The Knight Bus
"It's been a very weird night, Hedwig."
Synopsis: William Silvester
Notes and links: Steve Vander Ark and Michele L. Worley
US hardcover edition: pages 31 - 48
UK hardcover edition: pages 29 - 41
In which Harry tries to decide what to do, the Knight Bus arrives, and
he asks to be taken to London. En route Harry learns about
Sirius Black. He is met by
Cornelius Fudge at
Diagon Alley and installed in a room at the Leaky Cauldron.
Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:
Harry is on the run. He makes it a couple of streets
away from the Dursleys before ending up, exhausted and scared, in Magnolia
Crescent. Not for the first time, Harry wonders if he will be expelled
and what will become of him. This flight down darkened streets parallels
his adventure in the same neighborhood at the beginning of the fifth book.
Then the streets are familiar, not frightening, but the dangers are much
more real. In that instance, he is being watched over by the Order of the
Phoenix. Now he is being watched over by Sirius in the form of a huge black
dog. In book five, the most immediate danger comes from the Minister of
Magic, the very person who appears at the end of this chapter to rescue
Harry from his predicament. How things change in the
wizarding world over
the next two years...
Harry was several streets away before he collapsed
onto a low wall in Magnolia Crescent
A very detailed
and accurate map of the streets around Privet Drive is available here
in the Lexicon. The artist, Nik, actually visited a neighborhood which
matches the descriptions in the book and walked the streets as it describes
in this chapter and in the first chapter of OP. Of course, since Little
Whinging doesn't actually exist, no map can be considered canon. However,
this is undoubtedly the best representation we can hope for. The street
names of Little Whinging are somewhat similar to street names in
where JKR grew up.
what if he bewitched the trunk to make it feather-light,
tied it to his broomstick,
covered himself in the cloak, and flew to London?
is located approximately 12 miles from the
which we'll see in a few moments is to be found along
Charing Cross Road.
In OP3, this trip is accomplished by
Harry and the members of the
Advance Guard. We don't hear Tonks use a feather-light
spell, but it makes sense that she would have. Perhaps the harness she
used to carry his trunk has a feather-light charm already cast on it. At
any rate, the trip turns out to be a long one, although this may have been
because Moody kept taking them off course to throw off any pursuers.
A funny prickling on the back of his neck had made Harry
feel he was being watched...He had sensed rather than heard it
This is one of our first clues that Harry will
become a powerful wizard, strong in Defence Against the Dark Arts. Here
we glimpse his "sixth sense" ability to detect the presense of others.
We see it again in book four when he senses the presense of Winky and Barty
Crouch Jr. in the dark woods, just before Crouch casts the Dark Mark spell.
Rowling is extremely talented at developing these kinds of things naturally
over time, so that when we learn that Harry is becoming good at Defence
Against the Dark Arts, it feels completely natural, that we've been realizing
that all along.
"Lumos," Harry muttered
Harry does more magic here. He has decided that
it doesn't matter, and he's right. It's also possible that some magic is
becoming so natural for Harry that he casts the spell automatically without
giving the legality any thought.
Harry saw, quite distinctly, the hulking outline of
something very big, with wide, gleaming eyes.
Sirius Black is watching
Harry. Let's trace his movements
to this point. He left Azkaban, which according to Rowling is
on an island in the north of the North Sea, and swam to shore as a dog.
Logically, he came ashore on the closest land, which would be Scotland.
Some have argued that he wouldn't have gone to Little Whinging when he
was already in Scotland, but of course, Ron and Scabbers aren't in Scotland
at this point, so it's perfectly reasonable that he would have headed south.
Traveling as a dog and avoiding Dementors who were out looking for him,
Sirius headed for Little Whinging to check up on Harry. It's reasonable
to assume that Snuffles, which is what Sirius calls himself when he's a
dog, was hanging around Little Whinging for at least part of the week that
Harry was dealing with Aunt Marge. As Harry ran away, Sirius must have
seen him go and followed, which is why he's two streets away. Although
Harry doesn't realize it, he's actually in very good hands at that moment.
If the Knight Bus wouldn't have turned up, one wonders what might have
His wand flew out of his hand as
he flung out an arm to break his fall
It was apparently this action which summoned the
Knight Bus, but this cannot be the whole story. Can you imagine what it
would be like if the Knight Bus turned up whenever someone happened to
fling out their wand arm? This is actually yet another example of the power
of intention in magic. Not only did Harry happen to make the correct hand
gesture (quite by coincidence) but also he was in the correct frame of
mind to need emergency transport. That combination is what summons the
Another slight possibility is that someone besides
Harry summoned the Bus. Sirius is a logical candidate, although he is in
dog form and therefore probably couldn't make the required gesture--to
say nothing of the fact that he likely doesn't have a wand. Another possibility
is Mrs. Figg, but that seems unlikely because Mrs. Figg would have had
to have been in exactly the right place at the right time and it also assumes
that Squibs are capable of calling the Knight Bus.
a triple-decker, violently purple bus, which had appeared out
of thin air. Gold lettering over the windshield spelled The Knight Bus.
The name "Knight Bus" is a play on words. You
can actually catch a "night bus" in London, although they are much harder
to come by than the magical version. There aren't a lot of them, but they
do rumble around London all night. If you are ever stranded, seeing that
bus come along is just about as welcome a sight as the Knight Bus was to
My name is Stan Shunpike, and I will be your conductor
Stan is a very interesting character in the books.
He seems to be the type of fellow who hasn't a lot of schooling. Did Stan
go to Hogwarts? If he's 18 or 19, he would have been there in Harry's first
year. It seems more likely that Stan got what schooling he could at home
and then went directly into a trade, in this case magical transportation.
Perhaps he is apprenticed to Ernie We do meet Stan again in book four in
the woods trying to impress the Veela. Stan is named for one of Rowling's
grandfathers, Stan Volant.
Shunpike is a term which refers to a side road
which avoids a major highway.
"Neville Longbottom," said Harry, saying the first name that came
into his head
The connection between Harry and Neville was completely
unknown to readers when this book was released. Now that we know more about
the prophecy, about Neville's parents, and about the fact that it could
well have been Neville that these books were about, it is interesting that
his is the first name that comes into Harry's head in a pinch..
Sickles," said Stan, "but for thirteen you get 'or chocolate, and for fifteen
you get an 'ot water bottle an' a toofbrush in the color of your choice."
We'll do the conversions here. The fare to London
is 11 Sickles, which works out to about US $4.75 or £3.25. Add the
hot water bottle, hot chocolate, and toothbrush and the fare jumps to 15
Sickles, which is US $6.50 or £4.40. (If you're curious about these
conversions, check out the Galleons
Converter in the Lexicon).
and shoved some gold into Stan's hand
Yes, it's possible that Harry overpaid Stan in
his hurry, since 15 Sickles would have been silver not gold. More likely,
the term "gold" is being used as synonymous with "coins," so it's merely
indicating that Harry gave some money to Stan. In chapter four, Harry notices
the new Firebolt broom and sees that the price is given on request. "Harry
didn't like to think how much gold the Firebolt would cost," it
says in the book, which could easily be interpreted as "how much money."
Later, at Zonkos, the book says "Harry gave Ron whispered orders and passed
him some gold from under the cloak." Since a Galleon is worth over seven
dollars, Harry must have been handing other types of coins besides just
gold ones. Even more to the point, when Harry tells Hagrid in the
Hut on the Rock that his parents hadn't left him anything, Hagrid replies:
"They didn' keep their gold in the house, boy!" We know that their holdings
in the vault in Gringotts included plenty of silver and bronze along with
There were no seats; instead, half a dozen brass bedsteads
stood beside the curtained windows.
The Knight Bus is bedecked with beds at night,
but during the day the beds are replaced with armchairs, as Harry learns
on the trip back to Hogwarts after Christmas break in his fifth year.
This is our driver, Ernie Prang.
Ernie, like Stan, is named for one of Rowling's
Rowling was married to Kathleen, the grandmother whose name Jo "borrowed"
when she needed a middle initial. Prang is a slang term for crash, used
as a verb, so one might say "I pranged the car" (or the bus, as the
case may be).
"Them!" said Stan contemptuously. "Don' listen properly,
do they? Don' look properly either. Never notice nuffink, they don'."
How does the wizarding world stay hidden?
Because Muggles don't see what they don't believe in. As long as Muggles know that
magic is nothing but the stuff of fairy tales, they will be blind to evidence
to the contrary. Of course, there is a limit to this kind of belief-induced
blindness. If a Muggle sees a dragon, for example, their unbelief will
become broken. The danger in that case is not just that they see a dragon
but that then they will see other things. In a way, this fabric of unbelief
is what the wizarding world must constantly be trying to maintain, what
all the rules and regulations are intended to preserve, and it's a tenuous
fabric indeed. Still, you'd think that the Muggles would notice the Knight
Bus, what with the way it climbs the verges and shoves houses out of its
way. Maybe they do see it, but to them it loses its magic sheen and they
see only a standard double-decker, driving a bit wildly but otherwise normal.
"Where are we, Ern? Somewhere in Wales?"...
"We'll be in Abergavenny in a minute."...the
bus moved abruptly from Anglesea to Aberdeen
Ah, the wonders of wizarding geography. The Knight
Bus can apparently be anywhere in Britain within seconds, even Anglesea,
which is an island (so the bus can go over water, just not UNDERwater).
The logic, however, is completely non-Muggle. The bus seems for all the
world to be traveling alphabetically, when it's following a prearranged
route at all. And why not, since space and distance don't matter a bit
to the Knight Bus.
lines of lampposts, mailboxes, and trash cans jumped out
of its way as it approached and back into position once it had passed.
We will see this same effect when Harry rides
in the Ministry cars in a few chapters. This is similar to the way that
Number 12 Grimmauld Place squeezes itself into and out of existence between
number 11 and number 13.
Stan came back downstairs, followed by a faintly green witch
wrapped in a traveling cloak.
Madam March turns up again on the Knight Bus in
OP24, poor woman. The phrase
"slightly green" refers to the fact that she's
rather badly off with motion sickness, not that her natural coloring is
greenish. In the OP incident, she actually vomits all over the second deck
of the bus. Madam Marsh is, according to Rowling, simply an "extra" with
no further part to play in the saga
Sirius Black, possibly the most
infamous prisoner ever to be held in Azkaban fortress
So why is Black so infamous?
There are Death Eaters
imprisoned there who killed many people, magical and Muggle. There are
traitors there who spied for
Voldemort. Why is
Black so well known? The
tale of his relationship to the Potters and his supposed betrayal of them
is not well known, since Madam Rosmerta doesn't know anything about it
and must be told (chapter ten). It must be that killing thirteen people
with one curse is so unusual that he is known as the worst of the lot.
If that is such an amazing feat, it's really quite surprising that
Peter Pettigrew could manage
to do it.
Fudge has been criticized by some members of
the International Federation of Warlocks
for informing the Muggle Prime Minister of the crisis.
We learn a lot from this short sentence. First of all,
Fudge is under criticism by
members of the International Federation of Wizards. This is a body
consisting of representatives from all over the world, let by none other
than Albus Dumbledore. Did
Dumbledore himself question
Fudge's wisdom in talking to the
Muggle prime minister about Black's
escape? If so, this could represent one of the first cracks in the alliance
between the two. Back when Fudge
was just starting his term as
Minister for Magic,
Dumbledore was his close
adviser. Could this incident represent a change in that relationship, where
Fudge is going against the advice
of the Headmaster of Hogwarts? Shortly hereafter,
Fudge will station
Dumbledore's wishes. Second,
we learn that the Muggle prime minister knows about the
wizarding world. That's
an interesting notion. I think it's safe to assume that the President of
the United States is also in on this secret. The Muggle Prime Minister
was John Major and the President of the U.S. was Bill Clinton.
Harry had never met a vampire, but he had seen pictures of them in his
Defence Against the Dark Arts
classes, and Black, with his waxy
white skin, looked just like one.
Harry will not knowingly meet a vampire for another three years: the
vampire Sanguini at Slughorn's Christmas party during his sixth year
"You outta your tree?" yelped Stan. "'Choo say 'is name for?"
"It happens many times in history...having a taboo on a name is quite
common in certain civilizations...On a more prosaic note, in the 1950s in
London there were a pair of gangsters called the Kray twins. The story
goes that people didn't speak the name Kray. You just didn't mention it.
You didn't talk about them, because retribution was so brutal and bloody.
I think this is an impressive demonstration of strength, that you can
convince someone not to use your name. Impressive in the sense that
demonstrates how deep the level of fear is that you can inspire. It's not
something to be admired
"Anyway, they cornered Black
in the middle of a street full of Muggles an'
Black took out 'is wand and 'e
blasted 'alf the street apart, an' a wizard got it, an' so did a
dozen Muggles what got in the way."
Our first mention of Peter
Pettigrew, though not yet by name. As of
book six we don't know
the names of any of the Muggles who were killed in this incident.
I'd blow meself up before I set foot in that place.
In fact, three years from now Stan (though not Ernie, as far as we know)
will be in Azkaban.
"Gas explosion," grunted Ernie.
Apparently the personnel of the Department of Magical Catastrophes are
more adept than most wizarding folk at understanding Muggle culture.
"Laughed," said Stan. "Jus' stood there an' laughed.
"The laughter - he was absolutely unhinged by James' death...
He knew what he'd lost. It was a humourless laugh.
Pettigrew, who they, in a
slightly patronizing way, James and Sirius at least, who they allowed to
hang around with them, it turned out that he was a better wizard than they
knew. Turned out he was better at hiding secrets than they knew
An' when reinforcements from the Ministry of Magic
Who included Fudge, long before
he became Minister for Magic, as we shall learn later
Hagrid, the Hogwarts gamekeeper, had spent two months there only last year.
The mention here that Hagrid's imprisonment lasted two months helps
clarify the date of Hagrid's arrest in
(CS14), because we can now work backwards
from the date of Hagrid's release on May 30th of that year to say that he
was collected - one hesitates to say "arrested", given the lack
of due process - either at the very end of March or very early in April
of that year.
They were thundering along Charing Cross Road....Knight Bus skidded to a
halt in front of a small and shabby-looking pub, the Leaky Cauldron
This has been reflected in the Lexicon's maps.
A stooping figure bearing a lantern appeared through the door behind the bar.
It was Tom, the wizened, toothless landlord.
Note that Tom in the films, particularly
PA/f, differs noticeably from
Tom as shown in canon.
Tom clicked his fingers, a fire burst into life in the grate, and he bowed
himself out of the room.
This non-verbal fire spell may have been
we can't say for certain.
"I am Cornelius Fudge,
Minister for Magic."
While Harry witnessed
Fudge's "collection" of
Hagrid the previous year,
Fudge didn't know it
Two members of the Accidental Magic Reversal Department were dispatched
to Privet Drive a few hours ago. Miss Dursley has been punctured and her
memory has been modified. She has no recollection of the incident at all.
So that's that, and no harm done."
Contrast this with Fudge's attitude about this very same incident two
years from now, during Harry's disciplinary hearing on another charge
Fudge smiled at Harry over the rim of his teacup, rather like an uncle
surveying a favorite nephew.
Fudge's attitude will change dramatically after the Third Task, when
Harry is no longer a media darling.
but they are prepared to take you back next summer
Some guardians the Dursleys are.
"So all that remains," said Fudge, now buttering himself a second
crumpet, "is to decide where you're going to spend the last three weeks
of your holiday."
Early editions of the book read "two" instead of three, but
that doesn't tally with the dates of Marge's visit (the first week of
August) and of the beginning of term (the first of September), so
the text was officially corrected to read "three", and
three weeks is now canon.
"The Decree for the Restriction of Underage Wizardry!"
And indeed this will come back to torment Harry later
"Oh, my dear boy, we're not going to punish you for a little thing like
that!"...But this didn't tally at all with Harry's past dealings with
the Ministry of Magic.
Or future dealings, unfortunately.
Tom will be keeping an eye on you for me.
In fact, we don't see much of Tom after this, but Tom may have passed the
word to the other shopkeepers of Diagon Alley, such as Florean Fortescue,
to make the supervision of Harry's holiday unobtrusive.
The Azkaban guards have never yet failed
In fact, this isn't true, but since the
Crouch family managed to arrange
an escape without the guards ever even finding out that an escape had occurred,
Fudge doesn't know that it's not true.
Very smart owl you've got there
So Hedwig is unusually intelligent even for a post owl.
and that he was now facing three completely Dursley-free weeks.
Early editions of the book read "two" instead of three, but
that doesn't tally with the dates of Marge's visit (the first week of
August) and of the beginning of term (the first of September), so
the text was officially corrected to read "three", and
three weeks is now canon.
It's been a very weird night, Hedwig.
In a few short hours Harry has gone from blowing up his aunt, fleeing the
Dursleys, being a fugitive from the law, possibly being expelled from
Hogwarts, to having a Dursley-free holiday at the Leaky Cauldron and
Diagon Alley - what a day he has had!
Characters introduced in this chapter:
Characters returning in this chapter:
Characters mentioned in this chapter:
Settings and locations introduced or returning in this chapter:
Settings and locations mentioned in this chapter:
Exceptional character moments:
Harry feels that he is now an outcast and a fugitive
for breaking wizard laws. He is fleeing the Dursleys which in a
sense has always been a kind of "prison" to him. So, Harry in some
aspects is somewhat like Sirius Black who is also a fugitive from Azkaban
prison and considered an outcast by most of the
wizarding world. A bit ironic-
The Knight Bus suddenly comes to Harry's rescue like
a knight in shining armor saving a damsel in distress, and due to the fact
that it comes at night makes this an extended pun.
Of all the names Harry could have chosen for the alias that he gives
Stan Shunpike, he chooses Neville Longbottom. As we learn in
GF and OP,
Harry and Neville have many traits in common:
both were born at the end of July, both had parents in the Order of the
Phoenix, both sets of parents narrowly escaped Voldemort three times, and
in the end Voldemort was directly or indirectly responsible for causing
both Harry and Neville to be reared by people other than their parents.
Harry does not learn any of these facts until the end of his fifth year
at Hogwarts making this a very ironic choice for Harry to use Neville as
Harry first learns details about Sirius Black from
a photo and article in Stan's copy of the Daily Prophet. Sirius
first discovers that Wormtail is still alive and a possible danger to Harry
at Hogwarts from a photo and article in a copy of the Daily Prophet
that Cornelius Fudge gave to him during a visit to Azkaban. Coincidence?
Harry' room at the Leaky Cauldron is number eleven,
and Harry had just turned eleven-years-old at midnight on July 31st when
Hagrid comes to rescue Harry from the Dursleys at the hut on the rock.
The first place Hagrid takes Harry is to the Leaky Cauldron. Hmmm...
Cornelius Fudge informs Harry that he is not going
to punished for breaking The Decree for the Restriction of Underage Wizardry
or for blowing up Aunt Marge. Fudge does not appear to mind that
Harry as once again broken wizard rules. But, when Harry asks Fudge
to sign his Hogmead's parent permission form he says, "No, I'm sorry, Harry,
but rules are rules." It seems that there are some wizard rules that
even Harry cannot break.
Harry unknowingly signals the Knight Bus
fire - Tom clicks his fingers and the fire bursts into life
the deflating of Aunt Marge (mentioned)
Aunt Marge's memory modified (mentioned)
Links and Resources:
"Black woz a big supporter of You-Know-Oo." Stan Shunpike
"Anyway, they cornered Black in the middle of a street
full of Muggles an' Black took out 'is wand and 'e blasted 'alf the street
apart, an' a wizard got it, an' so did a dozen Muggles what got in the
way. Stan Shunpike
"Them Azkaban guards give me the collywobbles." Stan Shunpike
"He, Harry had broken wizard law just like Sirius Black"
Description of Harry
"We don't send people to Azkaban just for blowing
up their aunts!" Cornelius Fudge
"The Azkaban guards have never yet failed. . .and
they are angrier than I've ever seen them." Cornelius Fudge
Timeline of the chapter
We are given no hint of the days of the week, so we'll go with the dates
from the actual calendar of the summer of
Harry flees number four Privet Drive,
is picked up by the Knight Bus
early morning, just before dawn,
the Knight Bus deposits Harry outside of The Leaky Cauldron
August 6, 1993 (Evening) to early morning of August 7th
Harry drags his trunk and Hedwig's cage for several streets before he stops
in Magnolia Crescent.
Harry then panics as he realizes he's stranded, with nowhere to go, he
had no Muggle money and very little wizarding money left, with a likelihood
that he'll be expelled from Hogwarts. Harry fears he'll be arrested or
made an outcast from the wizarding world.
Harry realizes he still had his wand in his hand
and starts to form a plan as to how to get to London. He believes or thinks
that if he bewitches his trunk to make it feather-light, ties it to his
broomstick, covers himself with his invisibility cloak, he could take out
his fortune from Gringott's bank and start his life as an outlaw. Harry
opens up his trunk; starts to search then stops, when a funny prickling
on his neck makes him feel he's being watched.
Harry crouches over at his trunk again, stops,
senses but can't see anything, lights his wand to see the outline of something
very big, with wide, gleaming eyes. Harry trips over his trunk when he
tries to get a better view, falls, wand flies out of his hand as he uses
arm to break fall, lands in gutter.
There's a deafening bang and bright light as Harry
rolls out of gutter, just as a giant triple-decker purple bus halts in
the spot Harry fell. Gold lettering over the windshield spells The Knight
A young conductor in a purple uniform steps out and introduces
himself as Stan Shunpike.
Stan asks what Harry's looking at (the dog no longer being there), Harry
replies "There's was a big black thing, like a dog-but massive-"
(Page 34) pointing uncertainly.
Stan starts to notice Harry's scar, Harry covers
it. When Stan asks for his name, Harry replies Neville Longbottom. Changing
the subject, Harry asks about the Bus, Stan mentions that the Bus can go
anywhere on land, still suspicious as to if Harry really flagged them down.
Harry pays Eleven Sickles, gets on. Stan takes Harry's trunk and Hedwig's
cage and loads it on.
Harry notices there's no seats on the bus, only
beds beside curtained windows with candles burning in brackets. Harry is
introduced to the driver, Ernie Prang, an elderly wizard with thick glasses.
The Bus is off with a bang. Stan mentions they are somewhere in Wales.
Madam Marsh, a motion-sickened witch dressed in a traveling cloak, is let
off in Abergavenny.
Stan opens a copy of the Daily Prophet and reads.
Harry notices the photograph on the front cover of the same man mentioned
on the Muggle news, Harry comments about this. "Sirius Black", Stan explains
as Harry reads the paper. Article mentions Black as the most infamous prisoner
to be held in the Azkaban fortress, that he's still eluding capture. Minister
of Magic, Cornelius Fudge has told the Muggle prime Minister of the crisis.
Muggles have been told he's carrying a gun. The Article mentions a massacre
twelve years earlier when Black killed thirteen people with a single curse.
Harry observes that Black looks like a vampire,
hands the paper back to Stan, Harry comments about Black murdering thirteen
people as Stan explains it was done in broad daylight, in front of witnesses.
Stan adds that Black was a big supporter of You-Know-Who, until Harry Potter
Stan mentions that most of Voldemort's supporters
were rounded up. Black thought he'd be second in command when Voldemort
took power. Stan mentions that when Black was cornered in the middle of
the street full of muggles, Black blasted half the street apart. Then stood
laughing as he was taken away by Ministry of magic reinforcements, Ernie
adds the point that Ministry covered it up explaining it as a gas explosion.
Stan mentions that there's never been a breakout
from Azkaban before, it's not known how Black did it. Harry worries about
being sent to Azkaban while the Bus continues to travel. Stan tries
to give him some hot chocolate that spills on his feather bed, while they
travel from Anglesea to Alerdeen. Wizards depart the Bus as it grows lighter
outside. When asked, Harry tells Stan to take him to Diagon Alley. Thundering
along Charing Cross Road, they eventually stop at the Leaky Cauldron.
While getting off the bus, Harry runs right into
the Minister of Magic, Cornelius Fudge. Harry recognizes him from his previous
sighting the year before (CS14).
Fudge marches Harry into the pub while
Stan and Ernie follow with his trunk and cage; both beaming over discovering
it was Harry. Tom, the wizened, toothless landlord, appears with a lantern
as Fudge escorts Harry to a small parlor, Tom lights a fire, then leaves.
Fudge has Harry sit, butters a crumpet for Harry,
informs him that two members of the Accidental Magic Reversal Department
have been dispatched to Privet Drive, Marjorie Dursley has been punctured
and her memory modified, she has no recollection of the incident. Harry
is stunned as Fudge informs him that the Dursley's agree to take Harry
back next summer if he agrees to stay at Hogwarts for Christmas and Easter,
Harry is baffled and grows suspicious of these developments.
While Fudge is suggesting that Harry take a room at
the Leaky Cauldron for the three weeks left of his holiday, Harry interrupts,
asking about his punishment. Harry reminds him that he broke the Decree
for the Restriction of Underage Wizardry. This doesn't tally with Harry's
past dealings with the Ministry.
Harry reminds Fudge of the incident with the house-elf
(Dobby) smashing a pudding, (CS2)
That he'd be expelled from Hogwarts if
there was another incident. "Circumstances change, Harry-." Fudge replies
while looking awkward. Fudge seems unusually relieved that Harry
Fudge steps out and reappears with Tom who informs
him that Room Eleven is available. Fudge asks Harry to not go wandering
off into Muggle London, keep to Diagon Alley, and be back at the Cauldron
before dark each night. Tom is to keep an eye on Harry for Fudge.
Before Fudge leaves, Harry, remembering the permission
form, asks Fudge if he could sign it. Looking uncomfortable, Fudge flatly
says no. After shaking hands, Fudge leaves, while Tom beaming at Harry,
takes him to his room, up a wooden staircase to a door with a brass number
on it. Harry finds a comfortable bed, highly polished oak furniture and
a fire. Hedwig is already perched on the wardrobe when Harry enters. Tom
bows and leaves.
Harry strokes Hedwig as he looks out the window
from his bed, the sun rises, and Harry falls asleep.