“Yer a wizard Harry.”
Yes, this is the chapter where Harry Potter finally discovers who exactly he is.
The chapter starts with banging on the door to the shack.
Uncle Vernon, rifle in hand, runs in with Petunia, and with one last ‘Boom’ the door opens up and a huge man with a bearded face walks in.
Making himself at home, Rubeus Hagrid, Keeper of Keys and Grounds at Hogwarts, becomes agitated when he realizes the Dursleys have revealed nothing to Harry about his past or parents.
When his temper can take no more, Hagrid tells Harry that he is infact a very famous wizard.
After presenting Harry with his acceptance letter and school supplies list, Hagrid then sends an owl to Professor Dumbledore saying that he has found Harry.
It is then that Petunia beings ranting to Harry about how ‘strange and abnormal’ Harry and his family are compared to them, and Harry finally realizes that the Dursley’s have know who Harry was and what happened to his family all along.
When Vernon starts on about how Harry will not be attending Hogwarts, Hagrid finally looses his temper long enough to give Dudley a pig’s tail.
As it is late, and the Dursley’s have barricaded themselves in the other room, Hagrid tells Harry there is much to do in the morning, and the chapter ends with the pair falling asleep.
The best illustration that Jim Kay has done thus far is interpretation of how Harry first views Hagrid!
Before I get into the actual depiction I have to throw it out there, can I have Hagrid’s tie?
All fashion jealousy aside, I found the depiction of Hagrid, though similar to how Robbie Coltrane looked in the movie adaptations, had a unique quality to him, and I cannot wait to see his Yule Ball look in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Illustrated Edition.
Hagrid takes the cake, literally, for this one.
“Yer great puddin’ of a son don’ need fattenin’ any more, Dursley, don’ worry.”
Hagrid had so many great insults for the Dursley’s in this chapter, but this one, for whatever reason, had me in a laughing fit.
Perhaps it was because of foreshadowing, or maybe it was because of the accent Rowling wrote for Hagrid, either way, I will definitely be using some of Hagrid’s harsh words in the future.
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.