The book opens in PRIVET DRIVE, at No. 4, home of THE DURSLEY FAMILY -
MR. VERNON DURSLEY, MRS. PETUNIA DURSLEY and their son DUDLEY
Their greatest fear was that someone would discover they were related to the
Potter family - JAMES POTTER, LILY POTTER and their son HARRY POTTER.
LILY POTTER was PETUNIA's sister.
A number of odd things happened that morning. THE DURSLEYS didn't notice the
large tawny OWL that went past their window, and as MR. DURSLEY drove to work
he thought he saw a TABBY CAT reading a MAP and the sign that said PRIVET
DRIVE. Later he saw a lot of strangely dressed people in brightly-coloured
CLOAKS on his way to work.
At work MR. DURSLEY wasn't facing the window to see the OWLS speeding across
the sky, but he saw more people in CLOAKS at lunchtime, and heard them talking
about HARRY POTTER. He wasn't sure if his nephew was actually called Harry, but
he was definitely unsettled.
After work MR.
DURSLEY bumped into a man in a violet CLOAK
who astonished him by telling him YOU-KNOW-WHO
had gone at last, calling MR.
DURSLEY a MUGGLE and hugging him round the middle.
That evening the news
reported hundreds of OWLS
flying throughout the day, and downpours of SHOOTING
STARS as far afield as KENT, YORKSHIRE and DUNDEE. MR.
DURSLEY was even more unsettled.