When Harry returns to Privet Drive the Dursleys completely ignore him. Harry spends most of the time remaining before school reading his new books.
At King’s Cross on the day he leaves for school, Harry meets the Weasley family for the first time. Mrs Weasley helps Harry get to platform nine and three-quarters by explaining that he has to walk straight through the barrier between platforms nine and ten.
Harry shares a compartment with Ron, a fellow first-year, on the Hogwarts Express. The two boys are equally interested in one another: Harry, in Ron’s upbringing in the wizarding world, and Ron in Harry’s status as the Boy Who Lived as well as his childhood with Muggles.
During the journey Harry also meets Hermione Granger and is properly introduced to Draco Malfoy. Draco offers his hand in friendship after insulting Ron; Harry declines and the two become enemies.