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Harrypotter stories By J.k.rowling Something You Should know

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Sometimes all it takes is one little fact or one little piece of wisdom to change your life forever. That's the purpose and the hope of "Something You Should Know." In each episode, host Mike Carruthers interviews top experts in their field to bring you fascinating information and advice to help you save time and money, advance in your career, become wealthy, improve your relationships and help you simply get more out of life. In addition, Mike uncovers and shares short, engaging pieces of "intel" you can use to make your life better - today. Right now.
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    Philosopher's stone - Diagon alley

    Philosopher's stone - Diagon alley

    Harry woke early the next morning. Although he could tell it was daylight, he kept his eyes shut tight.

    "It was a dream, he told himself firmly. "I dreamed a giant called Hagrid came to tell me I was going to a school for wizards. When I open my eyes I'll be at home in my cupboard."

    There was suddenly a loud tapping noise.

    And there's Aunt Petunia knocking on the door, Harry thought, his heart sinking. But he still didn't open his eyes. It had been such a good dream.

    Tap. Tap. Tap.

    "All right," Harry mumbled, "I'm getting up."

    He sat up and Hagrid's heavy coat fell off him. The hut was full of sunlight, the storm was over, Hagrid himself was asleep on the collapsed sofa, and there was an owl rapping its claw on the window, a newspaper held in its beak.

    Harry scrambled to his feet, so happy he felt as though a large balloon was swelling inside him. He went straight to the window and jerked it open. The owl swooped in and dropped the newspaper on top of Hagrid, who didn't wake up. The owl then fluttered onto the floor and began to attack Hagrid's coat.

    "Don't do that."

    Harry tried to wave the owl out of the way, but it snapped its beak fiercely at him and carried on savaging the coat.

    "Hagrid!" said Harry loudly. "There's an owl--"

    "Pay him," Hagrid grunted into the sofa.

    "What?"

    "He wants payin' fer deliverin' the paper. Look in the pockets."

    Hagrid's coat seemed to be made of nothing but pockets -- bunches of keys, slug pellets, balls of string, peppermint humbugs, teabags... finally, Harry pulled out a handful of strange-looking coins.

    "Give him five Knuts," said Hagrid sleepily.

    "Knuts?"

    "The little bronze ones."

    Harry counted out five little bronze coins, and the owl held out his leg so Harry could put the money into a small leather pouch tied to it. Then he flew off through the open window.

    Hagrid yawned loudly, sat up, and stretched.

    "Best be off, Harry, lots ter do today, gotta get up ter London an' buy all yer stuff fer school."

    Harry was turning over the wizard coins and looking at them. He had just thought of something that made him feel as though the happy balloon inside him had got a puncture.

    "Um -- Hagrid?"

    "Mm?" said Hagrid, who was pulling on his huge boots.

    "I haven't got any money -- and you heard Uncle Vernon last night... he won't pay for me to go and learn magic."

    "Don't worry about that," said Hagrid, standing up and scratching his head. "D'yeh think yer parents didn't leave yeh anything?"

    "But if their house was destroyed--"

    "They didn' keep their gold in the house, boy! Nah, first stop fer us is Gringotts. Wizards' bank. Have a sausage, they're not bad cold -- an' I wouldn' say no teh a bit o' yer birthday cake, neither."

    "Wizards have banks ?"

    "Just the one. Gringotts. Run by goblins."

    Harry dropped the bit of sausage he was holding.

    "Goblins ?"

    "Yeah -- so yeh'd be mad ter try an' rob it, I'll tell yeh that. Never mess with goblins, Harry. Gringotts is the safest place in the world fer anything yeh want ter keep safe -- 'cept maybe Hogwarts. As a matter o' fact, I gotta visit Gringotts anyway. Fer Dumbledore. Hogwarts business." Hagrid drew himself up proudly. "He usually gets me ter do important stuff fer him. Fetchin' you -- gettin' things from Gringotts -- knows he can trust me, see."

    "Got everythin'? Come on, then."

    Harry followed Hagrid out onto the rock. The sky was quite clear now and the sea gleamed in the sunlight. The boat Uncle Vernon had hired was still there, with a lot of water in the bottom after the storm.

    "How did you get here?" Harry asked, looking around for another boat.

    "Flew," said Hagrid.

    "Flew ?"

    "Yeah -- but we'll go back in this. Not s'pposed ter use magic now I've got yeh."

    They settled down in the boat, Harry still staring at Hagrid, trying to imagine him flying.

    "Seems a shame ter row, though," said Hagrid, giving Harry another of hi

    • 44 min
    Philosopher's stone - The keeper of the keys

    Philosopher's stone - The keeper of the keys

    BOOM. They knocked again. Dudley jerked awake.

    "Where's the cannon?" he said stupidly.

    There was a crash behind them and Uncle Vernon came skidding into the room. He was holding a rifle in his hands - now they knew what had been in the long, thin package he had brought with them.

    "Who's there?" he shouted. "I warn you -- I'm armed!"

    There was a pause. Then --

    SMASH!

    The door was hit with such force that it swung clean off its hinges and with a deafening crash landed flat on the floor.

    A giant of a man was standing in the doorway. His face was almost completely hidden by a long, shaggy mane of hair and a wild, tangled beard, but you could make out his eyes, glinting like black beetles under all the hair.

    The giant squeezed his way into the hut, stooping so that his head just brushed the ceiling. He bent down, picked up the door, and fitted it easily back into its frame. The noise of the storm outside dropped a little. He turned to look at them all.

    "Couldn't make us a cup o' tea, could yeh? It's not been an easy journey..."

    He strode over to the sofa where Dudley sat frozen with fear.

    "Budge up, yeh great lump," said the stranger.

    Dudley squeaked and ran to hide behind his mother, who was crouching, terrified, behind Uncle Vernon.

    "An' here's Harry!" said the giant.

    Harry looked up into the fierce, wild, shadowy face and saw that the beetle eyes were crinkled in a smile.

    "Las' time I saw you, you was only a baby," said the giant. "Yeh look a lot like yer dad, but yeh've got yer mom's eyes."

    Uncle Vernon made a funny rasping noise.

    "I demand that you leave at once, sir!" he said. "You are breaking and entering!"

    "Ah, shut up, Dursley, yeh great prune," said the giant; he reached over the back of the sofa, jerked the gun out of Uncle Vernon's hands, bent it into a knot as easily as if it had been made of rubber, and threw it into a corner of the room.

    Uncle Vernon made another funny noise, like a mouse being trodden on.

    "Anyway -- Harry," said the giant, turning his back on the Dursleys, "a very happy birthday to yeh. Got summat fer yeh here -- I mighta sat on it at some point, but it'll taste all right."

    From an inside pocket of his black overcoat he pulled a slightly squashed box. Harry opened it with trembling fingers. Inside was a large, sticky chocolate cake with Happy Birthday Harry written on it in green icing.

    Harry looked up at the giant. He meant to say thank you, but the words got lost on the way to his mouth, and what he said instead was, "Who are you?"

    The giant chuckled.

    "True, I haven't introduced meself. Rubeus Hagrid, Keeper of Keys and Grounds at Hogwarts."

    He held out an enormous hand and shook Harry's whole arm.

    "What about that tea then, eh?" he said, rubbing his hands together. "I'd not say no ter summat stronger if yeh've got it, mind."

    His eyes fell on the empty grate with the shriveled chip bags in it and he snorted. He bent down over the fireplace; they couldn't see what he was doing but when he drew back a second later, there was a roaring fire there. It filled the whole damp hut with flickering light and Harry felt the warmth wash over him as though he'd sunk into a hot bath.

    The giant sat back down on the sofa, which sagged under his weight, and began taking all sorts of things out of the pockets of his coat: a copper kettle, a squashy package of sausages, a poker, a teapot, several chipped mugs, and a bottle of some amber liquid that he took a swig from before starting to make tea. Soon the hut was full of the sound and smell of sizzling sausage. Nobody said a thing while the giant was working, but as he slid the first six fat, juicy, slightly burnt sausages from the poker, Dudley fidgeted a little. Uncle Vernon said sharply, "Don't touch anything he gives you, Dudley."

    The giant chuckled darkly.

    "Yer great puddin' of a son don' need fattenin' anymore, Dursley, don' wor

    • 25 min
    Philosopher's stone - The letters from no one

    Philosopher's stone - The letters from no one

    Punished for the boa constrictor incident, Harry is locked in his cupboard until summer. When finally free, he spends most of the time outside his house to escape the torments of Dudley’s cohorts. Harry is excited by the prospect of starting a new school in the fall, far away from Dudley for the first time in his life. One day, Uncle Vernon tells Harry to fetch the mail. Harry notices a letter bearing a coat of arms that is addressed to him in “The Cupboard under the Stairs.” Uncle Vernon grabs the envelope from him and shows it to his wife. Both are shocked. They force Dudley and Harry to leave the kitchen in order to discuss what to do. The next day, Uncle Vernon visits Harry in the cupboard. He refuses to discuss the letter, but he tells Harry to move into Dudley’s second room, previously used to store Dudley’s toys.

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    • 25 min
    Philosopher's stone - The vanishing glass

    Philosopher's stone - The vanishing glass

    Nearly ten years had passed since the Dursleys had woken up to find their nephew on the front step, but Privet Drive had hardly changed at all. The sun rose on the same tidy front gardens and lit up the brass number four on the Dursleys’ front door; it crept into their living room, which was almost exactly the same as it had been on the night when Mr. Dursley had seen that fateful news report about the owls. Only the photographs on the mantelpiece really showed how much time had passed. Ten years ago, there had been lots of pictures of what looked like a large pink beach ball wearing different-colored bonnets — but Dudley Dursley was no longer a baby, and now the photographs showed a large blond boy riding his first bicycle, on a carousel at the fair, playing a computer game with his father, being hugged and kissed by his mother. The room held no sign at all that another boy lived in the house, too.

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    • 22 min
    Philosopher's stone - The boy who lived

    Philosopher's stone - The boy who lived

    Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you'd expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn't hold with such nonsense.
    Mr. Dursley was the director of a firm called Grunnings, which made
    drills. He was a big, beefy man with hardly any neck, although he did
    have a very large mustache. Mrs. Dursley was thin and blonde and had
    nearly twice the usual amount of neck, which came in very useful as she
    spent so much of her time craning over garden fences, spying on the
    neighbors. The Dursleys had a small son called Dudley and in their
    opinion there was no finer boy anywhere.
    The Dursleys had everything they wanted, but they also had a secret, and
    their greatest fear was that somebody would discover it. They didn't
    think they could bear it if anyone found out about the Potters. Mrs.
    Potter was Mrs. Dursley's sister, but they hadn't met for several years;
    in fact, Mrs. Dursley pretended she didn't have a sister, because her
    sister and her good-for-nothing 

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    • 32 min

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