In the Harry Potter film #2 ( The Chamber of Secrets ), there is a moment where Harry says :

" I think it's time to use my dad's old cloak again. "

( Sorry if I misquoted by a word or two )

We only see in film #1 ( The Philosopher's Stone ) that Harry gets the cloak as a Christmas gift, but it is not explained who gave it to him or whose it was before. So I wonder, where did Harry learn that this cloak belonged to his father and who presented it to him ?


The first book and film both contain the information, from a note pinned to the cloak on Christmas Morning. I cannot remember if the book quote is the same word for word but in the film Harry receives the cloak with the following note:

Your father left this cloak in my possession before he died. It is time it was returned to you. Use it well.

The note was from Dumbledore.

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ETA: I have just checked -- Dumbeldore's note is identical in the book and the film.

For completion: Dumbledore reiterates the note at the end of Philosopher's Stone:


And the invisibility cloak - do you know who sent it to me?

Dumbledore replies:

Ah - your father happened to leave it in my possession, and I thought you might like it.

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    But actually - I think it was book seven - when Harry guesses Albus was actually analysing the cloak to discover if it was part of the Deathly Hallows. (It seems he asked Harry's father for the cloak, and did not "happened to leave it in my possession") Mar 7 '16 at 15:04
  • @MatthewWilcoxson: "happened to leave it in my possession" is a fine example of english understatement, I think.
    – straycat
    Jun 26 at 19:53

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