Timeframe 
1 August, 1991 � 1 September, 1991
 Synopsis 
Harry has returned to Number Four, Privet Drive. However, his last month with the Dursleys isn't fun and he spends most of it confined to his new bedroom. Towards the end of August, he manages to persuade his begrudging aunt and uncle to give him a lift to Kings Cross on 1st September. They only agree because Dudley will be going to London on that day too in order to have his tail removed. When he arrives at the station, he needs to find the magically concealed Platform 9 3/4 but is afraid to ask anybody. At last, he sees a mother and her five redheaded children and hears them discussing magical affairs. He watches as the older children seemingly vanish before his eyes. He plucks up the courage to ask the mother, Molly Weasley, how to get onto the platform. She reassures Harry not to be nervous and introduces him to her son, Ron, who also about to start his first year at Hogwarts. She tells Harry that the barrier between platforms nine and ten is really a portal that wizards and witches can pass through to enter the platform. Harry does as he is instructed and finds himself standing in front of a scarlet steam engine. He clambers aboard and sits in an empty compartment. Ron comes in to join him and they get further acquainted.
As the train pulls out of the station, Mrs Weasley's only daughter, Ginny, who is too young to go to Hogwarts, runs along the platform trying to keep up with it as she watches her four brothers depart.
Harry and Ron find each other very interesting and begin to chat. Ron tells Harry that in addition to Ginny, his other siblings are twins Fred and George, Hogwarts prefect Percy plus Charlie and Bill, the latter two of which have both already graduated. Their chat is disrupted by the opening of their compartment door. A bushy haired girl of their age, Hermione Granger, pokes her head inside and demands to know if either of the boys have seen a missing toad. She comes across as quite insufferable, and Harry and Ron are pleased when she leaves. However, their peace is soon shattered once again as Draco Malfoy enters the compartment, flanked by his two friends Vincent Crabbe and Gregory Goyle. Harry rejects Malfoy's offer of friendship, setting up a state of mutual dislike that is further intensified when Goyle is bitten by Ron's pet rat, Scabbers.
The train soon arrives at the station in Hogsmeade village and the first year students are met by Hagrid who ushers them to the banks of the great lake for their traditional journey across to school via a fleet of boats. Meanwhile, the older students make their way to school in carriages.
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