Chapter 2-5 The Whomping Willow
- Holiday is over and Harry and the Weasley's will go by car, their
Ford Anglia, to Platform nine and three-quarters
at King's Cross to get on the Hogwarts
Express. The car has been magically enhanced to be bigger from the
inside then it looks on the outside.
- After having to go back for George's Filibuster fireworks, Fred's broom
and Ginny's diary, they finally start
on their way. Running late, Mr. Weasley suggest to use the Invisibility Booster which he
installed, but Mrs. Weasley refuses
to let him.
- After Percy, Mr. Weasley, Fred,
George, Mrs. Weasley and Ginny enter, it is only Harry and
Ron who need to pass through the
wall to get to Platform nine and three-quarters. Instead of passing
through, they crash into the wall. With the gateway sealed, Ron suggests
to take Mr. Weasley's car. Since his parents know how to Apparate,
vanish and reappear at home, they don't need the car.
- They start the car, make it invisible and start following the Hogwart
Express. They have problems getting the Invisibility Booster to start
properly so they decide to fly over the clowds.
- After a few hours, the engine starts to whine. As they finally see
Hogwarts the car starts losing speed and
in the end the engine dies completely. They crash into a big tree. Ron's
wand has snappd. The tree starts hitting them back, and they escape
by driving the car in reverse a small distance.
- Looking through the windows, they see that the Sorting has already started.
- They get caught by Professor Snape who takes them to his office.
Apparently they were seen by Muggles flying a car, and the story was printed
in the newspaper, the Evening Prophet in an article with
interviews with Mrs. Hetty Bayliss from
Norfolk, Mr. Angus Fleet of Peeples and
five more people saying that they saw the flying car. Snape also tells
them he saw that considerable damage has been done to the tree, the
- They get a big lecture from Professor McGonagall and from Dumbledore but they don't get expelled.
Professor Snape had jeered to them about the fact that Ron's father,
who works at the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts
Office, will not like to hear that his own son got caught with a
flying car. He's very disappointed to hear that they did not get expelled,
even though they violated the Decree for
the Restriction of Underage Wizardry.
- After eating some sandwiches and drinking two silver goblets full
of iced pumpkins juice which Professor McGonagall had provided for them,
they go back to Gryffindor Tower where they meet with
Hermione. She tells them the new password "wattlebird", and they enter the common
room, where they are welcomed as heroes.