In the beginning of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, we see Harry back with the Dursleys. He is having a horrible summer. None of his friends are writing him, and the Dursleys forgot his birthday. Some big executive is coming for dinner with his wife to talk about a deal. Uncle Vernon is excited about it because it will bring in lots of money, and they will be able to get a summer home. Harry does not really care because he knows he will be just as appreciated in this summer home (in order words, not). Harry decides to take it out on Dudley and ask for the magic word (please).
Big mistake. Harry gets to do all the chores: trim the flowerbeds, water the garden, wash the car, and all sorts of lovely things. When the Masons come, Harry is ordered to his room. Except there is a weird elf thing on his bed who talks about what a pleasure it is to meet him. Okay, Harry’s just had to do every single chore outside. He is tired and crabby. And an elf guy is on his bed saying it’s a pleasure to meet him.
Man…the elf needs to get out more. To say seeing Harry right at that moment is a pleasure…okay….
Harry’s luck continues to go down the drain when the elf (who’s really a house elf and is called Dobby) tells him he can’t go back to Hogwarts. What! Harry’s being treated like a slug and Dobby expects him to not go back to Hogwarts? And not see his friends!
Okay, something’s wrong here.
Not to mention that Dobby decides to crash the cake in the kitchen when Harry refuses because Dobby was stealing his letters. Does Dobby just want to kill Harry? Harry’s locked up in his room now because an owl came from the Ministry and informed him that he can’t use magic in the presence of a Muggle. It wasn’t even Harry’s fault! Yep…Dobby wants to kill him.
Luckily, Harry’s luck changes when Ron and his brothers come to bail him out. See you later Dursley!
Harry talks with Ron, George, and Fred and discovers that Draco Malfoy may have sent Dobby. Wouldn’t Harry like to get at Draco now?
Anyways, the four go to the Burrow (where the Weasleys live). Harry gets to see another scary thing: Mrs. Weasley. Mrs. Weasley goes after her sons like crazy, saying they could have died, lost their dad his job, or have been seen. Well…her behavior is pretty justified. I mean the Weasley boys did steal their father’s car and drive it halfway around the country, even though their parents could have done it.
Well, aside from that little escape, Harry goes from being treated like dirt to being back in the world he loves.
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