In Harry Potter:

Harry ran up the hall into the kitchen and felt his stomach disappear.

Aunt Petunia’s masterpiece of a pudding, the mountain of cream and sugared violets, was floating up near the ceiling. On top of a cupboard in the corner crouched Dobby.

  • I think it means Harry was stunned by what he had seen (described in the following paragraph).
    – dan
    Oct 14, 2019 at 10:13
  • Without further context, because this is from a fantasy series, it could also be taken literally. His stomach could have actually disappeared due to some spell. However, I've read the series, and I don't recall that ever actually happening. Oct 14, 2019 at 18:22

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This is a metaphor that the author invented. I think it means Harry was so stunned that he could feel it in his stomach.

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