Chapter 3-1 Owl Post
- Harry is back at the Dursleys', reading A History of Magic. He has
to write an essay on Witch-Burning in the Fourteenth Century. He reads
about the pointlessness of it. Muggles were not very good at recognising it.
On rare occasions when they did catch a real witch or wizard, the witch
or wizard would perform a basic Flame-Freezing Charm and pretend
to be in pain. Wendelin the Weird
was famous for having himself caught and enjoying the frozen flames.
- The Dursleys locked up Harry's spellbooks, wand, cauldron and broomstick.
Harry managed to 'steal' a spellbook back, since he needs it to write
an essay about Shrinking Potions.
- On his birthday three owls fly in; Errol, Hedwig and another,
unknown to Harry, wearing the Hogwarts crest. The first letter is from
Ron. It has a cutting from the Daily Prophet saying that Mr. Weasley won the annual Daily Prophet
Grand Prize Galleon Draw.
Mr. Weasley stated that they will be spending the gold on a summer holiday
in Egypt where Bill works as a Curse Breaker for Gringotts Wizarding Bank. It also has a letter
from Ron, asking to meet in London next week and mentioning that
Percy has become Head Boy. In the letter
he also finds a Pocket Sneakoscope
which looks like a miniature glass spinning top, with a note explaining
that it is used to notify the owner when there is someone untrustworthy
around. Hedwig brought a letter from Hermione. Hermione also included
a Broomstick Servicing Kit as
a present, containing a jar of Fleetwood's High-Finish
Handle Polish, a pair of Tail-Twig Clippers, a compass to
clip onto your broom and a Handbook of Do-it-Yourself
Broomcare. The last parcel was from Hagrid, containing a book
called The Monster Book of Monsters
with a note. The last letter was from Professor McGonagall. It is said
that the new school year will begin on September the first and third-years
are permitted to visit the village of Hogsmeade
at certain weekends if they bring a filled-in permission form from a
parent or guardian.