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Old March 11th, 2004, 3:37 pm
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The shortest stay

Adele: Will poor Harry be stuck at the Dursleys' all next summer?
JK Rowling replies -> Not all summer, no. In fact, he has the shortest stay in Privet Drive so far.
Now how short is short? I did look up the hp-lexicon so far to get an idea what might happen in book6. Because I got a sudden idea as I did read that part of this chat.

Harry was all summer till September the 1. at Privet Drive.

Harry was till August the second at Privet Drive. Till June 19th at Hogwarts.
So we get a clue how long the term is.

You see we getting closer how short it can mean. Let look further

Harry was till August the 7th at Privet Drive. Till the 18th June at Hogwarts.

Harry stayed till August the 24th at Privet Drive. Till the 3th July at Hogwarts.

Harry stayed till August the 6th at Privet Drive. Till the so around June at Hogwarts.

In OotP Harry was 4 weeks at the Privet Drive this was the shortest time at Privet Drive this means Harry will leave the Privet Drive the next time earlier as 4 weeks.
This of course means in book6 we have Harry's birthday for the first time somewhere else as at the Privet Drive.

Now the question is how short? From the POV of Voldemort is Harry at the best to get if he is not at "home" and after Harry araifed at King Cross he is not at "home" yet. This is important because the OotP don't escort him back at home:
Harry nodded. He somehow could not find words to tell them what it meant to him, to see them all ranged there, on his side. Instead, he smiled, raised a hand in farewell, turned around and led the way out of the station towards the sunlit street, with Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and Dudley hurrying along in his wake.

Maybe short means just one day, after all. Just enough to get the things nothing more. Its like Harry is on a golden plate if he is leaving King Cross without guardians.

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