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Explain the roles of Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall, and Rubeus Hagrid in the...

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vgt0414 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 7, 2007 at 7:15 PM via web

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Explain the roles of Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall, and Rubeus Hagrid in the transfer of Harry from Godric's Hollow to Privet Drive.

In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, why do you think they decided to leave Harry with his aunt's family instead of finding a wizard home for him?

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 8, 2007 at 7:34 AM (Answer #2)

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They left him with his muggle family so that he would be less likely to be located by the evil forces who would want to kill him.  McGonagall was assigned to watch the street and the home to spot any signs of danger for Harry.  Dumbledore later met her there to confirm the safety of the location for Harry to grow up in relative anonymity.  Hagrid had the honor of transporting the child from Godric's Hollow to Privet Drive by charmed motorcycle.

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brendawm | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted December 22, 2007 at 5:58 PM (Answer #3)

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Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall and Rubeus Hagrid each played a different role in moving Harry from Godric's Hollow to Number 4 Privet Drive after Voldemort had murdered Harry's parents.  Hagrid was responsible for actually physically delivering Baby Harry to Aunt Petunia, and he did so on Sirius Black's flying motor bike.  Professor McGonagall kept watch on the family in her animagus form of a cat.  Professor Dumbledore arrives prior to Harry and, although we don't learn until much later on,  he makes the decision to leave Harry with the Dursleys because it is an absolute necessity based on the fact that they are Harry's only remaining blood relatives.  Because Harry's mother sacrificed herself so that Harry might live, she invoked a special form of magic, blood magic, that would protect Harry as long as he could call the home of a blood relative home.  Dumbledore knew this and made the decision to place Harry with his aunt, knowing that he would be more protected with her than with anyone in the wizarding world.

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along0918 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 6, 2008 at 9:04 PM (Answer #4)

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Harry's mom put a protecting spell on Harry just before Voldemort killed her and tried to kill Harry. Harry had to live with a relative or her protecting spell would break. She made it so that her protection spell would break either when he trned 17 years old or when he could no longer call his aunt and uncle's place home. So if Harry had placed Harry with another wizarding family, Harry would be easily found and attacked or killed by Voldemort because the spell that Harry's mom had placed on Harry would be broken because he could not call his blood relative's place his home.

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boryung | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted August 16, 2010 at 3:28 AM (Answer #5)

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Minerva McGonagoll is the very first witch introduced in Harry Pottter, although most readers won't know it at first. She has taken the form of a cat on the very first day of the series' story, and keeps watch outside Privet Drive all day. She was instructed to do so by Albus Dumbledore, who arrives at nightfall with a letter to give to Harry's aunt and uncle asking them to take care of Harry. Dumbledore had arranged for Hagrid to pick up Harry from the remains of Godric's Hollow and transport him to Privet Drive. Hagrid did so, bringing him over by a flying motorcycle he had aquired from Sirius Black. When Hagrid arrived with Harry, Dumbledore sadly placed Harry with the letter on the Dursleys' doorstep.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 15, 2011 at 5:51 PM (Answer #6)

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In order for Harry to undertake the hero's journey, he has to wait until he is ready.  This means keeping him in the regular world until he is old enough to pick up the mantle of hero and take the journey.  This is why Dumbledore takes him to Privet Drive.  McGonagall fears for his safety, because she cared about his parents.  Hagrid serves as messenger because he is strong but also non-magical for the most part.  Since it happens at night and in the dark, there is no fear of him being discovered.

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brenduucha | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted June 16, 2012 at 6:33 PM (Answer #7)

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The different roles they have are important in their own terms.

Minerva is the one, who disguised as a cat, spies on the Dursleys to see if they are indeed a good family to live Harry with to live.

Rebeus Hagrid, is the one who fetchs Harry from the house in which his parents died and is the one who transports Harry from there to his uncle's house.

Dumbledore, is in my opinion, there to see if everything is correct in the transportation, and most important to leave Petunia a letter in which he explains what happened and what is that she has to do with Harry.

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