Timeframe 
31st July, 1991 � Harry�s Birthday
The chapter takes place on the same day as the previous chapter, but during the daylight hours and following a short sleep.
 Synopsis 
Harry and Hagrid awake at dawn in the morning. Hagrid has orders to escort Harry to London to buy the supplies that he will need during his forthcoming year at Hogwarts. On their journey, Harry begins to discover the magical world. He learns about the existence of the Ministry of Magic, and their bungling minister, Cornelius Fudge. Hagrid takes him to a dingy pub on Charing Cross Road called the Leaky Cauldron, a building completely invisible to the eyes of none magical folk, or as they are called by wizards, muggles. As they walk through the bar area, Harry�s hands are pumped and he is eagerly greeted by many witches and wizards, all of whom hold him in high regard due to his banishment of Voldemort. One well-wisher in particular is worthy of note: a stuttering turban-wearer named Quirrell, whom Hagrid says will be Harry�s Defence Against the Dark Arts professor at Hogwarts. When out of the teacher�s earshot, Hagrid explains that Quirrell has just returned from a very traumatic trip to Albania during which he lost his nerve.
The Leaky Cauldron is the location of the magical shopping district named Diagon Alley, which is accessed through a secret entrance in the rear yard of the pub. They walk down the street together, Harry starring in wonder at the shops stocking magical supplies. Harry needs wizard money before he can buy his education necessities and Hagrid tells him that they will have to withdraw some gold from Harry�s vault at the wizarding bank, Gringotts. Harry did not previously know of his wealth. Gringotts turns out to be run by Goblins and stretches for many miles underneath London. To reach the vaults, customers have to travel downwards from the main hall via a cart mounted on tracks. Harry successfully withdraws some wizarding currency but then has to accompany Hagrid whilst he picks up a small and insignificant looking package for Professor Dumbledore from the high security vault belonging to Hogwarts.
Next, Harry needs to get his school robes. Whilst he is in a shop getting measured, he meets a boy of his own age called Draco Malfoy. At first they chat, but then Draco starts to come across as very spoiled and also insults Hagrid. Harry is glad when he has an excuse to leave the shop. Hagrid and Harry then shop together for the rest of the supplies on the list and Hagrid even buys Harry a mail-carrying owl, which he names Hedwig. Only a wand remains needed to be bought. They walk to Mr Olivander�s wand shop and Harry tries out several wands before he finds one that suits him. He is stunned to learn from Mr Ollivander that Lord Voldemort used an almost identical wand.
At the end of the day, and with their business complete, Hagrid sees Harry safely onto a train that will take him back to the Dursleys� house. He also gives Harry his boarding ticket for the Hogwarts express, which will leave from Kings Cross station on the 1st September.
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