"Call me Hagrid," he said, "everyone does. An' like I told yeh, I'm Keeper of Keys at Hogwarts -- yeh'll know all about Hogwarts, o' course.
"Er -- no," said Harry.
Hagrid looked shocked.
"Sorry," Harry said quickly.
"Sorry?" barked Hagrid, turning to stare at the Dursleys, who shrank back into the shadows. "It's them as should be sorry! I knew yeh weren't gettin' yer letters but I never thought yeh wouldn't even know abou' Hogwarts, fer cryin' out loud! Did yeh never wonder where yet parents learned it all?"
(Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone)

It’s not like ‘yeh’ll’ is a future tense, because of the next reply, ‘no.’ So it seems a dialect for ‘you all’ or ‘you already’ ,etc. What does the pronunciation imply?

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As Bill Franke says, the odd spelling reflects a non- or sub-standard pronunciation, not a distinct meaning.

The use of will here (contracted to 'll) does not imply futurity but certainty. I fancy (but have no authority at all for asserting) that it derives from the use of will in the consequence clause of conditional constructions:

If you add one and one you'll get two.

This expression is often (but not in this case) a polite way of asking a Yes/No question where you wish (however ironically) to avoid suggesting that the answer might be No. For instance:

No doubt you'll be familiar with Prof. Sartorius' treatment of this matter.

This amounts to saying "Since it would reflect badly on you if you were not familiar with this work, I assume that if I ask, you will be familiar with it."

  • Thank you very much: Even my mother tongue was confused after reading your answer. Yes, it also has the same implying; not futurity but certainty with future post-position. One of the big benefits from a leaning foreign language is to ponder more about my own.
    – Listenever
    Commented Mar 24, 2013 at 9:57
  • @Listenever That's why many of us are here: because these questions make us see our own language with new eyes. Commented Mar 24, 2013 at 12:47

It's just the writer's attempt at capturing Hagrid's accent. It implies nothing other than that he doesn't speak RP (received pronunciation). It means "You will".


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