Harry doubts that he is a wizard until Hagrid asks him if he ever made anything happen he couldn't explain when he was angry or scared. Uncle Vernon makes the mistake of mocking Dumbledore and Hagrid swishes the umbrella, in Dudley's direction, and Dudley sprouts a curly pig's tail.
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Hagrid asks Harry not to mention it at Hogwarts because Hagrid isn't allowed to do magic , as he had been expelled. Hagrid takes off his coat and Harry sleeps under that for the night, for the day ahead. When Harry wakes the next morning, he tries to tell himself that what happened the previous night had all been a dream and that Hagrid taking him to a school for Wizards called Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has never happened.
But when he opens his eyes, Hagrid had fallen asleep on the couch and he finds that it has all happened. He hears a tapping noise coming from the window and lets in an Owl. The owl drops a newspaper on Hagrid's lap and begins to claw Hagrid's coat. Hagrid tells Harry to pay the owl so Harry does what he says and the owl leaves.
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Hagrid tells him they have to go and buy his things, but Harry worries because he hasn't got any money. Hagrid tells him his parents didn't leave him without money and that their first stop is Gringotts , the wizard's bank.
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He explains that it is run by Goblins and that "you'd be mad to try and rob it". They step outside the hut and step into their boat. Hagrid uses a bit of magic to speed things up for them. Hagrid says there are Enchantments guarding the vaults in Gringotts. Gringotts is all under London , and you would die of starvation trying to get out. Harry wonders what the Ministry of Magic does, and Hagrid explains that they handle everything to do with magic.
He says they wanted Dumbledore for Minister , but Cornelius Fudge got the job. Harry asks if there are Dragons guarding Gringotts. Hagrid says yes and mutters that he would like a dragon. Harry takes out his list and reads it out. It says he needs a set of robes , a pointed hat , Dragon hide gloves, and a winter coat. There is a list of his books and stationary equipment.
Hagrid leads them both into a pub called the Leaky Cauldron that Harry did not notice was there. It is dark and shabby and everyone greets Hagrid as he enters. They talk for a bit then Hagrid steers them out a back door into a small enclosed area with a few barrels. Hagrid takes out his umbrella and taps bricks with it, counting an order. Once he is done, a hole appears in the brick wall, slowly getting bigger, until the wall disappears fully, revealing a crowded street with people wearing robes everywhere with shops left and right.
Hagrid tells Harry the street is called Diagon Alley. When they are walking down the street, Harry is trying to look everywhere around him, taking in as much as possible. At the end of Diagon Alley, there is a snowy white building, huge in size: Gringotts. As they enter, a warning echoes through telling them rob at your own risk. Harry and Hagrid go up to a Goblin and explain they need to take some money out of Harry's vault. The Goblin asks for Harry's key and Hagrid presents it, after sorting through many other keys. The Goblin calls upon another Goblin named Griphook to take them down to the vault.
Hagrid also states they need to be taken down to remove the You-Know-What in Vault Griphook takes them to Vault in question, and Hagrid removes the grubby little package there but can't tell Harry what it is. Griphook then takes them to Harry's vault, where there is a large amount of money piled up there that Harry owns.
Harry and Hagrid take a bit of the money for Harry's list, then leave Gringotts. Madam Malkin measures him then he sits on a chair next to a pale-faced boy getting his robes. The boy starts to talk about smuggling a Broomstick into Hogwarts somehow, then about something called Quidditch. Harry feels very out of place with him, as he is talking about houses called Slytherin and Hufflepuff. The boy points out Hagrid, then says the other kind shouldn't be allowed in. When Harry leaves, he tells Hagrid and Hagrid says there are four houses at Hogwarts, Quidditch is a game played on Broomsticks and then leave to buy Harry the rest of his things.
Mr Ollivander comes round, scaring them both, and greeting Harry and Hagrid.
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Ollivander begins to talk about Harry's parents' wands, and how he remembers selling them. Ollivander touches Harry's scar and apologises for the fact that he sold the wand that caused it. Ollivander gives Harry a wand and tells him to give it a wave. Harry did so, but it isn't suitable for him, so Ollivander takes it back. Harry tries many wands, but none of them seem to work well enough for him. Eventually, he picks up a wand and he feels warmth in his fingers.
Ollivander states that it is very curious that Harry should be destined for that wand when its brother gave Harry his scar. Hagrid takes Harry to get something to eat in the Muggle world but Harry is worried that he isn't going to fit in at Hogwarts as everyone expects great things from him. For Harry's birthday, Hagrid buys Harry an snowy owl named Hedwig.
Hagrid provides Harry with a train ticket , giving him the date, time, and location to catch the Hogwarts Express and tells Harry that if he ever needs anything, he is to write a letter, and Hedwig will know where to find him. Harry then catches a train back to the Dursleys. Despite how furious his aunt and uncle are after he found out about his wizard heritage, they hardly speak to him and instead pretend that Harry isn't even were they see he is. At first it was an upgrade, but then becomes depressing for Harry after a while, and Dudley has become so scared of his cousin that he refuses to be anywhere near him.
Above all that, Harry is allowed to keep the smallest bedroom with only Hedwig and his new school books as company. He would lay on is bed and read through the interesting books late at night with Hedwig swooping in and out of the window as she pleases, bringing back dead mice that she leaves lying around the room to make them the main reason Aunt Petunia avoids coming in to vacuum. Uncle Vernon agrees to take him but ridicules him for saying he is to leave from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters, as is marked on the ticket Hagrid gave him.
The following day, Harry arrives at the station and stands between platforms nine and ten , wondering how to find platform nine and three quarters. The Dursleys leave him, and as they pulled away in their car, started laughing, leaving Harry quite stumped. Finally, he overhears some people mention Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry ; it is a family of red-haired children who seem to be bound for the school. He asks the mother for help, and she tells him to run through the barrier between platforms nine and ten. Harry does so, and he is astonished to find the train to Hogwarts on the other side of the station.
Harry, then, boards the Hogwarts Express. On the train, Harry is introduced to Fred and George Weasley , twins who are returning to school for their third year, and to their younger brother Ron , another student who will be starting at Hogwarts. They have another brother, Percy, who is returning for his fifth year as a Prefect, and there are two elder Weasley brothers who have already left school.
The Weasley family is poor, and Ron cannot afford the pastries sold on the train, so Harry buys a lot with his newfound wealth and shares them with Ron discarding the corned beef sandwiches his mother gave him, which may have been eaten by Trevor, Neville's toad, according to an article on Pottermore called 35 Thoughts Trevor The Toad May Have Had during the Philosopher's Stone. One of the cards bears the picture of Albus Dumbledore. Harry also meets a somewhat annoying, overachieving girl named Hermione Granger and sees again the unpleasant boy from the uniform shop, whose name is Draco Malfoy , this time with his buddies, Crabbe and Goyle.
After Draco makes some rude comments about Ron, Harry rejects Draco's offer to advise him about associating with the right kind of wizards. All the students have heard of Harry, and Harry is not sure how to respond to his fame. Arriving at the station, the newcomers are led by Hagrid onto boats which they sail to the castle of Hogwarts. The new students are greeted at the castle door by Professor Minerva McGonagall , who tells them they will soon be sorted into their houses. All Hogwarts students live in one of four residences: Gryffindor , Hufflepuff , Ravenclaw , or Slytherin , with each house having its own team for Quidditch.
The houses are in a yearlong competition with one another to acquire the most points, which are earned by success in Quidditch games and given by teachers for academic achievement, and lost for student infractions, in order to win the House Cup awarded at the end of the year. As the students enter Hogwarts, ghosts appear in the hallway. The students are led to the Great Hall , where the entire school waits for them.
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They see an old pointy hat on a stool. When the students try on the Sorting Hat , it announces the house in which they are placed. Harry becomes very nervous.
He has learned that he does not care for Slytherin house, as the students in it are unpleasant and Voldemort once belonged to Slytherin.