J.K. Rowling - HP 3 - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban?Wonderful Digest
This separation from his spellbooks had been a real problem for?Harry, because his teachers at Hogwarts had given him a lot of hol-iday work. One of the essays, a particularly nasty one about shrink-ing potions, was for Harry’s least favorite teacher, Professor Snape,who would be delighted to have an excuse to give Harry detention?for a month. Harry had therefore seized his chance in the first week?of the holidays. While Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia, and Dudley?had gone out into the front garden to admire Uncle Vernon’s new?company car (in very loud voices, so that the rest of the street?would notice it too), Harry had crept downstairs, picked the lock?on the cupboard under the stairs, grabbed some of his books, and?hidden them in his bedroom. As long as he didn’t leave spots of ink?on the sheets, the Dursleys need never know that he was studying?magic by night.
Harry was particularly keen to avoid trouble with his aunt and?uncle at the moment, as they were already in an especially bad?mood with him, all because he’d received a telephone call from a?fellow wizard one week into the school vacation.
Ron Weasley, who was one of Harry’s best friends at Hogwarts,came from a whole family of wizards. This meant that he knew a?lot of things Harry didn’t, but had never used a telephone before.Most unluckily it had been Uncle Vernon who had answered the?call.