In Harry Potter and the philosophers stone Harry was "receiving" his letters in a way that was so labour intensive. First, one was sent in the mail, and the others where then sent, either shoved into the letterbox or through the door cracks. It then it got, "out of hand," as twenty four letters found their way inside the house. The letter sender (Minerva, I do believe, Deputy Headmistress) must, obviously have known they were not getting to Harry, so why keep sending them? I cannot even believe Minerva sending more than thirty letters! Why not either,

A) Send the letters directly to Harry


B) Show up at the house, to explain everything.

Why not do a more logical way of sending/explaining Harry's being?

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Your assumption on the letter sender is where your misunderstanding is occurring. In the Philosophers Stone, we find out Hagrid is in charge of sending Harry his letters. His first attempt added a letter addressed to Harry Potter blahblah, under the staircase, to the pile of muggle mail, whether sent through mugglemail or simply slipped into the mailbox/slot is another question.

So we have

A. letters were sent directly to Harry,

B. the amount of letters increased in an attempt to get one of them into Harry's hands past the Dursleys without direct intervention (Also Hagrid was allowed to use magic on this mission and he was most likely having fun (since he is technically not allowed to do magic, strictly speaking of course) ).

"I was allowed ter do a bit ter follow yeh an'get yer letters to yeh an' stuff -- one o' the reasons I was so keen ter take on the job --"

"I never expected this," he said, in a low, worried voice. " I had no idea, when Dumbledore told me there might be trouble gettin' hold of yeh, how much yeh didn't know. Ah Harry, I don' know if I'm the right person to tell yeh -- but someone's gotta -- yeh can't go off ter Hogwarts not knowin'."

C. Finally Hagrid does show up and personally deliver the final letter to Harry after the Dursleys made a run for it and were hiding on an abandoned island.

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    Ha! I hadn't thought of that, but you're right: Hagrid probably was having a blast with his Fantasia-style mail deliveries. +1.
    – Nerrolken
    Commented Dec 10, 2014 at 17:52
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    Can you provide a quote showing that Hagrid was in charge of delivering all of the letters?
    – TGnat
    Commented Dec 10, 2014 at 19:33
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    its never stated, so truthfully the letters could be being delivered by Dumbledore himself which would also make sense as it fits his sense of humor. however i feel that since Hagrid is directly involved in picking harry up and taking him away from the dursleys that Dumbledore may have given the whole project to Hagrid.
    – Himarm
    Commented Dec 10, 2014 at 20:47

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