Chapter 5: The Whomping Willow
Summer comes to an end, and Harry and the Weasleys arrive at platform nine and three-quarters for the Hogwarts train. Everyone gets through the barrier except Harry and Ron, who run into solid wall and miss the train.
They take the Weasley’s car and fly toward Hogwarts. After an long flight, just as the castle is coming into view, the car groans, shudders, and then dies. They nosedive toward the castle wall, swerve out over the grounds, and finally crash into a tree – a tree that fights back. The tree pounds them and the car, but at the last moment the engine restarts and they speed backwards out of reach of the tree. The car, which has had quite enough, dumps them and their luggage on the ground and rumbles off angrily.
The boys look through the castle windows as the Sorting starts in the Banquet Hall. Noticing that cruel Professor Snape is not at the staff table, the boys speculate that he might have been fired – just as Snape comes up behind them. He takes them to his dungeon office and informs them that they are in deep trouble because several Muggles saw the flying car. Professors McGonagall and Dumbledore arrive. After a stern lecture, Dumbledore says they aren’t expelled -- this time. After some food they are sent to their dorm. Hermione and Percy are both very upset with them, but everyone else in Gryffindor celebrates their big entrance.