Chapter 4 Summary

The Seven Potters

Harry Potter prepares to leave the Dursleys’ house for the last time. He thinks back on all of the memories (most of them negative) that he has had in this house for as long as he can remember. Suddenly, a large group from the Order of the Phoenix arrives. Mad-Eye Moody, Tonks, Lupin, Hermione, Hagrid, and lots of members of the Weasley family greet Harry and prepare to protect him.

It is Mad-Eye Moody who tells Harry Potter of the plan. Half of the wizards in attendance will turn themselves into look-alikes of Harry through the use of Polyjuice Potion. Even though Harry vehemently protests (because he does not want anyone, especially not his friends, to sacrifice himself/herself for him), the group plans to carry out the plan anyway.

After Lupin and Tonks casually mention their marriage to Harry and they have a moment of happy celebration together, half of the wizards in attendance (most of them Harry’s friends) sip the Polyjuice Potion. After their faces bubble for a minute or two, all of the wizards look exactly like Harry. Everyone jokes for a moment about the experience of being Harry. For example, Hermione mentions how horrid Harry’s eyesight has become and the twins joke that Harry does not have the tattoo that Ginny insists Harry has.

Soon, the group sets out for Tonks’ parents’ house using different methods of transportation. Some of them are on brooms and some are on thestrals (skeleton-like, winged, dark horses), etc. Hagrid is in charge of the “real” Harry. Hagrid, therefore, rides the flying motorcycle with Harry in its sidecar. They are planning to catch a Portkey to the Burrow (the Weasley home) from there.

Unfortunately, as soon as the group exits Privet Drive, they are immediately attacked by Death Eaters. Sadly, Harry’s pet owl and good friend Hedwig is the first casualty of the fight. Harry notices that Stan Shunpike, the driver of the Knight Bus, is a Death Eater and that Voldemort himself is among the assailants.

Harry keeps using his wand to try to stun his attackers. Unfortunately, Harry’s sidecar is dislodged from Hagrid’s motorcycle. Hagrid rescues Harry just in time for Voldemort to begin the killing curse. Suddenly, with Harry’s scar burning in pain, Harry’s “wand acted of its own accord . . . like some great magnet, . . . a spurt of golden fire” erupts from Harry’s wand and foils Voldemort’s plan. Voldemort vanishes in defeat as Hagrid and Harry crash the motorbike into a pond full of dirty water.