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Will and Won't

- Chapter 3

"Judging by your look of stunned disbelief, Harry did not warn you that I was coming." -- Albus Dumbledore


HBP3: Will and Won’t

 The wizarding public’s perception of Harry and the steps the Ministry has taken to provide safety in the war was written in the Daily Prophet . Dumbledore returns to Privet Drive. Before leaving, Dumbledore sits with Harry and the Dursleys, updates Harry on his inheritance from Sirius and gives him Kreacher, determining that he has indeed come into Harry’s possession. Dumbledore then chastises the Dursleys for their treatment of Harry but asks that he be allowed to return to Privet Drive one final time, and he and Harry depart.

Calendar and Dates

Dumbledore's letter states that he's picking Harry up on a Friday. The rest of the evidence pertaining to the exact date of this Friday is in the next chapter - but it's most likely 12 July.

Interesting facts and notes

An alarm clock, repaired by Harry several years ago This may be the repaired clock referred to during Harry's first few days in Dudley's second bedroom.

Harry had read this letter so often since its arrival three days ago

Since the scene occurs on Friday night, the letter arrived on Tuesday.

Exceptional character moments

Albus Dumbledore reprimanded the Dursley's treatment of Harry over the years.

Memorable lines

"It is a long time since my last visit," said Dumbledore, peering down his crooked nose at Uncle Vernon. "I must say, your agapanthus are flourishing."

Harry looked around; all three of the Dursleys were cowering with their arms over their heads as their glasses bounced up and down on their skulls, their contents flying everywhere.

"The best that can be said is that he has at least escaped the appalling damage you have inflicted upon the unfortunate boy sitting between you."

"And now, Harry, let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure."

Words and phrases

Characters Introduced

HBP 3 — Will and Won't
Abbreviation HBP3: Will and Won't
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