Harrys and Hermiones wands shot out of their hands, high in the air, and Black caught them. Then he took a step closer. His eyes were fixed on Harry.

I thought youd come and help your friend, he said hoarsely.

His voice sounded as though he had long since lost the habit of using it.

Your father would have done the same for me. Brave of you not to run for a teacher. Im grateful it will make everything much easier

The taunt about his father rang in Harrys ears as though Black had bellowed it. A boiling hate erupted in Harrys chest, leaving no place for fear. For the first time in his life, he wanted his wand back in his hand, not to defend himself, but to attack to kill. Without knowing what he was doing, he started forward, but there was a sudden movement on either side of him and two pairs of hands grabbed him and held him back

No, Harry! Hermione gasped in a petrified whisper; Ron, however, spoke to Black.

If you want to kill Harry, youll have to kill us too! he said fiercely, though the effort of standing upright was draining him of still more color, and he swayed slightly as he spoke.

Something flickered in Blacks shadowed eyes.

Lie down, he said quietly to Ron. You will damage that leg even more.

Did you hear me? Ron said weakly, though he was clinging painfully to Harry to stay upright. Youll have to kill all three of us!

Therell be only one murder here tonight, said Brack, and his grin widened.

Whys that? Harry spat, trying to wrench himself free of Ron, and Hermione. Didnt care last time, did you? Didnt mind slaughtering all those Muggles to get at Pettigrew Whats the matter, gone soft in Azkaban?

Harry! Hermione whimpered. Be quiet!

HE KILLED MY MUM AND DAD! Harry roared, and with a huge effort he broke free of Hermiones and Rons restraint and lunged forward

He had forgotten about magiche had forgotten that he was short and skinny and thirteen, whereas Black was a tall, full grown manall Harry knew was that he wanted to hurt Black as badly as he could and that he didnt care how much he got hurt in return

Perhaps it was the shock of Harry doing something so stupid, but Black didnt raise the wands in timeone of Harrys hands fastened over his wasted wrist, forcing the wand tips away; the knuckles of Harrys other hand collided with the side of Blacks head and they fell, backward, into the wall

Hermione was screaming; Ron was yelling; there was a blinding flash as the wands in Blacks hand sent a jet of sparks into the air that missed Harrys face by inches; Harry felt the shrunken arm under his fingers twisting madly, but he clung on, his other hand punching every part of Black it could find.

But Blacks free hand had found Harrys throat.

No, he hissed, Ive waited too long


  1. A black blindfold appeared over Phineas Nigelluss clever, dark eyes, causing him to bump into the frame and shriek with pain.
  2. A blank silence greeted Hermiones words. She looked around at all the faces upturned to her, rather disconcerted.
  3. A chill that had nothing to do with the iced champagne was stealing through Harrys chest.
  4. 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.
  5. A few sparks shot out of the end of his wand, which was still pointed at Blacks face. Hermione fell silent.
  6. A gale of laughter from the middle of the table drowned the rest of Bills words. Fred, George, Ron and Mundungus were rolling around in their seats.
  7. A loud rattling noise behind them announced Hermiones reappearance with the box of S.P.E.W. badges.
  8. A map of Hogwarts appeared on the blank surface of the parchment. Tiny black moving dots, labelled with names, showed where various people were.
  9. 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?
  10. A porters cap pulled low over his mismatched eyes, Moody came limping through the archway pushing a trolley loaded with their trunks.
  11. A Proper Education by Jack Blackwood
  12. A roaring, billowing noise behind him gave him a moments warning. He turned and saw both Ron and Crabbe running as hard as they could up the aisle toward them.

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And then the tunnel began to rise; moments later it twisted, and Crookshanks had gone. Instead, Harry could see a patch of dim light through a small opening. | The fingers tightened, Harry choked, his glasses askew.

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