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As Vernon Dursley went about his business on 1 November, 1981, he noticed a number of odd activities. An unusual number of strange people wearing cloaks were gathered in the streets near his workplace, Grunnings. That evening on the news, there were reports of shooting stars and hundreds of owls flying everywhere since sunrise.
Minerva McGonagall mentioned these oddities to Albus Dumbledore, who did not seem bothered by them and suggested that they attend one of the gatherings. McGonagall considered the whole business irresponsible, particularly the shooting stars in Kent that she suspected were the work of Dedalus Diggle.