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Harry in te Smallest Bedroom

When Harry Potter starts getting Hogwarts letters addressed to him in the Cupboard Under the Stairs, the Dursleys think it's about time he gets a proper bedroom. Thus, he gets Dudley's spare bedroom, in which he kept all his broken and unwanted toys.


The smallest bedroom at four, Privet Drive, was Dudley’s second bedroom before Harry moves in – storing all the toys he could not fit in his first bedroom, most of which were broken. Harry relocates to this room after letters start appearing at the house addressed specifically to “Mr H. Potter, The Cupboard under the Stairs.”

From the Story

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

"The Smallest Bedroom" was first discovered in chapter 3, The Letters from No One, "Harry Receives a Mysterious Letter."

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Discovered in chapter 2, Dobby's Warning

Harry lives in the smallest bedroom at number four, Privet Drive. It is here that Dobby appears and attempts to dissuade Harry from returning to Hogwarts.

Discovered in chapter 3, The Burrow

After Dobby uses a charm to ruin Petunia's pudding, the Dursleys lock Harry in his bedroom to prevent him from returning to school. They fit bars on the window and push meals through a cat-flap in the door. They let him out of the room twice a day to use the toilet. Ron, Fred and George rescue Harry three days into his imprisonment, using the flying Ford Anglia.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Discovered in chapter 1, Owl Post

Harry uses a very opportune loose floorboard under his bed to hide his books, parchment and quill after he finishes working on his History of Magic essay for the night.

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