Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – Chapter 3 (#PotterheadReadAlong19)

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In Chapter 3, Harry has a great day at the Dursleys’ house! Let’s go!

It’s not every day that Harry has good experiences with his relatives, but this chapter is just too funny. It starts off in the morning, with Aunt Petunia giving everyone a quarter of a grapefruit for breakfast. See, it turns out that Dudley is on a diet because his school no longer sells uniforms that fit him. And nobody is happy about it. Except maybe Harry, who immediately wrote to his friends once the diet was instituted and received lots of care packages, including four birthday cakes. Take that, Dudley!

They are interrupted by a knock at the door, which Vernon answers and comes back not happy. They received a letter from Molly Weasley. Hi, Molly Weasley! She is writing to invite Harry to come stay with them to go see the Quidditch World Cup. The thing is, she’s never sent a letter the Muggle way and it may have raised some eyebrows at the post office.

He held up the envelope in which Mrs. Weasley’s letter had come, and Harry had to fight down a laugh. Every bit of it was covered in stamps except for a square inch on the front, into which Mrs. Weasley had squeezed the Dursleys’ address in minute writing.

I love her so much. Just think of the Dursleys, with how they worry so much about what people think about them, having to talk to the mailman about why someone would deliver this to them! It’s so funny!

Harry has learned to be a bit manipulative with Vernon, and I have to say, I am a fan. Vernon doesn’t want to say yes to something that will make Harry happy, so Harry just let’s slip that he is finishing a letter to his godfather, who might think something is wrong if he doesn’t hear from his godson.

He could almost see the cogs working under Uncle Vernon’s thick, dark, neatly parted hair. If he tried to stop Harry writing to Sirius, Sirius would think Harry was being mistreated. If he told Harry he couldn’t go to the Quidditch World Cup, Harry would write and tell Sirius, who would know Harry was being mistreated. There was only one thing for Uncle Vernon to do. Harry could see the conclusion forming in his uncle’s mind as though the great mustached face were transparent.

Remember, the Dursleys think that Harry’s godfather is an escaped murderer (as does the rest of the Wizarding World). The last thing they want is for someone like that to come snooping around their house. So Vernon gives in, just as long as the Weasleys come and pick Harry up.

Harry runs back up to his room, where he sees a tiny owl waiting for him with a note from Ron letting Harry know that his dad was able to get the tickets for the World Cup. They will come pick Harry up on Sunday, whether the Dursleys like it or not. Harry writes back that he is good to go, finishes up his letter to Sirius, and enjoys a nice piece of birthday cake.

It’s always nice when Harry gets to be happy. 🙂

See you next time for Chapter 4!


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