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HarryPotterandtheDeathlyHallows
J.K.Rowling
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Readersbeware.Thebrilliant,breathtakingconclusiontoJ.K.Rowling'sspellbindingseries
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Thededicationofthisbookissplitsevenways.To
Oh,thetormentbredintherace,thegrindingscream
ofdeathandthestrokethathitsthevein,the
hemorrhagenonecanstaunch,thegrief,thecurseno
mancanbear.Butthereisacureinthehouseandnot
outsideit,no,notfromothersbutfromthem,their
bloodystrife.Wesingtoyou,darkgodsbeneaththe
earth.Nowhear,youblissfulpowers
undergroundanswerthecall,sendhelp.Blessthe
children,givethemTriumphnow.
Aeschylus,TheLibationBearers
Deathisbutcrossingtheworld,asfriendsdotheseas;
theyliveinoneanotherstill.Fortheymustneedsbe
present,thatloveandliveinthatwhichis
omnipresent.Inthisdivineglasstheyseefacetoface;
andtheirconverseisfree,aswellaspure.Thisisthe
comfortoffriends,thatthoughtheymaybesaidto
WilliamPenn,MoreFruitsofSolitude
1.THEDARKLORDASCENDING
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Thetwomenappearedoutofnowhere,afewyardsapartinthenarrow,moonlit
lane.Forasecondtheystoodquitestill,wandsdirectedateachother'schests;then,
recognizingeachother,theystowedtheirwandsbeneaththeircloaksandstarted
walkingbrisklyinthesamedirection.
News?askedthetallerofthetwo.
Thebest,repliedSeverusSnape.
Thelanewasborderedontheleftbywild,low-growingbrambles,ontherightby
ahigh,neatlymanicuredhedge.Themen'slongcloaksappedaroundtheiranklesas
theymarched.
ThoughtImightbelate,saidYaxley,hisbluntfeaturesslidinginandoutofsight
asthebranchesofoverhangingtreesbrokethemoonlight.Itwasalittletrickierthan
Iexpected.ButIhopehewillbesatised.Yousoundcondentthatyourreception
willbegood?
Snapenodded,butdidnotelaborate.Theyturnedright,intoawidedriveway
thatledothelane.Thehighhedgecurvedintothem,runningointothedistance
beyondthepairofimposingwrought-irongatesbarringthemen'sway.Neitherof
thembrokestep:Insilencebothraisedtheirleftarmsinakindofsaluteandpassed
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eyesgrewaccustomedtothelackoflight,theyweredrawnupwardtothestrangest
featureofthescene:anapparentlyunconscioushumangurehangingupsidedown
overthetable,revolvingslowlyasifsuspendedbyaninvisiblerope,andreectedin
themirrorandinthebare,polishedsurfaceofthetablebelow.Noneofthepeople
seatedunderneaththissingularsightwerelookingatitexceptforapaleyoungman
sittingalmostdirectlybelowit.Heseemedunabletopreventhimselffromglancing
upwardeveryminuteorso.
Yaxley.Snape,saidahigh,clearvoicefromtheheadofthetable.Youarevery
nearlylate.
Thespeakerwasseateddirectlyinfrontofthereplace,sothatitwasdicult,at
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Mysourcetoldmethatthereareplanstolayafalsetrail;thismustbeit.No
doubtaConfundusCharmhasbeenplaceduponDawlish.Itwouldnotbetherst
time;heisknowntobesusceptible.
Iassureyou,myLord,Dawlishseemedquitecertain,saidYaxley.
IfhehasbeenConfunded,naturallyheiscertain,saidSnape.Iassure
you,
Yaxley,theAurorOcewillplaynofurtherpartintheprotectionofHarryPotter.
TheOrderbelievesthatwehaveinltratedtheMinistry.
TheOrder'sgotonethingright,then,eh?saidasquatmansittingashort
distancefromYaxley;hegaveawheezygigglethatwasechoedhereandtherealong
thetable.
Voldemortdidnotlaugh.Hisgazehadwanderedupwardtothebodyrevolving
slowlyoverhead,andheseemedtobelostinthought.
MyLord,Yaxleywenton,DawlishbelievesanentirepartyofAurorswillbeused
totransfertheboy
Voldemortheldupalargewhitehand,andYaxleysubsidedatonce,watching
resentfullyasVoldemortturnedbacktoSnape.
Wherearetheygoingtohidetheboynext?
AtthehomeofoneoftheOrder,saidSnape.Theplace,accordingtothe
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AslongasourfriendThicknesseisnotdiscoveredbeforehehasconvertedthe
rest,saidVoldemort.Atanyrate,itremainsunlikelythattheMinistrywillbemine
beforenextSaturday.Ifwecannottouchtheboyathisdestination,thenitmustbe
donewhilehetravels.
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Ofcourse,myLord,saidLuciusMalfoy.Hishandshookashewipedsweatfrom
hisupperlip.Wediddesireitwedo.
ToMalfoy'sleft,hiswifemadeanodd,stinod,hereyesavertedfromVoldemort
andthesnake.Tohisright,hisson,Draco,whohadbeengazingupattheinertbody
overhead,glancedquicklyatVoldemortandawayagain,terriedtomakeeyecontact.
MyLord,saidadarkwomanhalfwaydownthetable,hervoiceconstrictedwith
emotion,itisanhonortohaveyouhere,inourfamily'shouse.Therecanbeno
higherpleasure.
Shesatbesidehersister,asunlikeherinlooks,withherdarkhairandheavilylidded
eyes,asshewasinbearinganddemeanor;whereNarcissasatrigidandimpassive,
BellatrixleanedtowardVoldemort,formerewordscouldnotdemonstrateherlonging
forcloseness.
Nohigherpleasure,repeatedVoldemort,hisheadtiltedalittletoonesideashe
consideredBellatrix.Thatmeansagreatdeal,Bellatrix,fromyou.
Herfaceoodedwithcolor;hereyeswelledwithtearsofdelight.
MyLordknowsIspeaknothingbutthetruth!
Nohigherpleasure...evencomparedwiththehappyeventthat,Ihear,hastaken
placeinyourfamilythisweek?
Shestaredathim,herlipsparted,evidentlyconfused.
Idon'tknowwhatyoumean,myLord.
I'mtalkingaboutyourniece,Bellatrix.Andyours,LuciusandNarcissa.Shehas
justmarriedthewerewolf,RemusLupin.Youmustbesoproud.
Therewasaneruptionofjeeringlaughterfromaroundthetable.Manyleaned
forwardtoexchangegleefullooks;afewthumpedthetablewiththeirsts.Thegiant
snake,dislikingthedisturbance,openeditsmouthwideandhissedangrily,butthe
DeathEatersdidnothearit,sojubilantweretheyatBellatrixandtheMalfoys'
humiliation.Bellatrix'sface,sorecentlyushedwithappiness,hadturnedanugly,
blotchyred.
Sheisnonieceofours,myLord,shecriedovertheoutpouringofmirth.We
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Manyofouroldestfamilytreesbecomealittlediseasedovertime,hesaidas
Bellatrixgazedathim,breathlessandimploring,Youmustpruneyours,mustyou
not,tokeepithealthy?Cutawaythosepartsthatthreatenthehealthoftherest.
Yes,myLord,whisperedBellatrix,andhereyesswamwithtearsofgratitude
again.Attherstchance!
Youshallhaveit,saidVoldemort.Andinyourfamily,sointheworld...we
shallcutawaythecankerthatinfectsusuntilonlythoseofthetruebloodremain...
VoldemortraisedLuciusMalfoy'swand,pointeditdirectlyattheslowlyrevolving
guresuspendedoverthetable,andgaveitatinyick.Thegurecametolifewith
agroanandbegantostruggleagainstinvisiblebonds.
Doyourecognizeourguest,Severus?askedVoldemort.
Snaperaisedhiseyestotheupsidedownface.AlloftheDeathEaterswerelooking
upatthecaptivenow,asthoughtheyhadbeengivenpermissiontoshowcuriosity.
Assherevolvedtofacetherelight,thewomansaidinacrackedandterriedvoice,
Severus!Helpme!
Ah,yes,saidSnapeastheprisonerturnedslowlyawayagain.
Andyou,Draco?askedVoldemort,strokingthesnake'ssnoutwithhiswand-free
hand.Dracoshookhisheadjerkily.Nowthatthewomanhadwoken,heseemedunable
tolookatheranymore.
Butyouwouldnothavetakenherclasses,saidVoldemort.Forthoseofyou
whodonotknow,wearejoinedheretonightbyCharityBurbagewho,untilrecently,
taughtatHogwartsSchoolofWitchcraftandWizardry.
Thereweresmallnoisesofcomprehensionaroundthetable.Abroad,hunched
werewolves...
Nobodylaughedthistime.Therewasnomistakingtheangerandcontemptin
Voldemort'svoice.Forthethirdtime,CharityBurbagerevolvedtofaceSnape.Tears
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werepouringfromhereyesintoherhair.Snapelookedbackather,quiteimpassive,
assheturnedslowlyawayfromhimagain.
AvadaKedavra.
Theashofgreenlightilluminatedeverycorneroftheroom.Charityfell,witha
resoundingcrash,ontothetablebelow,whichtrembledandcreaked.Severalofthe
DeathEatersleaptbackintheirchairs.Dracofelloutofhisontotheoor.
Dinner,Nagini,saidVoldemortsoftly,andthegreatsnakeswayedandslithered
fromhisshouldersontothepolishedwood.
2.INMEMORIAM
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Harrywasbleeding.Clutchinghisrighthandinhisleftandswearingunderhis
breath,heshoulderedopenhisbedroomdoor.Therewasacrunchofbreakingchina.
Hehadtroddenonacupofcoldteathathadbeensittingontheooroutsidehis
bedroomdoor.
Whatthe?
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therubbishinthetrunk.
webothfeltourselvestobeoutsiders.Ihadcontracteddragonpoxshortly
beforearrivingatschool,andwhileIwasnolongercontagious,mypock-
markedvisageandgreenishhuedidnotencouragemanytoapproach
me.Forhispart,AlbushadarrivedatHogwartsundertheburdenof
unwantednotoriety.Scarcelyayearpreviously,hisfather,Percival,had
beenconvictedofasavageandwell-publicizedattackuponthreeyoung
Muggles.
Albusneverattemptedtodenythathisfather(whowastodiein
Azkaban)hadcommittedthiscrime;onthecontrary,whenIpluckedup
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couragetoaskhim,heassuredmethatheknewhisfathertobeguilty.
Beyondthat,Dumbledorerefusedtospeakofthesadbusiness,though
manyattemptedtomakehimdoso.Some,indeed,weredisposedto
praisehisfather'sactionandassumedthatAlbustoowasaMuggle-
hater.Theycouldnothavebeenmoremistaken.Asanybodywhoknew
Albuswouldattest,heneverrevealedtheremotestanti-Muggletendency.
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foreignwizards,beforepursuingourseparatecareers.However,tragedy
intervened.Ontheveryeveofourtrip,Albus'smother,Kendra,died,
leavingAlbusthehead,andsolebreadwinner,ofthefamily.Ipostponed
mydeparturelongenoughtopaymyrespectsatKendra'sfuneral,then
leftforwhatwasnowtobeasolitaryjourney.Withayoungerbrother
andsistertocarefor,andlittlegoldlefttothem,therecouldnolonger
beanyquestionofAlbusaccompanyingme.
Thatwastheperiodofourliveswhenwehadleastcontact.Iwrote
toAlbus,describing,perhapsinsensitively,thewondersofmyjourney,
fromnarrowescapesfromchimaerasinGreecetotheexperimentsofthe
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world,areconsideredaturningpointinmagicalhistorytomatchthe
introductionoftheInternationalStatuteofSecrecyorthedownfallof
He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.
havefeltstrange,impertinenteven,butafterallithadbeencommonknowledge
thatDumbledorehadtakenpartinthatlegendaryduelwithGrindelwald,andHarry
hadnotthoughttoaskDumbledorewhatthathadbeenlike,noraboutanyofhis
otherfamousachievements.No,theyhadalwaysdiscussedHarry,Harry'spast,Harry's
future,Harry'splans...anditseemedtoHarrynow,despitethefactthathisfuture
wassodangerousandsouncertain,thathehadmissedirreplaceableopportunities
whenhehadfailedtoaskDumbledoremoreabouthimself,eventhoughtheonly
personalquestionhehadeveraskedhisheadmasterwasalsotheonlyonehesuspected
thatDumbledorehadnotansweredhonestly:
Whatdoyouseewhenyoulookinthemirror?
I?Iseemyselfholdingapairofthick,woolensocks.
Afterseveralminutes'thought,Harrytoretheobituaryoutofthe
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rubbishpileandturnedtofacetheroom.Itwasmuchtidier.Theonlythingsleftout
ofplaceweretoday's
DailyProphet,
stilllyingonthebed,andontopofit,thepiece
ofbrokenmirror.
Harrymovedacrosstheroom,slidthemirrorfragmentotoday's
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fortolerance,hewasn'texactlybroad-mindedwhenhewasyounger!Yes,
AlbusDumbledorehadanextremelymurkypast,nottomentionthatvery
shyfamily,whichheworkedsohardtokeephushedup.
morethananyother.
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Aashofbrightestblue.Harryfroze,hiscutngerslippingonthejaggededge
ofthemirroragain.Hehadimaginedit,hemusthavedone.Heglancedoverhis
3.THEDURSLEYSDEPARTING
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Thesoundofthefrontdoorslammingechoedupthestairsandavoiceroared,
Oh!You!
SixteenyearsofbeingaddressedthusleftHarryinnodoubtwhenhisunclewas
calling,nevertheless,hedidnotimmediatelyrespond.Hewasstillatthenarrow
fragmentinwhich,forasplitsecond,hehadthoughthesawDumbledore'seye.It
wasnotuntilhisunclebellowed,BOY!thatHarrygotslowlyoutofbedandheaded
forthebedroomdoor,pausingtoaddthepieceofbrokenmirrortotherucksacklled
withthingshewouldbetakingwithhim.
Youtookyoutime!roaredVernonDursleywhenHarryappearedatthetopof
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IthoughttherewasaMinistryofMagic?askedVernonDursleyabruptly.
Thereis,saidHarry,surprised.
Well,then,whycan'ttheyprotectus?Itseemstomethat,asinnocentvictims,
guiltyofnothingmorethanharboringamarkedman,weoughttoqualifyfor
governmentprotection!
Harrylaughed;hecouldnotstophimself.Itwassoverytypicalofhisuncletoput
hishopesintheestablishment,evenwithinthisworldthathedespisedandmistrusted.
YouheardwhatMr.WeasleyandKingsleysaid,Harryreplied.Wethinkthe
Ministryhasbeeninltrated.
UncleVernonstrodebacktothereplaceandbackbreathingsostronglythathis
greatblackmustacherippledhisfacestillpurplewithconcentration.
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despair
Allright,allright,blusteredVernonDursley.You'vemadeyourpoint
Ihopeso,saidHarry,becauseonceI'mseventeen,allofthemDeathEaters,
Dementors,maybeevenInferiwhichmeansdeadbodiesenchantedbyaDark
wizardwillbeabletondyouandwillcertainlyattackyou.Andifyouremember
thelasttimeyoutriedtooutrunwizards,Ithinkyou'llagreeyouneedhelp.
TherewasabriefsilenceinwhichthedistantechoofHagridsmashingdowna
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livingroom.TheDursleysdidnotlookatallhappytobeaddressedthus;Harryhalf
expectedanotherchangeofmind.Dudleyshranknearedtohismotheratthesightof
thewitchandwizard.
Iseeyouarepackedandready.Excellent!Theplan,asHarryhastoldyou,is
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Well,thisisgood-bye,then,boy.
HeswunghisrightarmupwardtoshakeHarry'shand,butatthelastmoment
seemedunabletofaceit,andmerelyclosedhisstandbeganswingingitbackward
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HarryPotter.
It'sne,Harryassuredher.Itdoesn'tmatter,honestly.
Doesn'tmatter?repeatedHestia,hervoicerisingconsiderably.Don'tthese
peoplerealizewhatyou'vebeenthrough?Whatdangeryouarein?Theuniqueposition
youholdintheheartsoftheanti-Voldemortmovement?
Erno,theydon't,saidHarry.TheythinkI'mawasteofspaceactually,but
I'musedto
Idon'tthinkyou'reawasteofspace.
IfHarryhadnotseenDudley'slipsmove,hemightnothavebelievedit.Asitwas,
hestaredatDudleyforseveralsecondsbeforeacceptingthatitmusthavebeenhis
cousinwhohadspoken;foronething,Dudleyhadturnedred.Harrywasembarrassed
andastonishedhimself.
Well...er...thanks,Dudley.
Again,Dudleyappearedtograpplewiththoughtstoounwieldyforexpression
beforemumbling,Yousavedmylife.
Notreally,saidHarry.ItwasyoursoultheDementorwouldhavetaken...
Helookedcuriouslyathiscousin.Theyhadhadvirtuallynocontactduringthis
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HetrippedforwardandwrungHarry'shandwithbothofhisown.
4.THESEVENPOTTERS
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Harryranbackupstairstohisbedroom,arrivingatthewindowjustintimetosee
theDursleys'carswingingoutofthedriveandouptheroad.Dedalus'stophatwas
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kitchen,clutchinghisheadandstaringoutofthewindowintothebackgarden.
Thedarknessseemedtoberippling,theairitselfquivering.Then,onebyone,
guresbegantopopintosightastheirDisillusionmentCharmslifted.Dominating
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turnedtoHarry.AsDedalusprobablytoldyou,wehadtoabandonPlanA.Pius
Thicknessehasgoneover,whichgivesusabigproblem.He'smadeitanimprisonable
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Noneed!snarledMoody.WithYou-Know-WhooutthereandhalftheMinistry
onhisside?Potter,ifwe'reluckyhe'llhaveswallowedthefakebaitandhe'llbe
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andgrimacedasthepotionhittheirthroats;Atonce,theirfeaturesbegantobubble
anddistortlikehotwax.HermioneandMundunguswereshootingupward;Ron,Fred,
andGeorgewereshrinking;theirhairwasdarkening,Hermione'sandFleur'sappearing
toshootbackwardintotheirskulls.
Moody,quiteunconcerned,wasnowlooseningthetiesofthelargesackshehad
broughtwithhim.Whenhestraightenedupagain,thereweresixHarryPottersgasping
andpantinginfrontofhim.
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I'mtakingFleuronathestral,saidBill.She'snotthatfondofbrooms.
Fleurwalkedovertostandbesidehim,givinghimasoppy,slavishlookthatHarry
hopedwithallhisheartwouldneverappearonhisfaceagain.
MissGrangerwithKingsley,againbythestral
HermionelookedreassuredassheansweredKingsley'ssmile;Harryknewthat
Hermionetoolackedcondenceonabroomstick.
Whichleavesyouandme,Ron!saidTonksbrightly,knockingoveramugtree
asshewavedathim.
RondidnotlookquiteaspleasedasHermione.
An'you'rewithme,Harry.Thatallrigh'?saidHagrid,lookingalittleanxious.
We'llbeonthebike,broomsan'thestralscan'ttakemeweight,see.Notaloto'
roomontheseatwithmeonit,though,soyou'llbeinthesidecar.
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holdinghisbroomstick.I'mstillnotsurethatwasadvisableandit'scertainlyonlyto
beusedinemergencies.
Allright,then,saidMoody.Everyoneready,please.Iwantusalltoleaveat
exactlythesametimeorthewholepointofthediversion'slost.
Everybodymotionedtheirheads.
Holdtightnow,Ron,saidTonks,andHarrysawRonthrowafurtive,guilty
lookatLupinbeforeplacinghishandsoneachsideofherwaist.Hagridkickedthe
motorbikeintolife:Itroaredlikeadragon,andthesidecarbegantovibrate.
Goodluck,everyone,shoutedMoody.Seeyouallinaboutanhouratthe
Burrow.Onthecountofthree.One...two...THREE.
Therewasagreatroarfromthemotorbike,andHarryfeltthesidecargivea
nastylurch.Hewasrisingthroughtheairfast,hiseyeswateringslightly,hairwhipped
backohisface.Aroundhimbroomsweresoaringupwardtoo;thelongblacktail
ofathestralickedpast.Hislegs,jammedintothesidecarbyHedwig'scageandhis
rucksack,werealreadysoreandstartingtogonumb.Sogreatwashisdiscomfortthat
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roaroftheengine,pullingouthiswand,rammingHedwig'scageintotheoor,refusing
tobelievethatshewasdead.Hagrid,TURNAROUND!
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thebike'sslipstream.
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attheirpursuers,barelyholdingthemo.Heshotanotherblockingjinxatthem:The
closestDeathEaterswervedtoavoiditandhishoodslipped,andbytheredlightofhis
nextStunningSpell,HarrysawthestrangelyblankfaceofStanleyShunpikeStan
Expelliarmus!
Harryyelled.
That'shim,it'shim,it'stherealone!
ThehoodedDeathEater'sshoutreachedHarryevenabovethethunderofthe
motorbike'sengine.Nextmoment,bothpursuershadfallenbackanddisappeared
fromview.
Harry,what'shappened?bellowedHagrid.Where'vetheygone?
Idon'tknow!
ButHarrywasafraid:ThehoodedDeathEaterhadshouted,It'stherealone!;
howhadheknown?Hegazedaroundattheapparentlyemptydarknessandfeltits
menace.Wherewerethey?
Heclamberedaroundontheseattofaceforwardandseizedholdofthebackof
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5.FALLENWARRIOR
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Hagrid?
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Well,weknowourprotectivecharmshold,then,don'twe?Theyshouldn'tbe
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Yeah,wedo,saidHarry.Heseizedhisrucksack,swungitontohisshoulders.
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HelookedatMrs.Tonks,wantingtoapologizeforthestateoffearinwhichhe
leftherandforwhichhefeltsoterriblyresponsible,butnowordsoccurredtohim
thathedidnotseemhollowandinsincere.
I'lltellTonksDoratosendword,whenshe...Thanksforpatchingusup,
thanksforeverything,I
HewasgladtoleavetheroomandfollowTedTonksalongashorthallwayand
intoabedroom.Hagridcameafterthem,bendinglowtoavoidhittinghisheadon
thedoorlintel.
Thereyougo,son.That'sthePortkey.
Mr.Tonkswaspointingtoasmall,silver-backedhairbrushlyingonthedressing
table.
Thanks,saidHarry,reachingouttoplaceangeronit,readytoleave.
Waitamoment,saidHagrid,lookingaround.Harry,where'sHedwig?
She...shegothit,saidHarry.
Therealizationcrashedoverhim:Hefeltashamedofhimselfasthetearsstung
hiseyes.Theowlhadbeenhiscompanion,hisonegreatlinkwiththemagicalworld
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Voldemortcaughtupwithus
Hecouldheartheself-justifyingnoteinhisvoice,thepleaforhertounderstand
whyhedidnotknowwhathadhappenedtohersons,but
Thankgoodnessyou'reallright,shesaid,pullinghimintoahughedidnotfeel
hedeserved.
Haven'tgo'anybrandy,haveyeh,Molly?askedHagridalittleshakily,Fer
medicinalpurposes?
Shecouldhavesummoneditbymagic,butasshehurriedbacktowardthecrooked
house,Harryknewthatshewantedtohideherface.HeturnedtoGinnyandshe
answeredhisunspokenpleaforinformationatonce.
RonandTonksshouldhavebeenbackrst,buttheymissedtheirPortkey,itcame
backwithoutthem,shesaid,pointingatarustyoilcanlyingonthegroundnearby.
Andthatone,shepointedatanancientsneaker,shouldhavebeenDadandFred's,
theyweresupposedtobesecond.YouandHagridwerethirdand,shecheckedher
watch,iftheymadeit,GeorgeandLupinoughttobebackinaboutaminute.
Mrs.Weasleyreappearedcarryingabottleofbrandy,whichshehandedtoHagrid.
Heuncorkeditanddrankitstraightdowninone.
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Voldemortknewthatyouwerebeingmovedtonightandtheonlypeoplewhocould
havetoldhimweredirectlyinvolvedintheplan.Youmighthavebeenanimpostor.
Sowhyaren'youcheckin'me?pantedHagrid,stillstrugglingwiththedoor.
You'rehalf-giant,saidLupin,lookingupatHagrid.ThePolyjuicePotionis
designedforhumanuseonly.
NoneoftheOrderwouldhavetoldVoldemortweweremovingtonight,said
Harry.Theideawasdreadfultohim,hecouldnotbelieveitofanyofthem.Voldemort
onlycaughtupwithmetowardtheend,hedidn'tknowwhichoneIwasinthe
beginning.Ifhe'dbeeninontheplanhe'dhaveknownfromthestartIwastheone
withHagrid.
Voldemortcaughtupwithyou?saidLupinsharply.Whathappened?Howdid
youescape?
HarryexplainedhowtheDeathEaterspursuingthemhadseemedtorecognizehim
asthetrueHarry,howtheyhadabandonedthechase,howtheymusthavesummoned
Voldemort,whohadappearedjustbeforeheandHagridhadreachedthesanctuary
ofTonks'sparents.
Theyrecognizedyou?Buthow?Whathadyoudone?
I...Harrytriedtoremember;thewholejourneyseemedlikeablurofpanicand
confusion.IsawStanShunpike...Youknow,theblokewhowastheconductoron
theKnightBus?AndItriedtoDisarmhiminsteadofwell,hedoesn'tknowwhat
he'sdoing,doeshe?HemustbeImperiused!
Lupinlookedaghast.
Harry,thetimeforDisarmingispast!Thesepeoplearetryingtocaptureandkill
you!AtleastStunifyouaren'tpreparedtokill!
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Hermione,there'sobviouslybeenamassbreakoutwhichtheMinistryhashushed
up.Travers'shoodfellowhenIcursedhim,he'ssupposedtobeinsidetoo.But
whathappenedtoyou,Remus?Where'sGeorge?
Helostanear,saidLupin.
Lostan?repeatedHermioneinahighvoice.
Snape'swork,saidLupin.
Snape?
shoutedHarry.Youdidn'tsay
Helosthishoodduringthechase.Sectumsemprawasalwaysaspecialtyof
Snape's.IwishIcouldsayI'dpaidhimbackinkind,butitwasallIcoulddoto
keepGeorgeonthebroomafterhewasinjured,hewaslosingsomuchblood.
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PerhapsrousedbythesoundofFredandtheirfather'sarrival,Georgestirred.
Howdoyoufeel,Georgie?whisperedMrs.Weasley.
George'sngersgropedforthesideofhishead.
Saintlike,hemurmured.
What'swrongwithhim?croakedFred,lookingterried.Ishismindaected?
Saintlike,repeatedGeorge,openinghiseyesandlookingupathisbrother.You
see...I'mholy.
Holey,
Fred,geddit?
Mrs.Weasleysobbedharderthanever.ColoroodedFred'spaleface.
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Remus!TonkscriedasshestaggeredothebroomintoLupin'sarms.Hisface
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What'swrongwithhim?pipedupRon.
He'slost
ButtheendofMrs.Weasley'ssentencewasdrownedinageneraloutcry.Athestral
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Mad-Eye,echoedHagrid,alittlelate,withahiccup.
TherewhiskysearedHarry'sthroat.Itseemedtoburnfeelingbackintohim,
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trustpeople.
Wellsaid,Harry,saidFredunexpectedly.
Year,'ear,'ear,saidGeorge,withhalfaglanceatFred,thecornerofwhose
mouthtwitched.
LupinwaswearinganoddexpressionashelookedatHarry.Itwasclosetopitying.
YouthinkI'mafool?demandedHarry.
No,Ithinkyou'relikeJames,saidLupin,whowouldhaveregardeditasthe
heightofdishonortomistrusthisfriends.
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staringoutatitsovergrownplants,rubbinghispoundingforeheadandthinkingof
Dumbledore.
Dumbledorewouldhavebelievedhim,heknewit.Dumbledorewouldhaveknown
howandwhyHarry'swandhadactedindependently,becauseDumbledorealways
hadtheanswers;hehadknownaboutwands,hadexplainedtoHarrythestrange
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Butitwassupposedtohavestopped!Yourscaritwasn'tsupposedtodothis
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TheshockoflosingMad-Eyehungoverthehouseinthedaysthatfollowed;Harry
keptexpectingtoseehimstumpinginthroughthebackdoorliketheotherOrder
members,whopassedinandouttorelaynews.Harryfeltthatnothingbutaction
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Themangleturnedofitsownaccordinacorner,wringingoutwhatlookedlike
oneofMr.Weasley'svests.
MayIask
why
youareabandoningyoureducation?saidMrs.Weasley.
Well,Dumbledoreleftme...stutodo,mumbledHarry.RonandHermione
knowaboutit,andtheywanttocometoo.
Whatsortof`stu'?
I'msorry,Ican't
Well,frankly,IthinkArthurandIhavearighttoknow,andI'msureMr.andMrs.
Grangerwouldagree!saidMrs.Weasley.Harryhadbeenafraidoftheconcerned
parentattack.Heforcedhimselftolookdirectlyintohereyes,noticingashedidso
thattheywerepreciselythesameshadeofbrownasGinny's.Thisdidnothelp.
Dumbledoredidn'twantanyoneelsetoknow,Mrs.Weasley.I'msorry.Ronand
Hermionedon'thavetocome,it'stheirchoice
Idon'tseethat
you
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Andtheystillhaven'tcalledahearingaboutalltheunderagemagicIusedescaping
theDeathEaters?HarrycalledacrossthetabletoMr.Weasley,whoshookhishead.
BecausetheyknowIhadnochoiceorbecausetheydon'twantmetotellthe
worldVoldemortattackedme?
Thelatter,Ithink.Scrimgeourdoesn'twanttoadmitthatYou-Know-Whoisas
powerfulasheis,northatAzkaban'sseenamassbreakout.
Yeah,whytellthepublicthetruth?saidHarry,clenchinghisknifesotightlythat
thefaintscarsonthebackofhisrighthandstoodout,whiteagainsthisskin:
Imust
nottelllies.
Isn'tanyoneattheMinistrypreparedtostanduptohim?askedRonangrily.
Ofcourse,Ron,butpeopleareterried,Mr.Weasleyreplied,terriedthat
theywillbenexttodisappear,theirchildrenthenexttobeattacked!Therearenasty
rumorsgoingaround;Iforonedon'tbelievetheMuggleStudiesprofessoratHogwarts
resigned.Shehasn'tbeenseenforweeksnow.MeanwhileScrimgeourremainsshut
upinhisoceallday;Ijusthopehe'sworkingonaplan.
TherewasapauseinwhichMrs.Weasleymagickedtheemptyplatesontothe
worksurfaceandservedappletart.
Wemustdecide'owyouwillbedisguised,'Arry,saidFleur,onceeveryonehad
pudding.Forzewedding,sheadded,whenhelookedconfused.Ofcourse,noneof
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TheDeathEatersprobablytidiedupafterthemselves,that'swhynoone'sfound
him,saidRonwisely.
Yeah,saidHarry.LikeBartyCrouch,turnedintoaboneandburiedinHagrid's
frontgarden.TheyprobablytransguredMoodyandstuedhim
Don't!squealedHermione.Startled,Harrylookedoverjustintimetoseeher
burstintotearsoverhercopyof
Spellman'sSyllabary.
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Listen,saidHarry.
Hehadsatupstraight.RonandHermionelookedathimwithsimilarmixturesof
resignationanddeance.
IknowyousaidafterDumbledore'sfuneralthatyouwantedtocomewithme,
Harrybegan.
Herehegoes,RonsaidtoHermione,rollinghiseyes.
Asweknewhewould,shesighed,turningbacktothebooks.Youknow,Ithink
I
will
take
Hogwarts,AHistory.
Evenifwe'renotgoingbackthere,Idon'tthinkI'd
feelrightifIdidn'thaveitwith
Listen!saidHarryagain.
No,Harry,
you
listen,saidHermione.We'recomingwithyou.Thatwasdecided
monthsagoyears,really.
But
Shutup,Ronadvisedhim.
areyousureyou'vethoughtthisthrough?Harrypersisted.
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Oh,allright.Harry,comehere.
ForthesecondtimeRonwithdrewhisarmfromaroundHermioneandstumped
overtothedoor.
C'mon.
Why?Harryasked,followingRonoutoftheroomontothetinylanding.
Descendo,
mutteredRon,pointinghiswandatthelowceiling.Ahatchopened
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theirjobs,saidRon.Sowe'regoingtoputoutthestorythatI'mseriouslyill
withspattergroit,whichiswhyIcan'tgobacktoschool.Ifanyonecomescalling
toinvestigate,MumorDadcanshowthemtheghoulinmybed,coveredinpustules.
Spattergroit'sreallycontagious,sothey'renotgoingtowanttogonearhim.Itwon't
matterthathecan'tsayanything,either,becauseapparentlyyoucan'toncethe
fungushasspreadtoyouruvula.
Andyourmumanddadareinonthisplan?askedHarry.
Dadis.HehelpedFredandGeorgetransformtheghoul.Mum...well,you've
seenwhatshe'slike.Shewon'tacceptwe'regoingtillwe'regone.
Therewassilenceintheroom,brokenonlybygentlethudsasHermionecontinued
tothrowbooksontoonepileortheother.Ronsatwatchingher,andHarrylooked
fromonetotheother,unabletosayanything.Themeasuretheyhadtakentoprotect
theirfamiliesmadehimrealize,morethananythingelsecouldhavedone,thatthey
reallyweregoingtocomewithhimandthattheyknewexactlyhowdangerousthat
wouldbe.Hewantedtotellthemwhatthatmeanttohim,buthesimplycouldnot
ndwordsimportantenough.
ThroughthesilencecamethemuedsoundsofMrs.Weasleyshoutingfromfour
oorsbelow.
Ginny'sprobablyleftaspeckofdustonapoxynapkinring,saidRon.Idunno
whytheDelacourshavegottocometwodaysbeforethewedding.
Fleur'ssister'sabridesmaid,sheneedstobeherefortherehearsal,andshe'stoo
youngtocomeonherown,saidHermione,assheporedindecisivelyover
Breakwith
aBanshee.
Well,guestsaren'tgoingtohelpMum'sstresslevels,saidRon.
Whatwereallyneedtodecide,saidHermione,tossing
DefensiveMagicalTheory
intothebinwithoutasecondglanceandpickingup
AnAppraisalofMagical
EducationinEurope,
iswherewe'regoingafterweleavehere.Iknowyousaid
youwantedtogotoGodric'sHollowrst,Harry,andIunderstandwhy,but...well...
shouldn'twemaketheHorcruxesourpriority?
IfweknewwhereanyoftheHorcruxeswere,I'dagreewithyou,saidHarry,
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gravesonceyou'refreetogowhereveryoulike?
ThishadnotoccurredtoHarry.Whilehestruggledtondacounterargument,
Ronspokeup,evidentlyfollowinghisowntrainofthought.
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Ohwell,luckywe'vegotsuchalargesupplyofbasiliskfangs,then,saidRon.I
waswonderingwhatweweregoingtodowiththem.
Itdoesn'thavetobeabasiliskfang,saidHermionepatiently.Ithastobe
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hehadwastedsomanyopportunitieswhenDumbledorehadbeenalive,tondout
more...tondouteverything...
Thesilencewasshatteredasthebedroomdoorewopenwithawall-shaking
crash.Hermioneshriekedanddropped
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GabriellewassleepingwithFleurinPercy'soldroom,andBillwouldbesharingwith
Charlie,hisbestman,onceCharliearrivedfromRomania.Opportunitiestomakeplans
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Hewaswalkingalongamountainroadinthecoolbluelightofdawn.Farbelow,
swathedinmist,wastheshadowofasmalltown.Wasthemanhesoughtdownthere,
themanheneededsobadlyhecouldthinkoflittleelse,themanwhoheldtheanswer,
theanswertohisproblem...?
Oi,wakeup.
Harryopenedhiseyes.HewaslyingagainonthecampbedinRon'sdingyattic
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Itrynottoeither,saidRon.Well,happybirthdayanyway.
Wowthat'sright,Iforgot!I'mseventeen!
Harryseizedthewandlyingbesidehiscampbed,pointeditatthecluttereddesk
wherehehadlefthisglasses,andsaid,
AccioGlasses!
Althoughtheywereonly
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randomway,causinghalfapackofbacontoopoutofthefryingpanontotheoor.
Happybirthday,Harry!saidHermione,hurryingintothekitchenandaddingher
ownpresenttothetopofthepile.It'snotmuch,butIhopeyoulikeit.Whatdid
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Ididn'tknowwhatwouldbeuseful.Nothingtoobig,becauseyouwouldn'tbe
abletotakeitwithyou.
Hechancedaglanceather.Shewasnottearful;thatwasoneofthemany
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thecakehadnallylandedinthemiddleofthetable,Harrysaid,
Thatlooksamazing,Mrs.Weasley.
Oh,it'snothing,dear,shesaidfondly.Overhershoulder,RongaveHarrythe
thumbs-upandmouthed,
Goodone.
Byseveno'clockalltheguestshadarrived,ledintothehousebyFredandGeorge,
whohadwaitedforthemattheendofthelane.Hagridhadhonoredtheoccasionby
wearinghisbest,andhorrible,hairybrownsuit.AlthoughLupinsmiledasheshook
Harry'shand,Harrythoughthelookedratherunhappy.Itwasallveryodd;Tonks,
besidehim,lookedsimplyradiant.
Happybirthday,Harry,shesaid,hugginghimtightly.
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TheyalllookedoveratMrs.Weasley.ShewastryingtotalktoMadameDelacour
whileglancingrepeatedlyatthegate.
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thattheothertwowerethinkingthesameashewas;Scrimgeourmust,somehow,
hadlearnedthatthethreeofthemwereplanningtodropoutofHogwarts.
Scrimgeourdidnotspeakastheyallpassedthroughthemessedkitchenandinto
theBurrow'ssittingroom.Althoughthegardenhadbeenfullofsoftgoldenevening
light,itwasalreadydarkinhere;Harryickedhiswandattheoillampsasheentered
andtheyilluminatedtheshabbybutcozyroom.Scrimgeoursathimselfinthesagging
armchairthatMr.Weasleynormallyoccupied,leavingHarry,Ron,andHermioneto
squeezesidebysideontothesofa.Oncetheyhaddoneso,Scrimgeourspoke.
Ihavesomequestionsforthethreeofyou,andIthinkitwillbebestifwedoit
individually.IfyoutwohepointedatHarryandHermionecanwaitupstairs,Iwill
startwithRonald.
We'renotgoinganywhere,saidHarry,whileHermionenoddedvigorously.You
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Ronlaughed.Scrimgeour'seyesickeredtowardhimandawayagainasHarry
spoke.
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Ronshookhishead,lookingbewildered.
Dumbledoremusthavetaughtthousandsofstudents,Scrimgeourpersevered.
will.
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I'maskingthequestions,saidScrimgeour,shiftinghischairalittleclosertothe
sofa.Duskwasreallyfallingoutsidenow;themarqueebeyondthewindowstowered
ghostlywhiteoverthehedge.
InoticethatyourbirthdaycakeisintheshapeofaSnitch,Scrimgeoursaidto
Harry.Whyisthat?
Hermionelaughedderisively.
Oh,itcan'tbeareferencetothefactHarry'sagreatSeeker,that'swaytoo
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BothRonandHermionelaughed.
That'sall,then,isit?askedHermione,makingtoraiseherselfothesofa.
Notquite,saidScrimgeour,wholookedbadtemperednow.Dumbledoreleft
youasecondbequest,Potter.
Whatisit?askedHarry,excitementrekindling.
Scrimgeourdidnotbothertoreadfromthewillthistime.
TheswordofGodricGryndor,hesaid.
HermioneandRonbothstiened.Harrylookedaroundforasignoftheruby-
encrustedhilt,butScrimgeourdidnotpulltheswordfromtheleatherpouch,which
inanycaselookedmuchtoosmalltocontainit.
Sowhereisit?Harryaskedsuspiciously.
Unfortunately,saidScrimgeour,thatswordwasnotDumbledore'stogiveaway.
TheswordofGodricGryndorisanimportanthistoricalartifact,andassuch,
belongs
ItbelongstoHarry!saidHermionehotly.Itchosehim,hewastheonewho
foundit,itcametohimoutoftheSortingHat
Accordingtoreliablehistoricalsources,theswordmaypresentitselftoanyworthy
Gryndor,saidScrimgeour.ThatdoesnotmakeittheexclusivepropertyofMr.
Potter,whateverDumbledoremayhavedecided.Scrimgeourscratchedhisbadly
shavencheek,scrutinizingHarry.Whydoyouthink?
Dumbledorewantedtogivemethesword?saidHarry,strugglingtokeephis
temper.Maybehethoughtitwouldlookniceonmywall.
Thisisnotajoke,Potter!growledScrimgeour.WasitbecauseDumbledore
believedthatonlytheswordofGodricGryndorcoulddefeattheHeirofSlytherin?
Didhewishtogiveyouthatsword,Potter,becausehebelieved,asdomany,thatyou
aretheonedestinedtodestroyHe-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named?
Interestingtheory,saidHarry.Hasanyoneevertriedstickingaswordin
Voldemort?MaybetheMinistryshouldputsomepeopleontothat,insteadofwasting
theirtimestrippingdownDeluminatorsorcoveringupbreakoutsfromAzkaban.So
thisiswhatyou'vebeendoing,Minister,shutupinyouroce,tryingtobreakopen
aSnitch?PeoplearedyingIwasnearlyoneofthemVoldemortchasedmeacross
threecountries,hekilledMad-EyeMoody,butthere'snowordaboutanyofthatfrom
theMinistry,hasthere?Andyoustillexpectustocooperatewithyou!
Yougotoofar!shoutedScrimgeour,standingup.
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No!D'youwanttogivehimanexcusetoarrestus?
Rememberedyou'renotatschool,haveyou?saidScrimgeourbreathinghard
intoHarry'sface.RememberedthatIamnotDumbledore,whoforgaveyourinsolence
andinsubordination?Youmaywearthatscarlikeacrown,Potter,butitisnotup
toaseventeen-year-oldboytotellmehowtodomyjob!It'stimeyoulearnedsome
respect!
It'stimeyouearnedit,saidHarry.
Theoortrembled;therewasasoundofrunningfootsteps,thenthedoortothe
sittingroomburstopenandMr.andMrs.Weasleyranin.
WewethoughtweheardbeganMr.Weasley,lookingthoroughlyalarmedat
thesightofHarryandtheMinistervirtuallynosetonose.
raisedvoices,pantedMrs.Weasley.
ScrimgeourtookacoupleofstepsbackfromHarry,glancingattheholehehad
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TheSnitchIcaughtinmyrsteverQuidditchmatch?saidHarry.Don'tyou
remember?
Hermionelookedsimplybemused.Ron,however,gasped,pointingfranticallyfrom
HarrytotheSnitchandbackagainuntilhefoundhisvoice.
Thatwastheoneyounearlyswallowed!
Exactly,saidHarry,andwithhisheartbeatingfast,hepressedhismouthtothe
Snitch.
Itdidnotopen.Frustrationandbitterdisappointmentwelledupinsidehim:He
loweredthegoldensphere,butthenHermionecriedout.
Writing!There'swritingonit,quick,look!
HenearlydroppedtheSnitchinsurpriseandexcitement.Hermionewasquite
right.Engraveduponthesmoothgoldensurface,wheresecondsbeforetherehad
beennothing,werevewordswritteninthethin,slantedhandwritingthatHarry
recognizedasDumbledore's:
Iopenattheclose.
Hehadbarelyreadthemwhenthewordsvanishedagain.
`Iopenattheclose...'What'sthatsupposedtomean?
HermioneandRonshooktheirheads,lookingblank.
Iopenattheclose...attheclose...Iopenattheclose...
Butnomatterhowoftentheyrepeatedthewords,withmanydierentinections,
theywereunabletowringanymoremeaningfromthem.
Andthesword,saidRonnally,whentheyhadatlastabandonedtheirattempts
todivinemeaningintheSnitch'sinscription.WhydidhewantHarrytohavethe
sword?
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Harrylookedup,diverted.ThecircumstanceofRonhavingreadabookthat
Hermionehadnotwasunprecedented.Ron,however,lookedbemusedbytheirsurprise.
Ohcomeon!Alltheoldkids'storiesaresupposedtobeBeedle's,aren'tthey?
TheFountainofFairFortune...TheWizardandtheHoppingPot...Babbitty
RabbittyandherCacklingStump...
Excuseme?saidHermionegiggling.Whatwasthelastone?
Comeoit!saidRon,lookingindisbelieffromHarrytoHermione.Youmust've
heardofBabbittyRabbitty
Ron,youknowfullwellHarryandIwerebroughtupbyMuggles!saidHermione.
Wedidn'thearstorieslikethatwhenwewerelittle,weheard
SnowWhiteandthe
SevenDwarves
and
Cinderella
What'sthat,anillness?askedRon.
Sothesearechildren'sstories?askedHermione,bendingagainstovertherunes.
Yeah.SaidRonuncertainly.Imean,justwhatyouhear,youknow,thatallthese
oldstoriescamefromBeedle.Idunnowhatthey'relikeintheoriginalversions.
ButIwonderwhyDumbledorethoughtIshouldreadthem?
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Threeo'clockonthefollowingafternoonfoundHarry,Ron,FredandGeorge
standingoutsidethegreatwhitemarqueeintheorchard,awaitingthearrivalofthe
weddingguests.HarryhadtakenalargedoseofPolyjuicePotionandwasnowthe
doubleofaredheadedMuggleboyfromthelocalvillage,OtterySt.Catchpole,from
whomFredhadstolenhairsusingaSummoningCharm.Theplanwastointroduce
HarryasCousinBarnyandtrusttothegreatnumberofWeasleyrelativesto
camouagehim.
Allfourofthemwereclutchingseatingplans,sothattheycouldhelpshowpeople
totherightseats.Ahostofwhite-robedwaitershadarrivedanhourearlier,along
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Mr.Weasley'soldMinistry-colleaguePerkins,whilearatherdeafoldcouplefellto
Harry'slot.
Wotcher,saidafamiliarvoiceashecameoutofthemarqueeagainandfound
TonksandLupinatthefrontofthequeue.Shehadturnedblondefortheoccasion.
Arthurtoldusyouweretheonewiththecurlyhair.Sorryaboutlastnight,sheadded
inawhisperasHarryledthemuptheaisle.TheMinistry'sbeingveryanti-werewolf
atthemuseumandwethoughtourpresencemightnotdoyouanyfavors.
It'sne,Iunderstand,saidHarry,speakingmoretoLupinthanTonks.Lupingave
himaswiftsmile,butastheyturnedawayHarrysawLupin'sfacefallagainintolinesof
misery.Hedidnotunderstandit,buttherewasnotimetodwellonthematter.Hagrid
wascausingacertainamountofdisruption.HavingmisunderstoodFred'sdirections
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Xenophilius,whowasdeepinconversationwithanacquaintance,hadmissed
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Nightmare,Murielis,saidRon,moppinghisforeheadonhissleeve.Sheused
tocomeforChristmaseveryyear,then,thankGod,shetookoensebecauseFred
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causingastir,particularlyamongsttheveelacousins:Hewas,afterall,afamous
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byMr.WeasleyandFleur'sfather.
Ilikethissong,saidLuna,swayingintimetothewaltzliketune,andafew
secondslatershestoodupandglidedontothedanceoor,wheresherevolvedonthe
spot,quitealone,eyesclosedandwavingherarms.
She'sgreat,isn'tshe?saidRonadmiringly.Alwaysgoodvalue.
Butthesmilevanishedfromhisfaceatonce:ViktorKrumhaddroppedintoLuna's
vacantseat.HermionelookedpleasurablyusteredbutthistimeKrumhadnotcome
tocomplimenther.Withascowlonhisfacehesaid,Whoisthatmanintheyellow?
That'sXenophiliusLovegood,he'sthefatherofafriendofours,saidRon.His
pugnacioustoneindicatedthattheywerenotabouttolaughatXenophilius,despite
theclearprovocation.Comeanddance,headdedabruptlytoHermione.
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DarkArts,andnobodyelseinthetentseemedtohaverecognizedthetriangular,
nlikeshape.
Areyouerquitesureit'sGrindelwald's?
Iamnotmistaken,saidKrumcoldly.Iwalkedpastthatsignforseveralyears,I
knowitvell.
Well,there'sachance,saidHarry,thatXenophiliusdoesn'tactuallyknowwhat
thesymbolmeans,theLovegoodsarequite...unusual.Hecouldhaveeasilypickedit
upsomewhereandthinkit'sacrosssectionoftheheadofaCrumple-HornedSnorkack
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Ofcourse,ofcourse,saidDoge;hehadaratherhigh-pitched,wheezyvoice.
Harryleanedin.
Mr.Doge,I'mHarryPotter.
Dogegasped.
Mydearboy!Arthurtoldmeyouwerehere,disguised...Iamsoglad,so
honored!
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Hello,Muriel,saidDoge,Yes,wewerejustdiscussing
Youthere!Givemeyourchair,I'mahundredandseven!
AnotherredheadedWeasleycousinjumpedohisseat,lookingalarmed,and
AuntieMurielswungitaroundwithsurprisingstrengthandploppedherselfdown
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ThereasonAlbusneverspokeaboutAriana,beganElphiasinavoicestiwith
emotion,is,Ishouldhavethought,quiteclear.Hewassodevastatedbyherdeath
Whydidnobodyeverseeher,Elphias?squawkedMuriel,Whydidhalfofus
neverevenknowsheexisted,untiltheycarriedtheconoutofthehouseandheld
afuneralforher?WherewassaintlyAlbuswhileArianawaslockedinthecellar?O
beingbrilliantatHogwarts,andnevermindwhatwasgoingoninhisownhouse!
Whatd'youmean,lockedinthecellar?askedHarry.Whatisthis?
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hewentotoHogwartstoprovehimselfbrilliantandtalented?
Now,ifKendrahadn'tdiedrst,Murielresumed,I'dhavesaidthatitwasshe
whonishedoAriana
Howcanyou,Muriel!groanedDoge.Amotherkillherowndaughter?Think
whatyou'resaying!
Ifthemotherinquestionwascapableofimprisoningherdaughterforyearson
end,whynot?shruggedAuntieMuriel.ButasIsay,itdoesn'tt,becauseKendra
diedbeforeArianaofwhat,nobodyeverseemedsure
Yes,ArianamighthavemadeadesperatebidforfreedomandkilledKendrain
thestruggle,saidAuntieMurielthoughtfully.Shakeyourheadallyoulike,Elphias.
YouwereatAriana'sfuneral,wereyounot?
YesIwas,saidDoge,throughtremblinglips,andamoredesperatelysad
occasionIcannotremember.Albuswasheartbroken
Hisheartwasn'ttheonlything.Didn'tAberforthbreakAlbus'nosehalfway
throughtheservice?
IfDogehadlookedhorriedbeforethis,itwasnothingtohowhelooked
now.Murielmighthavestabbedhim.Shecackledloudlyandtookanotherswigof
champagne,whichdribbleddownherchin.
Howdoyou?croakedDoge.
MymotherwasfriendlywitholdBathildaBagshot,saidAuntieMurielhappily.
BathildadescribedthewholethingtomotherwhileIwaslisteningatthedoor.A
con-sidebrawl.ThewayBathildatoldit,AberforthshoutedthatitwasallAlbus'
faultthatArianawasdeadandthenpunchedhimintheface.AccordingtoBathilda,
Albusdidnotevendefendhimself,andthat'soddenoughinitself.Albuscouldhave
destroyedAberforthinaduelwithbothhandstiedbehindhisback.
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notoneoftheoneshehadreadmoreattentively.
Yes,saidDoge,clutchingatHarry'squestionlikeadrowningmanatalifeheir.
AmostgiftedmagicalhistorianandanoldfriendofAlbus's.
Quitegagathesedays,I'veheard,saidAuntieMurielcheerfully.
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Hermione,whowascarryingnothingexcepthersmallbeadedhandbag,inwhichshe
wasnowrummaging.
Yes,they'rehere,saidHermione,andtoHarryandRon'sutterastonishment,
shepulledoutapairofjeans,asweatshirt,somemaroonsocks,andnallythesilvery
InvisibilityCloak.
Howtheruddyhell?
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trymyparents'home,thoughIthinkthere'sachancetheymightcheckthere...Oh,
Iwishthey'dshutup!
Allright,darling?thedrunkestofthemenontheotherpavementwasyelling.
Fancyadrink?Ditchgingerandcomeandhaveapint!
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Thetwoworkmenmadeidenticalmovements,andHarrymirroredthemwithout
consciousthought:Allthreeofthemdrewtheirwands.Ron,afewsecondslatein
realizingwhatwasgoingon,lungedacrossthetable,pushingHermionesidewaysonto
herbench.TheforceoftheDeathEaters'spellsshatteredthetiledwallwhereRon's
headhadjustbeen,asHarry,stillinvisible,yelled,
Stupefy!
ThegreatblondDeathEaterwashitinthefacebyajetofredlight:Heslumped
sideways,unconscious.Hiscompanion,unabletoseewhohadcastthespell,red
anotheratRon:Shiningblackropesewfromhiswand-tipandboundRonheadto
footthewaitressscreamedandranforthedoorHarrysentanotherStunningSpell
attheDeathEaterwiththetwistedfacewhohadtiedupRon,butthespellmissed,
reboundedonthewindow,andhitthewaitress,whocollapsedinfrontofthedoor.
Expulso!
bellowedtheDeathEater,andthetablebehindwhichHarrywas
standingblewup:Theforceoftheexplosionslammedhimintothewallandhe
felthiswandleavehishandastheCloakslippedohim.
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Hermioneshudderedandtookastepbackward.Harryshookhishead.
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Weneedasafeplacetohide,saidRon.Giveustimetothinkthingsthrough.
GrimmauldPlace,saidHarry.
Theothertwogaped.
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SeverusSnape?
Mad-EyeMoody'svoicewhisperedoutofthedarkness,makingallthreeofthem
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Well,you'vejusthadabigshock,saidRonkindly.Whatwasthatsupposedto
do?
ItdidwhatImeantittodo!saidHermionerathercrossly.Thatwasaspellto
revealhumanpresence,andthere'snobodyhereexceptus!
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Harry,doyouwantyourtoothbrush?I'vegotithere.
Yeah,great,thanks,hesaid,ghtingtokeephisvoicecasualashestoodupto
10.KREACHER'STALE
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Harrywokeearlynextmorning,wrappedinasleepingbagonthedrawingroom
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Harrycontinuedupthestairsuntilhereachedthetopmostlandingwherethere
wereonlytwodoors.TheonefacinghimboreanameplatereadingSirius.Harryhad
neverenteredhisgodfather'sbedroombefore.Hepushedopenthedoor,holdinghis
wandhightocastlightaswidelyaspossible.Theroomwasspaciousandmustonce
havebeenhandsome.Therewasalargebedwithacarvedwoodenheadboard,atall
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oor.
Harrybentdown,pickedupafewofthepiecesofpaper,andexaminedthem.
Herecognizedoneasapartofanoldeditionof
AHistoryofMagic,
byBathilda
Bagshot,andanotherasbelongingtoamotorcyclemaintenancemanual.Thethird
washandwrittenandcrumpled.Hesmootheditout.
DearPadfoot,
Thankyou,thankyou,forHarry'sbirthdaypresent!Itwashis
favoritebyfar.Oneyearoldandalreadyzoomingalongonatoy
broomstick,helookedsopleasedwithhimself.I'menclosingapicture
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Dumbledore
what?
Harry?Harry?
Harry!
I'mhere!hecalled,What'shappened?
Therewasaclatteroffootstepsoutsidethedoor,andHermioneburstinside.
Wewokeupanddidn'tknowwhereyouwere!shesaidbreathlessly.Sheturned
andshoutedoverhershoulder,Ron!I'vefoundhim!
Ron'sannoyedvoiceechoeddistantlyfromseveraloorsbelow.
Good!Tellhimfrommehe'sagit!
Harry,don'tjustdisappear,please,wewereterried!Whydidyoucomeuphere
anyway?Shegazedaroundtheransackedroom.Whathaveyoubeendoing?
LookwhatI'vejustfound
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thepoucharoundhisneck,soasnottohavetolookatherandgivehimselfaway.
Iunderstandwhyyou'dlovetotalktoheraboutyourmumanddad,and
Dumbledoretoo,saidHermione.Butthatwouldn'treallyhelpusinoursearch
fortheHorcruxes,wouldit?Harrydidnotanswer,andsherushedon,Harry,Iknow
youreallywanttogotoGodric'sHollow,butI'mscared.I'mscaredathoweasily
thoseDeathEatersfoundusyesterday.Itjustmakesmefeelmorethaneverthatwe
oughttoavoidtheplacewhereyourparentsareburied,I'msurethey'dbeexpecting
youtovisitit.
It'snotjustthat,Harrysaid,stillavoidinglookingather,Murielsaidstuabout
Dumbledoreatthewedding.Iwanttoknowthetruth...
HetoldHermioneeverythingthatMurielhadtoldhim.Whenhehadnished,
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Harryshookhishead,pointingatRegulus'ssign.Shereadit,thenclutchedHarry's
armsotightlythathewinced.
Sirius'sbrother?shewhispered.
HewasaDeathEater,saidHarry.Siriustoldmeabouthim,hejoinedupwhen
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He'ssittinginthemiddleofthefrontrow,that'swheretheSeeker...Never
mind,saidHarry,realizingthatnobodywaslistening.Ronwasonhishandsand
knees,searchingunderthewardrobe.Harrylookedaroundtheroomforlikelyhiding
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soundlessly,undoubtedlyframingtheinsultshewasnowforbiddentoutter.
Twoyearsago,saidHarry,hisheartnowhammeringagainsthisribs,therewasa
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inthesilent,echoingkitchen.
MasterSiriusranaway,goodriddance,forhewasabadboyandbrokemy
Mistress'sheartwithhislawlessways.ButMasterRegulushadproperorder;heknew
whatwasduetothenameofBlackandthedignityofhispureblood.Foryearshe
talkedoftheDarkLord,whowasgoingtobringthewizardsoutofhidingtorulethe
MugglesandtheMuggle-borns...andwhenhewassixteenyearsold,MasterRegulus
joinedtheDarkLord.Soproud,soproud,sohappytoserve...
Andoneday,ayearafterhejoined,MasterReguluscamedowntothekitchen
toseeKreacher.MasterRegulusalwayslikedKreacher.AndMasterRegulussaid...
hesaid...
Theoldelfrockedfasterthanever.
...hesaidthattheDarkLordrequiredanelf.
Voldemortneededan
elf?
Harryrepeated,lookingaroundatRonandHermione,
wholookedjustaspuzzledashedid.
Ohyes,moanedKreacher.AndMasterRegulushadvolunteeredKreacher.It
wasanhonor,saidMasterRegulus,anhonorforhimandforKreacher,whomustbe
suretodowhatevertheDarkLordorderedhimtodo...andthentoc-comehome.
Kreacherrockedstillfaster,hisbreathcominginsobs.
SoKreacherwenttotheDarkLord.TheDarkLorddidnottellKreacherwhat
theyweretodo,buttookKreacherwithhimtoacavebesidethesea.Andbeyond
thecavewasacavern,andinthecavernwasagreatblacklake...
ThehairsonthebackofHarry'sneckstoodup.Kreacher'scroakingvoiceseemed
tocometohimfromacrossthedarkwater.Hesawwhathadhappenedasclearlyas
thoughhehadbeenpresent.
...Therewasaboat...
Ofcoursetherehadbeenaboat;Harryknewtheboat,ghostlygreenandtiny,
bewitchedsoastocarryonewizardandonevictimtowardtheislandinthecenter.
This,then,washowVoldemorthadtestedthedefensessurroundingtheHorcrux,by
borrowingadisposablecreature,ahouse-elf...
Therewasab-basinfullofpotionontheisland.TheD-DarkLordmadeKreacher
drinkit...
Theelfquakedfromheadtofoot.
Kreacherdrank,andashedrankhesawterriblething...Kreacher'sinsides
burned...KreachercriedforMasterRegulustosavehim,hecriedforhisMistress
Black,buttheDarkLordonlylaughed...HemadeKreacherdrinkallthepotion...
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vanishingintodarkness,thoseredeyesxedpitilesslyonthethrashingelfwhose
deathwouldoccurwithinminutes,wheneverhesuccumbedtothedesperatethirst
thattheburningpoisoncauseditsvictim...Buthere,Harry'simaginationcouldgo
nofurther,forhecouldnotseehowKreacherhadescaped.
Kreacherneededwater,hecrawledtotheisland'sedgeandhedrankfromthe
blacklake...andhands,deadhands,cameoutofthewateranddraggedKreacher
underthesurface...
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Andhismistresswasmadwithgrief,becauseMasterRegulushaddisappearedand
Kreachercouldnottellherwhathadhappened,no,becauseMasterRegulushad
f-f-forbiddenhimtotellanyofthef-f-familywhathappenedinthec-cave...
Kreacherbegantosobsohardthattherewerenomorecoherentwords.Tears
oweddownHermione'scheeksasshewatchedKreacher,butshedidnotdaretouch
himagain.EvenRon,whowasnofanofKreacher's,lookedtroubled.Harrysatback
onhisheelsandshookhishead,tryingtoclearit.
Idon'tunderstandyou,Kreacher,hesaidnally.Voldemorttriedtokillyou,
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tohavegainedherapproval:Shesmiledencouragingly.
11.THEBRIBE
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IfKreachercouldescapealakefullofInferi,Harrywascondentthatthecaptureof
Mundunguswouldtakeafewhoursatmost,andheprowledthehouseallmorningina
stateofhighanticipation.However,Kreacherdidnotreturnthatmorningoreventhat
afternoon.Bynightfall,Harryfeltdiscouragedandanxious,andasuppercomposed
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hewassurethatwaswhereKreacherwasmostlikelytoreappear.Halfwaydownthe
ightofstairsintothehall,however,heheardataponthefrontdoor,thenmetallic
clicksandthegrindingofthechain.
Everynerveinhisbodyseemedtotauten:Hepulledouthiswand,movedinto
theshadowsbesidethedecapitatedelfheads,andwaited.Thedooropened:Hesaw
aglimpseofthelamplitsquareoutside,andacloakedgureedgedintothehalland
closedthedoorbehindit.Theintrudertookastepforward,andMoody'svoiceasked,
SeverusSnape?
Thenthedustgurerosefromtheendofthehallandrushedhim,
raisingitsdeadhand.
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Weknow
IhadtoApparateverypreciselyontothetopstepoutsidethefrontdoortobe
surethattheywouldnotseeme.Theycan'tknowyou'reinhereorI'msurethey'd
havemorepeopleoutthere;they'restakingouteverywherethat'sgotanyconnection
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andgratitudehefelt.HehadneverlikedScrimgeourmuch,butifwhatLupinsaid
wastrue,theman'snalacthadbeentotrytoprotectHarry.
TheDeathEaterssearchedtheBurrowfromtoptobottom,Lupinwenton.
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SoDeathEatershavetakenoverthe
andfearamongstmanywhowouldhavedefendedyou.
Meanwhile,theMinistryhasstartedmovingagainstMuggle-borns.
Lupinpointedatthe
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illegallyandmustsuerthepunishment.
RonglancedatHermione,thensaid,Whatifpurebloodsandhalfbloodssweara
Muggle-born'spartoftheirfamily?I'lltelleveryoneHermione'smycousin
HermionecoveredRon'shandwithhersandsqueezedit.
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I'llunderstandifyoucan'tconrmthis,Harry,buttheOrderisunderthe
impressionthatDumbledoreleftyouamission.
Hedid,Harryreplied,andRonandHermioneareinonitandthey'recoming
withme.
Canyoucondeinmewhatthemissionis?
Harrylookedintotheprematurelylinedface,framedinthickbutgrayinghair,and
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RonandHermionebothlookedatHarry.
Justjusttobeclear,hesaid.YouwanttoleaveTonksatherparents'house
andcomeawaywithus?
She'llbeperfectlysafethere,they'lllookafterher,saidLupin.Hespokewith
analityborderingonindierence:Harry,I'msureJameswouldhavewantedmeto
stickwithyou.
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Harrydidnotknowwherehisragewascomingfrom,butithadpropelledhimto
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IknowIshouldn'thavecalledhimacoward.
No,youshouldn't,saidRonatonce.
Buthe'sactinglikeone.
Allthesame...saidHermione.
Iknow,saidHarry.ButifitmakeshimgobacktoTonks,it'llbeworthit,won't
it?
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Thinkingitcouldhardlymakehimfeelanyworsethanhealreadydid,Harrybeganto
read:
Proudandhaughty,KendraDumbledorecouldnotbeartoremainin
Mould-on-the-WoldafterherhusbandPercival'swell-publicizedarrestand
imprisonmentinAzkaban.Shethereforedecidedtouprootthefamilyand
relocatetoGodric'sHollow,thevillagethatwaslatertogainfameasthe
sceneofHarryPotter'sstrangeescapefromYou-Know-Who.
LikeMould-on-the-Wold,Godric'sHollowwashometoanumberof
Wizardingfamilies,butasKendraknewnoneofthem,shewouldbe
sparedthecuriosityaboutherhusband'scrimeshehadfacedinherformer
village.ByrepeatedlyrebungthefriendlyadvancesofhernewWizarding
neighbors,shesoonensuredthatherfamilywasleftwellalone.
SlammedthedoorinmyfacewhenIwentaroundtowelcomeherwith
abatchofhomemadeCauldronCakes,saysBathildaBagshot.Therst
yeartheywerethereIonlyeversawthetwoboys.Wouldn'thaveknown
therewasadaughterifIhadn'tbeenpickingPlangentinesbymoonlight
thewinteraftertheymovedin,andsawKendraleadingArianaoutinto
thebackgarden.Walkedherroundthelawnonce,keepingarmgripon
her,thentookherbackinside.Didn'tknowwhattomakeofit.
ItseemsthatKendrathoughtthemovetoGodric'sHollowwasthe
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ndout?HewantedtogotoGodric'sHollow,evenifBathildawasinnotstateto
talktohim:hewantedtovisittheplacewhereheandDumbledorehadbothlostloved
ones.Hewasintheprocessofloweringthenewspaper,toaskRon'sandHermione's
opinions,whenadeafening
crack
echoedaroundthekitchen.
ForthersttimeinthreedaysHarryhadforgottenallaboutKreacher.His
immediatethoughtwasthatLupinhadburstbackintotheroom,andforasplit
second,hedidnottakeinthemassofstrugglinglimbsthathadappearedoutof
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wereanunreliablebitofscum.
Wellthen,whythe'ellamIbeing'unteddownby'ouse-elves?Oristhisabout
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AsAugustworeon,thesquareofunkemptgrassinthemiddleofGrimmauld
Placeshriveledinthesununtilitwasbrittleandbrown.Theinhabitantsofnumber
twelvewereneverseenbyanyoneinthesurroundinghouses,andnorwasnumber
twelveitself.TheMuggleswholivedinGrimmauldPlacehadlongsinceaccepted
theamusingmistakeinthenumberingthathadcausednumbereleventositbeside
numberthirteen.
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andyouwon'tlikeit.
Thekitchenwasalmostunrecognizable.Everysurfacenowshone;copperpotsand
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DeathEaters,saidHarry.Therearepicturesoftheminside.Theywereatthe
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ofdelicate,silvermagicalinstruments,thestonePensieve,theSortingHatand,unless
ithadbeenmovedelsewhere,theswordofGryndor.
SnapecouldsendPhineasNigellustolookinsidethishouseforhim,Hermione
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Youdorealize,don'tyou,thatthere'sprobablynomoredangerousplaceinthe
wholeworldforustoberightnowthantheMinistryof
Ithinkweshoulddoittomorrow,saidHarry.
Hermionestoppeddead,herjawhanging;Ronchokedalittleoverhissoup.
Tomorrow?repeatedHermione.Youaren'tserious,Harry?
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Abandoningtheattempttoclosethedoor,shebegantobackawaydownthedark
hall,andHarryfollowed,glidingtowardher,andhislong-ngeredhandhaddrawnhis
wand.
Whereishe?
Daswei

ichnicht!
Hemove!Iknownot,Iknownot!
Heraisedhishand.Shescreamed.Twoyoungchildrencamerunningintothehall.
Shetriedtoshieldthemwithherarms.Therewasaashofgreenlight
Harry!HARRY!
Heopenedhiseyes;hehadsunktotheoor.Hermionewaspoundingonthedoor
again.
Harry,openup!
Hehadshoutedout,heknewit.Hegotupandunboltedthedoor;Hermione
toppledinsideatonce,regainedherbalance,andlookedaroundsuspiciously.Ronwas
rightbehindher,lookingunnervedashepointedhiswandintothecornersofthechilly
bathroom.
Whatwereyoudoing?askedHermionesternly.
Whatd'youthinkIwasdoing?askedHarrywithfeeblebravado.
Youwereyellingyourheado!saidRon.
Ohyeah...Imust'vedozedoor
Harry,pleasedon'tinsultourintelligence,saidHermione,takingdeepbreaths.
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Dawnseemedtofollowmidnightwithindecenthaste.
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unexpectedwarmth,however,beforeHermione'ssilentStunningSpellhitherinthe
chestandshetoppledover.
Nicelydone,Hermione,saidRon,emergingbehindabinbesidethetheaterdoor
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Butthat'sjustsilly!saidHermione,alarmed.Youcan'tgotoworkinthis
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Seeyouinamoment,then,saidHermionenervously,andshetotteredodown
thestepstoLADIES.HarryandRonjoinedanumberofoddlydressedmendescending
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No,he'sstillstuckinthehog,saidRon.
Oh,veryfunny...It'shorrible,isn'tit?shesaidtoHarry,whowasstaringupat
thestatue.Haveyouseenwhatthey'resittingon?
Harrylookedmorecloselyandrealizedthatwhathehadthoughtweredecoratively
carvedthroneswereactuallymoundsofcarvedhumans:hundredsandhundredsof
nakedbodies,men,women,andchildren,allwithratherstupid,uglyfaces,twisted
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womanImarriedwouldeverbemistakenforsuchlthandtheHeadofDepartment
ofMagicalLawEnforcementneededajobdoing,Iwouldmakeitmyprioritytodo
thisjob,Cattermole.Doyouunderstandme?
Yes,whisperedRon.
Thegoldengrillebeforethemclatteredopen.Withanodandunpleasantsmileto
Harry,whowasevidentlyexpectedtoappreciatethistreatmentofCattermole,Yaxley
sweptawaytowardanotherlift.Harry,Ron,andHermioneenteredtheirs,butnobody
followedthem:Itwasasiftheywereinfectious.Thegrillesshutwithaclangandthe
liftbegantomoveupward.
WhatamIgoingtodo?Ronaskedtheothertwoatonce;helookedstricken.
IfIdon'tturnup,mywife...Imean,Cattermole'swife
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bytheotherwizards,leavingHarryandHermionealone.Themomentthegoldendoor
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Ah,Mafalda!saidUmbridge,lookingatHermione.Traverssentyou,didhe?
Y-yes,squeakedHermione.
God,you'lldoperfectlywell.Umbridgespoketothewizardinblackandgold.
That'sthatproblemsolved.Minister,ifMafaldacanbesparedforrecord-keepingwe
shallbeabletostartstraightaway.Sheconsultedherclipboard.Tenpeopletodayand
oneofthemthewifeofaMinistryemployee!Tut,tut...evenhere,intheheartofthe
Ministry!ShesteppedintotheliftbesidesHermione,asdidthetwowizardswhohad
beenlisteningtoUmbridge'sconversationwiththeMinister.We'llgostraightdown,
Mafalda,you'llndeverythingyouneedinthecourtroom.Goodmorning,Albert,
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wasstrugglingtodomagicthatHarrywassurewasbeyondhim,awoman'sliberty
possiblydependingontheoutcome,andhe,Harry,waswanderingaroundonthetop
oorwhenheknewperfectlywellthathisquarryhadjustgonedowninthelift.
Hestoppedwalking,leanedagainstawall,andtriedtodecidewhattodo.The
silencepresseduponhim:Therewasnobustlingortalkorswiftfootstepsherethe
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What,hasshegotmagicearsaswellasaneye,now?
Thewitchglancedtowardtheshiningmahoganydoorfacingthespacefullof
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Nothinghappened,buthehadnotexpecteditto;nodoubtUmbridgeknewall
aboutprotectivecharmsandspells.Hethereforehurriedbehindherdeskandbegan
pullingopenallthedrawers.HesawquillsandnotebooksandSpellotape;enchanted
paperclipsthatcoiledsnakelikefromtheirdrawerandhadbebeatenback;afussy
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Harryopenedthebookatrandomandsawafull-pagephotographoftwoteenage
boys,bothlaughingimmoderatelywiththeirarmsaroundeachother'sshoulders.
Dumbledore,nowwithelbow-lengthhair,hadgrownatinywispybeardthatrecalled
theoneonKrum'schinthathadsoannoyedRon.Theboywhoroaredinsilent
amusementbesideDumbledorehadagleeful,wildlookabouthim.Hisgoldenhairfell
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Mr.Weasleybrokeo;hehadnoticedHarry.ItwasverystrangetohaveMr.
Weasleyglareathimwiththatmuchdislike.Theliftdoorsclosedandthefourof
themtrundleddownwardoncemore.
Ohhello,Reg,saidMr.Weasley,lookingaroundatthesoundofsteadydripping
fromRon'srobes.Isn'tyourwifeinforquestioningtoday?Erwhat'shappenedto
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impersonatingsomebodyotherthanRuncorn...Theliftdoorsclangedshut.
HarrypulledouttheInvisibilityCloakandputitbackon.Hewouldtrytoextricate
HermioneonhisownwhileRonwasdealingwiththerainingoce.Whenthedoors
opened,hesteppedoutintoatorch-litstonepassagewayquitedierentfromthe
wood-paneledandcarpetedcorridorsabove.Astheleftrattledawayagain,Harry
shiveredslightly,lookingtowardthedistantblackdoorthatmarkedtheentranceto
theDepartmentofMysteries.
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doorsontheleftofthecorridorwasungopenandscreamsechoedoutofit.
No,no,I'mhalf-blood,I'mhalf-blood,Itellyou!Myfatherwasawizard,he
was,
lookhimup,ArkieAlderton,he'sawellknownbroomstickdesigner,lookhimup,I
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asitcanteredaroundtheroom.
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It'sbeendecidedthatyoushouldallgohomeandgointohidingwithyour
families,HarrytoldthewaitingMuggle-born,whoweredazzledbythelightofthe
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thereplaceearlier.Helookednervous.
Thislotneedtoleavebeforeyousealtheexits,saidHarrywithalltheauthority
hecouldmuster.
Thegroupofwizardsinfrontofhimlookedatoneanother.
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Therewasanoiseinthecubiclebehindthem;Harrylookedaround;Yaxleyhad
justappeared.
14.THETHIEF
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Harryopenedhiseyesandwasdazzledbygoldandgreen;hehadnoideawhat
hadhappened,heonlyknewthathewaslyingonwhatseemedtobeleavesand
twigs.Strugglingtodrawbreathintolungsthatfeltattened,heblinkedandrealized
thatthegaudyglarewassunlightstreamingthroughacanopyofleavesfarabove
him.Thenanobjecttwitchedclosetohisface.Hepushedhimselfontohishandsand
knees,readytofacesomesmall,ercecreature,butsawthattheobjectwasRon's
foot.Lookingaround,HarrysawthattheyandHermionewerelyingonaforestoor,
apparentlyalone.
Harry'srstthoughtwasoftheForbiddenForest,andforamoment,eventhough
heknewhowfoolishanddangerousitwouldbeforthemtoappearinthegrounds
ofHogwarts,hisheartleaptatthethoughtofsneakingthroughthetreestoHagrid's
hut.However,inthefewmomentsittookforRontogivealowgroanandHarryto
startcrawlingtowardhim,herealizedthatthiswasnottheForbiddenForest;The
treeslookedyounger,theyweremorewidelyspaced,thegroundclearer.
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Apparentlyhedidn'twantitback,hislumbago'ssobad,saidHermione,now
performingcomplicatedgure-of-eightmovementswithherwand.soRon'sdadsaid
Icouldborrowit.
Erecto!
sheadded,pointingherwandatthemisshapencanvas,
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mewhenIwashim.God,Ihopetheymadeit...IftheybothendupinAzkaban
becauseofus...
HarrylookedoveratHermioneandthequestionhehadbeenabouttoaskabout
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Whatarewegoingtodowithit?Hermioneasked.
Keepitsafetillweworkouthowtodestroyit.Harryreplied,and,littlethough
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water.FromtimetotimeHarrythought,orperhapsimagined,thathecouldfeel
thetinyheartbeattickingirregularlyalongsidehisown.Namelessforebodingscrept
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wakeasheheldalanternaloft:Gregorovitchburstintotheroomattheendofthe
passageandhislanternilluminatedwhatlookedlikeaworkshop;woodshavingsand
goldgleamedintheswingingpooloflight,andthereonthewindowledgesatperched,
likeagiantbird,ayoungmanwithgoldenhair.Inthesplitsecondthatthelantern's
lightilluminatedhim,Harrysawthedelightuponhishandsomeface,thentheintruder
shotaStunningSpellfromhiswandandjumpedneatlybackwardoutofthewindow
withacrowoflaughter.
AndHarrywashurtlingbackoutofthosewide,tunnellikepupilsandGregorovitch's
facewasstrickenwithterror.
Whowasthethief,Gregorovitch?
saidthehighcoldvoice.
Idonotknow,Ineverknew,ayoungmannopleasePLEASE!
Ascreamthatwentonandonandthenaburstofgreenlight
Harry!
Heopenedhiseyes,panting,hisforeheadthrobbing.Hehadpassedoutagainst
thesideofthetent,hadslidsidewaysdownthecanvas,andwassprawledonthe
ground.HelookedupatHermione,whosebushyhairobscuredthetinypatchofsky
visiblethroughthedarkbrancheshighabovethem.
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moments,RonspokeinavoicesolowthatitwouldnotcarrytoHermione,huddlein
theentrance.
What'sYou-Know-Whodoing?
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Earlynextmorning,beforetheothertwowereawake,Harryleftthetenttosearch
thewoodsaroundthemfortheoldest,mostgnarled,andresilient-lookingtreehe
couldnd.ThereinitsshadowsheburiedMad-EyeMoody'seyeandmarkedthespot
bygougingasmallcrossinthebarkwithhiswand.Itwasnotmuch,butHarryfelt
thatMad-EyewouldhavemuchpreferredthistobeingstuckonDoloresUmbridge's
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What?hesnarledatHermione.I'mstarving!AllI'vehadsinceIbledhalfto
deathisacoupleoftoadstools!
YougoandghtyourwaythroughtheDementors,then,saidHarry,stung.
Iwould,butmyarm'sinasling,incaseyouhadn'tnoticed!
That'sconvenient.
Andwhat'sthatsupposedto?
Ofcourse!criedHermione,clappingahandtoherforeheadandstartlingbothof
It'snotstealing,isit?askedHermioneinatroubledvoice,astheydevoured
scrambledeggsontoast.NotifIleftsomemoneyunderthechickencoo?
Ronrolledhiseyesandsaid,withhischeeksbulging,Er-my-nee,'ooworry'oo
much.'Elax!
And,indeed,itwasmucheasiertorelaxwhentheywerecomfortablywellfed.The
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argumentabouttheDementorswasforgotteninlaughterthatnight,andHarryfelt
cheerful,evenhopeful,ashetooktherstofthethreenightwatches.
Thiswastheirrstencounterwiththefactthatafullstomachmeantgoodspirits,
anemptyone,bickeringandgloom.Harrywasleastsurprisedbythis,becausebehad
sueredperiodsofnearstarvationattheDursleys'.Hermioneboreupreasonablywell
onthosenightswhentheymanagedtoscavengenothingbutberriesorstalebiscuits,
hertemperperhapsalittleshorterthanusualandhersilencesdour.Ron,however,
hadalwaysbeenusedtothreedeliciousmealsaday,courtesyofhismotherorof
theHogwartshouse-elves,andhungermadehimbothunreasonableandirascible.
WheneverlackoffoodcoincidedwithRon'sturntoweartheHorcrux,hebecame
downrightunpleasant.
Sowherenext?washisconstantrefrain.Hedidnotseemtohaveanyideas
himself,butexpectedHarryandHermionetocomeupwithplanswhilehesatand
broodedoverthelowfoodsupplies.AccordinglyHarryandHermionespentfruitless
hourstryingtodecidewheretheymightndtheotherHorcruxes,andhowtodestroy
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ButDumbledorewouldhavefoundit,Harry!
Harryrepeatedtheargumenthekeptbringingoutinfavorofthistheory.
DumbledoresaidinfrontofmethatheneverassumedheknewallofHogwarts
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goingoninthewaragainstVoldemort.
Mymother,saidRononnight,astheysatinthetentonariverbankinWales,
canmakegoodfoodappearoutofthinair.
Heproddedmoodilyatthelumpsofcharredgrayshonhisplate.Harryglanced
automaticallyatRon'sneckandsaw,ashehasexpected,thegoldenchainofthe
Horcruxglintingthere.HemanagedtoghtdowntheimpulsetoswearatRon,whose
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normalwitchesandwizards.IfthesewereDeathEaters,thenperhapstheirdefenses
wereabouttobetestedbyDarkMagicforthersttime.
Thevoicesbecamelouderbutnomoreintelligibleasthegroupofmenreached
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silentbutbesidesthemselveswithexcitement,suretheyrecognizedthevoiceofDean
Thomas,theirfellowGryndor.
Muggle-born,eh?askedtherstman.
Notsure,saidDean.MydadleftmymumwhenIwasakid.I'vegotnoproof
hewasawizard,though.
Therewassilenceforawhile,exceptforthesoundsofmunching;thenTedspoke
again.
I'vegottosay,Dirk,I'msurprisedtorunintoyou.Pleased,butsurprised.Word
wasthatyou'dbeencaught.
Iwas,saidDirk.IwashalfwaytoAzkabanwhenImadeabreakforit.Stunned
Dawlish,andnickedhisbroom.Itwaseasierthanyou'dthink;Idon'treckonhe's
quiterightatthemoment.MightbeConfunded.Ifso,I'dliketoshakethehandof
thewitchorwizardwhodidit,probablysavedmylife.
Therewasanotherpauseinwhichtherecrackledandtheriverrushedon.The
Tedsaid,Andwheredoyoutwotin?I,er,hadtheimpressionthegoblinswerefor
You-Know-Who,onthewhole.
Youhadafalseimpression,saidthehigher-voicedofthegoblins.Wetakeno
sides.Thisisawizards'war.
Howcomeyou'reinhiding,then?
Ideemedinprudent,saidthedeeper-voicedgoblin.HavingrefusedwhatI
consideredanimpertinentrequest,Icouldseethatmypersonsafetywasinjeopardy.
Whatdidtheyaskyoutodo?askedTed.
Dutiesill-bettingthedignityofmyrace,repliedthegoblin,hisvoicerougher
andlesshumanashesaidit.Iamnotahouse-elf.
Whataboutyou,Griphook?
Similarreasons,saidthehighervoicedgoblin.Gringottsisnolongerunderthe
solecontrolofmyrace.IrecognizenoWizardingmaster.
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SoisSeverusSnape,thoughhedoesnotknowit,saidGriphook,andthetwo
goblinsroaredwithmaliciouslaughter.InsidethetentHarry'sbreathingwasshallow
withexcitement:HeandHermionestaredateachother,listeningashardasthey
could.
Didn'tyouhearaboutthat,Ted?askedDirk.Aboutthekidswhotriedtosteal
Gryndor'sswordoutofSnape'soceatHogwarts?
AnelectriccurrentseemedtocoursethroughHarry,janglinghiseverynerveashe
stoodrootedtothespot.
Neverheardaword,saidTed,Notinthe
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Oh,theywerepunished,andcruelly,saidGriphookindierently.
They'reokay,though?askedTedquickly,Imean,theWeasleysdon'tneedany
moreoftheirkidsinjured,dothey?
Theysuerednoseriousinjury,asfarasIamaware,saidGriphook.
Luckyforthem,saidTed.WithSnape'strackrecordIsupposeweshouldjust
begladthey'restillalive.
Youbelievethatstory,then,doyou,Ted?askedDirk.YoubelieveSnapekilled
Dumbledore?
CourseIdo,saidTed.You'renotgoingtositthereandtellmeyouthinkPotter
hadanythingtodowithit?
Hardtoknowwhattobelievethesedays,mutteredDirk.
IknowHarryPotter,saidDean.AndIreckonhe'stherealthingtheChosen
One,orwhateveryouwanttocallit.
Yeah,there'salotwouldliketobelievehe'sthat,son,saidDirk,meincluded.
Butwhereishe?Runforit,bythelooksofthings.You'dthinkifheknewanythingwe
don't,orhadanythingspecialgoingforhim,he'dbeouttherenowghting,rallying
resistance,insteadofhiding.Andyouknow,the
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Ah,saidPhineasNigellus,nowturninghisheadthiswayandthatinaneort
tocatchsightofHarry,yes.Thatsillygirlactedmostunwiselythere
Shutupaboutmysister,saidRonroughly.PhineasNigellusraisedsupercilious
eyebrows.
Whoelseishere?heasked,turninghisheadfromsidetoside.Yourtone
displeasesme!Thegirlandherfriendswerefoolhardilyintheextreme.Thievingfrom
theheadmaster.
Theyweren'tthieving,saidHarry.Thatswordisn'tSnape's.
ItbelongstoProfessorSnape'sschool,saidPhineasNigellus.Exactlywhat
claimdidtheWeasleygirlhaveuponit?Shedeservedherpunishment,asdidthe
idiotLongbottomandtheLovegoododdity!
NevilleisnotanidiotandLunaisnotanoddity!saidHermione.
WhereamI?repeatedPhineasNigellus,startingtowrestlewiththeblindfold
again.Wherehaveyoubroughtme?Whyhaveyouremovedmefromthehouseof
myforebears?
Nevermindthat!HowdidSnapepunishGinny,Neville,andLuna?askedHarry
urgently.
ProfessorSnapesentthemintotheForbiddenForest,todosomeworkforthe
oaf,Hagrid.
Hagrid'snotanoaf!saidHermioneshrilly.
AndSnapemight'vethoughthatwasapunishment,saidHarry,butGinny,
Neville,andLunaprobablyhadagoodlaughwithHagrid.TheForbiddenForest...
they'vefacedplentyworsethantheForbiddenForest,bigdeal!
Hefeltrelieved;hehadbeenimagininghorrors,theCruciatusCurseatthevery
least.
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PhineasNigellusturnedhisfaceinthedirectionofHarry'svoice.
EvidentlyitisnotonlyMuggle-bornswhoareignorant,Potter.Theportraitsof
Hogwartsmaycommunewitheachother,buttheycannottraveloutsideofthecastle
excepttovisitapaintingofthemselveselsewhere.Dumbledorecannotcomeherewith
me,andafterthetreatmentIhavereceivedatyourhands,IcanassureyouthatIwill
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Theygazedateachother.Harryfeltthattheanswerwasdanglinginvisiblyinthe
airabovethem,tantalizinglyclose.Whyhadn'tDumbledoretoldhim?Orhadhe,in
fact,toldHarry,butHarryhadnotrealizeditatthetime?
Think!whisperedHermione.Think!Wherewouldhehaveleftit?
NotatHogwarts,saidHarry,resuminghispacing.
SomewhereinHogsmeade?suggestedHermione.
TheShriekingShack?saidHarry.Nobodyevergoesinthere.
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hoped,youknow,afterwe'dbeenrunningroundafewweeks,we'dhaveachieved
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givearat'sfart,doyou,it'sonlytheForbiddenForest,Harry
I've-Faced-Worse
Potter
doesn'tcarewhathappenedtoherintherewell,Ido,allright,giantspidersand
mentalstu
Iwasonlysayingshewaswiththeothers,theywerewithHagrid
Yeah,Igetit,youdon'tcare!Andwhatabouttherestofmyfamily,`theWeasleys
don'tneedanotherkidinjured,'didyouhearthat?
Yeah,I
Notbotheredwhatitmeant,though?
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WhenHarrywokethefollowingdayitwasseveralsecondsbeforeheremembered
whathadhappened.Thenhehopedchildishly,thatithadbeenadream,thatRon
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alongwithher,hadbeendoingtheirbesttocontinueDumbledore'sArmy.Thisscant
newsmadeHarrywanttoseeGinnysobadlyitfeltlikeastomachache;butitalso
madehimthinkofRonagain,andofDumbledore,andofHogwartsitself,whichhe
missednearlyasmuchashisex-girlfriend.Indeed,asPhineasNigellustalkedabout
Snape'scrackdown,Harryexperiencedasplitsecondofmadnesswhenheimagined
simplygoingbacktoschooltojointhedestabilizationofSnape'sregime:Beingfed
andhavingasoftbed,andotherpeoplebeingincharge,seemedthemostwonderful
prospectintheworldatthismoment.ButthenherememberedthathewasUndesirable
NumberOne,thattherewasaten-thousandGalleonpriceonhishead,andthatto
walkintoHogwartsthesedayswasjustasdangerousaswalkingintotheMinistry
ofMagic.Indeed,PhineasNigellusinadvertentlyemphasizedthisfactmyslippingin
leadingquestionsaboutHarryandHermione'swhereabouts.Hermioneshovedhim
backinsidethebeadedbageverytimehedidthis,andPhineasNigellusinvariably
refusedtoreappearforseveraldaysaftertheseunceremoniousgood-byes.
Theweathergrewcolderandcolder.Theydidnotdareremaininanyareatoo
long,soratherthanstayinginthesouthofEngland,whereahardgroundfrostwasthe
worstoftheirworries,theycontinuedtomeanderupanddownthecountry,braving
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I'vebeenthinking.IIwanttogotoGodric'sHollow.
Shelookedupathim,buthereyeswereunfocused,andhewassureshewasstill
thinkingaboutthemysteriousmarkonthebook.
Yes,shesaid.Yes,I'vebeenwonderingthattoo.Ireallythinkwe'llhaveto.
Didyouhearmeright?heasked.
OfcourseIdid.YouwanttogotoGodric'sHollow.Iagree.Ithinkweshould.
Imean,Ican'tthinkofanywhereelseitcouldbeeither.It'llbedangerous,butthe
moreIthinkaboutit,themorelikelyitseemsit'sthere.
Er
what's
there?askedHarry.
Atthat,shelookedjustasbewilderedashefelt.
Well,thesword,Harry!Dumbledoremusthaveknownyou'dwanttogoback
there,andImean,Godric'sHollowisGodricGryndor'sbirthplace
Really?GryndorcamefromGodric'sHollow?
Harry,didyoueverevenopen
AHistoryofMagic?
Erm,hesaid,smilingforwhatfeltlikethersttimeinmonths:Themusclesin
hisfacefeltoddlysti.Imight'veopenedit,youknow,whenIboughtit...justthe
once...
Well,asthevillageisnamedafterhimI'dhavethoughtyoumighthavemade
theconnection,saidHermione.Shesoundedmuchmorelikeheroldselfthanshe
haddoneoflate;Harryhalfexpectedhertoannouncethatshewasotothelibrary.
There'sabitaboutthevillagein
AHistoryofMagic,
wait...
Sheopenedthebeadedbagandrummagedforawhile,nallyextractinghercopy
oftheiroldschooltextbook,
AHistoryofMagic
byBathildaBagshot,whichshe
thumbedthroughuntilndingthepageshewanted.
`
UponthesignatureoftheInternationalStatuteofSecrecyin1689,wizards
wentintohidingforgood.Itwasnatural,perhaps,thattheyformedtheirown
manycenturies.'
Youandyourparentsaren'tmentioned,Hermionesaid,closingthebook,
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sosurprisinglywillingtofallinwithHarry'sdearestwish.
Yeah,hemighthavedone!So,arewegoingtogotoGodric'sHollow?
Yes,butwe'llhavetothinkitthroughcarefully,Harry.Shewassittingupnow,
andHarrycouldtellthattheprospectofhavingaplanagainhadliftedhermood
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whowereChristmasshopping,andhadpracticedApparatingandDisapparatingwhile
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themselvesconcealedwhilemagicallycoveringtheirtraces.
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happybabywithoutascaronhisforehead...
C'mon,saidHarry,whenhehadlookedhisll,andtheyturnedagaintowardthe
church.Astheycrossedtheroad,heglancedoverhisshoulder;thestatuehadturned
backintothewarmemorial.
Thesinginggrewlouderastheyapproachedthechurch.ItmadeHarry'sthroat
constrict,itremindedhimsoforcefullyofHogwarts,ofPeevesbellowingrudeversions
ofcarolsfrominsidesuitsofarmor,oftheGreatHall'stwelveChristmastrees,of
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deeperamongstthegraveshewent,andeverytimehereachedanewheadstonehe
feltalittlelurchofapprehensionandanticipation.
Thedarknessandthesilenceseemedtobecome,allofasudden,muchdeeper.
Harrylookedaround,worried,thinkingofDementors,thenrealizedthatthecarolshad
nished,thatthechatterandurryofchurchgoerswerefadingawayastheymade
theirwaybackintothesquare.Somebodyinsidethechurchhadjustturnedothe
lights.
ThenHermione'svoicecameoutoftheblacknessforthethirdtime,sharpand
clearfromafewyardsaway.
Harry,they'rehere...righthere.
Andheknewbyhertonethatitwashismotherandfatherthistime:Hemoved
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fromhiseyestheplacewherethelastofLilyandJameslay,bonesnow,surely,ordust,
notknowingorcaringthattheirlivingsonstoodsonear,hisheartstillbeating,alive
becauseoftheirsacriceandclosetowishing,atthismoment,thathewassleeping
underthesnowwiththem.
Hermionehadtakenhishandagainandwasgrippingittightly.Hecouldnotlook
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Harry,stop.
What'swrong?
TheyhadonlyjustreachedthegraveoftheunknownAbbott.
There'ssomeonethere.Someonewatchingus.Icantell.There,overbythe
bushes.
Theystoodquitestill,holdingontoeachother,gazingatthedenseblackboundary
ofthegraveyard.Harrycouldnotseeanything.
Areyousure?
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hadgrownwildinthesixteenyearssinceHagridhadtakenHarryfromtherubblethat
layscatteredamongstthewaist-highgrass.Mostofthecottagewasstillstanding,
thoughentirelycoveredinthedarkivyandsnow,buttherightsideofthetopoor
hadbeenblownapart;that,Harrywassure,waswherethecursehadbackred.He
andHermionestoodatthegate,gazingupatthewreckofwhatmustoncehavebeen
acottagejustlikethosethatankedit.
Iwonderwhynobody'severrebuiltit?whisperedHermione.
Maybeyoucan'trebuildit?Harryreplied.Maybeit'sliketheinjuriesfromDark
Magicandyoucan'trepairthedamage?
HeslippedahandfrombeneaththeCloakandgraspedthesnowyandthickly
rustedgate,notwishingtoopenit,butsimplytoholdsomepartofthehouse.
You'renotgoingtogoinside?Itlooksunsafe,itmightoh,Harry,look!
Histouchonthegateseemedtohavedoneit.Asignhadrisenoutoftheground
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animpressionofextremeage.Theywatchedinsilenceasshedrewnearer.Harrywas
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intofoldsoftransparentskin,andherwholefacewasdottedwithbrokenveinsand
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Gregorovitch'swindowsill,smilinglazilyupatHarryoutofthesilverframe.Andit
cametoHarryinstantlywherehehadseentheboybefore:in
TheLifeandLies
ofAlbusDumbledore,
arminarmwiththeteenageDumbledore,andthatmustbe
whereallthemissingphotographswere:inRita'sbook.
Mrs.MissBagshot?hesaid,andhisvoiceshookslightly.Whoisthis?
BathildawasstandinginthemiddleoftheroomwatchingHermionelightthere
forher.
MissBagshot?Harryrepeated,andheadvancedwiththepictureinhishands
astheamesburstintolifeinthereplace.Bathildalookedupathisvoice,andthe
Horcruxbeatfasteruponhischest.
Whoisthisperson?Harryaskedher,pushingthepictureforward.
Shepeeredatitsolemnly,thenupatHarry.
Doyouknowwhothisis?herepeatedinamuchslowerandloudervoicethan
usual.Thisman?Doyouknowhim?What'shecalled?
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Yes,saidHarry,lookingdownintothemilkyeyesxeduponhisown.Ithink
shedoes.
Well,okaythen,butbequick,Harry.
Leadtheway,HarrytoldBathilda.
Sheseemedtounderstand,becausesheshuedaroundhimtowardthedoor.Harry
glancedbackatHermionewithareassuringsmile,buthewasnotsureshehadseen
it;shestoodhuggingherselfinthemidstofthecandlelitsqualor,lookingtowardthe
bookcase.AsHarrywalkedoutoftheroom,unseenbybothHermioneandBathilda,
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There,shesaid,pointingattheshapelessmass.
Andintheinstantthathelookedaway,hiseyestakingthetangledmessfora
swordhilt,aruby,shemovedweirdly:Hesawitoutofthecornerofhiseye;panic
madehimturnandhorrorparalyzedhimashesawtheoldbodycollapsingandthe
greatsnakepouringfromtheplacewhereherneckhadbeen.
Thesnakestruckasheraisedhiswand:Theforceofthebitetohisforearmsent
thewandspinninguptowardtheceiling;itslightswungdizzyinglyaroundtheroom
andwasextinguished;Thenapowerfulblowfromthetailtohismidriknockedthe
breathoutofhim:Hefellbackwardontothedressingtable,intothemoundoflthy
clothing
Herolledsideways,narrowlyavoidingthesnake'stail,whichthrasheddownupon
thetablewherehehadbeenasecondearlier.Fragmentsoftheglasssurfacerained
uponhimashehittheoor.FrombelowheheardHermionecall,Harry?
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fromthewall,andsplinteredchinaeweverywhereasHarryjumpedoverthebedand
seizedthedarkshapeheknewtobeHermione
Sheshriekedwithpainashepulledherbackacrossthebed:Thesnakereared
again,butHarryknewthatworsethanthesnakewascoming,wasperhapsalreadyat
thegate,hisheadwasgoingtosplitopenwiththepainfromhisscar
Thesnakelungedashetookarunningleap,draggingHermionewithhim;as
itstruck,Hermionescreamed,
Confringo!
andherspellewaroundtheroom,
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Theyhadnotdrawnthecurtains;hesawthemquiteclearlyintheirlittlesitting
room,thetallblack-hairedmaninhisglasses,makingpusofcoloredsmokeerupt
fromhiswandfortheamusementofthesmallblack-hairedboyinhisbluepajamas.
Thechildwaslaughingandtryingtocatchthesmoke,tograbitinhissmallst...
Adooropenedandthemotherentered,sayingwordshecouldnothear,herlong
dark-redhairfallingoverherface.Nowthefatherscoopedupthesonandhanded
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childhadnotcriedallthistime.Hecouldstand,clutchingthebarsofhiscrib,and
helookedupintotheintruder'sfacewithakindofbrightinterest,perhapsthinking
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You'vebeenill,shenished.Quiteill.
Howlongagodidweleave?
Hoursago.It'snearlymorning.
AndI'vebeen...what,unconscious?
Notexactly,saidHermioneuncomfortably.You'vebeenshoutingandmoaning
and...things,sheaddedinatonethatmadeHarryfeeluneasy.Whathadhedone?
ScreamedcurseslikeVoldemort,criedlikethebabyinthecrib?
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HerememberedthesnakecomingoutofBathilda'sneck:Hermionedidnotneed
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Itwasanaccident,saidHarrymechanically.Hefeltempty,stunned.We'llwe'll
ndawaytorepairit.
Harry,Idon'tthinkwe'regoingtobeableto,saidHermione,theearstrickling
downherface.Remember...rememberRon?Whenhebrokehiswand,crashingthe
car?Itwasneverthesameagain,hehadtogetanewone.
HarrythoughtofOllivander,kidnappedandheldhostagebyVoldemort;of
Gregorovitch,whowasdead.Howwashesupposedtondhimselfanewwand?
Well,hesaid,inafalselymatter-of-factvoice,well,I'lljustborrowyoursfor
now,then.WhileIkeepwatch.
Herfaceglazedwithtears,Hermionehandedoverherwand,andhelefthersitting
18.THELIFEANDLIESOFALBUS
DUMBLEDORE
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Thanks,hesaid,takingoneofthecups.
DoyoumindifItalktoyou?
No,hesaidbecausehedidnotwanttohurtherfeelings.
Harry,youwantedtoknowwhothatmaninthepicturewas.Well...I'vegotthe
book.
Timidlyshepusheditontohislap,apristinecopyof
TheLifeandLiesofAlbus
Dumbledore.
Wherehow?
ItwasinBathilda'ssittingroom,justlyingthere...Thisnotewasstickingout
ofthetopofit.
Hermionereadthefewlinesofspiky,acid-greenwritingaloud.
`DearBatty,Thanksforyourhelp.Here'sacopyofthebook,hopeyoulike
it.Yousaideverything,evenifyoudon'trememberit.Rita.'
Ithinkitmusthave
arrivedwhiletherealBathildawasalive,butperhapsshewasn'tinanytstateto
readit?
No,sheprobablywasn't.
HarrylookeddownuponDumbledore'sfaceandexperiencedasurgeofsavage
pleasure:NowhewouldknowifallthethingsthatDumbledorehadneverthoughtit
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Ignoringtheremainderofthephotographs,Harrysearchedthepagesaroundthem
forarecurrenceofthatfatalname.Hesoondiscovereditandreadgreedily,butbecame
lost:Itwasnecessarytogofartherbacktomakesenseofitall,andeventuallyhe
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sentanowltoAlbusatHogwarts,havingbeenfavorablyimpressedby
hispaperontrans-speciestransformationin
TransgurationToday.
This
initialcontractledtoacquaintancewiththeentireDumbledorefamily.
AtthetimeofKendra'sdeath,BathildawastheonlypersoninGodric's
HollowwhowasonspeakingtermswithDumbledore'smother.
Unfortunately,thebrilliancethatBathildaexhibitedearlierinherlife
hasnowdimmed.There'slit,butthecauldron'sempty,asIvor
Dillonsbyputittome,or,inEnidSmeek'sslightlyearthierphrase,She's
nuttyassquirrelpoo.Nevertheless,acombinationoftried-and-tested
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there,intenselyshockingthoughitwillbeformanytohearit,hestruck
upaclosefriendshipwithnoneotherthanAlbusDumbledore.
Heseemedacharmingboytome,babblesBathilda,whateverhe
becamelater.NaturallyIintroducedhimtopoorAlbus,whowasmissing
thecompanyofladshisownage.Theboystooktoeachotheratonce.
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thathemusthavesueredachangeofheart,thathecametohissenses.
thatDumbledoredelayed,forsomeveyearsofturmoil,fatalities,and
disappearances,hisattackuponGellertGrindelwald.Wasitlingering
aectionforthemanorfearofexposureashisoncebestfriendthat
causedDumbledoretohesitate?WasitonlyreluctantlythatDumbledore
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havedone,asthetwoyoungmensatpracticingfortheirattemptatglory
anddomination?IsitpossiblethatArianaDumbledorewastherstperson
todieforthegreatergood?
ThechapterendedhereandHarrylookedup.Hermionehadreachedthebottomofthe
pagebeforehim.ShetuggedthebookoutofHarry'shands,lookingalittlealarmed
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Alone?Hewasn'talone!Hehadhisbrotherandsisterforcompany,hisSquib
sisterhewaskeepinglockedup
Idon'tbelieveit,saidHermione.Shestooduptoo.Whateverwaswrongwith
thatgirl,Idon'tthinkshewasaSquib.TheDumbledoreweknewwouldnever,ever
haveallowed
TheDumbledorewethoughtweknewdidn'twanttoconquerMugglesbyforce!
Harryshouted,hisvoiceechoingacrosstheemptyhilltop,andseveralblackbirdsrose
intotheair,squawkingandspiralingagainstthepearlysky.
Hechanged,Harry,hechanged!It'sassimpleasthat!Maybehedidbelieve
thesethingswhenhewasseventeen,butthewholeoftherestofhislifewasdevoted
toghtingtheDarkArts!DumbledorewastheonewhostoppedGrindelwald,the
onewhoalwaysvotedforMuggleprotectionandMuggle-bornrights,whofought
You-Know-Whofromthestart,andwhodiedtryingtobringhimdown!
19.THESILVERDOE
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ItwassnowingbythetimeHermionetookoverthewatchatmidnight.Harry's
dreamswereconfusedanddisturbing:Naginiwoveinandoutofthem,rstthrough
awreathofChristmasroses.Hewokerepeatedly,panicky,convincedthatsomebody
hadcalledouttohiminthedistance,imaginingthatthewindwhippingaroundthe
tentwasfootstepsorvoices.
FinallyhegotupinthedarknessandjoinedHermione,whowashuddledinthe
entrancetothetentreading
AHistoryofMagic
bythelightofherwand.Thesnow
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Hepointedthewandatthesilveryshapeandmurmured,
AccioSword.
Itdidnotstir.Hehadnotexpecteditto.Ifithadbeenthateasytheswordwould
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breathe:tremblingsoviolentlythewaterlappedovertheedgesofthepool,hefeltfor
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No,saidHarry.
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meworsethanitaectsyouandHermione,itmademethinkstustuthatIwas
thinkinganyway,butitmadeeverythingworse.Ican'texplainit,andthenI'dtakeit
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Ronhadpiercedtheglassinbothwindows:Riddle'seyesweregone,andthestained
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times.
Hermione!
Shestirred,thensatupquickly,pushingherhairoutofherface.
What'swrong?Harry?Areyouallright?
It'sokay,everything'sne.Morethanne,I'mgreat.There'ssomeonehere.
Whatdoyoumean?Who?
ShesawRon,whostoodthereholdingtheswordanddrippingontothethreadbare
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Youcamebackafterweeks
weeks
andyouthinkit'sallgoingtobeallrightif
youjustsay
sorry?
Well,whatelsecanIsay?Ronshouted,andHarrywasgladthatRonwasghting
back.
Oh,Idon'tknow!yelledHermionewithawfulsarcasm.Rackyourbrains,Ron,
thatshouldonlytakeacoupleofseconds
Hermione,interjectedHarry,whoconsideredthisalowblow,hejustsavedmy
Idon'tcare!shescreamed.Idon'tcarewhathe'sdone!Weeksandweeks,we
couldhavebeen
dead
forallheknew
Iknewyouweren'tdead!bellowedRon,drowninghervoiceforthersttime,
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Imanagedtohittheoneholdingmeinthestomach,grabbedhiswand,Disarmed
theblokeholdingmine,andDisapparated.Ididn'tdoitsowell.Splinchedmyself
againRonhelduphisrighthandtoshowtwomissingngernails:Hermioneraised
hereyebrowscoldlyandIcameoutmilesfromwhereyouwere.BythetimeIgot
backtothatbitofriverbankwherewe'dbeen...youweregone.
Gosh,whatagrippingstory,Hermionesaidintheloftyvoicesheadoptedwhen
wishingtowound.Youmusthavebeensimplyterried.Meanwhilewewentto
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dierentoranything,butIwassureI'dheardyou.SoIclickedit.Andthelightwent
outinmyroom,butanotherlightappearedrightoutsidethewindow.
Ronraisedhisemptyhandandpointedinfrontofhim,hiseyesfocusedon
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whathappened?
RonexplainedhowhehadwatchedHarryjumpintothepool,andhadwaitedfor
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HarryhadnotexpectedHermione'sangertoabateovernightandwastherefore
unsurprisedthatshecommunicatedmainlybydirtylooksandpointedsilencesthe
nextmorning.Ronrespondedbymaintaininganunnaturallysomberdemeanorinher
presenceasanoutwardsignofcontinuingremorse.Infact,whenallthreeofthem
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You'rekidding?
Yeah,abunchofDeathEaterscorneredhim,Billsaidbuthefoughthiswayout.
He'sontherunnowjustlikeus.Ronscratchedhischinthoughtfullywiththeendof
hiswand.Youdon'treckonKingsleycouldhavesentthatdoe?
HisPatronusisalynx,wesawitatthewedding,remember?
Ohyeah...
Theymovedfartheralongthehedge,awayfromthetentandHermione.
Harry...youdon'treckonitcould'vebeenDumbledore?
Dumbledorewhat?
Ronlookedalittleembarrassed,butsaidinalowvoice,Dumbledore...thedoe?
Imean,RonwaswatchingHarryoutofthecornersofhiseyes,hehadtherealsword
last,didn'the?
HarrydidnotlaughatRon,becauseheunderstoodtoowellthelongingbehind
thequestion.TheideathatDumbledorehadmanagedtocomebacktothem,thathe
waswatchingoverthem,wouldhaveinexpressiblycomforting.Heshookhishead.
Dumbledore'sdead,hesaid.Isawithappen,Isawthebody.He'sdenitely
gone.AnywayhisPatronuswasaphoenix,notadoe.
Patronusescanchange,thoughcan'tthey?saidRon,Tonks'schanged,didn't
it?
Yeah,butifDumbledorewasalive,whywouldn'theshowhimself?Whywouldn't
hejusthandusthesword?
Searchme,saidRon.Samereasonhedidn'tgiveittoyouwhilehewasalive?
SamereasonheleftyouanoldSnitchandHermioneabookofkid'sstories?
Whichiswhat?askedHarry,turningtolookRonfullinthefacedesperatefor
theanswer.
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minutesorsoRontappedandmuttered,Hermioneturnedthepagesofherbook,and
Harrycontinuedtopracticewiththeblackthornwand.
FinallyHermioneclimbeddownfromherbunk.Ronceasedhistappingatonce.
Ifit'sannoyingyou,I'llstop!hetoldHermionenervously.
Hermionedidnotdeigntorespond,butapproachedHarry.
Weneedtotalk,shesaid.
Helookedatthebookstillclutchedinherhand.Itwas
TheLifeandLiesof
AlbusDumbledore.
What?hesaidapprehensively.Itewthroughhismindthattherewasachapter
onhiminthere;hewasnotsurehefeltuptohearingRita'sversionofhisrelationship
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wedon'tneedanotherGodric'sHollow.Wetalkedourselvesintogoingthere,and
Butitkeepsappearing,Harry!Dumbledoreleftme
TheTalesofBeedletheBard,
howdoyouknowwe'renotsupposedtondoutaboutthesign?
Herewegoagain!Harryfeltslightlyexasperated.Wekeeptryingtoconvince
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It'stheirs,saidRon.Look.
Threehand-paintedsignshadbeentackedtoabroke-downgate.Therstread,
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Itwonttakelong,saidHarry,slightlydisappointedbythisless-than-warm
welcome.
Ioh,allrightthen.Comein,quickly.Quickly!
TheywerebarelyoverthethresholdwhenXenophiliusslammedthedoorshut
behindthem.TheywerestandinginthemostpeculiarkitchenHarryhadeverseen.
Theroomwasperfectlycircular,sothathefeltlikebeinginsideagiantpepperpot.
Everythingwascurvedtotthewallsthestove,thesink,andthecupboardsand
allofithadbeenpaintedwithowers,insects,andbirdsinbrightprimarycolors.
HarrythoughtherecognizedLuna'sstyles.Theeectinsuchanenclosedspace,was
slightlyoverwhelming.
Inthemiddleoftheoor,awrought-ironspiralstaircaseledtotheupperlevels.
Therewasagreatdealofclatteringandbangingcomingfromoverhead:Harry
wonderedwhatLunacouldbedoing.
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ButHarry,it'sanErumpenthorn!It'saClassBTradeableMaterialandit'san
extraordinarydangerousthingtohaveinahouse!
How'dyouknowit'sanErumpenthorn?askedRon,edgingawayfromthehorn
asfastashecould,giventheextremeclutteroftheroom.
There'sadescriptionin
FantasticBeastsandWheretoFindThem!
Mr.
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He'sprobablyworriedaboutwhat'llhappentothemiftheDeathEatersndout
Iwashere,saidHarry.
Well,IagreewithRon,saidHermione,Awfuloldhypocrite,tellingeveryone
elsetohelpyouandtryingtowormourofithimself.Andforheaven'ssakekeepaway
fromthathorn.
Harrycrossedtothewindowonthefarsideoftheroom.Hecouldseeastream,
athin,glitteringribbonlyingfarbelowthematthebaseofthehill.Theywerevery
highup;abirdutteredpastthewindowashestaredinthedirectionoftheBurrow,
nowinvisiblebeyondanotherlineofhills.Ginnywasovertheresomewhere.Theywere
closertoeachothertodaythantheyhadbeensinceBillandFleur'swedding,butshe
couldhavenoideahewasgazingtowardhernow,thinkingofher.Hesupposehe
oughttobegladofit;anyonehecameintocontactwithwasindanger,Xenophilius's
attitudeprovedthat.
Heturnedawayfromthewindowsandhisgazefelluponanotherpeculiarobject
standinguponthecluttered,curvedslideboard;astonebutofabeautifulbutaustere-
lookingwitchwearingamostbizarre-lookingheaddress.Twoobjectsthatresembled
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arehere.Sheoughtnottobetoolong,shehascaughtnearlyenoughPlumpiesto
makesoupforallofus.Dositdownandhelpyourselvestosugar.
Now,heremoveatotteringpileofpapersfromanarmchairandsatdown,his
Wellingtonedlegscrossed,howmayIhelpyou,Mr.Potter?
Well,saidHarry,glancingatHermione,whonoddedencouragingly,it'sabout
thatsymbolyouwerewearingaroundyourneckatBillandFleur'swedding,Mr.
Lovegood.Wewonderedwhatitmeant.
Xenophiliusraisedhiseyebrows.
AreyoureferringtothesignoftheDeathlyHallows?
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HarryturnedtolookatRonandHermione.Neitherofthemseemedtohave
understoodwhatXenophiliushadsaideither.
TheDeathlyHallows?
That'sright,saidXenophilius.Youhaven'theardofthem?I'mnotsurprised.
Very,veryfewwizardsbelieve.Witnessthatknuckle-headedyoungmanatyour
brother'swedding,henoddedatRon,whoattackedmeforsportingthesymbolofa
well-knownDarkwizard!Suchignorance.ThereisnothingDarkabouttheHallowsat
leastnotinthatcrudesense.Onesimplyusesthesymboltorevealoneselftoother
believers,inthehopethattheymighthelponewiththeQuest.
HestirredseverallumpsofsugarintohisGurdyrootinfusionanddranksome.
I'msorry,saidHarry,Istilldon'treallyunderstand.
Tobepolite,hetookasipfromhiscuptoo,andalmostgagged:Thestuwas
quitedisgusting,asthoughsomeonehadliquidizedbogey-avoredEveryFlavorBeans.
Well,yousee,believersseektheDeathlyHallows,saidXenophilius,smackinghis
lipsinapparentappreciationoftheGurdyrootinfusion.
Butwhat
are
theDeathlyHallows?askedHermione.
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staringoutofthewindowatthesky.Goon,Hermione.
Intime,thebrothersreachedarivertoodeeptowadethroughandtoo
dangeroustoswimacross.However,thesebrotherswerelearnedinthemagical
arts,andsotheysimplywavedtheirwandsandmadeabridgeappearacrossthe
treacherouswater.Theywerehalfwayacrossitwhentheyfoundtheirpathblocked
byahoodedgure.
`
AndDeathspoketothem'
Sorry,interjectedHarry,but
Death
spoketothem?
It'safairytale,Harry!
Right,sorry.Goon.
`
AndDeathspoketothem.Hewasangrythathehadbeencheatedoutof
thethreenewvictims,fortravelersusuallydrownedintheriver.ButDeathwas
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enemydeadupontheoortheoldestbrotherproceededtoaninn,whereheboasted
loudlyofthepowerfulwandhehadsnatchedfromDeathhimself,andofhowit
madehiminvincible.
`Thatverynight,anotherwizardcreptupontheoldestbrotherashelay,wine-
soddenuponhisbed.Thethieftookthewandandforgoodmeasure,slittheoldest
brother'sthroat.
`AndsoDeathtooktherstbrotherforhisown.
`Meanwhile,thesecondbrotherjourneyedtohisownhome,wherehelived
alone.Herehetookoutthestonethathadthepowertorecallthedead,andturned
itthriceinhishand.Tohisamazementandhisdelight,thegureofthegirlhe
hadoncehopedtomarry,beforeheruntimelydeath,appearedatoncebeforehim.
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TherewasashortsilenceinwhichXenophiliusglancedoutofthewindow.Already
thesunwaslowinthesky.
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Well,howcanthatbereal?
Provethatisnot,saidXenophilius.
Hermionelookedoutraged.
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Thatwasthenameonthegravewiththemarkonit,inGodric'sHollow,said
Hermione,stillwatchingXenophilius.IgnotusPeverell.
Exactly!saidXenophilius,hisforengerraisedpedantically.Thesignofthe
DeathHallowsonIgnotus'sgraveisconclusiveproof!
Ofwhat?askedRon.
Why,thatthethreebrothersinthestorywereactuallythethreePeverellbrothers,
Antioch,CadmusandIgnotus!ThattheyweretheoriginalownersoftheHallows!
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You're
supposed
tosaytheCloak,RontoldHermione,butyouwouldn'tneed
tobeinvisibleifyouhadthewand.An
unbeatablewand,
Hermione,comeon!
We'vealreadygotanInvisibilityCloak,saidHarry,Andit'shelpedusrathera
lot,incaseyouhadn'tnoticed!saidHermione.Whereasthewandwouldbebound
toattracttrouble
Onlyifyoushoutedaboutit,arguedRon.Onlyifyouwerepratenoughtogo
dancingaroundwavingitoveryourhead,andsinging,`I'vegotanunbeatablewand,
comeandhaveagoifyouthinkyou'rehardenough.'Aslongasyoukeptyourtrap
shut
Yes,butcouldyoukeepyourtrapshut?saidHermione,lookingskeptical.
Youknowtheonlytruethinghesaidtouswasthattherehavebeenstoriesabout
extra-powerfulwandsforhundredsofyears.
Therehave?askedHarry.
Hermionelookedexasperated:Theexpressionwassoendearinglyfamiliarthat
HarryandRongrinnedateachother.
TheDeathstick,theWandofDestiny,theycropupunderdierentnamesthrough
thecenturies,usuallyinthepossessionofsomeDarkwizardwho'sboastingabout
them.ProfessorBinnsmentionedsomeofthem,butohit'sallnonsense.Wandsare
onlyaspowerfulasthewizardswhousethem.Somewizardsjustliketoboastthat
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youknow,insteadofastonetomakeyouimmortal,astonetoreversedeath.
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atrayladenwithbowls.
Mr.Lovegood,saidHarry.Where'sLuna?
Excuseme?
Where'sLuna?
Xenophiliushaltedonthetopstep.
II'vealreadytoldyou.SheisdownattheBotionsBridgeshingforPlimpies.
Sowhyhaveyouonlylaidthattrayforfour?
Xenophiliustriedtospeak,butnosoundcameout.Theonlynoisewasthe
continuedchuggingoftheprintingpress,andaslightrattlefromthetrayas
Xenophilius'shandsshook.
Idon'tthinkLuna'sbeenhereforweeks,saidHarry.Herclothesaregone,her
bedhasn'tbeensleptin.Whereisshe?andwhydoyoukeeplookingoutofthe
window?
Xenophiliusdroppedthetray.Thebowlsbouncedandsmashed.Harry,Ron,and
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HARRY!Hermionescreamed.
Figuresonbroomstickswereyingpastthewindows.Asthethreeofthemlooked
awayfromhim.Xenophiliusdrewhiswand.Harryrealizedtheirmistakejustintime.
Helaunchedhimselfsideways,shovingRonandHermioneoutofharm'swayas
Xenophilius'sStunningSpellsoaredacrosstheroomandhittheErumpenthorn.There
wasacolossalexplosion.Thesoundofitseemedtoblowtheroomapart.Fragments
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Homenumrevelio,
saidthevoiceatthefootofthestairs.HarryheardHermione
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thunderingofthecollapsinghouseranginHarry'searsasshedraggedhimoncemore
intodarkness.
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Harryfell,panting,ontograssandscrambledupatonce.Theyseemedtohave
landedinthecornerofaeldatdusk;Hermionewasalreadyrunninginacirclearound
them,wavingherwand.
ProtegoTotalum...SalvioHexia...
Thattreacherousoldbleeder,Ronpanted,emergingfrombeneaththeInvisibility
CloakandthrowingittoHarry.Hermione,you'reagenius,atotalgenius.Ican't
believewegotoutofthat.
CaveInimicum...
Didn'tI
say
itwasanErumpenthorn,didn'tItellhim?And
nowhishousehasbeenblownapart!
Serveshimright,saidRon,examininghistornjeansandthecutstohislegs,
What'dyoureckonthey'lldotohim?
OhIhopetheydon'tkillhim!groanedHermione,That'swhyIwantedthe
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Oh,whydidwegothere?groanedHermioneafterafewminutes'silence.Harry,
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oflivingwithdeadpeople.
SothatPeverellblokewho'sburiedinGodric'sHollow,hesaidhastily,tryingto
soundrobustlysane,youdon'tknowanythingabouthim,then?
No,shereplied,lookingrelievedatthechangeofsubject.Ilookedhimupafter
Isawthemarkonhisgrave;ifhe'dbeenanyonefamousordoneanythingimportant,
I'msurehe'dbeinoneofourbooks.TheonlyplaceI'vemanagedtondthename
`Peverell'is
Nature'sNobility:AWizardingGenealogy.
IborroweditfromKreacher,
sheexplainedasRonraisedhiseyebrows.Itliststhepure-bloodfamiliesthatarenow
extinctinthemaleline.ApparentlythePeverellswereoneoftheearliestfamiliesto
vanish.
Extinctinthemaleline?repeatedRon.
Itmeansthenamediedout,saidHermione,centuriesago,inthecaseofthe
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Yes...andthat'sallveryinteresting,saidHermionecautiously,butHarry,if
you'rethinkingwhatIthinkyou'rethink
Well,whynot?
Whynot?
saidHarry,abandoningcaution.Itwasastone,wasn't
it?HelookedatRonforsupport.WhatifitwastheResurrectionStone?
Ron'smouthfellopen.
BlimeybutwoulditstillworkifDumbledorebroke?
Work?
Work?
Ron,itneverworked!
There'snosuchthingasaResurrection
Stone!
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Hefeltarmedincertainty,inhisbeliefintheHallows,asifthemereideaof
possessingthemwasgivinghimprotection,andhefeltjoyousasheturnedbackto
theothertwo.
Harry,saidHermioneagain,buthewasbusyundoingthepoucharoundhisneck,
hisngersshakinghard.
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Hermionethathewasright,thattheDeathlyHallowswerereal.
SheappealedtoRon.
Youdon'tbelieveinthis,doyou?
Harrylookedup,Ronhesitated.
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bleakanddepressing.HecouldthinkonlyoftheDeathlyHallows.Itwasasthough
aamehadbeenlitinsidehimthatnothing,notHermione'satdisbeliefnorRon's
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ThreeHorcruxesleft,hekeptsaying.Weneedaplanofaction,comeon!Where
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Butthat'sLeeJordan!saidHermione.
Iknow!beamedRon.Cool,eh?
...nowfoundourselvesanothersecurelocation,Leewassaying,andI'mpleased
totellyouthattwoofourregularcontributorshavejoinedmeherethisevening.
Evening,boys!
Hi.
Evening,River.
`River'that'sLee,Ronexplained.They'veallgotcodenames,butyoucan
usuallytell
Shh!saidHermione.
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Kingsley!burstoutRon.
Weknow!saidHermione,hushinghim.
Mugglesremainignorantofthesourceoftheirsueringastheycontinuetosustain
heavycasualties,saidKingsley.However,wecontinuetoheartrulyinspirational
beproclaimedaswidelyaspossiblebytheDeathEatersifithadhappened,becauseit
wouldstrikeadeadlyblowatthemoraleofthoseresistingthenewregime.`TheBoy
WhoLived'remainsasymbolofeverythingforwhichweareghting:thetriumphof
good,thepowerofinnocence,theneedtokeepresisting.
AmixtureofgratitudeandshamewelledupinHarry.HadLupinforgivenhim,
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HarryPotterhavenowbeenimprisoned,includingXenophiliusLovegood,erstwhile
editorof
TheQuibbler,
saidLupin.
Atleasthe'sstillalive!mutteredRon.
WehavealsoheardwithinthelastfewhoursthatRubeusHagridallthreeof
themgasped,andsonearlymissedtherestofthesentencewell-knowngamekeeper
atHogwartsSchool,hasnarrowlyescapedarrestwithinthegroundsofHogwarts,
whereheisrumoredtohavehosteda`SupportHarryPotter'partyinhishouse.
However,Hagridwasnottakenintocustody,andis,webelieve,ontherun.
Isupposeithelps,whenescapingfromDeathEaters,ifyou'vegotasixteen-foot-
highhalfbrother?askedLee.
Itwouldtendtogiveyouanedge,agreedLupingravely.MayIjustaddthat
whilewehereat
Potterwatch
applaudHagrid'sspirit,wewouldurgeeventhemost
devotedofHarry'ssupportersagainstfollowingHagrid'slead.`SupportHarryPotter'
partiesareunwiseinthepresentclimate.
Indeedtheyare,Romulus,saidLee,sowesuggestthatyoucontinuetoshow
yourdevotiontothemanwiththelightningscarbylisteningto
Potterwatch!
And
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Comeoutoftherewithyourhandsup!camearaspingvoicethroughthe
darkness.Weknowyou'reinthere!You'vegothalfadozenwandspointingatyou
andwedon'tcarewhowecurse!
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Harrylookedaroundattheothertwo,nowmereoutlinesinthedarkness.Hesaw
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Checkthelist,Scabior,saidGreyback,andHarryheadhimmovesidewaysto
lookdownatRon,instead.Andwhataboutyou,ginger?
StanShunpike,saidRon.
Like'ellyouare,saidthemancalledScabior.WeknowStanShunpike,'e'sput
abitofworkourway.
Therewasanotherthud.
I'bBardy,saidRon,andHarrycouldtellthathismouthwasfullofblood.Bardy
Weasley.
AWeasley?raspedGreyback.Soyou'rerelatedtobloodtraitorsevenifyou're
Left,'aveyou,ginger?saidScabior.Andyoudecidedtogocamping?Andyou
thought,justforalaugh,you'dusetheDarkLord'sname?
Nodalaugh,saidRon.Aggiden.
Accident?
Therewasmorejeeringlaughter.
YouknowwhousedtolikeusingtheDarkLord'sname,Weasley?growled
Greyback.TheOrderofthePhoenix.Meananythingtoyou?
Doh.
Well,theydon'tshowtheDarkLordproperrespect,sothename'sbeenTabooed.
AfewOrdermembershavebeentrackedthatway.We'llsee.Bindthemupwiththe
othertwoprisoners!
SomeoneyankedHarryupbythehair,draggedhimashortway,pushedhimdown
intoasittingposition,thenstartedbindinghimback-to-backwithotherpeople.Harry
wasstillhalfblind,barelyabletoseeanythingthroughhispued-upeyes.Whenat
lastthemantyingthenhadwalkedaway,Harrywhisperedtotheotherprisoners.
Anyonestillgotawand?
No,saidRonandHermionefromeithersideofhim.
Thisisallmyfault.Isaidthename.I'msorry
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Harry?
Itwasanew,butfamiliarvoice,anditcamefromdirectlybehindHarry,fromthe
persontiedtoHermione'sleft.
Dean?
It
is
you!Iftheyndoutwhothey'vegot!They'reSnatchers,they'reonly
lookingfortruantstosellforgold
Notabadlittlehaulforonenight,Greybackwassaying,asapairofhobnailed
bootsmarchedclosebyHarryandtheyheardmorecrashesfrominsidethetent.A
Mudblood,arunawaygoblin,andthesetruants.Youcheckedtheirnamesonthelist
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fromatriptotheMinistry.Iexpectyourfather'llrewardusjustforpickingyouup.
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Ithoughtyouworeglasses,Potter?breathedGreyback.
Ifoundglasses!yelpedoneoftheSnatchersskulkinginthebackground.There
wasglassesinthetent,Greyback,wait
AndsecondslaterHarry'sglasseshadbeenrammedbackontohisface.The
Snatcherswereclosinginnow,peeringathim.
It
is!
raspedGreyback.We'vecaughtPotter!
Theyalltookseveralstepsbackward,stunnedbywhattheyhaddone.Harry,still
ghtingtoremainpresentinhisownsplittinghead,couldthinkofnothingtosay.
Fragmentedvisionswerebreakingacrossthesurfaceofhismind
Hewashidingaroundthehighwallsoftheblackfortress
No,hewasHarry,tiedupandwandless,ingravedanger
lookingup,uptothetopmostwindow,thehighesttower
HewasHarry,andtheywerediscussinghisfateinlowvoices
Timetoy...
...TotheMinistry?
TohellwiththeMinistry,growledGreyback.They'lltakethecredit,andwe
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Mightaswelltakethelot.We'vegottwoMudbloods,that'sanothertenGalleons.
Givemetheswordaswell.Ifthey'rerubies,that'sanothersmallfortunerightthere.
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So,youhavecome.Ithoughtyouwould...oneday.Butyourjourneywas
pointless.Ineverhadit.
Youlie!
AsVoldemort'sangerthrobbedinsidehim,Harry'sscarthreatenedtoburstwith
pain,andhewrenchedhismindbacktohisownbody,ghtingtoremainpresentas
theprisonerswerepushedovergravel.
Lightspilledoutoverallofthem.
Whatisthis?saidawoman'scoldvoice.
We'reheretoseeHe-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named!raspedGreyback.
Whoareyou?
Youknowme!Therewasresentmentinthewerewolf'svoice.FenrirGreyback!
We'vecaughtHarryPotter!
GreybackseizedHarryanddraggedhimaroundtofacethelight,forcingtheother
prisonerstoshuearoundtoo.
Iknow'esswollen,ma'am,butit's'im!pipedupScabior.Ifyoulookabit
closer,you'llsee'isscar.Andthis'ere,seethegirl?TheMudbloodwho'sbeen
travelingaroundwith'im,ma'am.There'snodoubtit's'im,andwe'vegot'iswand
aswell!'Ere,ma'am
ThroughhispuyeyelidsHarrysawNarcissaMalfoyscrutinizinghisswollenface.
Scabiorthrusttheblackthornwandather.Sheraisedhereyebrows.
Bringthemin,shesaid.
Harryandtheotherswereshovedandkickedupbroadstonestepsintoahallway
linedwithportraits.
Followme,saidNarcissa,leadingthewayacrossthehall.Myson,Draco,is
homeforhisEasterholidays.IfthatisHarryPotter,hewillknow.
Thedrawingroomdazzledafterthedarknessoutside;evenwithhiseyesalmost
closedHarrycouldmakeoutthewideproportionsoftheroom.Acrystalchandelier
hungfromtheceiling,moreportraitsagainstthedarkpurplewalls.Twoguresrose
fromchairsinfrontofanornatemarblereplaceastheprisonerswereforcedintothe
roombytheSnatchers.
Whatisthis?
Thedreadfullyfamiliar,drawlingvoiceofLuciusMalfoyfellonHarry'sears.He
waspanickingnow.Hecouldseenowayout,anditwaseasier,ashisfearmounted,
toblockoutVoldemort'sthoughts,thoughhisscarwasstillburning.
Theysaythey'vegotPotter,saidNarcissa'scoldvoice.Draco,comehere.
HarrydidnotdarelookdirectlyatDraco,butsawhimobliquely;agureslightly
tallerthanhewas,risingfromanarmchair,hisfaceapaleandpointedblurbeneath
white-blondhair.
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GreybackforcedtheprisonerstoturnagainsoastoplaceHarrydirectlybeneath
thechandelier.
Well,boy?raspedthewerewolf.
Harrywasfacingamirroroverthereplace,agreatgildedthinginanintricately
scrolledframe.Throughtheslitsofhiseyeshesawhisownreectionforthersttime
sinceleavingGrimmauldPlace.
Hisfacewashuge,shiny,andpink,everyfeaturedistortedbyHermione'sjinx.His
blackhairreachedhisshouldersandtherewasadarkshadowaroundhisjaw.Hadhe
notknownthatitwashewhostoodthere,hewouldhavewonderedwhowaswearing
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Theysaythisishisshewaslookingcloselyattheblackthornwandbutitdoesnot
resembleOllivander'sdescription...Ifwearemistaken,ifwecalltheDarkLordhere
fornothing...RememberwhathedidtoRowleandDolohov?
WhatabouttheMudblood,then?growledGreyback.Harrywasnearlythrown
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Jubilantathercapitulation,Luciusthrewherhandfromhimandrippeduphisown
sleeve
STOP!shriekedBellatrix,Donottouchit,weshallallperishiftheDarkLord
comesnow!
Luciusfroze,hisindexngerhoveringoverhisownMark.Bellatrixstrodeoutof
Harry'slimitedlineofvision.
Whatisthat?heheardhersay.
Sword,gruntedanout-of-sightSnatcher.
Giveittome.
It'snotyours,missus,it'smine,IreckonIfoundit.
Therewasabangandaashofredlight;HarryknewthattheSnatcherhadbeen
Stunned.Therewasaroarofangerfromhisfellows:Scabiordrewhiswand.
Whatd'youthinkyou'replayingat,woman?
Stupefy!
shescreamed,
Stupefy!
Theywerenomatchforher,eventhoughttherewerefourofthemagainstoneof
her:Shewasawitch,asHarryknew,withprodigiousskillandnoconscience.Theyfell
wheretheystood,allexceptGreyback,whohadbeenforcedintoakneelingposition,
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IfitisindeedPotter,hemustnotbeharmed,shemuttered,moretoherselfthan
totheothers.TheDarkLordwishestodisposeofPotterhimself...Butifhends
out...Imust...Imustknow...
Sheturnedbacktohersisteragain.
Theprisonersmustbeplacedinthecellar,whileIthinkwhattodo!
Thisismyhouse,Bella,youdon'tgiveordersinmy
Doit!Youhavenoideaofthedangerwe'rein!shriekedBellatrix.Shelooked
frightening,mad;athinstreamofreissuedfromherwandandburnedaholeinthe
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Ronstoppedshouting.Therewasasoundofmovementclosebythem,thenHarry
sawashadowmovingcloser.
Harry?Ron?
Luna?
Yes,it'sme!Ohno,Ididn'twantyoutobecaught!
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There!
Harryfelttheropesfallawayandturned,rubbinghiswrists,toseeRonrunning
aroundthecellar,lookingupatthelowceiling,searchingforatrapdoor.Dean,hisface
bruisedandbloody,saidThankstoLunaandstoodthere,shivering,butGriphook
sankontothecellaroor,lookinggroggyanddisoriented,manyweltsacrosshis
swarthyface.
RonwasnowtryingtoDisapparatewithoutawand.
There'snowayout,Ron,saidLuna,watchinghisfruitlesseorts.Thecellaris
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Griphook,hewhisperedintothegoblin'spointedear,youmusttellthemthat
sword'safake,theymustn'tknowit'stherealone,Griphook,please
Hecouldhearsomeonescuttlingownthecellarsteps;nextmoment,Draco's
shakingvoicespokefrombehindthedoor.
Standback.Lineupagainstthebackwall.Don'ttryanything,orI'llkillyou!
Theydidastheywerebidden;asthelockturned,RonclickedtheDeluminator
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Go,bothofyou!We'llseeyouatBillandFleur's.
AsHarryspoke,hisscarburnedworsethanever,andforafewsecondshelooked
down,notuponthewandmaker,butonanothermanwhowasjustasold,justasthin,
butlaughingscornfully.
Killme,then,Voldemort,Iwelcomedeath!Butmydeathwillnotbringyou
whatyouseek...Thereissomuchyoudonotunderstand...
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strugglemorepowerfully,asthoughtoundothatmomentofweakness.
Andwe'llhavethat,whisperedRon,tuggingWormtail'swandfromhisother
hand.
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hadtoldthemtosummonhimfornothinglessthanPotter.Iftheyweremistaken...
Killme,then!demandedtheoldman.Youwillnotwin,youcannotwin!
Thatwandwillnever,everbeyours
AndVoldemort'sfurybroke:Aburstofgreenlightlledtheprisonroomand
thefrailoldbodywasliftedfromitshardbedandthenfellback,lifeless,and
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Atthelastwordtherewasapeculiargrindingnoisefromabove.Allofthemlooked
upwardintimetoseethecrystalchandeliertremble;then,withacreakandanominous
jingling,itbegantofall.Bellatrixwasdirectlybeneathit;droppingHermione,she
threwherselfasidewithascream.Thechandeliercrashedtotheoorinanexplosion
ofcrystalandchains,fallingontopofHermioneandthegoblin,whostillclutchedthe
swordofGryndor.Glitteringshardsofcrystalewinalldirections;Dracodoubled
over,hishandscoveringhisbloodyface.
AsRonrantopullHermioneoutofthewreckage,Harrytookthechance:Heleapt
overanarmchairandwrestedthethreewandsfromDraco'sgrip,pointedallofthem
atGreyback,andyelled,
Stupefy!
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bladeofGryndor'sswordbumpingagainsthisback:Dobby'shandjerkedinhis;he
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Itwaslikesinkingintoanoldnightmare;foraninstantHarrykneltagainbeside
Dumbledore'sbodyatthefootofthetallesttoweratHogwarts,butinrealityhewas
staringatatinybodycurleduponthegrass,piercedbyBellatrix'ssilverknife.Harry's
voicewasstillsaying,Dobby...
Dobby...
eventhoughheknewthattheelfhad
gonewherehecouldnotcallhimback.
Afteraminuteorsoherealizedthattheyhad,afterall,cometotherightplace,
forherewereBillandFleur,DeanandLuna,gatheringaroundhimashekneltover
theelf.Hermione,hesaidsuddenly.Whereisshe?
Ron'stakenherinside,saidBill.She'llbeallright.Harrylookedbackdownat
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Thesteadyrhythmofhisarmsbeattimewithhisthoughts.Hallows...
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youhadtodiewhenyouweresogoodandbrave.I'llalwaysrememberwhatyoudid
forus.Ihopeyou'rehappynow.
SheturnedandlookedexpectinglyatRon,whoclearedhisthroatandsaidina
thickvoice,yeah...thanks,Dobby.
Thanks,mutteredDean.
Harryswallowed.Goodbye,Dobby,hesaid.Itwasallhecouldmanage,butLuna
hadsaiditallforhim.Billraisedhiswand,andthepileofearthbesidethegraverose
upintotheairandfellneatlyuponit,asmall,reddishmound.D'yamindifIstay
hereamoment?heaskedtheothers.
Theymurmuredwordshedidnotcatch;hefeltgentlepatsuponhisback,and
thentheyalltraipsedbacktowardthecottage,leavingHarryalonebesidetheelf.
Helookedaround:Therewereanumberoflargewhitestones,smoothedbythe
sea,markingtheedgeoftheowerbeds.Hepickeduponeofthelargestandlaidit,
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Howaretheyprotected?askedHarry.
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ashedacrosshismind,swiftasthereectionofadragonyoverwater,theoutline
ofabuildingheknewextremelywell.
BillandFleurwerestandingatthefootofthestairs.
IneedtospeaktoGriphookandOllivander,Harrysaid.
No,saidFleur.Youwill'avetowait,'Arry.Zeyarebothtootired
I'msorry,hesaidwithoutheat,butitcan'twait.Ineedtotalktothemnow.
Privatelyandseparately.It'surgent.
Harry,whatthehell'sgoingon?askedBill.Youturnupherewithadeadhouse-
elfandahalf-consciousgoblin,Hermionelooksasthoughshe'sbeentortured,and
Ron'sjustrefusedtotellmeanything
Wecan'ttellyouwhatwe'redoing,saidHarryatly.You'reintheOrder,Bill,
youknowDumbledoreleftusamission.We'renotsupposedtotalkaboutittoanyone
else.
Fleurmadeanimpatientnoise,butBilldidnotlookather;hewasstaringat
Harry.Hisdeeplyscarredfacewashardtoread.Finally,Billsaid,Allright.Whodo
youwanttotalktorst?
Harryhesitated.Heknewwhathungonhisdecision.Therewashardlyanytime
left;nowwasthemomenttodecide:HorcruxesorHallows?
Griphook,Harrysaid.I'llspeaktoGriphookrst.
Hisheartwasracingasifhehadbeensprintingandhadjustclearedanenormous
obstacle.
Uphere,then,saidBill,leadingtheway.
Harryhadwalkedupseveralstepsbeforestoppingandlookingback.
Ineedyoutwoaswell!hecalledtoRonandHermione,whohadbeenskulking,
halfconcealed,inthedoorwayofthesittingroom.
Theybothmovedintothelight,lookingoddlyrelieved.
Howareyou?HarryaskedHermione.Youwereamazingcomingupwiththat
storywhenshewashurtingyoulikethat
HermionegaveaweaksmileasRongaveheraone-armedsqueeze.
Whatarewedoingnow,Harry?heasked.
You'llsee.Comeon.
Harry,Ron,andHermionefollowedBillupthesteepstairsontoasmalllanding.
Threedoorsledoit.
Inhere,saidBill,openingthedoorintohisandFleur'sroom,ittoohadaviewof
thesea,noweckedwithgoldinthesunrise.Harrymovedtothewindow,turnedhis
backonthespectacularview,andwaited,hisarmsfolded,hisscarprickling.Hermione
tookthechairbesidethedressingtable;Ronsatonthearm.
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Harryhadnotmeanttosayitsobadly:thewordswereforcedfromhimaspain
shotthroughhislightningscarandhesaw,again,theoutlineofHogwarts.Heclosed
hismindrmly.HeneededtodealwithGriphookrst.RonandHermionewerestaring
atHarryasthoughhehadgonemad.
HarrysaidHermione,butshewascutobyGriphook.
BreakintoaGringottsvault?repeatedthegoblin,wincingalittleasheshifted
hispositionuponthebed.Itisimpossible.
No,itisn't,Roncontradictedhim.It'sbeendone.
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awaywizardshavenever
Itdoesn'tmatter,saidHarry,notingGriphook'srisingcolor.Thisisn'tabout
wizardsversusgoblinsoranyothersortofmagicalcreature
Griphookgaveanastylaugh.
Butitis,itispreciselythat!AstheDarkLordbecomesevermorepowerful,
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Thankyou,saidHarry.
Thegoblinbowedhisgreatdomedheadinacknowledgement,thenexedhisshort
legs.
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RonandHermionelookedbewilderedbutveryimpressedastheyfollowedhim
acrossthelittlelandingandknockeduponthedooroppositeBillandFleur's.Aweak
Comein!answeredthem.
Thewandmakerwaslyingonthetwinbedfarthestfromthewindow.Hehadbeen
heldinthecellarformorethanayear,andtortured,Harryknew,onatleastone
occasion.Hewasemaciated,thebonesofhisfacestickingoutsharplyagainstthe
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Andthisone?
Ollivanderperformedthesameexamination.
Hawthornandunicornhair.Teninchesprecisely.Reasonablyspringy.Thiswas
thewandofDracoMalfoy.
Was?repeatedHarry.Isn'titstillhis?
Perhapsnot.Ifyoutookit
Idid
thenitmaybeyours.Ofcourse,themanneroftakingmatters.Muchalso
dependsuponthewanditself.Ingeneral,however,whereawandhasbeenwon,its
allegiancewillchange.
Therewasasilenceintheroom,exceptforthedistantrushingofthesea.
Youtalkaboutwandslikethey'vegotfeelings,saidHarry,liketheycanthink
forthemselves.
Thewandchoosesthewizard,saidOllivander.Thatmuchhasalwaysbeenclear
tothoseofuswhohavestudiedwandlore.
Apersoncanstilluseawandthathasn'tchosenthem,though?askedHarry.
Ohyes,ifyouareanywizardatallyouwillbeabletochannelyourmagicthrough
almostanyinstrument.Thebestresults,however,mustalwayscomewherethereis
usuallybenditswilltoitsnewmaster.
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Therearelegends,though,saidHarry,andashisheartratequickened,thepain
inhisscarbecamemoreintense;hewassurethatVoldemorthasdecidedtoputhis
ideaintoaction.Legendsaboutawandorwandsthathavebeenpassedfromhand
tohandbymurder.
Ollivanderturnedpale.Againstthesnowypillowhewaslightgray,andhiseyes
wereenormous,bloodshot,andbulgingwithwhatlookedlikefear.
Onlyonewand,Ithink,hewhispered.
AndYou-Know-Whoisinterestedinit,isn'the?askedHarry.
Ihow?croakedOllivander,andhelookedappealinglyatRonandHermionefor
help.Howdoyouknowthis?
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Buthe'llknowsoon,ifhedoesn'talready,thatmine'sbrokenbeyondrepair,said
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Ollivanderturned,ifpossible,evenpaler.Helookedghostlyashegulped.
Buthowhowdoyou?
NevermindhowIknowit,saidHarry,closinghiseyesmomentarilyashisscar
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spreadtherumor,itcan'thavebeenthatdicult.
VoldemortwasatthegatesofHogwarts;Harrycouldseehimstandingthere,and
seetoothelampbobbinginthepre-dawn,comingcloserandcloser.
AndGrindelwaldusedtheElderWandtobecomepowerful.Andattheheightof
hispower,whenDumbledoreknewhewastheonlyonewhocouldstophim,hedueled
Grindelwaldandbeathim,andhetooktheElderWand.
Dumbledore
hadtheElderWand?saidRon.Butthenwhereisitnow?
AtHogwarts,saidHarry,ghtingtoremainwiththeminthecli-topgarden.
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derision.Dumbledore'shandswerefoldeduponhischest,andthereitlay,clutched
beneaththem,buriedwithhim.
Hadtheoldfoolimaginedthatmarbleordeathwouldprotectthewand?Hadhe
thoughtthattheDarkLordwouldbescaredtoviolatehistomb?Thespiderlikehand
swoopedandpulledthewandfromDumbledore'sgrasp,andashetookit,ashower
ofsparksewfromitstip,sparklingoverthecorpseofitslastowner,readytoserve
anewmasteratlast.
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BillandFleur'scottagestoodaloneonaclioverlookingthesea,itswalls
embeddedwithshellsandwhitewashed.Itwasalonelyandbeautifulplace.Wherever
Harrywentinsidethetinycottageoritsgarden,hecouldheartheconstantebband
owofthesea,likethebreathingofsomegreat,slumberingcreature.Hespentmuch
ofthenextfewdaysmakingexcusestoescapethecrowdedcottage,cravingthecli-
topviewofopenskyandwide,emptysea,andthefeelofcold,saltywindonhisface.
TheenormityofhisdecisionnottoraceVoldemorttothewandstillscaredHarry.He
couldnotremember,everbefore,choosing
not
toact.Hewasfullofdoubts,doubts
thatitwasanevilobject,andthatthewayVoldemorthadtakenpossessionofitwas
repellent,nottobeconsidered.
Youcouldneverhavedonethat,Harry,shesaidagainandagain.Youcouldn't
havebrokenintoDumbledore'sgrave.
ButtheideaofDumbledore'scorpsefrightenedHarrymuchlessthanthepossibility
thathemighthavemisunderstoodthelivingDumbledore'sintentions.Hefeltthathe
wasstillgropinginthedark;hehadchosenhispathbutkeptlookingback,wondering
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Harryadmitshecouldhaveimaginedtheeye!Don'tyou,Harry?
Icouldhave,saidHarrywithoutlookingather.
Butyoudon'tthinkyoudid,doyou?askedRon.
No,Idon't,saidHarry.
Thereyougo!saidRonquickly,beforeHermionecouldcarryon.Ifitwasn't
Dumbledore,explainhowDobbyknewwewereinthecellar,Hermione?
Ican'tbutcanyouexplainhowDumbledoresenthimtousifhe'slyingina
tombatHogwarts?
Idunno,itcould'vebeenhisghost!
Dumbledorewouldn'tcomebackasaghost,saidHarry.Therewaslittleabout
Dumbledorehewassureofnow,butheknewthatmuch.Hewouldhavegoneon.
Whatd'youmean,`goneon'?askedRon,butbeforeHarrycouldsayanymore,
avoicebehindthemsaid,'Arry?
Fleurhadcomeoutofthecottage,herlongsilverhairyinginthebreeze.
'Arry,Grip'ookwouldliketospeaktoyou.'Eeezinzesmallestbedroom,'esays
'edoesnotwanttobeover'eard.
Herdislikeofthegoblinsendinghertodelivermessageswasclear;shelooked
irritableasshewalkedbackaroundthehouse.
Griphookwaswaitingforthem,asFleurhadsaid,inthetiniestofthecottage's
threebedrooms,inwhichHermioneandLunasleptbynight.Hehaddrawnthered
cottoncurtainsagainstthebright,cloudysky,whichgavetheroomaeryglowat
oddswiththerestoftheairy,lightcottage.
Ihavereachedmydecision,HarryPotter,saidthegoblin,whowassittingcross-
leggedinalowchair,drummingitsarmswithhisspindlyngers.Thoughthegoblins
ofGringottswillconsideritbasetreachery,Ihavedecidedtohelpyou
That'sgreat!saidHarry,reliefsurgingthroughhim.Griphook,thankyou,we're
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Hehadsaidthewrongthing.Griphookushedangrily.
Iamnotathief,boy!IamnottryingtoprocuretreasurestowhichIhaveno
right!
Thesword'sours
Itisnot,saidthegoblin.
We'reGryndors,anditwasGodricGryndor's
AndbeforeitwasGryndor's,whosewasit?demandedthegoblin,sittingup
straight.
Noone's,saidRon.Itwasmadeforhim,wasn'tit?
No!criedthegoblin,bristlingwithangerashepointedalongngeratRon.
Wizardingarroganceagain!ThatswordwasRagnuktheFirst's,takenfromhimby
GodricGryndor!Itisalosttreasure,amasterpieceofgoblinwork!Itbelongswith
thegoblinwork.Theswordisthepriceofmyhire,takeitorleaveit!
Griphookglaredatthem.Harryglancedattheothertwo,thensaid,Weneedto
discussthis,Griphook,ifthat'sallright.Couldyougiveusafewminutes?
Thegoblinnodded,lookingsour.
Downstairsintheemptysittingroom,Harrywalkedtothereplace,browfurrowed,
tryingtothinkwhattodo.Behindhim,Ronsaid,He'shavingalaugh.Wecan'tlet
himhavethatsword.
Itistrue?HarryaskedHermione.WastheswordstolenbyGryndor?
Idon'tknow,shesaidhopelessly.Wizardinghistoryoftenskatesoverwhatthe
wizardshavedonetoothermagicalraces,butthere'snoaccountthatIknowofthat
saysGryndorstolethesword.
It'llbeoneofthosegoblinstories,saidRon,abouthowthewizardsarealways
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Backinthesmallestbedroom,Harrymadetheoer,carefultophraseitsoasnot
togiveanydenitetimeforthehandoverofthesword.Hermionefrownedattheoor
whilehewasspeaking;hefeltirritatedather,afraidthatshemightgivethegame
away.However,GriphookhadeyesfornobodybutHarry.
Ihaveyourword,HarryPotter,thatyouwillgivemetheswordofGryndorifI
helpyou?
Yes,saidHarry.
Thenshake,saidthegoblin,holdingouthishand.
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Harryfeltresponsible:Itwas,afterall,hewhohadinsistedthatthegoblinremain
atShellCottagesothathecouldquestionhim;hisfaultthatthewholeWeasleyfamily
hadbeendrivenintohiding,thatBill,Fred,George,andMr.Weasleycouldnolonger
work.
I'msorry,hetoldFleur,oneblusteryAprileveningashehelpedherprepare
dinner.Inevermeantyoutohavetodealwithallofthis.
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Luna,wetoldyou,Hermionecalledovertoher.Thathornexploded.Itcame
fromanErumpent,notaCrumple-HornedSnorkack
No,itwasdenitelyaSnorkackhorn,saidLunaserenely,Daddytoldme.Itwill
probablyhavere-formedbynow,theymendthemselves,youknow.
HermioneshookherheadandcontinuedlayingdownforksasBillappeared,leading
Mr.Ollivanderdownthestairs.Thewandmakerstilllookedexceptionallyfrail,andhe
clungtoBill'sarmasthelattersupportedhim,carryingalargesuitcase.
I'mgoingtomissyou,Mr.Ollivander,saidLuna,approachingtheoldman.
AndIyou,mydear,saidOllivander,pattingherontheshoulder.Youwerean
inexpressiblecomforttomeinthatterribleplace.
So,
aurevoir,
Mr.Ollivander,saidFleur,kissinghimonbothcheeks.AndI
wonderwhezzeryoucouldobligemebydeliveringapackagetoBill'sAuntieMuriel?
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mostofthemainelementsnow.Addingthebillywigwingsreallymadeadierence
Therewasabangonthefrontdoor.Everyone'sheadturnedtowardit.Fleur
camerunningoutofthekitchen,lookingfrightened;Billjumpedtohisfeed,hiswand
pointingatthedoor;Harry,Ron,andHermionedidthesame.SilentlyGriphookslipped
beneaththetable,outofsight.
Whoisit?Billcalled.
ItisI,RemusJohnLupin!calledavoiceoverthehowlingwind.Harryexperienced
athrilloffear;whathadhappened?Iamawerewolf,marriedtoNymphadoraTonks,
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Harryfeltaslightsquirmofdiscomfort,asthoughasmallsnakehadstirredinside
him.
Whatdoyoumean?heasked.
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Bellatrixbeforetheyleft,andthelessthatBillandFleurkneworsuspectedabout
gowrong.Hekepttellinghimselfthattheirplanwasgood,thatGriphookknewwhat
theywerefacing,thattheywerewell-preparedforallthedicultiestheywerelikely
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thatboretheelf'snamehadalreadyacquiredaweatheredlook.Herealizednow
thattheycouldhardlyhavelaidDobbytorestinamorebeautifulplace,butHarry
achedwithsadnesstothinkofleavinghimbehind.Lookingdownonthegrave,he
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hesoundeddistraught.Wherearemychildren?Whathashedonewiththem?You
know,youknow!
IIreallystammeredHermione.
Themanlungedather,reachingforherthroat.Then,withabangandaburstof
redlighthewasthrownbackwardontotheground,unconscious.Ronstoodthere,his
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Perhapsyourcreditisnotasgoodwithhimasmineis,Travers.
ThoughtheDeathEaterlookedoended,healsoseemedlesssuspicious.He
glanceddownatthemanRonhadjustStunned.
Howdiditoendyou?
Itdoesnotmatter,itwillnotdosoagain,saidHermionecoolly.
Someofthesewandlesscanbetroublesome,saidTravers.Whiletheydonothing
butbegIhavenoobjection,butoneofthemactuallyaskedmetopleadhercase
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thefootofthemarblestepsleadinguptothegreatbronzedoors.AsGriphookhad
alreadywarnedthem,theliveriedgoblinswhousuallyankedtheentrancehadbeen
replacedbytwowizards,bothofwhomwereclutchinglongthingoldenrods.
Ah,ProbityProbes,signedTraverstheatrically,socrudebutsoeective!
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Ihelpyoutoday?
Iwishtoentermyvault,saidHermione.
Theoldgoblinseemedtorecoilalittle.Harryglancedaround.NotonlywasTravers
hangingback,watching,butseveralothergoblinshadlookedupfromtheirworkto
stareatHermione.
Youhave...identication?askedthegoblin.
Identication?IIhaveneverbeenaskedforidenticationbefore!saidHermione.
Theyknow!whisperedGriphookinHarry'sear,Theymusthavebeenwarned
theremightbeanimposter!
Yourwandwilldo,madam,saidthegoblin.Heheldoutaslightlytrembling
hand,andinadreadfulblastofrealizationHarryknewthatthegoblinsofGringotts
wereawarethatBellatrix'swandhadbeenstolen.
Actnow,actnow,whisperedGriphookinHarry'sear,theImperiousCurse!
Harryraisedthehawthornwandbeneaththecloak,pointeditattheoldgoblin,
andwhispered,forthersttimeinhislife,Imperio!
AcurioussensationshotdownHarry'sarm,afeelingoftingling,warmththat
seemedtoowfromhismind,downthesinewsandveinsconnectinghimtothewand
andthecurseithadjustcast.ThegoblintookBellatrix'swand,examineditclosely,
andthensaid,Ah,youhavehadanewwandmade,MadamLestrange!
What?saidHermione,No,no,that'smine
Anewwand?saidTravers,approachingthecounteragain;stillthegoblinsall
aroundwerewatching.Buthowcouldyouhavedone,whichwandmakerdidyouuse?
Harryactedwithoutthinking.PointinghiswandatTravers,hemuttered,
Imperio!oncemore.
Ohyes,Isee,saidTravers,lookingdownatBellatrix'swand,yes,veryhandsome.
Andisitworkingwell?Ialwaysthinkwandsrequirealittlebreakingin,don'tyou?
Hermionelookedutterlybewildered,buttoHarry'senormousreliefsheaccepted
thebizarreturnofeventswithoutcomment.
Theoldgoblinbehindthecounterclappedhishandsandayoungergoblin
approached.
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regardingTraverswithconfusion.
WaitBogrod!
Anothergoblincamescurryingaroundthecounter.
Wehaveinstructions,hesaidwithabowtoHermione.Forgiveme,Madam,
buttherehavebeenspecialordersregardingthevaultofLestrange.
HewhisperedurgentlyinBogrod'sear,buttheImperiusedgoblinshookhimo.
Iamawareoftheinstructions,MadamLestrangewishestovisithervault...Very
oldfamily...oldclients...Thisway,please...
And,stillclanking,hehurriedtowardoneofthemanydoorsleadingothehall.
HarrylookedbackatTravers,whowasstillrootedtothespotlookingabnormally
vacant,andmadehisdecision.WithaickofhiswandhemadeTraverscomewith
them,walkingmeeklyintheirwakeastheyreachedthedoorandpassedintothe
roughstonepassagewaybeyond,whichwaslitwithamingtorches.
We'reintrouble;theysuspect,saidHarryasthedoorslammedbehindthemand
hepulledotheInvisibilityCloak.Griphookjumpeddownfromhisshoulders:neither
TraversnorBogrodshowedtheslightestsurpriseatthesuddenappearanceofHarry
Potterintheirmidst.They'reImperiused,headded,inresponsetoHermioneand
Ron'sconfusedqueriesaboutTraversandBogrod,whowerebothnowstandingthere
lookingblank.Idon'tthinkIdiditstronglyenough,Idon'tknow...
Andanothermemorydartedthroughhismind,oftherealBellatrixLestrange
shriekingathimwhenhehadrsttriedtouseanUnforgivableCurse:Youneedto
mean
them,Potter!
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waswrigglingintoacrackinthewall,thenthecartbegantwistingandturning
throughthelabyrinthinepassages,slopingdownwardallthetime.Harrycouldnot
hearanythingovertherattlingofthecartonthetracks:Hishairewbehindhim
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unknownHorcruxthatresidedinthisvault,hedidnotknowwhatitlookedlike.He
barelyhadtimetoglancearound,however,beforetherewasamuedclunkfrom
behindthem:Thedoorhadreappeared,sealingtheminsidethevault,andtheywere
plungedintototaldarkness.
Nomatter,Bogrodwillbeabletoreleaseus!saidGriphookasRongaveashout
ofsurprise.Lightyourwands,can'tyou?Andhurry,wehavelittletime!
Lumos!
Harryshonehislitwandaroundthevault:Itsbeamfelluponglitteringjewels;he
sawthefakeswordofGryndorlyingonahighshelfamongstajumbleofchains.Ron
andHermionehadlittheirwandstoo,andwerenowexaminingthepilesofobjects
surroundingthem.
Harry,couldthisbe?Aargh!
Hermionescreamedinpain,andHarryturnedhiswandonherintimetoseea
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sparkledinathree-wayspotlight:thecupthathadbelongedtoHelgaHuepu,
whichhadpassedintothepossessionofHepzibahSmith,fromwhomithadbeen
stolenbyTomRiddle.
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leftinview.
HarryseizedGriphook'sngersandpulled.Theblisteredgoblinemergedby
degrees,howling.
Liberatocorpus!
yelledHarry,andwithacrashheandGriphooklandedonthe
surfaceoftheswellingtreasure,andtheswordewoutofHarry'shand.
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Thisway!Harryyelled,andstillshootingStunningSpellsattheadvancing
goblins,hesprintedtowardtheblinddragon.
HarryHarrywhatareyoudoing?criedHermione.
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Therewasnomeansofsteering;thedragoncouldnotseewhereitwasgoing,and
Harryknewthatifitturnedsharplyorrolledinmidairtheywouldnditimpossible
toclingontoitsbroadback.Nevertheless,astheyclimbedhigherandhigher,London
unfurlingbelowthemlikeagray-and-greenmap,Harry'soverwhelmingfeelingwasof
gratitudeforanescapethathadseemedimpossible.Crouchinglowoverthebeast's
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nosword,saidHarrythroughgrittedteeth,ashedrippeddittanythroughthe
singedholeinhisjeansontotheangryburnbeneath.
Nosword,repeatedRon.Thatdouble-crossinglittlescab...
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Andtheytook?
hesaid,hisvoicerising,aterriblefeargrippinghim,Tellme!
Whatdidtheytake?
A...as-smallgoldenc-cup,m-myLord...
Thescreamofrage,ofdeniallefthimasifitwereastranger's.Hewascrazed,
frenzied,itcouldnotbetrue,itwasimpossible,nobodyhadknown.Howwasit
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bidding,underhisprotection...
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Thatwasn'tyourPatronus,saidaDeathEater.Thatwasastag.Itwas
Potter's!
Stag!roaredthebarman,andhepulledoutawand.Stag!Youidiot
Expecto
Patronum!
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It'syoureyeI'vebeenseeinginthemirror.
Therewasasilenceintheroom.Harryandthebarmanlookedateachother.
YousentDobby.
Thebarmannoddedandlookedaroundfortheelf.
Thoughthe'dbewithyou.Where'veyoulefthim?
He'sdead,saidHarry,BellatrixLestrangekilledhim.
Thebarmanfacewasimpassive.Afterafewmomentshesaid,I'msorrytohear
it,Ilikedthatelf.
Heturnedaway,lightninglampswithprodsofhiswand,notlookingatanyof
them.
You'reAberforth,saidHarrytotheman'sback.
Heneitherconrmedordeniedit,butbenttolightthere.
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Don'tbestupid,boy,saidAberforth.
We'vegotto,saidHarry.
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Ican't.It'sgottobeme,Dumbledoreexplaineditall
Oh,didhenow?Anddidhetellyoueverything,washehonestwithyou?
HarrywantedhimwithallhishearttosayYes,butsomehowthesimpleword
wouldnotrisetohislips,Aberforthseemedtoknowwhathewasthinking.
Dumbledorethathadriddledhimformonthsnow.Hehadmadehischoicewhilehe
dugDobby'sgrave,hehaddecidedtocontinuealongthewinding,dangerouspath
indicatedforhimbyAlbusDumbledore,toacceptthathehadnotbeentoldeverything
thathewantedtoknow,butsimplytotrust.Hehadnodesiretodoubtagain;hedid
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Iexpect.Theyforcedtheirwaythroughthehedge,andwhenshecouldn'tshowthem
thetrick,theygotabitcarriedawaytryingtostopthelittlefreakdoingit.
Hermione'seyeswerehugeintherelight;Ronlookedslightlysick.Aberforth
stoodup,tallasAlbus,andsuddenlyterribleinhisangerandtheintensityofhispain.
Itdestroyedher,whattheydid:Shewasneverrightagain.Shewouldn'tuse
magic,butshecouldn'tgetridofit;itturnedinwardanddrovehermad,itexploded
outofherwhenshecouldn'tcontrolit,andattimesshewasstrangeanddangerous.
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allrightforafewweeks...tillhecame.
AndnowapositivelydangerouslookcreptoverAberforth'sface.
Grindelwald.Andatlast,mybrotherhadan
equal
totalktosomeonejustas
brightandtalented
he
was.AndlookingafterArianatookabackseatthen,while
theywerehatchingalltheirplansforanewWizardingorderandlookingfor
Hallows,
andwhateverelseitwastheyweresointerestedin.Grandplansforthebenetofall
Wizardkind,andifoneyounggirlneglected,whatdidthatmatter,whenAlbuswas
workingfor
thegreatergood?
Butafterafewweeksofit,I'dhadenough,Ihad.Itwasnearlytimeformeto
gohacktoHogwarts,soItold'em,bothof'em,face-to-face,likeIamtoyou,now,
andAberforthlookeddownwardHarry,andittookalittleimaginationtoseehimas
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ofthe
Hewasneverfree,saidHarry.
Ibegyourpardon?saidAberforth.
Never,saidHarry.Thenightthatyourbrotherdied,hedrankapotionthat
drovehimoutofhismind.Hestartedscreaming,pleadingwithsomeonewhowasn't
there.`Don'thurtthem,please...hurtmeinstead.'
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Aberforthremainedxedinhischair,gazingatHarrywiththeeye,thatwereso
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Nevillewhatthehow?
ButNevillehadspottedRonandHermione,andwithyellsofdelightwashugging
themtoo.ThelongerHarrylookedatNeville,theworseheappeared:Oneofhiseyes
wasswollenyellowandpurple,thereweregougemarksonhisface,andhisgeneralair
ofunkemptnesssuggestedthathehadbeenlivingenough.Nevertheless,hisbattered
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Don'texaggerate,Ron
Butwhathaveyoubeendoing?Peoplehavebeensayingyou'vejustbeenonthe
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Theonlypeopleinrealdangeraretheoneswhosefriendsandrelativesonthe
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theywereplanningtokillmeorsendmetoAzkaban,eitherway,Iknewitwastime
todisappear.
But,saidRon,lookingthoroughlyconfused,aren'taren'tweheadingstraight
backforHogwarts?
'Course,saidNeville.You'llsee.We'rehere.
Theyturnedacornerandthereaheadofthemwastheendofthepassage.Another
shortightofstepsledtoadoorjustliketheonehiddenbehindAriana'sportrait.
Nevillepusheditopenandclimbedthrough.AsHarryfollowed,heheardNevillecall
outforunseenpeople:
Lookwhoitis!Didn'tItellyou?
AsHarryemergedintotheroombehindthepassage,therewereseveralscreams
andyells:
HARRY!
It'sPotter,it'sPOTTER!
Ron!
Hermione!
Hehadaconfusedimpressionofcoloredhangings,oflampsandmanyfaces.The
nextmoment,he,Ron,andHermionewereengulfed,hugged,poundedontheback,
theirhairrued,theirhandsshaken,bywhatseemedtobemorethantwentypeople.
TheymighthavejustwonaQuidditchnal.
Okay,okay,calmdown!Nevillecalled,andasthecrowdbackedaway,Harrywas
abletotakeintheirsurroundings.
Hedidnotrecognizethedormatall.Itwasenormous,andlookedratherlikethe
interiorofaparticularlysumptuoustreehouse,orperhapsagiganticship'scabin.
Multicoloredhammockswerestrungfromtheceilingandfromthebalconythatran
aroundthedarkwood-paneledandwindowlesswalls,whichwerecoveredinbright
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No,saidSeamusFinnigan,whomHarryhadnotrecognizeduntilhespoke:
Seamus'sfacewasbruisedandpuy.It'saproperhideout,aslongasoneofus
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wordsthatVoldemorthadjustdiscoveredthelossofoneoftheotherHorcruxes.
Timewasrunningoutfast:IfVoldemortchosetovisitHogwartsnext,theywould
misstheirchance.
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Wegotyourmessage,Neville!Helloyouthree,Ithoughtyoumustbehere!
ItwasLunaandDean.Seamusgaveagreatroarofdelightandrantohughis
bestfriend.
Hi,everyone!saidLunahappily.Oh,it'sgreattobeback!
Luna,saidHarrydistractedly,whatareyoudoinghere?Howdidyou?
Isentforher,saidNeville,holdingupthefakeGalleon.Ipromisedherand
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What?
Theycanhelp,Hedroppedhisvoiceandsaid,sothatnoneofthemcouldhear
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disappointmentwasmirroredbackathim.Anobjectthathadbeenlostthislong,and
apparentlywithouttrace,didnotseemlikeagoodcandidatefortheHorcruxhidden
inthecastle...Beforehecouldformulateanewquestion,however,Chospokeagain.
Ifyou'dliketoseewhatthediadem'ssupposedtolooklike,Icouldtakeyouup
toourcommonroomandshowyou,Harry.Ravenclaw'swearingitinherstatue.
Harry'sscarscorchedagain:ForamomenttheRoomofRequirementswambefore
him,andhesawinsteadthedarkearthsoaringbeneathhimandfeltthegreatsnake
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Harryhadprowledthecastleatnightmanytimesbefore,butneverhadhis
hearthammeredthatfast,neverhadsomuchdependedonhissafepassagethrough
theplace.Throughsquaresofmoonlightupontheoor,pastsuitsofarmorwhose
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beenreproducedinmarbleontopofherhead.ItwasnotunlikethetiaraFleurhad
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ThemomentherngertouchedtheMark,Harry'sscarburnedsavagely,thestarry
roomvanishedfromsight,andhewasstandinguponanoutcropofrockbeneatha
cli,andtheseawaswashingaroundhimandtherewasatriumphinhisheart
They
havetheboy.
Aloud
bang
broughtHarrybacktowherehestood.Disoriented,heraisedhis
wand,butthewitchbeforehimwasalreadyfallingforward;shehitthegroundsohard
thattheglassinthebookcasestinkled.
I'veneverStunnedanyoneexceptinourD.A.lessons,saidLuna,soundingmildly
interested.ThatwasnoisierthanIthoughitwouldbe.
Andsureenough,theceilinghadbeguntotremble.Scurrying,echoingfootsteps
weregrowinglouderfrombehindthedoorleadingtothedormitories.Luna'sspellhad
wokenRavenclawssleepingabove.
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wasworth,butstillitdidnotopen.TheRavenclawswereallbackingaway,andsome
ofthemostfrightenedbeganscamperingbackupthestaircasetotheirbeds.Then,
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Hewastoldhemightcomeinhere!saidCarrow.Idunnowhy,doI?
ProfessorMcGonagallstoodupandherbeadyeyesswepttheroom.Twicethey
passedrightovertheplacewhereHarryandLunastood.
Wecanpushitoonthekids,saidAmycus,hispiglikefacesuddenlycrafty.
Yeah,that'swhatwe'lldo.We'llsayAlectowasambushedbythekids,themkidsup
therehelookedupatthestarryceilingtowardthedormitoriesandwe'llsaythey
forcedhertopressherMark,andthat'swhyhegotafalsealarm...Hecanpunish
them.Coupleofkidsmoreorless,what'sthedierence?
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Idon'tthinkitmakesanydierencewhatwecallhim,HarrytoldLuna.He
alreadyknowswhereIam.
InadistantpartofHarry'sbrain,thatpartconnectedtotheangry,burningscar,
hecouldseeVoldemortsailingfastoverthedarklakeintheghostlygreenboat...He
hadnearlyreachedtheislandwherethestonebasinstood...
Youmustee,whisperedProfessorMcGonagall,Now,Potter,asquicklyasyou
can!
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WeshallsecuretheschoolagainstHe-Who-Must-Not-Be-Namedwhileyousearch
forthisthisobject.
Isthatpossible?
Ithinkso,saidProfessorMcGonagalldryly,weteachersarerathergoodat
magic,youknow.Iamsurewewillbeabletoholdhimoforawhileifweallput
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Snape'sappearanceinthemagnitudeofhiscrimes,forgottenhowhisgreasyblack
hairhungincurtainsaroundhisthinface,howhisblackeyeshadadead,coldlook.
Hewasnotwearingnightclothes,butwasdressedinhisusualblackcloak,andhetoo
washoldinghiswandreadyforaght.
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yingspells,HarrysawProfessorsFlitwickandSproutsprintingupthecorridortoward
themintheirnightclothes,withtheenormousProfessorSlughornpantingalongatthe
rear.
No!squealedFlitwick,raisinghiswand.You'lldonomoremurderatHogwarts!
Flitwick'sspellhitthesuitofarmorbehindwhichSnapehadtakenshelter.With
aclatteritcametolife.Snapestruggledfreeofthecrushingarmsandsentitying
backtowardhisattackers.HarryandLunahadtodivesidewaystoavoiditasit
smashedintothewallandshattered.WhenHarrylookedupagain,Snapewasinfull
ight,McGonagall,Flitwick,andSproutallthunderingafterhim.Hehurtledthrougha
classroomdoorand,momentslater,heheardMcGonagallcry,Coward!
COWARD!
What'shappened,what'shappened?askedLuna.
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Butwecanholdhimup,saidProfessorSprout.
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McGonagall,whohadtakenupapositioninthemiddleofthecorridorandraisedher
wand.
Piertotum
oh,forheaven'ssake,Filch,not
now
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Therewasascuingandagreatthump.Someoneelsehadclamberedoutofthe
tunnel,overbalancedslightly,andfallen.Hepulledhimselfupnothenearestchair,
lookedaroundthroughlopsidedhorn-rimmedglasses,andsaid,AmItoolate?Has
itstarted?Ionlyjustfoundout,soII
Percysplutteredintosilence.Evidentlyhehadnotexpectedtorunintomostofhis
family.Therewasalongmomentofastonishment,brokenbyFleurturningtoLupin
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Ginnyhadbeenattempting,undercoverofthereconciliation,tosneakupstairs
too.
Molly,howaboutthis,saidLupin.Whydoesn'tGinnystayhere,thenatleast
she'llbeonthesceneandknowwhat'sgoingon,butshewon'tbeinthemiddleof
theghting?
I
That'sagoodidea,saidMr.Weasleyrmly,Ginny,youstayinthisroom,you
hearme?
Ginnydidnotseemtoliketheideamuch,butunderherfather'sunusuallystern
gaze,shenodded.Mr.andMrs.WeasleyandLupinheadedotothestairsaswell.
Where'sRon?askedHarry,Where'sHermione?
TheymusthavegoneuptheGreatHallalready,Mr.Weasleycalledoverhis
shoulder.
Ididn'tseethempassme,saidHarry.
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TheenchantedceilingoftheGreatHallwasdarkandscatteredwithstars,and
belowitthefourlongHousetableswerelinedwithdisheveledstudents,somein
travelingcloaks,othersindressinggowns.Hereandthereshonethepearlywhitegures
oftheschoolghosts.Everyeye,livinganddead,wasxeduponProfessorMcGonagall,
whowasspeakingfromtheraisedplatformatthetopoftheHall.Behindherstood
theremainingteaches,includingthepalominocentaur,Firenze,andthemembersof
theOrderofthePhoenixwhohadarrivedtoght.
...evacuationwillbeoverseenbyMr.FilchandMadamePomfrey.Prefects,when
Igivetheword,youwillorganizeyourHouseandtakeyourchargesinorderlyfashion
totheevacuationpoint.
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GivemeHarryPotter,saidVoldemort'svoice,andnoneshallnotbeharmed.
GivemeHarryPotterandIshallleavetheschooluntouched.GivemeHarryPotter
andyouwillberewarded.
Youhaveuntilmidnight.
Thesilenceswallowedthemallagain.Everyheadturned,everyeyeintheplace
seemedtohavefoundHarry,toholdhimforeverintheglareofthousandsofinvisible
beams.ThenagurerosefromtheSlytherintableandherecognizedPansyParkinson
assheraisedashakingarmandscreamed,Buthe'sthere!Potter's
there.
Someone
grabhim!
BeforeHarrycouldspeak,therewasamassivemovement.TheGryndorsin
frontofhimhadrisenandstoodfacing,notHarry,buttheSlytherins.Thenthe
Huepusstood,andalmostatthesamemoment,theRavenclaws,allofthemwith
theirbackstoHarry,allofthemlookingtowardPansyinstead,andHarry,awestruck
andoverwhelmed,sawwandsemergingeverywhere,pulledfrombeneathcloaksand
fromundersleeves.
Thankyou,MissParkinson,saidProfessorMcGonagallinaclippedvoice.You
willleavetheHallrstwithMr.Filch.IftherestofyourHousecouldfollow.
HarryheardthegrindingofthebenchesandthenthesoundoftheSlytherins
troopingoutontheothersideoftheHall.
Ravenclaws,followon!criedProfessorMcGonagall.
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defenseoftheentrancesorthepassagewaysintotheschool
Soundslikeajobforus,calledFred,indicatinghimselfandGeorge,andKingsley
noddedhisapproval.
Allright,leadersuphereandwe'lldivideupthetroops!
Potter,saidProfessorMcGonagall,hurryinguptohim,asstudentsooded
theplatform,jostlingforposition,receivinginstructions,Aren'tyousupposedto
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hundredsofpeoplemarchingtowardtheRoomofRequirementgrewlouderandlouder
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Hertonewasnotencouraging.
Please,Ineedsomehelp.Ineedtoknowanythingyoucantellmeaboutthelost
diadem.
Acoldsmilecurvedherlips.
Iamafraid,shesaid,turningtoleave,thatIcannothelpyou.
WAIT!
Hehadnotmeanttoshout,butangerandpanicwerethreateningtooverwhelm
him.Heglancedathiswatchasshehoveredinfrontofhim.Itwasaquarterto
midnight.
Thisisurgent,hesaidercely.Ifthatdiadem'satHogwarts,I'vegottondit,
fast.
whocallshimselfLord
Haven'tItoldyou,I'mnotinterestedinwearingit!Harrysaidercely.There's
notimetoexplainbutifyoucareaboutHogwarts,ifyouwanttoseeVoldemort
nished,you'vegottotellmeanythingyouknowaboutthediadem!
Sheremainedquitestill,oatinginmidair,staringdownathim,andasenseof
hopelessnessengulfedHarry.Ofcourse,ifshehadknownanything,shewouldhave
toldFlitwickofDumbledore,whohadsurelyaskedherthesamequestion.Hehad
shakenhisheadandmadetoturnawaywhenshespokeinalowvoice.
Istolethediademfrommymother.
Youyoudidwhat?
Istolethediadem,repeatedHelenaRavenclawinawhisper.Isoughttomake
myselfcleverer,moreimportantthanmymother.Iranawaywithit.
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Hedidnotknowhowhehadmanagedtogainhercondenceanddidnotask,he
simplylistened,hard,asshewenton.
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when,somuchlater,Voldemortandneededaplacetolielow,undisturbed,forten
longyears?
Butthediadem,onceitbecamehispreciousHorcrux,hadnotbeenleftinthat
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him.Theypassedportraitafterportrait,andthepaintedguresracedalongsidethem,
wizardsandwitchesinrusandbreeches,inarmorandcloaks,crammingthemselves
intoeachothers'canvases,screamingnewsfromotherpartsofthecastle.Asthey
reachedtheendofthiscorridor,thewholecastleshook,andHarryknew,asagigantic
vaseblewoitsplinthwithexplosiveforce,thatitwasinthegripofenchantments
moresinisterthanthoseoftheteachersandtheOrder.
It'sallrigh',Fangit'sallrigh'!yelledHagrid,butthegreatboarhoundhad
takenightassliversofchinaewlikeshrapnelthroughtheair,andHagridpounded
oaftertheterrieddog,leavingHarryalone.
Heforgedonthroughthetremblingpassages,hiswandattheready,andforthe
lengthofonecorridorthelittlepaintedknight,SirCadrigan,rushedfrompaintingto
paintingbesidehim,clankingalonginhisarmor,screamingencouragement,hisfat
littleponycanteringbehindhim.
Braggartsandrogues,dogsandscoundrels,drivethemout,HarryPotter,see
themo!
HarryhurtledaroundacornerandfoundFredandasmallknotofstudents,
includingLeeJordanandHannahAbbott,standingbesideanotheremptyplinth,
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furyhesawthem:RonandHermione;bothwiththeirarmsfulloflarge,curved,dirty
yellowobjects,Ronwithabroomstickunderhisarms.
Wherethe
hell
haveyoubeen?Harryshouted.
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Nevermindthat,whatabouttheHorcrux?Harryshouted.D'youthinkyou
couldjustjustholditinuntilwe'vegotthediadem?
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silence.
Hethoughthewastheonlyone,saidHarry.ToobadforhimI'vehadtohide
stuinmytime...thisway,headded.Ithinkit'sdownhere...
Theyspedoupadjacentaisles;Harrycouldheartheothers'footstepsechoing
throughthetoweringpilesofjunk,ofbottles,hats,crates,chairs,books,weapons,
broomsticks,bats...
Somewherenearhere,Harrymutteredtohimself.Somewhere...somewhere...
Deeperanddeeperintothelabyrinthhewent,lookingforobjectsherecognized
fromhisoneprevioustripintotheroom.Hisbreathwasloudinhisears,andthen
hisverysoulseemedtoshiver.Thereitwas,rightahead,theblisteredoldcupboard
inwhichhehadhiddenhisoldPotionsbook,andontopofit,thepockmarkedstone
warlockwearingadustyoldwigandwhatlookedlikeanancientdiscoloredtiara.
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Charmsnow!Andthen,hisfacesplitintoagormlessgrin,youturneduprightin
frontofusandsaidyouwaslookingforadie-dum!What'sadie-dum?
Harry?Ron'svoiceechoedsuddenlyfromtheothersideofthewalltoHarry's
right.Areyoutalkingtosomeone?
Withawhiplikemovement,Crabbepointedhiswandattheftyfootmountain
ofoldfurniture,ofbrokentrunks,ofoldbooksandrobesandunidentiablejunk,and
shouted,
Descendo!
Thewallbegantototter,thenthetopthirdcrumbledintotheaislenextdoor
whereRonstood.
Ron!Harrybellowed,assomewhereoutofsightHermionescreamed,andHarry
heardinnumerableobjectscrashingtotheoorontheothersideofthedestabilized
wall:Hepointedhiswandattherampart,cried,
Finite!
anditsteadied.
No!shoutedMalfoy,stayingCrabbe'sarmasthelattermadetorepeathisspell.
Ifyouwrecktheroomyoumightburythisdiademthing!
What'sthatmatter?saidCrabbe,tugginghimselffree.It'sPottertheDark
Lordwants,whocaresaboutadie-dum?
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ofbrokenfurnitureandbones.
Don'tkillhim!DON'TKILLHIM!MalfoyyelledatCrabbeandGoyle,whowere
bothaimingatHarry:Theirsplitsecond'shesitationwasallHarryneeded.
Expelliarmus!
Goyle'swandewoutofhishandanddisappearedintothebulwarkofobjects
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Here!
Harryseizedapairofheavy-lookingbroomsticksfromthenearestpileofjunk
andthrewonetoRon,whopulledHermioneontoitbehindhim.Harryswunghisleg
overthesecondbroomand,withhardkickstotheground,theysoaredupintheair,
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towardtheplacewhere,heprayed,thedoorstoodopen;Ron,HermioneandGoylehad
vanished;MalfoywasscreamingandholdingHarrysotightlyithurt.Then,through
thesmoke,Harrysawarectangularpatchonthewallandsteeredthebroomatit,and
momentslatercleanairlledhislungsandtheycollidedwiththewallinthecorridor
beyond.
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Shamehewasn'tconcentratingwhentheymentionedhowtostopit,really,said
Ron,whosehair,likeHermione's,wassinged,andwhosefacewasblackened.Ifhe
hadn'ttriedtokillusall,I'dbequitesorryhewasdead.
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Nonono!someonewasshouting.No!Fred!No!AndPercywasshakinghis
brother,andRonwaskneelingbesidethem,andFred'seyesstaredwithoutseeing,
32.THEELDERWAND
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Theworldhadended,sowhyhadthebattlenotceased,thecastlefallensilent
inhorror,andeverycombatantlaiddowntheirarms?Harry'smindwasinfreefall,
spinningoutofcontrol,unabletograsptheimpossibility,becauseFredWeasleycould
notbedead,theevidenceofallhissensesmustbelyingAndthenabodyfellpastthe
holeblownintothesideoftheschoolandcursesewinatthemfromthedarkness,
hittingthewallbehindtheirheads.
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Ifyoursonisdead,Lucius,itisnotmyfault.Hedidnotcomeandjoinme,like
therestoftheSlytherins.PerhapshehasdecidedtobefriendHarryPotter?
Nonever,whisperedMalfoy.Youmusthopenot.
Aren'taren'tyouafraid,myLord,thatPottermightdieatanotherhandbut
yours?askedMalfoy,hisvoiceshaking.Wouldn'titbe...forgiveme...moreprudent
tocallothisbattle,enterthecastle,andseekhimy-yourself?
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439
orHermionecouldanswertheywerebowledaside;Hagridhadcomethunderingdown
thestairs,brandishinghisowerypinkumbrella.
Don'thurt'em,don'thurt'em!heyelled.
HAGRID,NO!
Harryforgoteverythingelse:hesprintedoutfromunderthecloak,runningbent
doubletoavoidthecursesilluminatingthewholehall.
HAGRID,COMEBACK!
ButhewasnotevenhalfwaytoHagridwhenhesawithappen:Hagridvanished
amongstthespiders,andwithagreatscurrying,afoulswarmingmovement,they
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again.
Theairaroundthemhadfrozen:Harry'sbreathcaughtandsolidiedinhischest.
Shapesmovedoutinthedarkness,swirlingguresofconcentratedblackness,moving
inagreatwavetowardsthecastles,theirfaceshoodedandtheirbreathrattling...
RonandHermioneclosedinbesidehimasthesoundsofghtingbehindthem
grewsuddenlymuted,deadened,becauseasilenceonlyDementorscouldbringwas
fallingthicklythroughthenight,andFredwasgone,andHagridwassurelydyingor
alreadydead...
Comeon,Harry!saidHermione'svoicefromaverylongwayaway.
Patronuses,Harry,comeon!
Heraisedhiswand,butadullhopelessnesswasspreadingthroughouthim:How
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exactlywheretheyhadbeenstanding.Harrylookedround:RonandHermionewere
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Harrywriggledintotheearthypassagehiddeninthetree'sroots.
Itwasamuchtightersqueezethanithadbeenthelasttimetheyhadenteredit.
Thetunnelwaslow-ceilinged:theyhadhadtodoubleuptomovethrouhghitnearly
fouryearspreviously;nowtherewasnothingforitbuttocrawl.Harrywentrst,his
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VoldemortraisedtheElderWand,holdingitasdelicatelyandpreciselyasa
conductor'sbaton.
Whydoesn'titworkforme,Severus?
InthesilenceHarryimaginedhecouldhearthesnakehissingslightlyasitcoiled
anduncoiledorwasitVoldemort'ssibilantsighlingeringontheair?
Mymylord?saidSnapeblankly.Idonotunderstand.Youyouhaveperformed
extraordinarymagicwiththatwand.
No,saidVoldemort.Ihaveperformedmyusualmagic.Iamextraordinary,but
thiswand...no.Ithasnotrevealedthewondersithaspromised.Ifeelnodierence
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Severus,iswhatwillhappenwhenInallymeettheboy!
MyLord,therecanbenoquestion,surely?
butthereisaquestion,Severus.Thereis.
Voldemorthalted,andHarrycouldseehimplainlyagainasheslidtheElderWand
throughhiswhitengers,staringatSnape.
WhydidboththewandsIhaveusedfailwhendirectedatHarryPotter?
IIcannotanswerthat,myLord.
Can'tyou?
ThestabofragefeltlikeaspikedriventhroughHarry'shead:heforcedhisown
stintohismouthtostophimselffromcryingoutinpain.Heclosedhiseyes,and
suddenlyhewasVoldemort,lookingintoSnape'spaleface.
MywandofyewdideverythingofwhichIaskedit,Severus,excepttokillHarry
Potter.Twiceitfailed.Ollivandertoldmeundertortureofthetwincores,toldmeto
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AndVoldemortswipedtheairwiththeElderWand.ItdidnothingtoSnape,
whoforasplitsecondseemedtothinkhehadbeenreprieved:butthenVoldemort's
intentionbecameclear.Thesnake'scagewasrollingthroughtheair,andbefore
Snapecoulddoanythingmorethanyell,ithadencasedhim,headandshoulders,and
VoldemortspokeinParseltongue.
Kill.
Therewasaterriblescream.HarrysawSnape'sfacelosingthelittlecolorithad
left;itwhitenedashisblackeyeswidened,asthesnake'sfangspiercedhisneck,as
hefailedtopushtheenchantedcageohimself,ashiskneesgavewayandhefellto
theoor.
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robesslackened.
Look...at...me...hewhispered.
33.THEPRINCE'STALE
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HarryremainedkneelingatSnape'sside,simplystaringdownathim,untilquite
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orscreamsorshouts.Theagstonesofthedesertedentrancehallwerestainedwith
blood.Emeraldswerestillscatteredallovertheoor,alongwithpiecesofmarbleand
splinteredwood.Partofthebanistershadbeenblownaway.
Whereiseveryone?whisperedHermione.
RonledthewaytotheGreatHall.Harrystoppedinthedoorway.
TheHousetablesweregoneandtheroomwascrowded.Thesurvivorsstoodin
groups,theirarmsaroundeachother'snecks.Theinjuredwerebeingtreatedupon
theraisedplatformbyMadamPomfreyandagroupofhelpers.Firenzewasamongst
theinjured;hisankpouredbloodandheshookwherehelay,unabletostand.
ThedeadlayinarowinthemiddleoftheHall.HarrycouldnotseeFred'sbody,
becausehisfamilysurroundedhim.Georgewaskneelingathishead;Mrs.Weasley
waslyingacrossFred'schest,herbodyshaking,Mr.Weasleystrokingherhairwhile
tearscascadeddownhischeeks.
WithoutawordtoHarry,RonandHermionewalkedaway.HarrysawHermione
approachGinny,whosefacewasswollenandblotchy,andhugher.RonjoinedBill,
Fleur,andPercy,whounganarmaroundRon'sshoulders.AsGinnyandHermione
movedclosertotherestofthefamily,Harryhadaclearviewofthebodieslying
nexttoFred.RemusandTonks,paleandstillandpeaceful-looking,apparentlyasleep
beneaththedark,enchantedceiling.
TheGreatHallseemedtoyaway,becomesmaller,shrink,asHarryreeled
backwardfromthedoorway.Hecouldnotdrawbreath.Hecouldnotbeartolook
atanyoftheotherbodies,toseewhoelsehaddiedforhim.Hecouldnotbearto
jointheWeasleys,couldnotlookintotheireyes,whenifhehadgivenhimselfupin
therstplace,Fredmightneverhavedied...
Heturnedawayandranupthemarblestaircase.Lupin,Tonks...Heyearned
nottofeel...Hewishedhecouldripouthisheart,hisinnards,everythingthatwas
screaminginsidehim...
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HarryglancedhopelesslyatDumbledore'sdesertedframe,whichhungdirectly
behindtheheadmaster'schair,thenturnedhisbackonit.ThestonePensievelay
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groundandlingereduponit.Howdoyoudoit?sheadded,andtherewasdenite
longinginhervoice.
It'sobvious,isn'tit?Snapecouldnolongercontainhimself,buthadjumped
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longandI'llbegone.
Doesn'tyourdadlikemagic?
Hedoesn'tlikeanything,much,saidSnape.
Severus?
AlittlesmiletwistedSnape'smouthwhenshesaidhisname.
Yeah?
TellmeabouttheDementorsagain.
Whatd'youwanttoknowaboutthemfor?
IfIusemagicoutsideschool
Theywouldn'tgiveyoutotheDementorsforthat!Dementorsareforpeoplewho
doreallybadstu.Theyguardthewizardprison,Azkaban.You'renotgoingtoend
upinAzkaban,you'retoo
Heturnedredagainandshreddedmoreleaves.Thenasmallrustlingnoisebehind
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...I'msorry,Tuney,I'msorry!ListenShecaughthersister'shandandheld
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Atlasthestopped,outsideacompartmentinwhichagroupofrowdyboyswere
talking.HunchedinacornerseatbesidethewindowwasLily,herfacepressedagainst
thewindowpane.
SnapeslidopenthecompartmentdoorandsatdownoppositeLily.Sheglanced
athimandthenlookedbackoutofthewindow.Shehadbeencrying.
Idon'twanttotalktoyou,shesaidinaconstrictedvoice.
Whynot?
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Jamesroaredwithlaughter.Lilysatup,ratherushed,andlookedfromJamesto
Siriusindislike.
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ThemomentshehadinsultedJamesPotter,hiswholebodyhadrelaxed,andasthey
walkedawaytherewasanewspringinSnape'sstep...
Andthescenedissolved...
HarrywatchedagainasSnapelefttheGreatHallaftersittinghisO.W.L.in
DefenseAgainsttheDarkArts,watchedashewanderedawayfromthecastleand
strayedinadvertentlyclosetotheplacebeneaththebeechtreewhereJames,Sirius,
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heknewwhathadbeendoneandsaid,anditgavehimnopleasuretohearitagain...
HewatchedasLilyjoinedthegroupandwenttoSnape'sdefense.Distantlyheheard
Snapeshoutatherinhishumiliationandhisfury,theunforgivableword:
Mudblood.
Thescenechanged...
I'msorry.
I'mnotinterested.
I'msorry!
Saveyourbreath
Itwasnighttime.Lily,whowaswearingadressinggown,stoodwithherarms
foldedinfrontoftheportraitoftheFatLady,attheentrancetoGryndorTower.
IonlycameoutbecauseMarytoldmeyouwerethreateningtosleephere.
Iwas.Iwouldhavedone.InevermeanttocallyouMudblood,itjust
Slippedout?TherewasnopityinLily'svoice.It'stoolate.I'vemadeexcuses
foryouforyears.NoneofmyfriendscanunderstandwhyIeventalktoyou.Youand
yourpreciouslittleDeathEaterfriendsyousee,youdon'tevendenyit!Youdon't
evendenythat'swhatyou'reallaimingtobe!Youcan'twaittojoinYou-Know-Who,
canyou?
Heopenedhismouth,butcloseditwithoutspeaking.
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Well,Severus?WhatmessagedoesLordVoldemorthaveforme?
NonomessageI'mhereonmyownaccount!
Snapewaswringinghishands.Helookedalittlemad,withhisstragglingblack
hairyingaroundhim.
IIcomewithawarningno,arequestplease
Dumbledoreickedhiswand.Thoughleavesandbranchesstillewthroughthe
nightairaroundthem,silencefellonthespotwhereheandSnapefacedeachother.
WhatrequestcouldaDeathEatermakeofme?
Thetheprophecy...theprediction...Trelawney...
Ah,yes,saidDumbledore.HowmuchdidyourelaytoLordVoldemort?
EverythingeverythingIheard!saidSnape.Thatiswhyitisforthatreason
hethinksitmeansLilyEvans!
Theprophecydidnotrefertoawoman,saidDumbledore.Itspokeofaboy
bornattheendofJuly
YouknowwhatImean!Hethinksitmeansherson,heisgoingtohunther
downkillthemall
Ifshemeanssomuchtoyou,saidDumbledore,surelyLordVoldemortwillspare
her?Couldyounotaskformercyforthemother,inexchangefortheson?
IhaveIhaveaskedhim
Youdisgustme,saidDumbledore,andHarryhadneverheardsomuchcontempt
inhisvoice.Snapeseemedtoshrinkalittle,Youdonotcare,then,aboutthedeaths
ofherhusbandandchild?Theycandie,aslongasyouhavewhatyouwant?
Snapesaidnothing,butmerelylookedupatDumbledore.
Hidethemall,then,hecroaked.Keepherthemsafe.Please.
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Hersonlives.Hehashereyes,preciselyhereyes.Youremembertheshapeand
colorofLilyEvans'seyes,Iamsure?
DON'T!bellowedSnape.Gone...dead...
Isthisremorse,Severus?
Iwish...Iwish
I
weredead...
Andwhatusewouldthatbetoanyone?saidDumbledorecoldly.Ifyouloved
LilyEvans,ifyoutrulylovedher,thenyourwayforwardisclear.
Snapeseemedtopeerthroughahazeofpain,andDumbledore'swordsappeared
totakealongtimetoreachhim.
Whatwhatdoyoumean?
Youknowhowandwhyshedied.Makesureitwasnotinvain.Helpmeprotect
Lily'sson.
Hedoesnotneedprotection.TheDarkLordhasgone
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Doeshe?saidDumbledoresoftly,asFleurDelacourandRogerDaviescame
gigglinginfromthegrounds.Andareyoutemptedtojoinhim?
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eorthestraightenedhimselfinhischair.Well,really,thismakesmattersmuchmore
straightforward.
Snapelookedutterlyperplexed.Dumbledoresmiled.
IrefertotheplanLordVoldemortisrevolvingaroundme.Hisplantohavethe
poorMalfoyboymurderme.
SnapesatdowninthechairHarryhadsooftenoccupied,acrossthedesk
fromDumbledore.Harrycouldtellthathewantedtosaymoreonthesubjectof
Dumbledore'scursedhand,buttheotherhelditupinpoliterefusaltodiscussthe
matterfurther.Scowling,Snapesaid,TheDarkLorddoesnotexpectDracoto
succeed.ThisismerelypunishmentforLucius'srecentfailures.SlowtortureforDraco's
parents,whiletheywatchhimfailandpaytheprice.
Inshort,theboyhashadadeathsentencepronounceduponhimassurelyas
Ihave,saidDumbledore.Now,Ishouldhavethoughtthenaturalsuccessortothe
job,onceDracofails,isyourself?
Therewasashortpause.
That,Ithink,istheDarkLord'splan.
LordVoldemortforeseesamomentinthenearfuturewhenhewillnotneedaspy
atHogwarts?
Hebelievestheschoolwillsoonbeinhisgrasp,yes.
Andifitdoesfallintohisgrasp,saidDumbledore,almost,itseemed,asan
aside,Ihaveyourwordthatyouwilldoallinyourpowertoprotectthestudentsat
Hogwarts?
Snapegaveastinod.
Good.Nowthen.YourrstprioritywillbetodiscoverwhatDracoisupto.A
frightenedteenageboyisadangertoothersaswellastohimself.Oerhimhelpand
guidance,heoughttoaccept,helikesyou
muchlesssincehisfatherhaslostfavor.Dracoblamesme,hethinksIhave
usurpedLucius'sposition.
Allthesame,try.Iamconcernedlessformyselfthanforaccidentalvictimsof
whateverschemesmightoccurtotheboy.Ultimately,ofcourse,thereisonlyone
thingtobedoneifwearetosavehimfromLordVoldemort'swrath.
Snaperaisedhiseyebrowsandhistonewassardonicasheasked,Areyouintending
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valuableinformationwhilewithholdingtheessentialsisajobIwouldentrusttonobody
butyou.
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TellhimthatonthenightLordVoldemorttriedtokillhim,whenLilycasther
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Andthesceneshifted.Now,HarrysawSnapetalkingtotheportraitofDumbledore
behindhisdesk.
YouwillhavetogiveVoldemortthecorrectdateofHarry'sdeparturefromhis
auntanduncle's,saidDumbledore.Nottodosowillraisesuspicion,whenVoldemort
believesyousowellinformed.However,youmustplanttheideaofdecoys;that,Ithink,
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theGrangergirl,then,mentionedtheplaceassheopenedherbagandIheard
her!
Good.Verygood!criedtheportraitofDumbledorebehindtheheadmaster's
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469
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tasktotheboywhohadalreadybeenmarkedforslaughter,andwhosedeathwould
notbeacalamity,butanotherblowagainstVoldemort.
AndDumbledorehadknownthatHarrywouldnotduckout,thathewouldkeep
goingtotheend,eventhoughitwas
his
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Youknowwhat?Icanmanagehimalone,Neville,saidOliverWood,andhe
heavedColinoverhisshoulderinareman'sliftandcarriedhimintotheGreatHall.
Nevilleleanedagainstthedoorframeforamomentandwipedhisforeheadwith
thebackofhishand.Helookedlikeanoldman.Thenhesetoonthestepsagain
intothedarknesstorecovermorebodies.
HarrytookoneglancebackattheentranceoftheGreatHall.Peopleweremoving
around,tryingtocomforteachother,drinking,kneelingbesidethedead,buthecould
notseeanyofthepeopleheloved,nohintofHermione,Ron,Ginny,oranyofthe
otherWeasleys,noLuna.Hefelthewouldhavegivenallthetimeremainingtohim
forjustonelastlookatthem;butthen,wouldheeverhavethestrengthtostop
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I'mne.Thanks,Neville.
ButNevilleseizedhiswristasHarrymadetomoveon.
We'reallgoingtokeepghting,Harry.Youknowthat?
Yeah,I
Thesuocatingfeelingextinguishedtheendofthesentence;hecouldnotgoon.
Nevilledidnotseemtonditstrange.HepattedHarryontheshoulder,releasedhim,
andwalkedawaytolookformorebodies.
HarryswungtheCloakbackoverhimselfandwalkedon.Someoneelsewasmoving
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TheSnitch.Hisnervelessngersfumbledforamomentwiththepouchathisneck
andhepulleditout.
Iopenattheclose.
Breathingfastandhard,hestareddownatit.Nowthathewantedtimetomove
asslowlyaspossible,heseemedtohavespedup,andunderstandingwascomingso
fastitseemedtohavebypassedthough.Thiswastheclose.Thiswasthemoment.
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Youarenearlythere,saidJames.Veryclose.Weare...soproudofyou.
Doesithurt?
ThechildishquestionhadfallenfromHarry'slipsbeforehecouldstopit.
Dying?Notatall,saidSirius.Quickerandeasierthanfallingasleep.
Andhewillwantittobequick.Hewantsitover,saidLupin.
Ididn'twantyoutodie,Harrysaid.Thesewordscamewithouthisvolition.Any
ofyou.I'msorry
HeaddressedLupinmorethananyofthem,beseechinghim.
rightafteryou'dhadyourson...Remus,I'msorry
Iamsorrytoo,saidLupin.SorryIwillneverknowhim...buthewillknowwhy
IdiedandIhopehewillunderstand.Iwastryingtomakeaworldinwhichhecould
liveahappierlife.
Achillybreezethatseemedtoemanatefromtheheartoftheforestliftedthehair
atHarry'sbrow.Heknewthattheywouldnottellhimtogo,thatitwouldhaveto
behisdecision.
You'llstaywithme?
Untiltheveryend,saidJames.
Theywon'tbeabletoseeyou?askedHarry.
Wearepartofyou,saidSirius.Invisibletoanyoneelse.
Harrylookedathismother.
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Someonethere,camearoughwhispercloseathand.He'sgotanInvisibility
Cloak.Coulditbe?
Twoguresemergedfrombehindanearbytree:Theirwandsared,andHarrysaw
YaxleyandDolohovpeeringintothedarkness,directlyattheplaceHarry,hismother
andfatherandSiriusandLupinstood.Apparentlytheycouldnotseeanything.
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bloodybutotherwiseunharmed.
Voldemortraisedhishandtosilenceher,andshedidnotspeakanotherword,but
eyedhiminworshipfulfascination.
Ithoughthewouldcome,saidVoldemortinhishigh,clearvoice,hiseyesonthe
leapingames.Iexpectedhimtocome.
Nobodyspoke.TheyseemedasscaredasHarry,whoseheartwasnowthrowing
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Voldemorthadraisedhiswand.Hisheadwasstilltiltedtooneside,likeacurious
child,wonderingwhatwouldhappenifheproceeded.Harrylookedbackintothered
eyes,andwantedittohappennow,quickly,whilehecouldstillstand,beforehelost
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Helayfacedown,listeningtothesilence.Hewasperfectlyalone.Nobodywas
watching.Nobodyelsewasthere.Hewasnotperfectlysurethathewastherehimself.
Alongtimelater,ormaybenotimeatall,itcametohimthathemustexist,
mustbemorethandisembodiedthought,becausehewaslying,denitelylying,on
somesurface.Thereforehehadasenseoftouch,andthethingagainstwhichhelay
existedtoo.
Almostassoonashehadreachedthisconclusion,Harrybecameconsciousthat
hewasnaked.Convincedashewasofhistotalsolitude,thisdidnotconcernhim,but
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Hewasafraidofit.Smallandfragileandwoundedthoughitwas,hedidnot
wanttoapproachit.Neverthelesshedrewslowlynearer,readytojumpbackatany
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Ohyes!saidDumbledore.Yes,hedestroyedit.Yoursouliswhole,and
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bodykeepshersacricealive,andwhilethatenchantmentsurvives,sodoyouandso
doesVoldemort'sonelasthopeforhimself.
DumbledoresmiledatHarry,andHarrystaredathim.
Andyouknewthis?Youknewallalong?
Iguessed.Butmyguesseshaveusuallybeengood,saidDumbledorehappily,and
theysatinsilenceforwhatseemedlikealongtime,whilethecreaturebehindthem
continuedtowhimperandtremble.
There'smore,saidHarry.There'smoretoit.Whydidmywandbreakthewand
heborrowed?
Astothat,Icannotbesure.
Haveaguess,then,saidHarry,andDumbledorelaughed.
Whatyoumustunderstand,Harry,isthatyouandLordVoldemorthavejourneyed
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WhatchancedidthatpoorstickofLuciusMalfoy'sstand?
Butifmywandwassopowerful,howcomeHermionewasabletobreakit?asked
Harry.
Mydearboy,itsremarkableeectsweredirectedonlyatVoldemort,whohad
tamperedsoill-advisedlywiththedeepestlawsofmagic.Onlytowardhimwasthat
wandabnormallypowerful.Otherwiseitwasawandlikeanyother...thoughagood
one,Iamsure,Dumbledorenishedkindly.
Harrysatinthoughtforalongtime,orperhapsseconds.Itwasveryhardtobe
sureofthingsliketime,here.
Hekilledmewithyourwand.
He
failed
tokillyouwithmywand,DumbledorecorrectedHarry.Ithinkwecan
agreethatyouarenotdeadthough,ofcourse,headded,asiffearinghehadbeen
discourteous,Idonotminimizeyoursuerings,whichIamsureweresevere.
Ifeelgreatatthemoment,though,saidHarry,lookingdownathisclean,
unblemishedhands.Wherearewe,exactly?
Well,Iwasgoingtoaskyouthat,saidDumbledore,lookingaround.Where
wouldyousaythatweare?
UntilDumbledorehadasked,Harryhadnotknown.Now,however,hefoundthat
hehadananswerreadytogive.
Itlooks,hesaidslowly,likeKing'sCrossstation.Exceptalocleanerandempty,
andtherearenotrainsasfarasIcansee.
King'sCrossstation!Dumbledorewaschucklingimmoderately.Goodgracious,
really?
Well,wheredoyouthinkweare?askedHarry,alittledefensively.
Mydearboy,Ihavenoidea.Thisis,astheysay,
your
party.
Harryhadnoideawhatthismeant;Dumbledorewasbeinginfuriating.Heglared
athim,thenrememberedamuchmorepressingquestionthanthatoftheircurrent
location.
TheDeathlyHallows,hesaid,andhewasgladtoseethatthewordswipedthe
smilefromDumbledore'sface.
Ah,yes,hesaid.Heevenlookedalittleworried.
Well?
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Whatareyoutalkingabout?askedHarry,startledbyDumbledore'stone,bythe
suddentearsinhiseyes.
TheHallows,theHallows,murmuredDumbledore.Adesperateman'sdream!
Butthey'rereal!
Real,anddangerous,andalureforfools,saidDumbledore.AndIwassucha
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You.Youhaveguessed,Iknow,whytheCloakwasinmypossessiononthenight
yourparentsdied.Jameshadshowedittomejustafewdayspreviously.Itexplained
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beforthegreatergood,andanyharmdonewouldberepaidahundredfoldinbenets
forwizards.DidIknow,inmyheartofhearts,whatGellertGrindelwaldwas?IthinkI
did,butIclosedmyeyes.Iftheplansweweremakingcametofruition,allmydreams
wouldcometrue.
Andattheheartofourschemes,theDeathlyHallows!Howtheyfascinatedhim,
howtheyfascinatedbothofus!Theunbeatablewand,theweaponthatwouldlead
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Harry.
WouldI?askedDumbledoreheavily.Iamnotsosure.Ihadproven,asavery
youngman,thatpowerwasmyweaknessandmytemptation.Itisacuriousthing,
Harry,butperhapsthosewhoarebestsuitedtopowerarethosewhohavenever
soughtit.Thosewho,likeyou,haveleadershipthrustuponthem,andtakeupthe
mantlebecausetheymust,andndtotheirownsurprisethattheywearitwell.
IwassaferatHogwarts.IthinkIwasagoodteacher
Youwerethebest
youareverykind,Harry.ButwhileIbusiedmyselfwiththetrainingofyoung
wizards,Grindelwaldwasraisinganarmy.Theysayhefearedme,andperhapshedid,
butless,Ithink,thanIfearedhim.
Oh,notdeath,saidDumbledore,inanswertoHarry'squestioninglook.Not
whathecoulddotomemagically.Iknewthatwewereevenlymatched,perhapsthat
Iwasashademoreskillful.ItwasthetruthIfeared.Yousee,Ineverknewwhichof
us,inthatlast,horricght,hadactuallycastthecursethatkilledmysister.You
maycallmecowardly:Youwouldberight,Harry.Idreadedbeyondallthingsthe
knowledgethatithadbeenIwhobroughtaboutherdeath,notmerelythroughmy
arroganceandstupidity,butthatIactuallystrucktheblowthatsnuedoutherlife.
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dabbedhiseyes.
AfteranothershortpauseHarrysaid,YoutriedtousetheResurrectionStone.
Dumbledorenodded.
WhenIdiscoveredit,afterallthoseyears,buriedintheabandonedhomeofthe
GauntstheHallowIhadcravedmostofall,thoughinmyyouthIhadwanteditfor
verydierentreasonsIlostmyhead,Harry.IquiteforgotthatIwasnotaHorcrux,
thattheringwassuretocarryacurse.Ipickeditup,andIputiton,andforasecond
IimaginedthatIwasabouttoseeAriana,andmymother,andmyfather,andtotell
themhowvery,verysorry,Iwas...
Iwassuchafool,Harry.AfterallthoseyearsIhadlearnednothing.Iwasunworthy
tounitetheDeathlyHallows,Ihadprovedittimeandagain,andherewasnalproof.
Why?saidHarry.Itwasnatural!Youwantedtoseethemagain.What'swrong
withthat?
MaybeamaninamillioncouldunitetheHallows,Harry.Iwastonlytopossess
themeanestofthem,theleastextraordinary.IwasttoowntheElderWand,and
notboastofit,andnottokillwithit.Iwaspermittedtotameanduseit,becauseI
tookit,notforgain,buttosaveothersfromit.
ButtheCloak,Itookoutofvaincuriousity,andsoitcouldneverhaveworked
formeasitworksforyou,itstrueowners.ThestoneIwouldhaveusedinanattempt
todragbackthosewhoareatpeace,ratherthanenablemyself-sacrice,asyoudid.
YouaretheworthypossessoroftheHallows.
DumbledorepattedHarry'shand,andHarrylookedupattheoldmanandsmiled;
hecouldnothelphimself.HowcouldheremainangrywithDumbledorenow?
Whydidyouhavetomakeitsodicult?
Dumbledore'ssmilewastremulous.
IamafraidIcountedonMissGrangertoslowyouup,Harry.Iwasafraidthat
yourhotheadmightdominateyourgoodheart.Iwasscaredthat,ifpresentedoutright
withthefactsaboutthosetemptingobjects,youmightseizetheHallowsasIdid,at
thewrongtime,forthewrongreasons.Ifyoulaidhandsonthem,Iwantedyouto
possessthemsafely.Youarethetruemasterofdeath,becausethetruemasterdoes
notseektorunawayfromDeath.Heacceptsthathemustdie,andunderstandsthat
therearefar,farworsethingsinthelivingworldthandying.
AndVoldemortneverknewabouttheHallows?
Idonotthinkso,becausehedidnotrecognizetheResurrectionStoneheturned
intoaHorcrux.Butevenifhehadknownaboutthem,Harry,Idoubtthathewould
havebeeninterestedinanyexcepttherst.Hewouldnotthinkthatheneededthe
Cloak,andasforthestone,whomwouldhewanttobringbackfromthedead?He
fearsthedead.Hedoesnotlove.
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Butyouexpectedhimtogoafterthewand?
Ihavebeensurethathewouldtry,eversinceyourwandbeatVoldemort'sinthe
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Harrynoddedandsighed.Leavingthisplacewouldnotbenearlyashardaswalking
intotheforesthadbeen,butitwaswarmandlightandpeacefulhere,andheknewthat
hewasheadingbacktopainandthefearofmoreloss.Hestoodup,andDumbledore
didthesame,andtheylookedforalongmomentintoeachother'sfaces.
Tellmeonelastthing,saidHarry,Isthisreal?Orhasthisbeenhappeninginside
myhead?
Dumbledorebeamedathim,andhisvoicesoundedloudandstronginHarry'sears
eventhoughthebrightmistwasdescendingagain,obscuringhisgure.
Ofcourseitishappeninginsideyourhead,Harry,butwhyonearthshouldthat
meanitisnotreal?
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492
Hewasyingfacedownonthegrondagain.Thesmelloftheforestlledhis
nostrils.Hecouldfeelthecoldhardgroundbeneathhischeek,andthehingeofhis
glasseswhichhavebeenknockedsidewaysbythefallcuttingintohistemple.Every
inchofhimached,andtheplacewhereKillingCursehadhithimfeltlikethebruise
ofaniron-cladpunch.Hedidnotstir,butheremainedexactlywherehehadfallen,
withhisleftarmbentoutatanakwardangleandhismouthgaping.
Hehadexpectedtohearcheeroftriumphandjubilationathisdeath,butinstead
hurriedfootsteps,whispers,andsolicitousmurmurslledtheair.
MyLord...
myLord...
ItwasBellatrix'svoice,andshespokeasiftoalover.Harrydidnotdareopenhis
eyes,butallowedhisothersensestoexplorehispredicament.Heknewthathiswand
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Hands,softerthanhehadbeenexpecting,touchedHarry'sface,andfelthisheart.
Hecouldhearthewoman'sfastbreathing,herpoundingoflifeagainsthisribs.
IsDracoalive?Isheinthecastle?
Thewhisperwasbarelyaudible,herlipswereaninchfromhisear,herheadbent
solowthatherlonghairshieldedhisfacefromtheonlookers.
Yes,
hebreathedback.
Hefeltthehandonhischestcontract:hernailspiercedhim.Thenitwas
withdrawn.Shehadsatup.
Heisdead!NarcissaMalfoycalledtothewatchers.
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BranchescaughtatHarry'shairandrobes,buthelayquiescent,hismouthlolling
open,hiseyesshut,andinthedarkness,whiletheDeathEaterscroedallaround
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Therewassilenceinthegroundsandfromthecastle.Voldemortwassocloseto
himthatHarrydidnotdareopenhiseyesagain.
Come,saidVoldemort,andHarryheardhimmoveahead,andHagridwasforced
tofollow.NowHarryopenedhiseyesafraction,andsawVoldemortstridinginfront
them,wearingthegreatsnakeNaginiaroundhisshoulders,nowfreeofherenchanted
cage.ButHarryhadnopossibilityofextractingthewandconcealedunderhisrobes
withoutbeingnoticedbytheDeathEaters,whomarchedontheeithersideofthem
throughtheslowlylighteningdarkness...
Harry,sobbedHagrid.Oh,Harry...Harry...
Harryshuthiseyestightagain.Heknewthattheywereapproachingthecastle
andstrainedhisearstodistinguish,abovethegleefulvoicesoftheDeathEatersand
theirtrampingfootsteps,signsoflifefromthosewithin.
Stop.
TheDeathEaterscametoahalt;Harryheardthemspreadingoutinalinefacing
theopenfrontdoorsoftheschool.Hecouldsee,eventhoughhisclosedlids,the
teddishglowthatmeantlightstreameduponhimfromtheentrancehall.Hewaited.
Anymoment,thepeopleforwhomhehadtriedtodiewouldseehim,lyingapparently
dead,inHagrid'sarms.
NO!
Thescreamwasthemoreterriblebecausehehadneverexpectedordreamedthat
ProfessorMcGonagallcouldmakesuchasound.Heheardanotherwomenlaughing
nearby,andknewthatBellatrixgloriedinMcGonagall'sdespair.Hesquintedagain
forasinglesecondandsawtheopendoorwayllingwithpeople,asthesurvivorsof
thebattlecameoutontothefrontstepstofacetheirvanquishersandseethetruth
ofHarry'sdeathforthemselves.HesawVoldemortstandingalittleinfrontofhim,
strokingNagini'sheadwithasinglewhitenger.Heclosedhiseyesagain.
No!
No!
Harry!HARRY!
Ron's,Hermione's,andGinny'svoiceswereworsethanMcGonagall's;Harry
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besidetheplacewherehelay.HarryPotterisdead!Doyouunderstandnow,deluded
ones?Hewasnothing,ever,butaboywhoreliedonotherstosacricethemselvesfor
him!
Hebeatyou!yelledRon,andthecharmbroke,andthedefendersofHogwarts
wereshoutingandscreamingagainuntilasecond,morepowerfulbangextinguished
theirvoicesoncemore.
Hewaskilledwhiletryingtosneakoutofthecastlegrounds,saidVoldemort,
andtherewasarelishinhisvoiceforthelie,killedwhiletryingtosavehimself
ButVoldemortbrokeo:Harryheardascueandashout,thenanotherbang,a
ashoflight,andgruntofpain;heopenedhiseyesaninnitesimalamount.Someone
hadbrokenfreeofthecrowdandchargedatVoldemort:Harrysawthegurehitthe
ground.Disarmed,Voldemortthrowingthechallenger'swandasideandlaughing.
Andwhoisthis?hesaidinhissoftsnake'shiss.Whohasvolunteeredto
demonstratewhathappenstothosewhocontinuetoghtwhenthebattleislost?
Bellatrixgaveadelightedlaugh.
ItisNevilleLongbottom,myLord!TheboywhohasbeengivingtheCarrowsso
muchtrouble!ThesonoftheAurors,remember?
Ah,yes,Iremember,saidVoldemort,lookingdownatNeville,whowasstruggling
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HepointedhiswandatNeville,whogrewrigidandstill,thenforcedthehatonto
Neville'shead,sothatitslippeddownbelowhiseyes.Thereweremovementsfrom
thewatchingcrowdinfrontofthecastle,andasone,theDeathEatersraisedtheir
wands,holdingtheghtersofHogwartsatbay.
Nevillehereisnowgoingtodemonstratewhathappenstoanyonefoolishenough
tocontinuetoopposeme,saidVoldemort,andwithaickofhiswand,hecaused
theSortingHattoburstintoames.
Screamssplitthedawn,andNevillewasaame,rootedtothespot,unableto
move,andHarrycouldnotbearit:Hemustact
Andthenmanythingshappenedatthesamemoment.
Theyhearduproarfromthedistantboundaryoftheschoolaswhatsoundedlike
hundredsofpeoplecameswarmingovertheout-of-sightwallsandpeltedtowardthe
castle,utteringlowdwarcries.Atthesametime,Grawpcamelumberingaround
thesideofthecastelandyelled,HAGGER!Hiscrywasansweredbyroarsfrom
Voldemort'sgiants:TheyranatGrawplikebullelephantsmakingtheearthquake.
Thencamehoovesandthetwangsofbows,andarrowsweresuddenlyfallingamongst
theDeathEaters,whobrokeranks,shoutingtheirsurprise.HarrypulledtheInvisibilty
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castle.HarrywasshootingjinxesandcursesatanyDeathEaterhecouldsee,andthey
crumpled,notknowingwhatorwhohadhitthem,andtheirbodiesweretrampledby
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wasacoldhatredinhisfaceastheywoveandduckedaroundhim,unabletonish
him
Bellatrixwasstillghingtoo,ftyyardsawayfromVoldemort,andlikehermaster
shedueledthreeatonce:Hermione,GinnyandLuna,allbattlingtheirhardest,but
Bellatrixwasequaltothem,andHarry'sattentionwasdivertedasaKillingCurseshot
soclosetoGinnythatshemisseddeathbyaninch
Hechangedcourse,runningatBellatrixratherthanVoldemort,butbeforehehad
goneafewstepshewasknockedsideways.
NOTMYDAUGHTER,YOUBITCH!
Mrs.Weasleythrewohercloakassheran,freeingherarms,Bellatrixspunon
thespot,roaringwithlaughteratthesightofthenewchallenger.
OUTOFMYWAY!shoutedMrs.Weasleytothethreegirls,andwithasimple
swipeofherwandshebegantoduel.HarrywatchedwithterrorandelationasMolly
Weasley'swandslashedandtwisted,andBellatrixLestrange'ssmilefalteredand
becameasnarl.Jetsoflightewfrombothwands,theooraroundthewitches'
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Protego!
roaredHarry,andtheShieldCharmexpandedinthemiddleoftheHall,
andVoldemortstaredaroundforthesourceasHarrypulledotheInvisibilityCloak
atlast.
Theyellofshock,thecheers,thescreamsoneverysideofHarry!HE'SALIVE!
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mistake?
Voldemortdidnotspeak,butpowledinacircle,andHarryknewthathekepthim
temporarilymesmerizedatbay,heldbackbythefaintestpossibilitythatHarrymight
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you,Riddle?
Voldemortdidnotanswer.Theycontinuedtocircleeachotherlikewolvesabout
toteareachotherapart.
Snape'sPatronuswasadoe,saidHarry,thesameasmymother's,becausehe
lovedherfornearlyallofhislife,fromthetimewhentheywerechildren.Youshould
haverealized,hesaidashesawVoldemort'snostrilsare,heaskedyoutospareher
life,didn'the?
Hedesiredher,thatwasall,sneeredVoldemort,butwhenshehadgone,he
agreedthattherewereotherwomen,andofpurerblood,worthierofhim
Ofcoursehetoldyouthat,saidHarry,buthewasDumbledore'sspyfromthe
momentyouthreatenedher,andhe'sbeenworkingagainstyoueversince!Dumbledore
wasalreadydyingwhenSnapenishedhim!
Itmattersnot!shriekedVoldemort,whohadfollowedeverywordwithrapt
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Dumbledore.
Hekilled
Aren'tyoulistening?
SnapeneverbeatDumbledore!
Dumbledore'sdeathwas
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I'dlovesome,hereplied.
I'lldistractthemall,shesaid.Useyourcloak.
Andbeforehecouldsayaword,shehadcried,Oooh,look,aBlibbering
Humdinger!andpointedoutthewindow.Everyonewhoheardlookedaround,and
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Theyclamberedoverhimandontothespiralstonestaircasethatmovedslowly
upwardlikeanescalator.Harrypushedopenthedooratthetop.
Hehadone,briefglimpseofthestonePensieveonthedeskwherehehadleft
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Helaidthebrokenwandupontheheadmaster'sdesk,toucheditwiththeverytip
oftheElderWand,andsaid,
Reparo.
Ashiswandresealed,redsparksewoutofitsend.Harryknewthathehad
succeeded.Hepickedupthehollyandphoenixwandandfeltasuddenwarmthinhis
ngers,asthoughwandandhandwererejoicingattheirreunion.
I'mputtingtheElderWand,hetoldDumbledore,whowaswatchinghimwith
enormousaectionandadmiration,backwhereitcamefrom.Itcanstaythere.If
IdieanaturaldeathlikeIgnotus,itspowerwillbebroken,won'tit?Theprevious
masterwillneverhavebeendefeated.That'llbetheendofit.
Dumbledorenodded.Theysmiledateachother.
Areyousure?saidRon.Therewasthefaintesttraceoflonginginhisvoiceas
helookedattheElderWand.
Epilogue.
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Autumnseemedtoarrivesuddenlythatyear.ThemorningoftherstofSeptember
wascrispasanapple,andasthelittlefamilybobbedacrosstherumblingroadtoward
thegreatsootystation,thefumesofcarexhaustsandthebreathofpedestrians
sparkledlikecobwebsinthecoldair.Twolargecagestattledontopoftheladen
trolleystheparentswerepushing;theowlsinsidethemhootedindignantly,andthe
redheadedgirltrailedfearfullybehindherbrothers,clutchingherfather'sarm.
Itwon'tbelong,andyou'llbegoingtoo,Harrytoldher.
Twoyears,sniedLily.Iwanttogonow!
Thecommutersstaredcuriouslyattheowlsasthefamilywoveitswaytowardthe
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Ithinkthat'sthem,Al,saidGinnysuddenly.
Agroupoffourpeopleemergedfromthemist,standingalongsidetheverylast
carriage.TheirfacesonlycameintofocuswhenHarry,Ginny,Lily,andAlbushad
drawnrightuptothem.
Hi,saidAlbus,soundingimmenselyrelieved.
Rose,whowasalreadywearingherbrand-newHogwartsrobes,beamedathim.
Parkedallright,then?RonaskedHarry.Idid.Hermionedidn'tbelieveIcould
passaMuggledrivingtest,didyou?ShethoughtI'dhavetoConfoundtheexaminer.
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Teddy'sbackthere,hesaidbreathlessly,pointingbackoverhisshoulderinto
thebillowingcloudsofsteam.Justseenhim!Andguesswhathe'sdoing?Snogging
Victoire!
Hegazedupattheadults,evidentlydisappointedbythelackofreaction.
OurTeddy!TeddyLupin!SnoggingourVictoire!Ourcousin!AndIaskedTeddy
whathewasdoing
Youinterruptedthem?saidGinny.YouaresolikeRon
andhesaidhe'dcometoseehero!Andthenhetoldmetogoaway.He's
snoggingher!Jamesaddedasthoughworriedhehadnotmadehimselfclear.
Oh,itwouldbelovelyiftheygotmarried!whisperedLilyecstatically.Teddy
wouldreallybepartofthefamilythen!
Healreadycomesroundfordinneraboutfourtimesaweek,saidHarry.Why
don'twejustinvitehimtolivewithisandhavedonewithit?
Yeah!saidJamesenthusiastically.Idon'tmindsharingwithAlTeddycould
havemyroom!
No,saidHarryrmly,youandAlwillsharearoomonlywhenIwantthehouse
demolished.
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