chapter three of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Fred, George, and Ron break Harry out of Privet Drive and fly him to the Burrow, where Harry sees a wizarding house for the first time. After Molly yells at her kids and they de-gnome the garden, Ron takes Harry up to his room, Harry thrilled to be there.
Ron, Fred, and George seized Harry’s arms and pulled as hard as they could.
Harry couldn’t believe it – he was free.
Lower and lower went the flying car.
“It’s wonderful,” said Harry happily, thinking of Privet Drive.
(by Keith James)
At that moment there was a diversion in the form of a small, red-headed figure in a long nightdress, who appeared in the kitchen, gave a small squeal, and ran out again.
(by robin edwards)
“It’s a bit small,” said Ron quickly. “Not like that room you had with the Muggles. And I’m right underneath the ghoul in the attic; he’s always banging on the pipes and groaning….” But Harry, grinning widely, said, “This is the best house I’ve ever been in.” Ron’s ears went pink.
about the chapter
Something You May Not Have Noticed
By the time Harry’s all packed into the Weasleys’ flying car, the back seat is pretty darn full. After all, besides Harry and Ron, they’ve stuffed in his large trunk, Hedwig’s cage, various other belongings of Harry’s, and the bars that had once been fitted over Harry’s bedroom window. So why not simply put some of it in the trunk? Probably because it all fits with room to spare. The second time Harry rides in this car he’ll be surprised and impressed by its magically enlarged back seat. Making the real question, how the heck does he not notice it the first time he rides in it?
The Wizarding World
When Ron introduces Harry to the Chudley Cannons, he mentions that they’re ninth in the league. A quick check in Quidditch Through the Ages, which Harry checked out of the library during his first year, would reveal that the Cannons haven’t won a championship in a century – and that their official team motto is “Let’s all just keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best.” In fact, in their thirteen-team league, ninth is by far the highest we’ll ever see the Cannons place. And they even have ugly team robes. Poor Ron.
The Power of Magic
Despite having had a full year at Hogwarts, Harry doesn’t quite get many of the rules of magic; for instance, when he sees the flying car outside his window, he assumes that Fred, George, and Ron are doing something to make it fly, and that they’ll therefore get in trouble with the Ministry the way he did. What he doesn’t understand is that the magic was performed on the car long ago, by Mr. Weasley, giving it the ability to fly, and the kids don’t have to perform any magic on it at all. Things like this probably aren’t explicitly taught at Hogwarts; rather, they’re probably more of a cultural thing Harry will learn over time simply by being around it.
Some Things to Remember
During one of Arthur’s raids for the Ministry, a character (and presumably subject of the raid) named Mundungus Fletcher tries to curse him with his back turned. Mundungus will turn up again, and as Arthur nearly learned the hard way, he’s worth keeping an eye on.
Also, did Draco Malfoy really send Dobby to stop Harry’s going to Hogwarts? It seems likely enough to the kids, but if that’s the case, the house-elf concocted a pretty unnecessarily elaborate cover story. The pieces still aren’t quite adding up.