After a few minutes progress up the dark tunnel, a distant sound of slowly shifting rock reached Harrys ears.

Ron! Harry yelled, speeding up. Ginnys okay! Ive got her!

He heard Ron give a strangled cheer, and they turned the next bend to see his eager face staring through the sizable gap he had managed to make in the rock fall.

Ginny! Ron thrust an arm through the gap in the rock to pull her through first. Youre alive! I dont believe it! What happened? Howwhatwhere did that bird come from? Fawkes had swooped through the gap after Ginny.

Hes Dumbledores, said Harry, squeezing through himself.

How come youve got a sword? said Ron, gaping at the glittering weapon in Harrys hand.

Ill explain when we get out of here, said Harry with a sideways glance at Ginny, who was crying harder than ever.


Later, Harry said shortly. He didnt think it was a good idea to tell Ron yet whod been opening the Chamber, not in front of Ginny, anyway. Wheres Lockhart?

Back there, said Ron, still looking puzzled but jerking his head up the tunnel toward the pipe. Hes in a bad way. Come and see.

Led by Fawkes, whose wide scarlet wings emitted a soft golden glow in the darkness, they walked all the way back to the mouth of the pipe. Gilderoy Lockhart was sitting there, humming placidly to himself.

His memorys gone, said Ron. The Memory Charm backfired. Hit him instead of us. Hasnt got a clue who he is, or where he is, or who we are. I told him to come and wait here. Hes a danger to himself.

Lockhart peered good naturedly up at them all.

Hello, he said. Odd sort of place, this, isnt it? Do you live here?

No, said Ron, raising his eyebrows at Harry.

Harry bent down and looked up the long, dark pipe.

Have you thought how were going to get back up this? he said to Ron.

Ron shook his head, but Fawkes the phoenix had swooped past Harry and was now fluttering in front of him, his beady eyes bright in the dark. He was waving his long golden tail feathers. Harry looked uncertainly at him.

He looks like he wants you to grab hold said Ron, looking perplexed. But youre much too heavy for a bird to pull up there

Fawkes, said Harry, isnt an ordinary bird. He turned quickly to the others. Weve got to hold on to each other. Ginny, grab Rons hand. Professor Lockhart

He means you, said Ron sharply to Lockhart.

You hold Ginnys other hand


  1. A bright silver light appeared right ahead of him, moving through the trees. Whatever the source, it was moving soundlessly. The light seemed simply to drift toward him.
  2. A chill that had nothing to do with the iced champagne was stealing through Harrys chest.
  3. A few people mumbled good afternoon in reply.
  4. A practice what they learn day after day
  5. 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.
  6. A whistling in Harrys ear told him the Bludger had just missed him again; he turned right over and sped in the opposite direction.
  7. Adverbs the hereafter
  8. After a good nights sleep, Harry felt nearly back to normal.
  9. After an hour or so, Hagrid and Slughorn began making extravagant toasts: to Hogwarts, to Dumbledore, to elf-made wine, and to
  10. After glancing once at this portrait, Professor McGonagall made an odd movement as though steeling herself, then rounded the desk to look at Harry, her face taut and lined.
  11. An odd, dreamy expression suddenly came over Hermiones face. She slowly raised a hand and ran her fingers through her hair.

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Harry blinked. Fawkess head slid in and out of focus. Thick, pearly tears were trickling down the glossy feathers. | Harry tucked the sword and the Sorting Hat into his belt, Ron took hold of the back of Harrys robes, and Harry reached out and took hold of Fawkess strangely hot tail feathers.

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