Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Education Quotes Page 4
How we cite our quotes:
"This is called a telephone number," [Harry] told Ron, scribbling it twice, tearing the parchment in two, and handing it to them. "I told your dad how to use a telephone last summer – he'll know. Call me at the Dursleys', okay? I can't stand another two months with only Dudley to talk to…"
"Your aunt and uncle will be proud, though, won't they?" said Hermione as they got off the train and joined the crowd thronging toward the enchanted barrier. "When they hear what you did this year?"
"Proud?" said Harry. "Are you crazy? All those times I could've died, and I didn't manage it? They'll be furious…" (18.143-145)
How can Harry say things like this about his home life and yet continue to get sent back to the Dursleys? He's joking, yes, but – not really. Still, we also find it amazing that Hermione, one of Harry's best friends, doesn't seem aware of how bad things are at Harry's aunt and uncle's house. It's naive of her to think they'll suddenly grow some pride in their nephew, when they haven't all of these years. What long-term effects does Harry's treatment at the Dursleys have on his character? Why do you think J.K. Rowling chose to give Harry this kind of Muggle home life? How would the novels be different if his aunt and uncle loved him as they are supposed to?