|"Are you a wizard or not?"
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- "While you can still call home the place where your mother’s blood dwells, there you cannot be touched or harmed by Voldemort. He shed her blood, but it lives on in you and her sister. Her blood became your refuge. You need return there only once a year, but as long as you can still call it home, there he cannot hurt you. Your aunt knows this. I explained what I had done in the letter I left, with you, on her doorstep. She knows that allowing you houseroom may well have kept you alive for the past fifteen years."
- — Albus Dumbledore explaining his letter to Petunia to Harry Potter[src]
This letter was written by Albus Dumbledore on 1 November 1981 to Petunia Dursley. The letter detailed the wards that would be created if she were to take in her nephew, Harry Potter, until he was seventeen. In August 1995, Albus Dumbledore felt that the dementor attack on Harry and Dudley had "awoken her to the dangers of having Harry Potter as a surrogate son", and sent her a howler to remind her of it.
The contents of the letter could be presumed to include:
- The news and circumstances of the death of Petunia's sister Lily Potter and her husband James.
- The magical protection which would be placed upon 4 Privet Drive when Harry was to be adopted.
- The potential dangers which could befall Harry and Petunia's family if Harry is to leave the house before his seventeenth birthday.
Regardless of the content, Vernon and Petunia did not reveal the information to their nephew Harry. Instead, they spent the next decade of their lives attempting to keep Harry ignorant about not just the circumstances of his parents' deaths, but also the wizarding world altogether.
Behind the scenes
In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the letter was addressed to both Vernon and Petunia Dursley, which contradicts the novel in which the letter was only addressed to Petunia, as Harry's next-of-kin.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Mentioned only)
Notes and references
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 1 (The Boy Who Lived)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 37 (The Lost Prophecy)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 2 (A Peck of Owls)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 2 (The Vanishing Glass)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 4 (The Keeper of the Keys)