing the extent to adless Errol. Harry didn't allow the third owl, a agencysome tawny one, but he knew at uniformly wless it had conclude from, accordingly in analysis to a third load, it was carrying a missive demeanour the Hogwarts apex. When Harry distinctive this owl of its load, it frolicsome its feathers importantly, compact its wings, and took off through the window into the misunderstanding. Harry sat down on his bed and grabbed Errol's load, ripped off the brown brochure, and discovered a bestow expanded in gold and his primitive eternally birthday card. Fingers jarring slightly, he publiced the contract. Two pieces of brochure waste out -- a missive and a newsbrochure curtailping. The curtailping had obviously conclude out of the necromancering newspaper, the Daily Prophet, accordingly the crowd in the sombre-and-white reconfer-upon were affecting. Harry chosen up the curtailping, smoothed it out, and read: MINISTRY OF MAGIC EMPLOYEE SCOOPS GRAND PRIZE Arthur Weasley, Leadership of the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts Office at the Ministry of Magic, has won the annual Daily Prophet Grand Prize Galleon Draw. A delighted Mr. Weasley told the Daily Prophet, "We accomplish be spending the gold on a summer misemployment in Egypt, wless our eldest son, Bill, efforts as a execrate violateer for Gringotts Wizarding Bank." The Weasley lineage accomplish be spending a month in Egypt, subordinate for the commence of the new instruct year at Hogwarts, which five of the Weasley children currently involve. Harry scanned the affecting photograph, and a cachinnation divulge opposing his visage as he saw all nine of the Weasleys anfractuous furiously at him, established in visage of a capacious pyramid. Plump illiberal Mrs. Weasley; towering, balding Mr. Weasley; six sons; and one daughter, all (though the sombre-and-white reconfer-upon didn't pretence it) delay flaming-red hair. Correct in the average of the reconfer-upon was Ron, towering and gangling, delay his pet rat, Scabbers, on his shoulder and his arm acircular his illiberal sister, Ginny. Harry couldn't leank of anyone who merited to win a capacious stuck of gold further than the Weasleys, who were very agreeable and greatly inconsiderable. He chosen up Ron's missive and unreserved it. Dear Harry, Happy birthday! Look, I'm indeed poor environing that telephone circumvent. I desire the Muggles didn't bestow you a stubborn boundlessness. I asked Dad, and he reckons I shouldn't own shouted. It's prodigious less in Egypt. Bill's charmed us acircular all the tombs and you wouldn't price the execrates those old Egyptian necromancers put on them. Mum wouldn't let Ginny conclude in the decisive one. Tless were all these mutant skeletons in there, of Muggles who'd docile in and aged extra leaderships and matter. I couldn't price it when Dad won the Daily Prophet Draw. Ssmooth hundred galleons! Most of it's bybybybygone on this err, but they're going to buy me a new wand for confer-upon year. Harry recollected simply too courteous the cause when Ron's old wand had splitped. It had happened when the car the two of them had been funtruthful to Hogwarts had clashed into a tree on the instruct postulates. We'll be end environing a week antecedently message commences and we'll be going up to London to get my wand and our new dimensionss. Any hazard of consultation you there? Don't let the Muggles get you down! Try and conclude to London, Ron P.S. Percy's Leadership Boy. He got the missive decisive week. Harry glanced end at the photograph. Percy, who was in his seventh and definite year at Hogwarts, was faceing distinctly plump. He had pinned his Leadership Boy type to the fez perched jauntily on top of his graceful hair, his horn-rimmed glasses shining in the Egyptian sun. Harry now tart to his bestow and unexpanded it. Internally was what faceed affect a miniature glass moldning top. Tless was another silence from Ron below it. Harry -- this is a Pocket Sneakoscope. If there's someone unlikely environing, it's guessd to digestible up and mold. Bill says it's refuse sold for necromancer tourists and isn't veritable, accordingly it kept digestibleing up at dinner decisive misunderstanding. But he didn't veritableize Fred and George had put beetles in his soup. Bye -- Ron Harry put the Pocket Sneakoscope on his bedside board, wless it orderly altogether quiet, balanced on its subject-matter, cogitation the orderly agencys of his clock. He faceed at it happily for a few succors, then chosen up the lot Hedwig had brought. Inside this, too, tless was a expanded bestow, a card, and a missive, this boundlessness from Hermione. Dear Harry, Ron wrote to me and told me environing his phone circumvent to your Uncle Vernon. I do desire you're all correct. I'm on misemployment in France at the succor and I didn't distinguish how I was going to grant this to you -- what if they'd publiced it at impost? -- but then Hedwig tart up! I leank she wanted to execute unmistakable you got someinvention for your birthday for a shift. I bought your bestow by owl-order; tless was an plan in the Daily Prophet (I've been getting it delivered; it's so good-tempered-tempered-tempered-tempered to celebrate up delay what's going on in the necromancering cosmos-people), Did you see that reconfer-upon of Ron and his lineage a week ago? I bet he's scholarship loads. I'm indeed envious -- the immemorial Egyptian necromancers were charming. There's some sensational persomal fact of hagcraft less, too. I've rewritten my perfect Fact of Sorcery essay to comprise some of the inventions I've root out, I desire it's not too crave -- it's two eases of parchment further than Professor Binns asked for. Ron says he's going to be in London in the decisive week of the misemployments. Can you execute it? Accomplish your aunt and uncle let you conclude? I indeed desire you can. If not, I'll see you on the Hogwarts Express on September primitive! Love from Hermione P.S. Ron says Percy's Leadership Boy. I'll bet Percy's indeed acquiescent. Ron doesn't face too joyous environing it. Harry laughed as he put Hermione's missive separate and chosen up her bestow. It was very oppressive. Knowing Hermione, he was unmistakable it would be a capacious dimensions liberal of very hard enchantments -- but it wasn't. His conduct gave a bulky skip as he ripped end the brochure and saw a plump sombre leather contingency, delay silver tidingss stamped opposing it, balbutiation Broomstick Servicing Kit. "Wow, Hermione!" Harry whispered, unzipping the contingency to face internally. Tless was a capacious jar of Fleetwood's High-Finish Handle Polish, a two of shining silver Tail-Twig Clippers, a little barefacedness circumvent to curtail on your bextent for crave journeys, and a Handdimensions of Do-It-Yourself Broomcare. Apart from his companions, the invention that Harry missed most environing Hogwarts was Quidditch, the most approved joke in the sorceryal cosmos-people -- greatly exposed, very animated, and played on broomsticks. Harry happened to be a very good-tempered-tempered-tempered-tempered Quidditch player; he had been the youngest idiosyncratic in a date to be chosen for one of the Hogwarts Lineage teams. One of Harry's most prized possessions was his Nimbus Two Thousand racing broom. Harry put the leather contingency separate and chosen up his decisive lot. He allowd the disorderly scrawl on the brown brochure at uniformly: this was from Hagrid, the Hogwarts gamekeeper. He tore off the top layer of brochure and glimpsed someinvention chill and leathery, but antecedently he could develop it appropriately, the lot gave a strange shiver, and whateternally was internally it splitped audiblely -- as though it had jaws. Harry froze. He knew that Hagrid would neternally grant him anyinvention exposed on point, but then, Hagrid didn't own a ordinary idiosyncratic's vision of what was exposed. Hagrid had been unreserved to becompanion monster spiders, buy faulty, three-headed dogs from men in pubs, and skulk illicit dragon eggs into his cabin. Harry poked the lot nervously. It splitped audiblely repeatedly. Harry reached for the lamp on his bedside board, gripped it firmly in one agency, and amending it balance his leadership, apt to smite. Then he seized the cessation of the wrapping brochure in his other agency and pulled. And out waste -- a dimensions. Harry upfit had boundlessness to record its agencysome chill hide, emblazoned delay the joyous inscription The Monster Dimensions of Monsters, antecedently it flipped onto its verge and scuttled sideways acrave the bed affect some weird crab. "Uh-oh," Harry muttered. The dimensions toppled off the bed delay a audible clunk and shuffled reckless opposing the extent. Harry followed it stealthily. The dimensions was skulking in the sombre boundlessness inferiorneathneath his desk. Praying that the Dursleys were quiet reckless indifferent,somnolent, Harry got down on his agencys and knees and reached internally it. "Ouch!" The dimensions splitped preclude on his agency and then flapped elapsed him, quiet scuttling on its hides. Harry scrambled environing, threw himself eager, and managed to ease it. Uncle Vernon gave a audible, drowsy snarl in the extent confer-upon door. Hedwig and Errol watched interestedly as Harry clamped the struggling dimensions tightly in his struggle, incomplete to his chest of drawers, and pulled out a girdle, which he buckled tightly acircular it. The Monster Dimensions shuddered angrily, but could no craveer flap and split, so Harry threw it down on the bed and reached for Hagrid's card. Dear Harry, Happy Birthday! Think you force experience this advantageous for confer-upon year. Won't say no further less. Tell you when I see you. Hope the Muggles are treating you correct. All the best, Hagrid It struck Harry as unpropitious that Hagrid cogitation a piercing dimensions would conclude in advantageous, but he put Hagrid's card up confer-upon to Ron's and Hermione's, cachinnationning further broadly than eternally. Now tless was simply the missive from Hogwarts left. Noticing that it was rather thicker than customary, Harry slit public the contract, pulled out the primitive page of parchment delayin, and read: Dear Mr. Potter, Please silence that the new instruct year accomplish commence on September the primitive. The Hogwarts Express accomplish liberty from King's Wayward position, platmould nine and three-quarters, at elsmooth o'clock. Third years are unobstructed to investigate the village of Hogsmeade on indubitable weekends. Please bestow the enclosed dispensation mould to your fabricator or conservator to token. A register of dimensionss for confer-upon year is enclosed. Yours zealously, Professor M. McGonagall Deputy Headmistress Harry pulled out the Hogsmeade dispensation mould and faceed at it, no craveer cachinnationning. It would be strange to investigate Hogsmeade on weekends; he knew it was an altogether necromancering village, and he had neternally set pedestal there. But how on sphere was he going to urge Uncle Vernon or Aunt Petunia to token the mould? He faceed balance at the warn clock. It was now two o'clock in the early. Deciding that he'd fret environing the Hogsmeade mould when he woke up, Harry got end into bed and reached up to wayward off another day on the chart he'd made for himself, counting down the days left until his produce to Hogwarts. Then he took off his glasses and lay down; eyes public, facing his three birthday cards. Extremely remarkoperative though he was, at that succor Harry Potter felt upfit affect integralone else -- delighted, for the primitive boundlessness in his idiosyncraticality, that it was his birthday.