First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros #2

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros is hosted by Bibliophile By the Sea every Tuesday where I have to share the first paragraph or (a few) of a book I am reading or thinking about reading soon.

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I am currently reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K.Rowling.

THE WORST BIRTHDAY:

  Not for the first time, an argument had broken out over breakfast at number four, Privet Drive. Mr. Vernon Dursley had been woken in the early hours of the morning by a loud, hooting noise from his nephew Harry’s room.
  ”Third time this week!” he roared across the table. “If you can’t control that owl, it’ll have to go!”
  Harry tried, yet again, to explain.
  ”She’s bored,” he said. “She’s used to flying around outside. If I could just let her out at night -“
  ”Do I look stupid?” snarled Uncle Vernon, a bit of fried egg dangling from his bushy mustache. “I know what’ll happen if that owl’s let out.”
  He exchanged dark looks with his wife, Petunia.
  Harry tried to argue back but his words were drowned by a long, loud belch from the Dursleys’ son, Dudley.

  ”I want more bacon.”
  ”There’s more in the frying pan, sweetums,” said Aunt Petunia, turning misty eyes on her massive son. “We must build you up while we’ve got the chance …. I don’t like the sound of that school food ……”
  ”Nonsense, Petunia, I never went hungry when I was at Smeltings,” said Uncle Vernon heartily. “Dudley gets enough, don’t you, son?”
  Dudley, who was so large his bottom drooped over either side of the kitchen chair, grinned and turned to Harry.
  ”Pass the frying pan.”
  ”You’ve forgotten the magic word,” said Harry irritably.
  The effect of this simple sentence on the rest of the family was incredible: Dudley gasped and fell off his chair with a crash that shook the whole kitchen; Mrs. Dursley gave a small scream and clapped her hands to her mouth; Mr. Dursley jumped to his feet, veins throbbing in his temples.

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16 thoughts on “First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros #2

  1. Aaaah Harry Potter! You just gave me a beautiful flashback to when I read this when I was young(er)! The HP books are just so much fun and ‘Chamber of Secrets’ was my favourite for a long time. Enjoy! Thanks for sharing 🙂 I hope you have a great week!
    My Tuesday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

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  2. I might be one of the only people on earth to have read the first Harry Potter, and then stopped. I’m not sure which one this is, but the intro didn’t really grab me. Maybe I’ll read them with my kids when they’re older.

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  3. It’s been a long time since I read the Harry Potter series. That’s a great opening scene that reminds us of the relationship between Harry and the Dursleys. I’d forgotten the perfect names J. K. Rowling gave her characters too, especially DUDley.
    My Tuesday post features DEVIOUS.

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