"Well, Ted," said the weatherman, "I don't know about that, but it's not only the owls that have been acting oddly today. Viewers as far apart as Kent, Yorkshire, and Dundee have been phoning in to tell me that instead of the rain I promised yesterday, they've had a downpour of shooting stars! Perhaps people have been celebrating Bonfire Night early - it's not until next week, folks! But I can promise a wet night tonight." (Harry Potter)

Is ‘it’ a pronoun indicating Bonfire Night, or expletive (or dummy it)?

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    As you have guessed, it refers to Bonfire Night.
    – Jim
    Commented Feb 25, 2013 at 7:18

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"it" refers to Bonfire Night. Put another way -

"people have been celebrating Bonfire Night early, because Bonfire Night's not until next week"

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