PS: Chapter 2 - The Vanishing Glass
Harry's dreams are usually important so I find it interesting that our first meeting with him is right after he woke up from a dream of the night that he arrived at the Dursleys: "He rolled on his back and tried to remember the dream he had been having. It had been a good one. There had been a flying motorcycle in it. He had a funny feeling he'd had the same dream before." (19) Interesting... how could a baby not even a year old remember something like that so vividly... should we be more worried?
Good thing Harry is not Ron. Don't know if he could have dealt with the spiders in the cupboard under the stairs... Hopefully these are nice spiders? Any relation to Aragog and his family of spiders at Hogwarts?
Hmm... the mysterious Mrs. Figg. Why do I think there is more to her and her cats than meets the eyes? Was it a coincidence that she broke her leg on Dudly's birthday? Should we be concerned that her house smells like cabbage? Several potions and ingredients smell like cabbages don't they? Is Mrs. Figg brewing anything at her house? Where is Mr. Figg? Why does she make Harry look at the pictures of all her cats? Are they Knezeals? Should Harry have paid more attention to Tibbles, Snowy, Mr. Paws and Tufty? Will we run into these cats in the future?
In the movie it is only the Dursleys and Harry at the zoo while in the book they are accompanied by Dudly's friend Piers Polkiss. Is it important that Pier has a face like a rat? Anyone else we know with a rat-like face? Say Wormtail? Any connections?
"After lunch they went to the reptile house... Dudly quickly found the largest snake in the place. It could have wrapped its body twice around Uncle Vernon's car and crushed it into a trash can..." (27) That is one large snake there can't be that many that size in the world... "What came next happened so fast no one saw how it happened - one second Piers and Dudley were leaning right up close to the glass the next, they had lept back with howls of horror. Harry sat up and gasped; the glass front of the boa constrictor's tank had vanished. The great snake was uncoiing itself rapidly, slithering out onto the floor." (28) So where did this extrememly large snake go after leaving the reptile house? Was it caught and replaced in its cage or could it have a much more interesting future? Could it possibly be Voldemort's extrememly large snake Nagini? That would be one hell of a great continuancy if it was true... how would that change our view of the story?
All that Harry claims that he can remember about the night his parents died were: "a blinding flash of green light and a burning pain on his forehead." (29) Not much information but something to consider. What was that burning pain? Voldemort's spell going wrong or something else? If it was baby Harry himself who had fought off the spell why would he have felt a burning pain on his forehead? Very odd...