P.S. I do hope we've put enough stamps on.
Synopsis by William Silvester
Notes and links by Michele L. Worley
U.S. hardcover edition: pages 26 - 38
U.K. hardcover edition: pages 29 - 38
U.K. paperback edition: pages 34 - 46
In which Dudley and
the rest of the Dursleys
are on a diet, and the
Dursleys receive a letter from
Mrs. Weasley inviting
Harry to stay with her
family and attend the
Quidditch World Cup final.
Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:
The chapter title refers to the
Weasleys' invitation to
Harry to attend the
Quidditch World Cup
Now that Harry has outside support
to rely on, in the form of his godfather, he's beginning to be able to stand
up for himself to the Dursleys.
(It doesn't hurt that he's grown to adolescence, and that if anybody is a
subject for adolescent rebellion against rules, it's
Harry's so-called family.)
...Aunt Petunia's eyes,
so sharp when it came to spotting fingerprints on her gleaming walls...
...far from needing extra nourishment,
Dudley had reached roughly the
size and weight of a young killer whale.
The moment he had got wind of the fact that he was expected to
survive the summer on carrot sticks, Harry had sent Hedwig to
his friends with pleas for help, and they had risen to the
And then on Harry's birthday
(which the Dursleys
had completely ignored) he had received four superb birthday cakes, one
each from Ron,
Britain hasn't hosted the cup for thirty years...
...the Muggle postman has never delivered to our house, and
I am not sure he even knows where it is.
...Harry had lived with the
Dursleys too long not to
know how touchy they were about anything even slightly out of the ordinary.
Harry - DAD GOT THE TICKETS -
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Exceptional character moments:
going to the opposite extreme of underfeeding the family
while Dudley is on a diet, but even then making sure to single
Harry out for particularly shabby treatment in the matter of
Harry's friends, who not only supply him with food, but with
Vernon into letting him spend the rest of the summer with
the Weasleys without openly gloating about it.
hyperactive joy at having made a successful
delivery. If he were human, he might be a lot like the
Hedwig's annoyance at
the overexcitable Pigwidgeon; she appears to consider him guilty
of conduct unbecoming a post owl.
Links and Resources:
The moment he had got wind of the fact that he was expected to survive the
summer on carrot sticks, Harry
had sent Hedwig to his friends
with pleas for help, and they had risen to the occasion magnificently.
"So," he said, marching over to the fireplace and turning to face
Harry as though he was about to
pronounce him under arrest. "So."
Harry would have dearly loved to
have said "So what?", but he didn't feel
Uncle Vernon's temper
should be tested this early in the morning, especially when it was already
under severe strain from lack of food.
He stopped there to enjoy the effect of these words. He could almost see
the cogs working under
Uncle Vernon's thick,
dark, neatly parted hair. If he tried to stop
Harry from writing to
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
he was being mistreated.
"Don't mention anything about Abroad while you're here
unless you want the pants bored off you."
The entire action of this chapter takes place on the same morning
as that of the previous chapter,
beginning at breakfast and ending with Harry's reply to Ron's owl post after breakfast.