In the first book 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone', it has been depicted that Hagrid gets infant Harry to the Dursley's by a flying motorbike which he borrowed from Sirius Black. But Sirius was imprisoned in Azkaban at that time.

So, how does Hagrid get the bike and firstly how did Sirius have it in possession?

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This was answered in PoA; Sirus arrived at the Potter residence, and asked for Hagrid to give Harry to him. When told that Dumbledore said Hagrid was to take Harry to the Dursely's, he told Hagrid to take the bike, as he 'wouldn't be needing it anymore.' Sirus wasn't in prison at that point; he went from there to the 'duel' with Peter, and THEN was taken to prison.

“I met him!” growled Hagrid. “I musta bin the last ter see him before he killed all them people! It was me what rescued Harry from Lily an’ James’s house after they was killed! Jus’ got him outta the ruins, poor little thing, with a great slash across his forehead, an’ his parents dead … an’ Sirius Black turns up, on that flyin’ motorbike he used ter ride. Never occurred ter me what he was doin’ there. I didn’ know he’d bin Lily an’ James’s Secret-Keeper. Thought he’d jus’ heard the news o’ You-Know-Who’s attack an’ come ter see what he could do. White an’ shakin’, he was. An’ yeh know what I did? I COMFORTED THE MURDERIN’ TRAITOR!” Hagrid roared.

“Hagrid, please!” said Professor McGonagall. “Keep your voice down!”

“How was I ter know he wasn’ upset abou’ Lily an’ James? It was You-Know-Who he cared abou’! An’ then he says, ‘Give Harry ter me, Hagrid, I’m his godfather, I’ll look after him —’ Ha! But I’d had me orders from Dumbledore, an’ I told Black no, Dumbledore said Harry was ter go ter his aunt an’ uncle’s. Black argued, but in the end he gave in. Told me ter take his motorbike ter get Harry there. ‘I won’t need it anymore,’ he says.

“I shoulda known there was somethin’ fishy goin’ on then. He loved that motorbike, what was he givin’ it ter me for? Why wouldn’ he need it anymore? Fact was, it was too easy ter trace. Dumbledore knew he’d bin the Potters’ Secret-Keeper. Black knew he was goin’ ter have ter run fer it that night, knew it was a matter o’ hours before the Ministry was after him.

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    "and firstly how did Sirius have it in possession?"
    – n611x007
    Commented Jun 20, 2012 at 8:40
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    @naxa - That's answered in the same answer; the question mistakenly assumed Sirus was in Azkaban at the time of Harry's orphaning, and so wouldn't have had it. Actually, he was incarcerated for events AFTER the killing of Lilly & James; specifically, the 'killing' of Peter and various muggle civilians 'with a single curse.' So, that part of the question was moot -- it was in his possession 'cause it was his, and no one had taken it from him. If you mean where did he get it in the first place, that's another question, not within the scope of this one.
    – K-H-W
    Commented Jun 20, 2012 at 20:29
  • Yes I was refering to "in the first place", but then it's ok.
    – n611x007
    Commented Jun 20, 2012 at 21:36

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