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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, black hair, and bright green eyes. Moments later, Harry speaks to the snake and finds that it miraculously understands him. Piers calls Dudley and Vernon back to the snake's exhibit upon realising that it is now moving. Dudley pushes Harry out of the way and presses his face against the glass.

Harry becomes angry and somehow the glass vanishes and the snake gets out scaring Dudley and Piers. As the snake slithers away, Harry thinks that he hears it speak back to him. Uncle Vernon blames Harry for what happened and sends him to his cupboard —with no meals for a week as punishment. When Harry is finally allowed out, it's the beginning of the summer holidays. Even though he is not at school, Harry still can't escape Dudley and his gang , who regularly visit the house.

To keep out of their way, Harry usually wanders around Privet Drive. One day during the summer, Harry is told to get the post for Uncle Vernon. When Harry goes to get the mail, there are three letters: Harry takes the letter, studies the yellow parchment it is made of, then reads the address:. The Cupboard Under the Stairs. Harry can't believe it. He has never had a letter in his life.

Harry returns to the kitchen and gives Uncle Vernon the other two letters as he sits down and starts to open the letter. Uncle Vernon tells Harry and Dudley to get out of the kitchen, so they both go and stand in the hall. The two fight over who gets to look through the keyhole. Dudley wins, so Harry resorts to looking through the gap between the floor and the door. Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia are discussing the seal on the back. Uncle Vernon says that they should just ignore it.

Later, when Harry is in his cupboard, Uncle Vernon comes in and says that he has burned the letter, and that they are moving him up to Dudley's second bedroom. Slightly surprised, Harry moves all of his things up to the bedroom, wishing he had his letter.

The next morning at breakfast, Dudley is asked to get the post by Uncle Vernon. After banging things all the way down the hall with his Smeltings stick, Dudley calls out that there is another letter addressed to Harry, this time in '''The Smallest Bedroom''', rather than '''The Cupboard Under the Stairs'''.

Both Harry and Uncle Vernon rush to the hallway in an attempt to get the letter.

After a minute of confused fighting, Uncle Vernon emerges clutching the letter in his hand. Determined to see what his letter says, Harry creeps down the stairs early the next morning and approaches the door. He is going to camp there until the post arrives, then he will finally get to read his letter. When he reaches the door, however, he stands on Uncle Vernon - who had the very same idea.

Every day, letters appear addressed to Harry, and they are doubling in number. Eventually, there are so many letters arriving that Uncle Vernon resorts to nailing shut the letter box. But they begin to appear in the strangest of places: Finally, they get attacked by thirty or forty letters being fired out of the fireplace.

Despite the sender's efforts, Harry still does not manage to get his hands on one of the letters for long enough to read it and a furious Uncle Vernon states that they are leaving the house.

They get into their car and leave ten minutes later. They travel for miles until they eventually stop in front of a gloomy hotel on the brink of the city. Vernon's attempt to shake the sender off are not successful, however, as more letters come for Harry to the hotel the very next morning.

Again, they get back in the car and finally stop get on a boat that takes them to an island with a small hut on it. Harry remembers that the next day will be his eleventh birthday.

When they get there, Harry can't sleep with the raging storm outside, so he counts down the time until his birthday. When his watch turns to the next day, there is a loud knocking at the door - something wants to get in Uncle Vernon tells Hagrid that Harry won't be going, but the giant knows that a great Muggle like him wouldn't be able to stop Harry from going to Hogwarts.

Uncle Vernon reveals he knew that Harry's a wizard, and Aunt Petunia tells Harry that her sister, Harry's mother, was a witch. Petunia said they were killed by another wizard and Harry screams that Petunia said they got killed in a car crash. Hagrid is as outraged as Harry is that the Dursleys have lied that much. But the spell he used backfired, only leaving Harry his scar. Hagrid tells him that he brought Harry from the ruins of the house and brought him to the Dursleys' house on 4 Privet Drive.

Uncle Vernon says it's a load of rubbish and tries to persuade Harry that whatever happened to his parents was deserved anyway, but Hagrid pulls an umbrella out of his coat and threatens Uncle Vernon. Harry asks what happened to Voldemort and Hagrid tells him he vanished and hasn't been seen since.

Harry doubts that he is a wizard until Hagrid asks him if he ever made anything happen he couldn't explain when he was angry or scared. Uncle Vernon makes the mistake of mocking Dumbledore and Hagrid swishes the umbrella, in Dudley's direction, and Dudley sprouts a curly pig's tail. Hagrid asks Harry not to mention it at Hogwarts because Hagrid isn't allowed to do magic , as he had been expelled.

Hagrid takes off his coat and Harry sleeps under that for the night, for the day ahead. When Harry wakes the next morning, he tries to tell himself that what happened the previous night had all been a dream and that Hagrid taking him to a school for Wizards called Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has never happened. But when he opens his eyes, Hagrid had fallen asleep on the couch and he finds that it has all happened.

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He hears a tapping noise coming from the window and lets in an Owl. The owl drops a newspaper on Hagrid's lap and begins to claw Hagrid's coat. Hagrid tells Harry to pay the owl so Harry does what he says and the owl leaves. Hagrid tells him they have to go and download his things, but Harry worries because he hasn't got any money. Hagrid tells him his parents didn't leave him without money and that their first stop is Gringotts , the wizard's bank.

He explains that it is run by Goblins and that "you'd be mad to try and rob it". They step outside the hut and step into their boat. Hagrid uses a bit of magic to speed things up for them. Hagrid says there are Enchantments guarding the vaults in Gringotts.

Gringotts is all under London , and you would die of starvation trying to get out. Harry wonders what the Ministry of Magic does, and Hagrid explains that they handle everything to do with magic. He says they wanted Dumbledore for Minister , but Cornelius Fudge got the job. Harry asks if there are Dragons guarding Gringotts.

Hagrid says yes and mutters that he would like a dragon. Harry takes out his list and reads it out. It says he needs a set of robes , a pointed hat , Dragon hide gloves, and a winter coat. There is a list of his books and stationary equipment. Hagrid leads them both into a pub called the Leaky Cauldron that Harry did not notice was there. It is dark and shabby and everyone greets Hagrid as he enters. They talk for a bit then Hagrid steers them out a back door into a small enclosed area with a few barrels.

Hagrid takes out his umbrella and taps bricks with it, counting an order. Once he is done, a hole appears in the brick wall, slowly getting bigger, until the wall disappears fully, revealing a crowded street with people wearing robes everywhere with shops left and right. Hagrid tells Harry the street is called Diagon Alley. When they are walking down the street, Harry is trying to look everywhere around him, taking in as much as possible. At the end of Diagon Alley, there is a snowy white building, huge in size: As they enter, a warning echoes through telling them rob at your own risk.

Harry and Hagrid go up to a Goblin and explain they need to take some money out of Harry's vault. The Goblin asks for Harry's key and Hagrid presents it, after sorting through many other keys. The Goblin calls upon another Goblin named Griphook to take them down to the vault. Hagrid also states they need to be taken down to remove the You-Know-What in Vault Griphook takes them to Vault in question, and Hagrid removes the grubby little package there but can't tell Harry what it is. Griphook then takes them to Harry's vault, where there is a large amount of money piled up there that Harry owns.

Harry and Hagrid take a bit of the money for Harry's list, then leave Gringotts. Madam Malkin measures him then he sits on a chair next to a pale-faced boy getting his robes. The boy starts to talk about smuggling a Broomstick into Hogwarts somehow, then about something called Quidditch. Harry feels very out of place with him, as he is talking about houses called Slytherin and Hufflepuff.

The boy points out Hagrid, then says the other kind shouldn't be allowed in. When Harry leaves, he tells Hagrid and Hagrid says there are four houses at Hogwarts, Quidditch is a game played on Broomsticks and then leave to download Harry the rest of his things.

Mr Ollivander comes round, scaring them both, and greeting Harry and Hagrid.

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Ollivander begins to talk about Harry's parents' wands, and how he remembers selling them. Ollivander touches Harry's scar and apologises for the fact that he sold the wand that caused it.

Ollivander gives Harry a wand and tells him to give it a wave. Harry did so, but it isn't suitable for him, so Ollivander takes it back. Harry tries many wands, but none of them seem to work well enough for him. Eventually, he picks up a wand and he feels warmth in his fingers.

Ollivander states that it is very curious that Harry should be destined for that wand when its brother gave Harry his scar. Hagrid takes Harry to get something to eat in the Muggle world but Harry is worried that he isn't going to fit in at Hogwarts as everyone expects great things from him. For Harry's birthday, Hagrid downloads Harry an snowy owl named Hedwig. Hagrid provides Harry with a train ticket , giving him the date, time, and location to catch the Hogwarts Express and tells Harry that if he ever needs anything, he is to write a letter, and Hedwig will know where to find him.

Harry then catches a train back to the Dursleys. Despite how furious his aunt and uncle are after he found out about his wizard heritage, they hardly speak to him and instead pretend that Harry isn't even were they see he is. At first it was an upgrade, but then becomes depressing for Harry after a while, and Dudley has become so scared of his cousin that he refuses to be anywhere near him.

Above all that, Harry is allowed to keep the smallest bedroom with only Hedwig and his new school books as company. He would lay on is bed and read through the interesting books late at night with Hedwig swooping in and out of the window as she pleases, bringing back dead mice that she leaves lying around the room to make them the main reason Aunt Petunia avoids coming in to vacuum. Uncle Vernon agrees to take him but ridicules him for saying he is to leave from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters, as is marked on the ticket Hagrid gave him.

The following day, Harry arrives at the station and stands between platforms nine and ten , wondering how to find platform nine and three quarters. The Dursleys leave him, and as they pulled away in their car, started laughing, leaving Harry quite stumped. Finally, he overhears some people mention Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry ; it is a family of red-haired children who seem to be bound for the school. He asks the mother for help, and she tells him to run through the barrier between platforms nine and ten.

Harry does so, and he is astonished to find the train to Hogwarts on the other side of the station.

Harry, then, boards the Hogwarts Express. On the train, Harry is introduced to Fred and George Weasley , twins who are returning to school for their third year, and to their younger brother Ron , another student who will be starting at Hogwarts. They have another brother, Percy, who is returning for his fifth year as a Prefect, and there are two elder Weasley brothers who have already left school.

The Weasley family is poor, and Ron cannot afford the pastries sold on the train, so Harry downloads a lot with his newfound wealth and shares them with Ron.

One of the cards bears the picture of Albus Dumbledore. Harry also meets a somewhat annoying, overachieving girl named Hermione Granger and sees again the unpleasant boy from the uniform shop, whose name is Draco Malfoy , this time with his buddies, Crabbe and Goyle. After Draco makes some rude comments about Ron, Harry rejects Draco's offer to advise him about associating with the right kind of wizards.

All the students have heard of Harry, and Harry is not sure how to respond to his fame. Arriving at the station, the newcomers are led by Hagrid onto boats which they sail to the castle of Hogwarts.

The new students are greeted at the castle door by Professor Minerva McGonagall , who tells them they will soon be sorted into their houses. All Hogwarts students live in one of four residences: Gryffindor , Hufflepuff , Ravenclaw , or Slytherin , with each house having its own team for Quidditch. The houses are in a yearlong competition with one another to acquire the most points, which are earned by success in Quidditch games and given by teachers for academic achievement, and lost for student infractions, in order to win the House Cup awarded at the end of the year.

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As the students enter Hogwarts, ghosts appear in the hallway. The students are led to the Great Hall , where the entire school waits for them. They see an old pointy hat on a stool. When the students try on the Sorting Hat , it announces the house in which they are placed. Harry becomes very nervous. He has learned that he does not care for Slytherin house, as the students in it are unpleasant and Voldemort once belonged to Slytherin.

The annoying girl Hermione from the train is Sorted into Gryffindor, much to Ron's displeasure. He quietly says to himself "not Slytherin, not Slytherin! After a brief mental discussion with the hat in which it tries to suggest Slytherin to him, the hat places Harry in Gryffindor. Harry is pleased to find that Ron joins in Gryffindor with him. Draco Malfoy is placed in Slytherin. Everyone sits down to a grand feast to begin the year.

Harry is overwhelmed by the variety of luscious food served. Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington , the resident ghost of Gryffindor popularly known as Nearly Headless Nick because of a botched decapitation , introduces himself to the first-year students and tells them he hopes they will win the house championship this year. Over dessert, the discussion turns to the students' upbringings. Another student, Seamus Finnigan , talks about how his father, a Muggle, was shocked when he found out his wife Seamus' mother was a witch.

Harry glances around the room and notices a few of the teachers talking to one another.

One of them, while speaking to Quirrell, stares malevolently at Harry, who immediately feels a sharp pain in his forehead scar. Harry asks Percy the prefect who he is, and finds out that this man is Professor Severus Snape , who teaches Potions.

After dessert, Dumbledore gets up to make his welcome speech. He adds a few warnings about staying away from the Forbidden Forest and avoiding the 3rd-floor corridor on the right side of the school before sending everyone off to bed in their Common rooms. On the way, the Gryffindors run into Peeves the Poltergeist and upon arriving, meet the Fat Lady who lets them into Gryffindor Tower after Percy gives her the password.

Harry has trouble sleeping due to dream he has. His parents had supported Voldemort, but changed sides after the dark wizard's disappearance, claiming they had been bewitched.

Draco avoids direct confrontations, and tries to get Harry and his friends into trouble. Professor Quirrell is a twitching, stammering and nervous man who teaches Defence Against the Dark Arts. Reputedly he was a brilliant scholar, but his nerve was shattered by an encounter with vampires. Quirrell wears a turban to conceal the fact that he is voluntarily possessed by Voldemort, whose face appears on the back of Quirrell's head.

Professor Severus Snape , who has a hooked nose, sallow complexion and greasy black hair, teaches Potions , but would prefer to teach Defence Against the Dark Arts. Snape praises pupils in Slytherin, his own House but seizes every opportunity to humiliate others, especially Harry.

Several incidents, beginning with the shooting pain in Harry's scar during the start-of-term feast, lead Harry and his friends to think Snape is a follower of Voldemort.

Argus Filch , the school caretaker who knows the school's secret passages better than anyone else except, possibly, the Weasley twins. His cat, Mrs. Norris, aids his constant hunt for misbehaving pupils. Other members of staff include the dumpy Herbology teacher and Head of Hufflepuff House Professor Sprout , Professor Flitwick , the tiny and excitable Charms teacher, and Head of Ravenclaw House, the soporific History of Magic teacher, Professor Binns , a ghost who does not seem to have noticed his own death; and Madam Hooch , the Quidditch coach, who is strict, but a considerate and methodical teacher.

The poltergeist Peeves wanders around the castle causing trouble wherever he can. In the book, Rowling introduces an eclectic cast of characters. The first character to be introduced is Vernon Dursley, Harry's uncle. Most of the actions centre on the eponymous hero Harry Potter , an orphan who escapes his miserable childhood with the Dursley family.

Rowling imagined him as a "scrawny, black-haired, bespectacled boy who didn't know he was a wizard", [2] and says she transferred part of her pain about losing her mother to him. Ron is described by Rowling as the ultimate best friend, "always there when you need him".

The headmaster of Hogwarts is the powerful, but kind wizard Albus Dumbledore , who becomes Harry's confidant. Rowling described him as "epitome of goodness". The main antagonists are Draco Malfoy , an elitist, bullying classmate [10] and Lord Voldemort , the most powerful evil wizard who becomes disembodied when he tries to kill baby Harry. According to a interview with Rowling, the character of Voldemort was created as a literary foil for Harry, and his backstory was intentionally not fleshed-out at first: The basic idea Harry, I saw Harry very very very clearly.

Very vividly. And I knew he didn't know he was a wizard. He killed Harry's parents, and then he tried to kill Harry—he tried to curse him.

So he's left with this lightning bolt shaped scar on his forehead and the curse rebounded upon the evil wizard, who has been in hiding ever since. In Jo Rowling, as she preferred to be known, [a] wanted to move with her boyfriend to a flat in Manchester and in her words, "One weekend after flat hunting, I took the train back to London on my own and the idea for Harry Potter fell into my head A scrawny, little, black-haired, bespectacled boy became more and more of a wizard to me I began to write Philosopher's Stone that very evening.

Although, the first couple of pages look nothing like the finished product. Barry Cunningham , who was building a portfolio of distinctive fantasies by new authors for Bloomsbury Children's Books , recommended accepting the book, [15] and the eight-year-old daughter of Bloomsbury's chief executive said it was "so much better than anything else".Librarian Nancy Knapp and marketing professor Stephen Brown noted the liveliness and detail of descriptions, especially of shop scenes such as Diagon Alley.

Books about friendship Can you imagine Pooh without Piglet? Retrieved 26 May Both authors satirise social behaviour and give characters names that express their personalities. For a second, Mr. About why he's disappeared?