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Rock Cakes. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

'This is Ron,' Harry told Hagrid, who was pouring boiling water into a large teapot and putting rock cakes onto a plate.

'Another Weasley, eh?' said Hagrid, glancing at Ron's freckles. 'I spent half me life chasin' your brothers away from the Forest.'

The rock cakes almost broke their teeth, but Harry and Ron pretended to be enjoying them as they told Hagrid all about their first lessons.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J. K. Rowling

26 June 2017 marks twenty years since the first Harry Potter novel was released. Through complete serendipity of timing, I have been revisiting Philosopher's Stone this month: my nannying charges have finally decided to start the series. I've been spending bedtimes reading chapters aloud - giving (truly appalling) voice to Hagrid and Professor McGonagall, and relishing the chance to see the plot twists and turns through their fresh eyes. I know the stories so well at this point, almost by heart; it's been a true joy rediscovering them through someone else.


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