Let’s back up to where this all started. When Harry and Ron were trying to go through the gate to Platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross Station, they discovered that they couldn’t get through. Weird, huh? There was still a few minutes before the train left. What on earth was going on.
Seeing as they couldn’t get through, they had to decide how to get to Hogwarts. Oh wait…didn’t Mr. Weasley have a flying car? Sounds like a great idea! What a way to get to Hogwarts. It’s almost like the gate wanted to close for them, just so that they would have a great story for how they got to Hogwarts.
So they decide to fly the car to Hogwarts. Was that the brightest idea? Maybe not. But it was sure fun. At least for a few minutes. They had lots of toffees to eat, and they could sail fly over the land in the bright blue sky. Yay!
And then they realized that the toffees would make them thirsty, and they didn’t have anything to drink. They also got pretty hot. Maybe this wasn’t such a good after all. Plus the invisibility booster was faulty, and a Muggle could have seen them. Plus the car sounded like it was going to die any second.
Well, they almost got to Hogwarts successfully, until the car decided to completely die. Oh boy, where’s the car going to end up?
The car sailed right into the Whomping Willow. It turns out that this could be the one tree in the world that hits back. So the car slammed into the Whomping Willow, and the tree decided to do a number on the car. Great. And Ron’s wand snapped. Another great.
When Ron and Harry got out of the tree’s grasp, the car decided to go off into the Forbidden Forest. Apparently, cars don’t like to fly halfway across the countryside just to get hit by a tree. I guess Harry and Ron didn’t get the memo there.
The two go on up to the castle, where they are discovered by the last teacher they really want to see: Professor Snape. He threatens them, saying if they were in his house, they would expel him. Some Muggles had seen a flying car, which surprises them in some way. Not sure why. I mean it’s just a flying car. There’s nothing strange there.
Luckily, Professor Dumbledore comes in and doesn’t expel them. They have to do detention, and he’s going to write home to their parents. Well, that doesn’t bother Harry. The Dursleys would wish that the Whomping Willow killed him.
So off Harry and Ron go, feeling like they got off lucky. They get lots of attention from their classmates, who say people will be talking about this story for years. Percy and Hermione don’t seem thrilled though.
Their lovely little experience ends the next morning. Ron gets a howler from Mrs. Weasley, and she says Mr. Weasley is facing an inquiry at work all because of them. Yikes.
And of course Lockhart has to turn this situation all about him. Lockhart says that Harry has gotten the buzz for fame from him. Harry is apparently a nobody, and the attention he got from Lockhart went to his head. After all, Lockhart won the Most Charming Smile Award three times in a row.
Wow. Lockhart is just a little thickheaded. No wonder Harry was a little stunned.
So, the lesson here: If you ever face the dilemma of whether to fly a car to school, it’s probably not a good idea. You might get trounced by a tree, and Mrs. Weasley might throw a howler at you. Not to mention that Lockhart will make it all about himself. It’s probably better to write a letter to the school asking them to get you to Hogwarts.
Yep. That’s a mighty fine idea.
© Amy Burney, Amy’s Fantastical Writings