After a good nights sleep, Harry felt nearly back to normal.

I want to go to the feast, he told Madam Pomfrey as she straightened his many candy boxes. I can, cant I?

Professor Dumbledore says you are to be allowed to go, she said stiffily, as though in her opinion Professor Dumbledore didnt realize how risky feasts could be. And you have another visitor.

Oh, good, said Harry. Who is it?

Hagrid sidled through the door as he spoke. As usual when he was indoors, Hagrid looked too big to be allowed. He sat down next to Harry, took one look at him, and burst into tears.

Itsallmyruddyfault! he sobbed, his face in his hands. I told the evil git how ter get past Fluffy! I told him! It was the only thing he didnt know, an I told him! Yeh couldve died! All fer a dragon egg! Ill never drink again! I should be chucked out an made ter live as a Muggle!

Hagrid! said Harry, shocked to see Hagrid shaking with grief and remorse, great tears leaking down into his beard. Hagrid, hed have found out somehow, this is Voldemort were talking about, hed have found out even if you hadnt told him.

Yeh couldve died! sobbed Hagrid. An don say the name!

VOLDEMORT! Harry bellowed, and Hagrid was so shocked, he stopped crying. Ive met him and Im calling him by his name. Please cheer up, Hagrid, we saved the Stone, its gone, he cant use it. Have a Chocolate Frog, Ive got loads

Hagrid wiped his nose on the back of his hand and said, That reminds me. Ive got yeh a present.

Its not a stoat sandwich, is it? said Harry anxiously, and at last Hagrid gave a weak chuckle.

Nah. Dumbledore gave me the day off yesterday ter fix it. Course, he shoulda sacked me insteadanyway, got yeh this

It seemed to be a handsome, leather covered book. Harry opened it curiously. It was full of wizard photographs. Smiling and waving at him from every page were his mother and father.

Sent owls off ter all yer parents old school friends, askin fer photos knew yeh didn have any dyeh like it?

Harry couldnt speak, but Hagrid understood.

Harry made his way down to the end of year feast alone that night. He had been held up by Madam Pomfreys fussing about, insisting on giving him one last checkup, so the Great Hall was already full. It was decked out in the Slytherin colors of green and silver to celebrate Slytherins winning the house cup for the seventh year in a row. A huge banner showing the Slytherin serpent covered the wall behind the High Table.

When Harry walked in there was a sudden hush, and then everybody started talking loudly at once. He slipped into a seat between Ron and Hermione at the Gryffindor table and tried to ignore the fact that people were standing up to look at him.


  1. A chill that had nothing to do with the iced champagne was stealing through Harrys chest.
  2. A dark figure came bustling toward them, and Harry saw a glint of silver to the light of their wands. They had found Gryffindors sword.
  3. A few people mumbled good afternoon in reply.
  4. A mixture of gratitude and shame welled up in Harry. Had Lupin forgiven him, then, for the terrible things he had said when they had last met?
  5. A motherly-looking Healer wearing a tinsel wreath in her hair came bustling up the corridor, smiling warmly at Harry and the others.
  6. A paralyzing terror filled Harry so that he couldnt move or speak. His Patronus flickered and died.
  7. A practice what they learn day after day
  8. A seam had split on Hermiones bag. Harry wasnt surprised; he could see that it was crammed with at least a dozen large and heavy books.
  9. A vivid image of the shrieking, spitting portrait of Siriuss mother that hung in the hall of number twelve, Grimmauld Place flashed into Harrys mind. I bet there has, he said.
  10. A whistling in Harrys ear told him the Bludger had just missed him again; he turned right over and sped in the opposite direction.
  11. A young witch with short blonde hair poked her head around the curtain; Harry saw that she too was wearing magenta staff robes.
  12. Adverbs the hereafter

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