Harry's Birthday is the first moment of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 1, Owl Post.


It was one o'clock in the morning. Harry's stomach gave a funny jolt. He had been thirteen years old, without realising it for a whole hour.


Closer Look
  • Birthday card from Hagrid
  • Letter from Hermione
  • Letter from Ron
  • Letter from Hogwarts
  • Newspaper clipping of the Weasley's lottery win
  • Note from Ron

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This moment has 2 zoom levels.

Zoom 1

  • There is nothing here.

Zoom 2

  • The galleon is on the shelf on the left.
  • The Tiny Brass Compass is in the Broomstick Servicing Kit on Harry's bed.
  • The Edgar Stroulger Chocolate Frog Card is on the floor next to Harry's foot.
  • The letters from Ron and Hermione and the newspaper clipping are on the bed.
  • The letter from Hogwarts is in Harry's hands.
  • Ron's note and Hagrid's birthday card are on the bedside table.
  • Mouse over the alarm clock on the bedside table and it will glow.

Closer look

Birthday card from Hagrid

Birthday from Hagrid

Dear Harry,

Happy Birthday!

Think you might find this useful for next year. Won't say no more here. Tell you when I see you. Hope the Muggles are treating you right.

All the best,


Letter from Hermione

Letter from Hermione

Dear Harry,

Ron wrote to me and told me about his phone call to your Uncle Vernon. I do hope you’re all right.

I’m on holiday in France at the moment and I didn’t know how I was going to send this to you – what if they’d opened it at Customs? – but then Hedwig turned up! I think she wanted to make sure you got something for your birthday for a change. I bought your present by owl-order; there was an advertisement in the Daily Prophet (I’ve been getting it delivered, it’s so good to keep up with what’s going on in the wizarding world). Did you see that picture of Ron and his family a week ago? I bet he’s learning loads, I’m really jealous – the ancient Egyptian wizards were fascinating.

There’s some interesting local history of witchcraft here, too. I’ve re-written my whole History of Magic essay to include some of the things I’ve found out. I hope it’s not too long, it’s two rolls of parchment more than Professor Binns asked for.

Ron says he’s going to be in London in the last week of the holidays. Can you make it? Will your aunt and uncle let you come? I really hope you can. If not, I’ll see you on the Hogwarts Express on September the first!

Love from


P.S. Ron says Percy’s Head Boy. I’ll bet Percy’s really pleased. Ron doesn’t seem too happy about it.

Letter from Ron

Letter from Ron

Dear Harry,

Happy birthday! Look, I’m really sorry about that telephone call. I hope the Muggles didn’t give you a hard time. I asked Dad, and he reckons I shouldn’t have shouted.

It’s brilliant here in Egypt. Bill’s taken us round all the tombs and you wouldn’t believe the curses those old Egyptian wizards put on them. Mum wouldn’t let Ginny come in the last one. There were all these mutant skeletons in there, of Muggles who’d broken in and grown extra heads and stuff.

I couldn’t believe it when Dad won the Daily Prophet Draw. Seven hundred galleons! Most of it’s gone on this holiday, but they’re going to buy me a new wand for next year.

We’ll be back about a week before term starts and we’ll be going up to London to get my wand and our new books. Any chance of meeting you there?

Don’t let the Muggles get you down! Try and come to London,


PS: Percy’s Head Boy. He got the letter last week.

Letter from Hogwarts

Third year Hogwart's Letter

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
Albus Dumbledore
(Order of Merlin, First Class, Grand Sorc., Chf. Warlock, Supreme Mugwump, International Confed. of Wizards)

Dear Mr Potter,

Please note that the new school year will begin on September the first. The Hogwarts Express will leave from King’s Cross Station, platform nine and three-quarters, at eleven o’clock.

Third-years are permitted to visit the village of Hogsmeade at certain weekends. Please give the enclosed permission form to your parent or guardian to sign.

A list of books for next year is enclosed.

Yours sincerely,

Minerva McGonagall

Deputy Headmistress

Newspaper clipping of the Weasley's lottery win

Newspaper clipping of the Weasley's lottery win

Ministry of Magic employee scoops grand prize Arthur Weasley, Head of the Misuse of Muggle Artefacts Office at the Ministry of Magic, has won the annual Daily Prophet Grand Prize Galleon Draw.

A delighted Mr Weasley told the Daily Prophet, 'We will be spending the gold on a summer holiday in Egypt, where our eldest son, Bill, works as a curse breaker for Gringotts Wizarding Bank.'

The Weasley family will be spending a month in Egypt, returning for the start of the new school year at Hogwarts, which five of the Weasley children currently attend.

Note from Ron

Note from Ron

Harry – this is a Pocket Sneakoscope. If there’s someone untrustworthy around, it’s supposed to light up and spin. Bill says it’s rubbish sold for wizard tourists and isn’t reliable, because it kept lighting up at dinner last night. But he didn’t realise Fred and George had put beetles in his soup. Bye –


See Also

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Owl Post
Harry's Birthday
Aunt Marge's Big Mistake
Aunt Marge
The Knight Bus
Magnolia Crescent
Inside the Knight Bus
The Leaky Cauldron
Monster Book of Monsters
The Magical Menagerie
The Dementor
Professor R.J. Lupin
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