Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone - Chapter 3: The Letters From No One

 

The hp chapter by chapter reviews are back after a roughly three month hiatus..lol! Fear not. I will post these twice every week: on sundays (starting today) and thursdays (because it's my fav day of the week).

In case you missed them:

Chapter 1: The boy who lived

Chapter 2: The vanishing glass

 

Chapter 3

The letters from no one

 

Three things lay on the doormat: a postcard from Uncle Vernon’s sister Marge, who was vacationing on the Isle of Wight, a brown envelope that looked like a bill, and – a letter for Harry.

 

Thoughts

 

Summer is here and Harry is trying to stay out of his nasty cousin's way. Thankfully, they are going to separate schools the following year: Dudley into a private one and Harry (no surprise there) to the local public school. Then one day, a letter comes addressed to Harry:

Who could write to him?

Unfortunately, Harry doesn't get to open it - his uncle snatches it.

The next day, the same letter comes again. Harry is so eager to open the letter, whoever is writing them must have something important to tell him to send him so many letters.

Finally his uncle snaps and moves the family far away where the mailman (and any wizard for that matter) cannot find them.

Unfortunately, the Dursleys are in for a treat...

 

Additional Comments

 

⚡️ Anyone who has seen the film remembers this:

Iconic hp pic #1 (We'll get to the other ones in due time!)

 

⚡️ I hate how much Harry is mistreated at his relatives' hands. Fortunately, things are about to change..!! Change no.1: Harry gets his own room! True it's Dudley's room but still it's better than that cupboard...

 

Things you might not notice on your first read

 

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Harry stays over at Mrs. Figg's place, when his aunt takes Dudley to buy him a new school uniform. We don't know it at the time, but we are introduced to the first squib of the series. She knows more about Harry than he knows about himself. We'll find out who Arabella Figg really is on book 5.

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It's really interesting that someone knows that Harry isn't getting his letters. This is one of the moment where magic in the series is pretty ambiguous: how does it actually work? How Dumbledore knows that Harry hasn't opened any of his letters? Are some people more magical than others?

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We learn later on the series that wizards from muggle households, have someone visit them and explain to the parents their children's peculiarity. In Harry's case, everything was explained supposedly on the letter that came with the baby that dreadful night when Harry was dropped to his relatives' doorstep. Petunia must have known that Harry was a wizard, the letters from Hogwarts must hardly be a surprise for her...

 

*:・゚✧Closing Lines

BOOM.[..] Someone was outside, knocking to come in.

 

Guess who???

I love it that Hagrid is introduced with a bang!!

Oh and also: Where is my letter?

Rowling's response:

We all did dear Joan. We truly all did...

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré