Harrys last month with the Dursleys wasnt fun. True, Dudley was now so scared of Harry he wouldnt stay in the same room, while Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon didnt shut Harry in his cupboard, force him to do anything, or shout at himin fact, they didnt speak to him at all. Half terrified, half furious, they acted as though any chair with Harry in it were empty. Although this was an improvement in many ways, it did become a bit depressing after a while.

Harry kept to his room, with his new owl for company. He had decided to call her Hedwig, a name he had found in A History of Magic. His school books were very interesting. He lay on his bed reading late into the night, Hedwig swooping in and out of the open window as she pleased. It was lucky that Aunt Petunia didnt come in to vacuum anymore, because Hedwig kept bringing back dead mice. Every night before he went to sleep, Harry ticked off another day on the piece of paper he had pinned to the wall, counting down to September the first.

On the last day of August he thought hed better speak to his aunt and uncle about getting to Kings Cross station the next day, so he went down to the living room where they were watching a quiz show on television. He cleared his throat to let them know he was there, and Dudley screamed and ran from the room.

ErUncle Vernon?

Uncle Vernon grunted to show he was listening.

ErI need to be at Kings Cross tomorrow toto go to Hogwarts.

Uncle Vernon grunted again.

Would it be all right if you gave me a lift?

Grunt. Harry supposed that meant yes.

Thank you.

He was about to go back upstairs when Uncle Vernon actually spoke.

Funny way to get to a wizards school, the train. Magic carpets all got punctures, have they?

Harry didnt say anything.

Where is this school, anyway?

I dont know, said Harry, realizing this for the first time. He pulled the ticket Hagrid had given him out of his pocket.

I just take the train from platform nine and three-quarters at eleven oclock, he read.

His aunt and uncle stared.

Platform what?

Nine and three-quarters.

Dont talk rubbish, said Uncle Vernon. There is no platform nine and three-quarters.

Its on my ticket.

Barking, said Uncle Vernon, howling mad, the lot of them. Youll see. You just wait. All right, well take you to Kings Cross. Were going up to London tomorrow anyway, or I wouldnt bother.

Why are you going to London? Harry asked, trying to keep things friendly.

Taking Dudley to the hospital, growled Uncle Vernon. Got to have that ruddy tail removed before he goes to Smeltings.

Harry woke at five oclock the next morning and was too excited and nervous to go back to sleep. He got up and pulled on his jeans because he didnt want to walk into the station in his wizards robeshed change on the train. He checked his Hogwarts list yet again to make sure he had everything he needed, saw that Hedwig was shut safely in her cage, and then paced the room, waiting for the Dursleys to get up. Two hours later, Harrys huge, heavy trunk had been loaded into the Dursleys car, Aunt Petunia had talked Dudley into sitting next to Harry, and they had set off.

They reached Kings Cross at half past ten. Uncle Vernon dumped Harrys trunk onto a cart and wheeled it into the station for him. Harry thought this was strangely kind until Uncle Vernon stopped dead, facing the platforms with a nasty grin on his face.

Well, there you are, boy. Platform nineplatform ten. Your platform should be somewhere in the middle, but they dont seem to have built it yet, do they?


  1. A) Analyze the simple rhythm-units into three groups monobeats (M), trochees (T) and dactyls (D).
  2. A. Do you know these famous Britons? Do these puzzles and read three more noted Britons.
  3. All three of them raised their wands again, but none of them struck: they were all gazing, open-mouthed, appalled, at what was happening to the mans head.
  4. Attractive blonde Rita Skeeter, forty three, whos savage quill has punctured many inflated reputations
  5. But before they could make a decision as to which way to try, a door to their right sprang open and three people fell out of it.
  6. C. Listen to three people planning a day trip. Write down three things they decide to do.
  7. Crabbe and Goyle were standing behind him. All three of them looked more pleased with themselves, more arrogant and more menacing, than Harry had ever seen them.
  8. D) Find homonyms in Text of Unit Three.
  9. Ex.1 Read the text below, and underlines the answers to the first three questions above.
  10. Harry crouched down so that Albuss face was slightly above his own. Alone of Harrys three children, Albus had inherited Lilys eyes.
  11. Harry got back into his bunk with his head buzzing. He knew he ought to feel exhausted: It was nearly three in the morning, but he felt wide awakewide awake, and worried.
  12. Harry was deeply thankful that Professor Sprout ushered them into greenhouse three at that point, forcing Ernie to abandon his recital.

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Mr. Ollivander fixed Harry with his pale stare. | He was quite right, of course. There was a big plastic number nine over one platform and a big plastic number ten over the one next to it, and in the middle, nothing at all.

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