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Ron tries to call Harry on the telephone

"THERE IS NO HARRY POTTER HERE! I DON'T KNOW WHAT SCHOOL YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT! NEVER CONTACT ME AGAIN! DON'T YOU COME NEAR MY FAMILY!"
-- Vernon Dursley, shouting at Ron Weasley on the telephone (PA1)

Ron tries to call Harry on the telephone

Ron is unfamiliar with telephones and shouts into the mouthpiece. Unfortunately, it was Uncle Vernon who answered the call and his response was “THERE IS NO HARRY POTTER HERE!” (PA1).

Timeline Notes

The date is derived from the date of the end of the school year and this sentence in PA1:

Harry was particularly keen to avoid trouble with his aunt and uncle at the moment, as they were already in an especially bad mood with him, all because he'd received a telephone call from a fellow wizard one week into the school vacation.

Commentary

Notes

While Ron is ignorant of the use of the telephone, his mother is more adept. She uses the phone in the town to order a couple of taxis to take the family to King's Cross on the first of September in 1994:

Mrs. Weasley had braved the telephone in the village post office to order three ordinary Muggle taxis to take them into London (GF11).

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