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Re: Fan Scripts: Remake Harry Potter

I will format this soon, but here it is. Edit: Format done

The part I just wrote:    


  
PS: The Letters from No One Part II
VERNON DURSLEY
Out! OUT!

Vernon grabs Harry around the middle as he tries to grab a letter and shoves him into the hall. Petunia and Dudley have already run for it.

INT. HALL - 4 PRIVET DRIVE - CONTINUOUS - 29/7/1991

Vernon slams the door so that none of the letters, which are still flying around the kitchen, don't reach the other room.

He speaks threatening, as though he is losing it.

VERNON DURSLEY
That does it. We're going away. Just pack some clothes. No arguments!

EXT. RAILVIEW HOTEL - COKEWORTH - EVENING - 29/7/1991

A gloomy-looking hotel. Night. A train goes by on the nearby railway.

Fades to:

EXT. RAILVIEW HOTEL - COKEWORTH - MORNING - 30/7/1991

The same hotel. Morning.

INT. DINING - RAILVIEW HOTEL - COKEWORTH - MORNING - 30/7/1991

The Dursleys and Harry are eating breakfast. The HOTEL OWNER comes over to them (Carrying a LETTER)

HOTEL OWNER
'Scuse me, but is one of you Mr H. Potter?

Both Harry and Vernon look up.

HOTEL OWNER
Only I got about a hundred of these at the front desk.

She holds up the letter. It reads "Mr H. Potter, Room 17, Railview Hotel, Cokeworth". Harry tries to grab it, but his reach is knocked away by Vernon...

VERNON DURSLEY
I'll take them

...as he stands up to get the rest. The Hotel Owner stared.

INT. DURSLEY'S CAR - COAST - LATE AFTERNOON - 30/7/1991

PETUNIA DURSLEY
Wouldn't it be better just to go home?

Vernon ignores her, gets out of the car and locks Petunia, Dudley and Harry in it. THUNDER.

DUDLEY DURSLEY
Daddy's gone mad, hasn't he?

RAINDROPS fall onto the car.

The doors are unlocked and opened as Vernon arrives back.

VERNON DURSLEY
Found the perfect place.

EXT. Coast - Late AFTERNOON - 30/7/1991

Vernon is now holding a LONG THIN PACKAGE. He points to a rock out at sea, hardly visible. Even less visible is a SHACK on top of it.

VERNON DURSLEY
Storm forecast for tonight! And I've been able to lend a boat.

The camera falls down to show a small wooden rowboat.

VERNON DURSLEY
(to Harry) Could do with some of those letters now, eh?
  



A quick note: I am now back at school. Therfore I won't be updating my script as frequently.

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I'm going to do a big, large post, so are you ready?

Script reports:

Character report:    


  1 EXT. HALL OF PROPHECY
SYBILL TRELAWNEY
VOLDEMORT
SYBILL TRELAWNEY

3 INT. 4 PRIVET DRIVE – MORNING – 1/11/1981
BABY DUDLEY DURSLEY

5 EXT./INT. SURREY – MORNING – 1/11/1981
CLOAKED PERSON 1
CLOAKED PERSON 2

6 INT. 4 PRIVET DRIVE – EVENING – 1/11/1981
PETUNIA DURSLEY
VERNON DURSLEY
TELEVISION – JIM MCGUFFIN
TELEVISION – JIM MCGUFFIN
VERNON DURSLEY
PETUNIA DURSLEY
VERNON DURSLEY
PETUNIA DURSLEY
VERNON DURSLEY
VERNON DURSLEY
PETUNIA DURSLEY
VERNON DURSLEY

8 EXT. 4 PRIVET DRIVE – LATE EVENING – 1-2/11/1981
ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
MINERVA MCGONAGALL
ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
MINERVA MCGONAGALL
ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
MINERVA MCGONAGALL
ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
MINERVA MCGONAGALL
ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
MINERVA MCGONAGALL
MINERVA MCGONAGALL
MINERVA MCGONAGALL
ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
MINERVA MCGONAGALL
MINERVA MCGONAGALL
ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
MINERVA MCGONAGALL
ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
MINERVA MCGONAGALL
ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
MINERVA MCGONAGALL
MINERVA MCGONAGALL
ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
MINERVA MCGONAGALL
ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
MINERVA MCGONAGALL
MINERVA MCGONAGALL
ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
RUBEUS HAGRID
ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
RUBEUS HAGRID
MINERVA MCGONAGALL
ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
MINERVA MCGONAGALL
ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
RUBEUS HAGRID
ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
RUBEUS HAGRID
ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
ALBUS DUMBLEDORE

PETUNIA DURSLEY

9 INT. THE CUPBOARD UNDER THE STAIRS - 4 PRIVET DRIVE – MORNING - 23/6/1991
PETUNIA DURSLEY

10 INT. THE KITCHEN - 4 PRIVET DRIVE – A LITTLE LATER - 23/6/1991
DUDLEY DURSLEY
PETUNIA DURSLEY
DUDLEY DURSLEY
PETUNIA DURSLEY
DUDLEY DURSLEY
PETUNIA DURSLEY
VERNON DURSLEY
PETUNIA DURSLEY
PETUNIA DURSLEY
VERNON DURSLEY
PETUNIA DURSLEY
HARRY POTTER
PETUNIA DURSLEY
HARRY POTTER
PETUNIA DURSLEY
PETUNIA DURSLEY
DUDLEY DURSLEY
PETUNIA DURSLEY
VERNON DURSLEY
HARRY POTTER

15 INT. / EXT. THE DURSLEY’S CAR – SURREY? – MID-MORNING - 23/6/1991
VERNON DURSLEY
HARRY POTTER
VERNON DURSLEY
HARRY POTTER
HARRY POTTER

16 INT. REPTILE HOUSE - THE ZOO – SURREY? – AFTERNOON - 23/6/1991
DUDLEY DURSLEY
DUDLEY DURSLEY
DUDLEY DURSLEY
HARRY POTTER
HARRY POTTER
HARRY POTTER
HARRY POTTER
PIERS POLKISS
DUDLEY DURSLEY
SNAKE

17 INT. THE DURSLEY’S CAR – SURREY – AFTERNOON - 23/6/1991
DUDLEY DURSLEY
PIERS POLKISS
PIERS POLKISS

18 INT. THE CUPBOARD UNDER THE STAIRS – 4 PRIVET DRIVE – LATE AFTERNOON - 23/6/1991
VERNON DURSLEY
YOUNG HARRY POTTER
PETUNIA DURSLEY

19 INT. KITCHEN – 4 PRIVET DRIVE – MORNING - 24/7/1991
VERNON DURSLEY
DUDLEY DURSLEY
VERNON DURSLEY
HARRY POTTER
DUDLEY DURSLEY

20 INT. ENTRANCE – 4 PRIVET DRIVE – CONTINUING - 24/7/1991
VERNON DURSLEY

21 INT. KITCHEN – 4 PRIVET DRIVE – CONTINUING - 24/7/1991
VERNON DURSLEY
DUDLEY DURSLEY
HARRY POTTER
VERNON DURSLEY
HARRY POTTER
PETUNIA DURSLEY
DUDLEY DURSLEY
HARRY POTTER
VERNON DURSLEY
HARRY POTTER
DUDLEY DURSLEY
VERNON DURSLEY

23 INT. KITCHEN – 4 PRIVET DRIVE – MORNING - 24/7/1991
PETUNIA DURSLEY
VERNON DURSLEY
PETUNIA DURSLEY

25 INT. KITCHEN – 4 PRIVET DRIVE – MORNING - 24/7/1991
VERNON DURSLEY
PETUNIA DURSLEY

26 INT. ENTRANCE – 4 PRIVET DRIVE – MORNING - 24/7/1991
VERNON DURSLEY

27 INT. THE CUPBOARD UNDER THE STAIRS – 4 PRIVET DRIVE – EVENING - 24/7/1991
HARRY POTTER
VERNON DURSLEY
HARRY POTTER
VERNON DURSLEY
VERNON DURSLEY
HARRY POTTER
VERNON DURSLEY

28 INT. HALL – 4 PRIVET DRIVE – LATE MORNING – 25/7/1991
VERNON DURSLEY
PETUNIA DURSLEY
VERNON DURSLEY

29 INT. KITCHEN – 4 PRIVET DRIVE – NEXT MORNING – 26/7/1991
DUDLEY DURSLEY

30 INT. KITCHEN – 4 PRIVET DRIVE – NEXT MORNING – 27/7/1991
VERNON DURSLEY
VERNON DURSLEY

31 INT. HALL - 4 PRIVET DRIVE - CONTINUOUS - 29/7/1991
VERNON DURSLEY

34 INT. DINING ROOM - RAILVIEW HOTEL - COKEWORTH - MORNING - 30/7/1991
HOTEL OWNER
HOTEL OWNER
VERNON DURSLEY

35 INT. DURSLEY'S CAR - COAST - LATE AFTERNOON - 30/7/1991
PETUNIA DURSLEY
DUDLEY DURSLEY
VERNON DURSLEY

36 EXT. COAST - LATE AFTERNOON - 30/7/1991
VERNON DURSLEY
VERNON DURSLEY
  



Dialogue report:    


  EXT. HALL OF PROPHECY

SYBILL TRELAWNEY (V.O.)
The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord…

VOLDEMORT (V.O.)
Avada Kedavra!

SYBILL TRELAWNEY (V.O.)
…approaches…
3 INT. 4 PRIVET DRIVE – MORNING – 1/11/1981

BABY DUDLEY DURSLEY
Shan't!

5 EXT./INT. SURREY – MORNING – 1/11/1981

CLOAKED PERSON 1
The Potters, that’s right, that’s what I heard…

CLOAKED PERSON 2
…yes, their son, Harry…

6 INT. 4 PRIVET DRIVE – EVENING – 1/11/1981

PETUNIA DURSLEY
Evening.

VERNON DURSLEY
Evening.

TELEVISION – JIM MCGUFFIN (O.S.)
It’s not only the owls that have been acting oddly today.

TELEVISION – JIM MCGUFFIN
Viewers as far apart as Kent, Yorkshire and Dundee have been phoning in to tell me they've had a downpour of shooting stars! Perhaps people have been celebrating Bonfire Night early – it’s not until next week, folks!

VERNON DURSLEY
Er…Petunia.

PETUNIA DURSLEY
Yes?

VERNON DURSLEY
You haven’t heard from you’re your sister lately?

PETUNIA DURSLEY
No. Why?

VERNON DURSLEY
Funny stuff on the news (He motions his hand towards it) Owls, shooting stars, and there were a lot of funny-looking people in town today. I thought, maybe, it was something to do with, you know, her lot.

VERNON DURSLEY
Their son, about Dudley’s age, wouldn't he be, what’s his name again? Howard, isn't it

PETUNIA DURSLEY
(Still making dinner) Harry, nasty common name isn't it?

VERNON DURSLEY
Yes I quite agree.

8 EXT. 4 PRIVET DRIVE – LATE EVENING – 1-2/11/1981

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
Fancy seeing you here, Professor McGonagall.

MINERVA MCGONAGALL
How did you know it was me?

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
My dear Professor, I've never seen a cat sit so stiffly.

MINERVA MCGONAGALL
You’d be stiff if you’d been sitting on a brick wall all day.

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
All day? When you could have been celebrating?

MINERVA MCGONAGALL
(Angrily) Oh yes, everyone’s celebrating, all right. Even the Muggles have noticed something’s going on.

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
You can’t blame them. We've had precious little to celebrate for eleven years.

MINERVA MCGONAGALL
A fine thing it would be if, on the very day You-Know-Who seems to have disappeared at last, the Muggles found out about us all. (Pause) I suppose he really has gone, Dumbledore?

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
It certainly seems so.

MINERVA MCGONAGALL
You know what everyone is saying? About why he’s disappeared?

MINERVA MCGONAGALL
What they’re saying is that night You-Know-Who went to Godric's Hollow to find the Potters. The rumour is that Lily and James Potter are… are… that they’re dead.

MINERVA MCGONAGALL
Lily and James, I can’t believe it.

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
I know, I know.

MINERVA MCGONAGALL
(sniffing) That’s not all. They’re saying he tried to kill their son, Harry. But, he couldn't. (pause) No one knows why, or how, but they’re saying that when he couldn't kill Harry Potter, You-Know-Who’s power somehow broke, and that’s why he’s gone.

MINERVA MCGONAGALL
It’s… it’s true? After all the people he’s killed, he couldn't kill a little boy? But how did Harry survive?

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
We can only guess, we may never know.

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
Hagrid’s late. I suppose it was he who told you I’d be here, by the way?

MINERVA MCGONAGALL
Yes. And I don’t suppose you’re going to tell me why you’re here of all places?

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
I've come to bring Harry to the only family he now has left.

MINERVA MCGONAGALL
You can’t mean the people who live here? You couldn't find any other people who are less like us. Harry Potter come and live here!

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
It’s the best place for him. His aunt and uncle will be able to explain everything to him when he’s older. I've written them a letter.

MINERVA MCGONAGALL
A letter? Really Dumbledore, you think you can explain all this in a letter?

MINERVA MCGONAGALL
How is the boy getting here, Dumbledore?

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
Hagrid’s bring him.

MINERVA MCGONAGALL
You think it (Pause) wise to trust Hagrid with something as important as this?

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
I would trust Hagrid with my life.

MINERVA MCGONAGALL
I’m not saying his heart isn't in the right place but…

MINERVA MCGONAGALL
What was that?

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
Hagrid. At last. And where did you get that motorbike?

RUBEUS HAGRID
Borrowed it, Professor Dumbledore, sir. Young Sirius Black lent it me. (Pause) I got him sir.

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
No problems, were there?

RUBEUS HAGRID
No, sir – house was almost destroyed, but I got him out OK.

MINERVA MCGONAGALL
Is that where…?

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
Yes. He’ll have that scar forever.

MINERVA MCGONAGALL
Couldn't you do something about it, Dumbledore?

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
Even if I could, I wouldn't. Scars can come in handy. (Pause) Well, we’d better get this over with.

RUBEUS HAGRID
Could I – could I say good-bye to him, sir?

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
Well, that’s that. We've no business staying here. We may as well go and join the celebrations.

RUBEUS HAGRID
Yeah, I best get this bike away. G’night, Professor McGonagall – Professor Dumbledore, sir.

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
Professor McGonagall

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
Good luck, Harry

PETUNIA DURSLEY (O.S.)
Up! Get up! Now!

9 INT. THE CUPBOARD UNDER THE STAIRS - 4 PRIVET DRIVE – MORNING - 23/6/1991

PETUNIA DURSLEY (O.S.)
Get a move on; I want you to look after the bacon. Don’t you dare let it burn, for Duddy's birthday!

10 INT. THE KITCHEN - 4 PRIVET DRIVE – A LITTLE LATER - 23/6/1991

DUDLEY DURSLEY
Thirty-six. That’s two less than last year.

PETUNIA DURSLEY
Darling, you haven’t counted Auntie Marge’s present.

DUDLEY DURSLEY
All right, thirty-seven then.

PETUNIA DURSLEY
And we’ll buy you another two presents while we’re out today. How’s that, popkin? Two more presents.

DUDLEY DURSLEY
So I’ll have thirty … thirty…

PETUNIA DURSLEY
...nine, sweetums

VERNON DURSLEY
Little tyke wants his money’s worth, just like his father. 'Atta boy, Dudley!

PETUNIA DURSLEY
Bad news, Vernon. Mrs Figg's broken her leg. She can’t take him.

PETUNIA DURSLEY
Now what?

VERNON DURSLEY
We could phone Marge.

PETUNIA DURSLEY
Don’t be silly, Vernon, she hates the boy.

HARRY POTTER
You could just leave me here.

PETUNIA DURSLEY
And come back and find the house in ruins?

HARRY POTTER
I won’t blow up the house.

PETUNIA DURSLEY
I suppose we could take him to the zoo …

PETUNIA DURSLEY
Dinky Duddydums, don’t cry.

DUDLEY DURSLEY
I … don’t … want … him … t-t-to come! He always sp-spoils everything!

PETUNIA DURSLEY
They’re here!

VERNON DURSLEY
You've managed to get your way, boy. (pause) But, I’m warning you now (pause) any funny business, anything at all and you’ll be in that cupboard for a month.

HARRY POTTER
I’m not going to do anything, honestly…

15 INT. / EXT. THE DURSLEY’S CAR – SURREY? – MID-MORNING - 23/6/1991

VERNON DURSLEY
…roaring along like maniacs, the young hoodlums.

HARRY POTTER
I had a dream about a motorbike. It was flying.

VERNON DURSLEY
MOTORBIKES DON’T FLY!

HARRY POTTER
I know they don’t.

HARRY POTTER
It was only a dream.

16 INT. REPTILE HOUSE - THE ZOO – SURREY? – AFTERNOON - 23/6/1991

DUDLEY DURSLEY
Make it move.

DUDLEY DURSLEY
Do it again.

DUDLEY DURSLEY
This is boring.

HARRY POTTER
It must be really annoying.

HARRY POTTER
Where do you come from, anyway?

HARRY POTTER
Was it nice there?

HARRY POTTER
Oh, I see...

PIERS POLKISS
DUDLEY! MR DURSLEY! COME AND LOOK AT THIS SNAKE! YOU WON’T BELIEVE WHAT IT’S DOING!

DUDLEY DURSLEY
Out of the way, you.

SNAKE
Brazil, here I come … Thanksss, amigo.

17 INT. THE DURSLEY’S CAR – SURREY – AFTERNOON - 23/6/1991

DUDLEY DURSLEY
Did you see how it nearly bit off by leg? But I shook it off…

PIERS POLKISS
I swear it was trying to squeeze me to death.

PIERS POLKISS
Harry was talking to it, weren't you, Harry?

18 INT. THE CUPBOARD UNDER THE STAIRS – 4 PRIVET DRIVE – LATE AFTERNOON - 23/6/1991

VERNON DURSLEY
Go – cupboard – stay – no meals

YOUNG HARRY POTTER (V.O.)
How did I get my scar?

PETUNIA DURSLEY (V.O.)
In the car crash when your parents died. And don’t ask questions

19 INT. KITCHEN – 4 PRIVET DRIVE – MORNING - 24/7/1991

VERNON DURSLEY
Get the mail, Dudley.

DUDLEY DURSLEY
Make Harry get it.

VERNON DURSLEY
Get the mail, Harry.

HARRY POTTER
Make Dudley get it.

DUDLEY DURSLEY
Poke him with your Smelting stick, Dudley.

20 INT. ENTRANCE – 4 PRIVET DRIVE – CONTINUING - 24/7/1991

VERNON DURSLEY (O.S.)
Hurry up, boy! What are you doing, checking for letter bombs?

21 INT. KITCHEN – 4 PRIVET DRIVE – CONTINUING - 24/7/1991

VERNON DURSLEY
Marge’s ill. (speaking to Petunia) Ate a funny whelk…

DUDLEY DURSLEY
Dad! Dad, Harry’s got something!

HARRY POTTER
That’s MINE!

VERNON DURSLEY
Who’d be writing to you?

HARRY POTTER
P-P-Petunia!

PETUNIA DURSLEY
Vernon! Oh my goodness – Vernon!

DUDLEY DURSLEY
I want to read that letter!

HARRY POTTER
I want to read it, as it’s mine.

VERNON DURSLEY
Get out, both of you

HARRY POTTER
I WANT MY LETTER!

DUDLEY DURSLEY
Let me see it!

VERNON DURSLEY
OUT!

23 INT. KITCHEN – 4 PRIVET DRIVE – MORNING - 24/7/1991

PETUNIA DURSLEY
Vernon, look at the address – how could they possibly know where he sleeps? You don’t think they’re watching the house?

VERNON DURSLEY
Watching – spying – might be following us.

PETUNIA DURSLEY
But what should we do, Vernon? Should we write back? Tell them we don’t want…

25 INT. KITCHEN – 4 PRIVET DRIVE – MORNING - 24/7/1991

VERNON DURSLEY
No. No, we’ll ignore it. If they don’t get an answer … yes, that’s best … we won’t do anything…

PETUNIA DURSLEY
But…

26 INT. ENTRANCE – 4 PRIVET DRIVE – MORNING - 24/7/1991

VERNON DURSLEY (O.S.)
I’m not having one in the house, Petunia! Didn't we swear when we took him in we’d stamp out that dangerous nonsense?

27 INT. THE CUPBOARD UNDER THE STAIRS – 4 PRIVET DRIVE – EVENING - 24/7/1991

HARRY POTTER
Where’s my letter? Who’s writing to me?

VERNON DURSLEY
No one. It was addressed to you by mistake. I have burned it.

HARRY POTTER
It was not a mistake; it had my cupboard on it.

VERNON DURSLEY
SILENCE!

VERNON DURSLEY
Er – yes, Harry – about this cupboard. Your aunt and I have been thinking … you’re really getting a bit big for it … we think it might be nice if you moved into Dudley’s second bedroom.

HARRY POTTER
Why?

VERNON DURSLEY
Don’t ask questions!

28 INT. HALL – 4 PRIVET DRIVE – LATE MORNING – 25/7/1991

VERNON DURSLEY
See, if they can’t deliver them they’ll just give up.

PETUNIA DURSLEY
I’m not sure that’ll work, Vernon.

VERNON DURSLEY
Oh, these people’s minds work in strange ways, Petunia, they’re not like you and me

29 INT. KITCHEN – 4 PRIVET DRIVE – NEXT MORNING – 26/7/1991

DUDLEY DURSLEY
Who on earth wants to talk to you this badly?

30 INT. KITCHEN – 4 PRIVET DRIVE – NEXT MORNING – 27/7/1991

VERNON DURSLEY
No post on Sundays. No damn letters today…

VERNON DURSLEY
Out! OUT!
31 INT. HALL - 4 PRIVET DRIVE - CONTINUOUS - 29/7/1991

VERNON DURSLEY
That does it. We're going away. Just pack some clothes. No arguments!
34 INT. DINING ROOM - RAILVIEW HOTEL - COKEWORTH - MORNING - 30/7/1991

HOTEL OWNER
'Scuse me, but is one of you Mr H. Potter?

HOTEL OWNER
Only I got about a hundred of these at the front desk.

VERNON DURSLEY
I'll take them
35 INT. DURSLEY'S CAR - COAST - LATE AFTERNOON - 30/7/1991

PETUNIA DURSLEY
Wouldn't it be better just to go home?

DUDLEY DURSLEY
Daddy's gone mad, hasn't he?

VERNON DURSLEY
Found the perfect place.
36 EXT. COAST - LATE AFTERNOON - 30/7/1991

VERNON DURSLEY
Storm forecast for tonight! And I've been able to lend a boat.

VERNON DURSLEY
(to Harry) Could do with some of those letters now, eh?
  



Script so far:    


  
PS: Up to The Keeper of the Keys1 - EXT. Hall of Prophecy

A GLASS ORB is ZOOMED IN on. INSIDE THE ORB, GREY CLOUDS form, and a LOUD, HOARSE, HARSH voice is heard:

SYBILL TRELAWNEY (V.O.)
The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord…

But the voice is CUT OFF with another voice, HIGH and COLD, and a GREEN LIGHT FILLS THE SCREEN.

VOLDEMORT (V.O.)
Avada Kedavra!

SYBILL TRELAWNEY (V.O.)
…approaches…

And as the CLOUDS CAN BE SEEN AGAIN, the TITLE ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ FILLS THE SCREEN.

THE CLOUDS DISAPPEAR and...

2 - EXT. 4 PRIVET DRIVE - MORNING - 1/11/1981

...a SIMPLE SUBURBAN HOUSE can be seen, baked on by the BRIGHT SUN. A CAT walks INTO FRAME and sits on the house’s BRICK FENCE. The title FADES leaving a shot of the house.

CUT TO:

3 - INT. 4 PRIVET DRIVE – MORNING – 1/11/1981

CLOSE UP SHOT of an EXTREMELY BORING TIE. The camera ZOOMS OUT to see the REFLECTION of VERNON DURSLEY, a man in his EARLY 20S, in the KITCHEN MIRROR. The MIRRORED VERSION of Vernon smiles to himself. He picks up his SUITCASE and walks over to his wife, PETUNIA DURSLEY, also in her EARLY 20S. The KISS ON THE CHECK he gives her is VIEWED THROUGH THE MIRROR. Petunia notices the mirror and looks at herself and Vernon through it smiling.

A CLATTER and a SPLATTER…

BABY DUDLEY DURSLEY
Shan't!

1-YEAR-OLD DUDLEY DURSLEY has dropped his BOWL OF CEREAL in protest. Petunia rushes over to help as...

4 - EXT. 4 PRIVET DRIVE - MORNING - 1/11/1981

...the CAMERA FLIES OUT of the room, past the cat still sitting on the brick wall, watch Vernon get into his CAR, past the many OWLS now circulating the sky…

5 - EXT./INT. SURREY – MORNING – 1/11/1981

…and to the odd people DRESSED IN CLOAKS…

CLOAKED PERSON 1
The Potters, that’s right, that’s what I heard…

CLOAKED PERSON 2
…yes, their son, Harry…

…who MOVE to show Vernon in his car, WINDOWS DOWN, face covered with DREAD, SHOCK and FEAR.

CUT TO:

6 - INT. 4 PRIVET DRIVE – EVENING – 1/11/1981

Vernon walks into the KITCHEN. Petunia is busy making DINNER.

PETUNIA DURSLEY
Evening.

Vernon replies, not with Petunia’s PLEASANT tones, but quite EMPTY.

VERNON DURSLEY
Evening.

A voice FADES IN.

TELEVISION – JIM MCGUFFIN (O.S.)
It’s not only the owls that have been acting oddly today.

The TELEVISION has got Vernon’s attention. Its SCREEN fills the screen.

TELEVISION – JIM MCGUFFIN
Viewers as far apart as Kent, Yorkshire and Dundee have been phoning in to tell me they've had a downpour of shooting stars! Perhaps people have been celebrating Bonfire Night early – it’s not until next week, folks!

Finally, he decides to talk to Petunia

VERNON DURSLEY
Er…Petunia.

Petunia doesn't look up, but replies

PETUNIA DURSLEY
Yes?

VERNON DURSLEY
You haven’t heard from you’re your sister lately?

Petunia STOPS EVERYTHING SHE IS DOING and replies RUDELY

PETUNIA DURSLEY
No. Why?

VERNON DURSLEY
Funny stuff on the news
(He motions his hand towards it)
Owls, shooting stars, and there were a lot of funny-looking people in town today. I thought, maybe, it was something to do with, you know, her lot.

Petunia sniffs, IN A WAY OF A REPLY, and continues to prepare dinner. Vernon looks A LITTLE SCARED to say his next sentence.

VERNON DURSLEY
Their son, about Dudley’s age, wouldn't he be, what’s his name again? Howard, isn't it

PETUNIA DURSLEY
(Still making dinner)
Harry, nasty common name isn't it?

Camera starts to ZOOM IN on Vernon, which is horribly UNSETTLED

VERNON DURSLEY
Yes I quite agree.

7 - INT. 4 PRIVET DRIVE – LATE EVENING – 1/11/1981

Vernon is lying in his BED, deep in thought. He shrugs of his thoughts and goes to sleep. The camera PASSES THROUGH THE WINDOW to…

8 - EXT. 4 PRIVET DRIVE – LATE EVENING – 1-2/11/1981

…the cat which is still sitting on the brick fence. It is STIFF and LOOKING IN ONE DIRECTION. The camera then shows that the ROAD is DESERTED. It slowly lays to rests on one of the STREET LAMPS.

POP. Pause. Then a DIFFERENT POP as the lamp EXTINGUISHES. The camera CUTS BACK to the cat, which is now MOVING ITS HEAD. The lamp NEAREST THE BRICK WALL extinguishes with another POP. The camera then CUTS to an ELDERLY MAN (ALBUS DUMBLEDORE) standing in the once deserted street, he is putting away an OBJECT WHICH LOOKS LIKE A CIGARETTE LIGHTER (DELUMINATOR). Dumbledore sits next to the cat on the fence and, AFTER A MOMENT’S PAUSE, turns and speaks to it.

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
Fancy seeing you here, Professor McGonagall.

THE CAMERA TURNS to see that the cat is TRANSFORMING INTO A WOMAN in her LATE 50S, WEARING A CLOAK.

MINERVA MCGONAGALL
How did you know it was me?

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
My dear Professor, I've never seen a cat sit so stiffly.

MINERVA MCGONAGALL
You’d be stiff if you’d been sitting on a brick wall all day.

AlBUS DUMBLEDORE
All day? When you could have been celebrating?

MINERVA MCGONAGALL
(Angrily)
Oh yes, everyone’s celebrating, all right. Even the Muggles have noticed something’s going on.
McGonagall points to NUMBER FOUR, PRIVET DRIVE

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
You can’t blame them. We've had precious little to celebrate for eleven years.

Pause. McGonagall seems angry.

MINERVA MCGONAGALL
A fine thing it would be if, on the very day You-Know-Who seems to have disappeared at last, the Muggles found out about us all.
(Pause)
I suppose he really has gone, Dumbledore?

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
It certainly seems so.

Pause.

MINERVA MCGONAGALL
You know what everyone is saying? About why he’s disappeared?

Dumbledore says nothing.

MINERVA MCGONAGALL
What they’re saying is that night You-Know-Who went to Godric's Hollow to find the Potters. The rumour is that Lily and James Potter are… are… that they’re dead.

Dumbledore bows his head, McGonagall gasps.

MINERVA MCGONAGALL
Lily and James, I can’t believe it.

Dumbledore pats McGonagall on the shoulder.

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
I know, I know.

MINERVA MCGONAGALL
(sniffing)
That’s not all. They’re saying he tried to kill their son, Harry. But, he couldn't.
(pause)
No one knows why, or how, but they’re saying that when he couldn't kill Harry Potter, You-Know-Who’s power somehow broke, and that’s why he’s gone.

Dumbledore nods.

MINERVA MCGONAGALL
It’s… it’s true? After all the people he’s killed, he couldn't kill a little boy? But how did Harry survive?

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
We can only guess, we may never know.

Pause.

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
Hagrid’s late. I suppose it was he who told you I’d be here, by the way?

MINERVA MCGONAGALL
Yes. And I don’t suppose you’re going to tell me why you’re here of all places?

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
I've come to bring Harry to the only family he now has left.

McGonagall is confused, but not for long, as Dumbledore looks up at 4 Privet Drive, and McGonagall is suddenly shocked.

MINERVA MCGONAGALL
You can’t mean the people who live here? You couldn't find any other people who are less like us. Harry Potter come and live here!

Dumbledore speaks reasonably calm.

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
It’s the best place for him. His aunt and uncle will be able to explain everything to him when he’s older. I've written them a letter.

MINERVA MCGONAGALL
A letter? Really Dumbledore, you think you can explain all this in a letter?

Dumbledore still looks at the house and does not reply. Pause.

MINERVA MCGONAGALL
How is the boy getting here, Dumbledore?

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
Hagrid’s bring him.

MINERVA MCGONAGALL
You think it
(Pause)
wise to trust Hagrid with something as important as this?

Dumbledore turns on McGonagall, but speaks calm.

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
I would trust Hagrid with my life.

MINERVA MCGONAGALL
I’m not saying his heart isn't in the right place but…

Suddenly, a RUMBLE is heard.

MINERVA MCGONAGALL
What was that?

McGonagall and Dumbledore get of the brick wall and look down the deserted street. The rumble is getting LOUDER. When McGonagall finishes her search, she looks to Dumbledore, who is looking at the sky. A GIANT MOTORBIKE is landing. On the motorbike is RUBEUS HAGRID, an EXTREMELY TALL MAN (HALF-GIANT) in his EARLY 50S. He gets off, carrying a BUNDLE OF BLANKETS.

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
Hagrid. At last. And where did you get that motorbike?

RUBEUS HAGRID
Borrowed it, Professor Dumbledore, sir. Young Sirius Black lent it me.
(Pause)
I got him sir.

Hagrid looks down at the blankets. A 1-YEAR-OLD HARRY POTTER is sleeping inside them. Dumbledore addresses Hagrid.

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
No problems, were there?

RUBEUS HAGRID
No, sir – house was almost destroyed, but I got him out OK.

Dumbledore and McGonagall observe the baby. It has BLACK HAIR and GREEN EYES. ON ITS FOREHEAD is a CUT, SHAPED LIKE LIGHTNING.

MINERVA MCGONAGALL
Is that where…?

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
Yes. He’ll have that scar forever.

MINERVA MCGONAGALL
Couldn't you do something about it, Dumbledore?

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
Even if I could, I wouldn't. Scars can come in handy.
(Pause)
Well, we’d better get this over with.

Harry is passed from Hagrid to Dumbledore. The three of them turn to face number 4, sadness over all their faces.

RUBEUS HAGRID
Could I – could I say good-bye to him, sir?

Hagrid bends down and gives baby Harry a kiss, then lets out a saddened howl. McGonagall pats Hagrid on the arm. Dumbledore makes his way to the FRONT DOOR of number 4 and lays Harry on the DOORMAT. Dumbledore then takes out a LETTER and tucks it in Harry’s blankets. Dumbledore walks back and the three of them stand silently for a while, staring at baby Harry.

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
Well, that’s that. We've no business staying here. We may as well go and join the celebrations.

RUBEUS HAGRID
Yeah, I best get this bike away. G’night, Professor McGonagall – Professor Dumbledore, sir.

Still moping up his tears, Hagrid gets back on the bike and departs. IN A WAY OF REPLY, Dumbledore says…

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
Professor McGonagall

McGonagall simply blows her nose. Dumbledore walks back out to road. He pulls out the Deluminator and clicks it once: ALL THE STREET LIGHTS COME BACK TO LIFE. He looks back at 4 Privet Drive where a TABBY CAT can now be seen, slowly departing.

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
Good luck, Harry

Baby Harry turns in his sleep, clutching Dumbledore’s letter.

CUT TO:

DARKNESS

Suddenly a shrill voice is heard.

PETUNIA DURSLEY (O.S.)
Up! Get up! Now!

9 - INT. THE CUPBOARD UNDER THE STAIRS - 4 PRIVET DRIVE – MORNING - 23/6/1991

A 10-YEAR-OLD HARRY POTTER wakes. It is heard that Petunia leaves and muddles around in the kitchen.

Harry turns on his side. Through Harry’s P.O.V. muffled visions of a flying motorbike can be seen in front of the wall.

Suddenly, Petunia voice can be heard again.

PETUNIA DURSLEY (O.S.)
Get a move on; I want you to look after the bacon. Don’t you dare let it burn, for Duddy's birthday!

Harry groans and falls back onto his bed.

10 - INT. THE KITCHEN - 4 PRIVET DRIVE – A LITTLE LATER - 23/6/1991

Harry is now serving the BACON to Vernon. Petunia (in her 30s too) and DUDLEY DURSLEY, an obese, blond, 11-year-old, enter. Dudley starts to count the presents, but is displeased.

DUDLEY DURSLEY
Thirty-six. That’s two less than last year.

PETUNIA DURSLEY
Darling, you haven’t counted Auntie Marge’s present.

She points to the smallest present.

DUDLEY DURSLEY
All right, thirty-seven then.

Dudley gets angry. His hands are both on the table. Harry takes his plate to the kitchen and continues to eat there. Petunia speaks in a rush, improvising

PETUNIA DURSLEY
And we’ll buy you another two presents while we’re out today. How’s that, popkin? Two more presents.

Dudley looks like he is concentrating really hard.

DUDLEY DURSLEY
So I’ll have thirty … thirty…

PETUNIA DURSLEY
...nine, sweetums

He is happy, so he begins to unwrap his presents. Vernon chuckles. The. TELEPHONE suddenly RINGS. Petunia goes to answer it.

VERNON DURSLEY
Little tyke wants his money’s worth, just like his father. 'Atta boy, Dudley!

He ruffles Dudley’s hair, but Dudley isn't paying attention. He has just unwrapped a REMOTE CONTROL AEROPLANE and has dived for another present.

None of the telephone conversation is heard. Harry just continues eating and Dudley rips the wrapping of a cine-camera and a computer game. Petunia eventually comes back, both angry and worried.

PETUNIA DURSLEY
Bad news, Vernon. Mrs Figg's broken her leg. She can’t take him.

Petunia jerks her head towards the kitchen, where Harry is still looking after the bacon. Dudley finally looks up, his mouth open in horror; ripping the wrapping he had just been holding as he does so, showing a gold wrist-watch.

Petunia and Vernon hold a conversation, ignoring the children, mainly Harry.

PETUNIA DURSLEY
Now what?

VERNON DURSLEY
We could phone Marge.

PETUNIA DURSLEY
Don’t be silly, Vernon, she hates the boy.

Harry speaks up.

HARRY POTTER
You could just leave me here.

Petunia suddenly turns on Harry.

PETUNIA DURSLEY
And come back and find the house in ruins?

HARRY POTTER
I won’t blow up the house.

Petunia speaks the next words slowly

PETUNIA DURSLEY
I suppose we could take him to the zoo …

Suddenly a loud wailing noise is heard. Dudley has begun to fake cry.

PETUNIA DURSLEY
Dinky Duddydums, don’t cry.

And she hugs her son.

DUDLEY DURSLEY
I … don’t … want … him … t-t-to come! He always sp-spoils everything!

Dudley gives Harry a nasty grin through his mother’s arms. Suddenly the doorbell rings. Petunia lets go of Dudley and he stop to cry at once.

PETUNIA DURSLEY
They’re here!

She and Dudley rush to the front door. Vernon stays with Harry, making up his mind.

VERNON DURSLEY
You've managed to get your way, boy.
(pause)
But, I’m warning you now
(pause)
any funny business, anything at all and you’ll be in that cupboard for a month.

HARRY POTTER
I’m not going to do anything, honestly…

But Harry isn't seem to be able to mean the last word. As the sentence completes, the camera zooms in on Harry and a series of flashbacks begin.

11 - INT. A SCHOOL CLASSROOM - MIDDAY

The TEACHER’S WIG is suddenly TURNED BLUE.

12 - INT. THE KITCHEN - 4 PRIVET DRIVE

Petunia tries to force a JUMPER over Harry’s head. It shrinks and shrinks until it is so small it would fit a glove puppet.

13 - EXT. SCHOOL - LUNCHTIME

Dudley, PIERS POLKISS and some other of HIS GANG are chasing Harry. Harry tries to jump behind a BIN, but finds himself on the ROOF.

14 - INT. THE KITCHEN - 4 PRIVET DRIVE – MORNING - 23/6/1991

We return to the original scene, and Harry is rather unsettled.

15 - INT. / EXT. THE DURSLEY’S CAR – SURREY? – MID-MORNING - 23/6/1991

BRRRMMM. A motorbike overtakes the DURSLEY’S CAR.

VERNON DURSLEY
…roaring along like maniacs, the young hoodlums.

HARRY POTTER
I had a dream about a motorbike. It was flying.

Vernon nearly crashes into the car in front. He turns around in his seat to look at Harry

VERNON DURSLEY
MOTORBIKES DON’T FLY!

Dudley and Piers s******.

HARRY POTTER
I know they don’t.

Harry looks out the window. The camera LOOKS IN ON HIM

HARRY POTTER
It was only a dream.

The camera tracks away,

FADES

16 - INT. REPTILE HOUSE - THE ZOO – SURREY? – AFTERNOON - 23/6/1991

...and PANS DOWN to a GLASS CAGE of the LARGEST SNAKE, a BOA CONSTRICTOR. It is fast asleep. Dudley runs up to it and presses his nose against the glass, frowns, then turns to his father.

DUDLEY DURSLEY
Make it move.

Vernon taps on the glass, but the snake doesn't move.

DUDLEY DURSLEY
Do it again.

Vernon taps the glass again, but still nothing happens

DUDLEY DURSLEY
This is boring.

And he moves away, Harry, however, stays looking in on the snake relating to it.

HARRY POTTER
It must be really annoying.

The snake then opens its eyes and slowly raises its head so that it is level with Harry’s. The snake nods. Harry looks around, then back at the snake. Pause.

HARRY POTTER
Where do you come from, anyway?

The snake points its tail at the SIGN next to the glass. It reads ‘Boa Constrictor, Brazil.’

HARRY POTTER
Was it nice there?

The snake points again to the sign. Beneath it is a SMALLER SIGN. It reads ‘This specimen was bred in the zoo.’

HARRY POTTER
Oh, I see...

A loud shout is suddenly heard from behind…

PIERS POLKISS
DUDLEY! MR DURSLEY! COME AND LOOK AT THIS SNAKE! YOU WON’T BELIEVE WHAT IT’S DOING!

Dudley rushes up to the snake’s cage.

DUDLEY DURSLEY
Out of the way, you.

And he punches Harry in the ribs. Harry falls onto the CONCRETE FLOOR. Piers and Dudley lean right up to the glass then suddenly they become unsteady as the GLASS DISAPPEARS. The snake uncoils itself and slithers out of its cage, onto the floor. People scream and run for the exits. The snake goes past Harry (on the floor) and a voice can be heard…

SNAKE
Brazil, here I come … Thanksss, amigo.

And it slithers out the door; Harry follows it with his eyes, a little confused.

17 - INT. THE DURSLEY’S CAR – SURREY – AFTERNOON - 23/6/1991

The Dursleys, Harry and Piers are all in the Dursley’s car, all looking a little scared and lost for words, except Dudley and Piers

DUDLEY DURSLEY
Did you see how it nearly bit off by leg? But I shook it off…

PIERS POLKISS
I swear it was trying to squeeze me to death.

The car stops at traffic lights as Piers suddenly turns on Harry.

PIERS POLKISS
Harry was talking to it, weren't you, Harry?

Harry is lost for words. Vernon turns and looks at Harry with menace over his face.

18 - INT. THE CUPBOARD UNDER THE STAIRS – 4 PRIVET DRIVE – LATE AFTERNOON - 23/6/1991

VERNON DURSLEY
Go – cupboard – stay – no meals

Vernon pushes Harry into his cupboard. Harry lies in bed, but doesn't go to sleep.

Remembered voices echo in his head.

YOUNG HARRY POTTER (V.O.)
How did I get my scar?

PETUNIA DURSLEY (V.O.)
In the car crash when your parents died. And don’t ask questions

The room is suddenly filled with green light, as though Harry is remembering it.

FADE TO BLACK

FADE IN TO:

19 - INT. KITCHEN – 4 PRIVET DRIVE – MORNING - 24/7/1991

Harry is now eating A SINGLE PIECE OF TOAST at the KITCHEN TABLE. Vernon is carrying the newspaper. He unfolds it and begins to read it when he is seated. Dudley is carrying his SMELTINGS STICK. He places this next to the large serving of BACON AND EGGS he was just given by Petunia. She places Vernon’s on the table, and as she is just about to return to the kitchen, the NOISE OF LETTERS DELIVERED is heard. Petunia stops dead for a slight moment, then continues back to the kitchen.

VERNON DURSLEY
Get the mail, Dudley.

DUDLEY DURSLEY
Make Harry get it.

Vernon takes down the newspaper and notices for the first time that Harry is in the room.

VERNON DURSLEY
Get the mail, Harry.

HARRY POTTER
Make Dudley get it.

DUDLEY DURSLEY
Poke him with your Smelting stick, Dudley.

And Dudley, happy for an excuse to use it, reaches for his Smeltings stick, while shoveling food in with his other hand. He turns around and finds Harry has already gone past.

20 - INT. ENTRANCE – 4 PRIVET DRIVE – CONTINUING - 24/7/1991

Harry walks to the pile of letters lying on the MAT glumly. He picks them up and they are shown to the audience: A POSTCARD SHOWING ISLE OF WIGHT AND A FAT WOMAN, AUNT MARGE, WHO LOOKS LIKE VERNON; A BILL; and A LETTER OF YELLOW PARCHMENT WITH THE WORDS: Mr H. Potter, The Cupboard under the Stairs, 4 Privet Drive, Little Whinging, Surrey WRITTEN ON IN GREEN INK. Harry stares at the letter, it is unbelievable. He turns it over to see A COAT OF ARMS FORMED BY A LION, EAGLE, BADGER AND SNAKE AROUND AN ‘H’ ON A PURPLE WAX SEAL. Then…

VERNON DURSLEY (O.S.)
Hurry up, boy! What are you doing, checking for letter bombs?

Vernon chuckles at his own joke. Harry is out of his trance and motions towards the door.

21 - INT. KITCHEN – 4 PRIVET DRIVE – CONTINUING - 24/7/1991

Harry walks back in, still staring at his letter. It is separate to the bill and postcard now and he hands this to Vernon, who is still behind the newspaper.

VERNON DURSLEY
Marge’s ill.
(speaking to Petunia )
Ate a funny whelk…

But he is cut off by Dudley.

DUDLEY DURSLEY
Dad! Dad, Harry’s got something!

Harry is shown to be just about to be unfolding the LETTER inside, but it is forced away my Vernon.

HARRY POTTER
That’s MINE!

He tries to snatch it back.

VERNON DURSLEY
Who’d be writing to you?

Petunia looks at Harry and the letter, looking as though she thinks she knows this answer, but at the same time doesn't want to know the answer. Vernon opens the letter and on first glance is frozen, and terrified.

VERNON DURSLEY
P-P-Petunia!

Dudley reaches this time. Harry just looks confused. Petunia, thinking she knows what it is, takes it from Vernon. She reads it for about 2 seconds and when she finishes, she looks as though she is about to faint, but chokes a few words.

PETUNIA DURSLEY
Vernon! Oh my goodness – Vernon!

They stare at each other. Dudley gives Vernon a hit on the head with his Smeltings stick for being ignored.

DUDLEY DURSLEY
I want to read that letter!

HARRY POTTER
I want to read it, as it’s mine.

VERNON DURSLEY
Get out, both of you

He stuffs the letter in his pocket. Neither move.

HARRY POTTER
I WANT MY LETTER!

DUDLEY DURSLEY
Let me see it!

VERNON DURSLEY
OUT!

Vernon chucks them out of the room.

22 - INT. ENTRANCE – 4 PRIVET DRIVE – CONTINUING - 24/7/1991

Vernon slams the door in their faces. Harry and Dudley have a silent fight over the keyhole.

23 - INT. KITCHEN – 4 PRIVET DRIVE – MORNING - 24/7/1991

She looks down at the envelope that she is now holding, and addresses Vernon.

PETUNIA DURSLEY
Vernon, look at the address – how could they possibly know where he sleeps? You don’t think they’re watching the house?

VERNON DURSLEY
Watching – spying – might be following us.

PETUNIA DURSLEY
But what should we do, Vernon? Should we write back? Tell them we don’t want…

24 - INT. ENTRANCE – 4 PRIVET DRIVE – MORNING - 24/7/1991

Harry is lying on his stomach listening through the crack under the kitchen door. The light shifts around in the crack, and a shot shows feet pacing.

25 - INT. KITCHEN – 4 PRIVET DRIVE – MORNING - 24/7/1991

Vernon stops pacing

VERNON DURSLEY
No. No, we’ll ignore it. If they don’t get an answer … yes, that’s best … we won’t do anything…

PETUNIA DURSLEY
But…

26 - INT. ENTRANCE – 4 PRIVET DRIVE – MORNING - 24/7/1991

The camera zooms into a confused Harry.

VERNON DURSLEY (O.S.)
I’m not having one in the house, Petunia! Didn't we swear when we took him in we’d stamp out that dangerous nonsense?

27 - INT. THE CUPBOARD UNDER THE STAIRS – 4 PRIVET DRIVE – EVENING - 24/7/1991

Harry is still lying in the same position, though on the CRAMPED BED that is stuffed in the cupboard. The door opens, Harry turns around it is Vernon. He looks out of place in the DUSTY, SPIDER-FILLED cupboard

HARRY POTTER
Where’s my letter? Who’s writing to me?

VERNON DURSLEY
No one. It was addressed to you by mistake. I have burned it.

HARRY POTTER
It was not a mistake; it had my cupboard on it.

VERNON DURSLEY
SILENCE!

A flew spiders fall off the ceiling.

VERNON DURSLEY
Er – yes, Harry – about this cupboard. Your aunt and I have been thinking … you’re really getting a bit big for it … we think it might be nice if you moved into Dudley’s second bedroom.

HARRY POTTER
Why?

VERNON DURSLEY
Don’t ask questions!

28 - INT. HALL – 4 PRIVET DRIVE – LATE MORNING – 25/7/1991

Vernon is nailing up the mailbox. Harry is walking down the stairs and stops. Vernon addresses Petunia who is offering fruitcake. Neither notices Harry.

VERNON DURSLEY
See, if they can’t deliver them they’ll just give up.

PETUNIA DURSLEY
I’m not sure that’ll work, Vernon.

VERNON DURSLEY
Oh, these people’s minds work in strange ways, Petunia, they’re not like you and me

And he hammers another nail.

29 - INT. KITCHEN – 4 PRIVET DRIVE – NEXT MORNING – 26/7/1991

Petunia opens a new packet of eggs. She cracks one. No yolk. She cracks another. No yolk again. This time she spots a piece of parchment. It’s a letter. She pulls it out, unfolds it, then turns to Vernon, who is reading the newspaper, Dudley and Harry, showing it, frowning. Dudley turns to Harry.

DUDLEY DURSLEY
Who on earth wants to talk to you this badly?

30 - INT. KITCHEN – 4 PRIVET DRIVE – NEXT MORNING – 27/7/1991

Harry looks saddened. Vernon is gleefully spreading marmalade on his toast, sometimes spreading on the newspaper in his excitement.

VERNON DURSLEY
No post on Sundays. No damn letters today…

He raises his knife and smiles. Then frowns. A letter has just hit him in the back of his head. He turns to the fireplace which is now rumbling. Everyone’s attention is on it.

And suddenly 50 letters come bursting through the grate, Harry jumps up to try and catch one but…

VERNON DURSLEY
Out! OUT!

Vernon grabs Harry around the middle as he tries to grab a letter and shoves him into the hall. Petunia and Dudley have already run for it.

31 - INT. HALL- 4 PRIVET DRIVE - CONTINUOUS- 29/7/1991

Vernon slams the door so that none of the letters, which are still flying around the kitchen, don't reach the other room.

He speaks threatening, as though he is losing it.

VERNON DURSLEY
That does it. We're going away. Just pack some clothes. No arguments!

32 - EXT. RAILVEIW HOTEL - COKEWORTH - EVENING - 29/7/1991

A gloomy-looking hotel. Night. A train goes by on the nearby railway.

Fades to:

33 - EXT. RAILVEIW HOTEL - COKEWORTH - MORNING - 30/7/1991

The same hotel. Morning.

34 - INT. DINNING ROOM - RAILVIEW HOTEL - COKEWORTH - MORNING - 30/7/1991

The Dursleys and Harry are eating breakfast. The HOTEL OWNER comes over to them (Carrying a LETTER)

Hotel Owner
'Scuse me, but is one of you Mr H. Potter?

Both Harry and Vernon look up.

HOTEL OWNER
Only I got about a hundred of these at the front desk.

She holds up the letter. It reads "Mr H. Potter, Room 17, Railview Hotel, Cokeworth". Harry tries to grab it, but his reach is knocked away by Vernon...

VERNON DURSLEY
I'll take them

...as he stands up to get the rest. The Hotel Owner stared.

35 - INT. DURSLEY'S CAR - COAST - LATE AFTERNOON - 30/7/1991

PETUNIA DURSLEY
Wouldn't it be better just to go home?

Vernon ignores her, gets out of the car and locks Petunia, Dudley and Harry in it. THUNDER.

DUDLEY DURSLEY
Daddy's gone mad, hasn't he?

RAINDROPS fall onto the car.

The doors are unlocked and opened as Vernon arrives back.

VERNON DURSLEY
Found the perfect place.

36 - EXT. COAST - LATE AFTERNOON - 30/7/1991

Vernon is now holding a LONG THIN PACKAGE. He points to a rock out at sea, hardly visible. Even less visible is a SHACK on top of it.

VERNON DURSLEY
Storm forecast for tonight! And I've been able to lend a boat.

The camera falls down to show a small wooden rowboat.

VERNON DURSLEY
(to Harry)
Could do with some of those letters now, eh?
  




Last edited by ArryGrotter; October 11th, 2007 at 6:53 am. Reason: full script
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