The first friend
Hedwig is a snowy owl and in a way one of the first friends that Harry Potter makes when he discovers the wizarding world. His parents died when he was one year old, so Harry was adopted by his aunt who had very little affection for him. He lived his entire childhood with a closet under the stairs as his bedroom. But everything changed when he learned on his eleventh birthday that he was in fact a wizard, like his parents, and that he would be entering Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. On his first day, he was guided by Hagrid, the school’s impressive huntsman, who showed him where to do his early shopping and where to catch the train to Hogwarts. On the way, Hagrid surprises him with an owl, one of the few pets allowed at Hogwarts. Over the years, Hedwig will serve as his messenger but will also be a faithful friend until the day she gets between him and an eater and dies in his place.