A few people looked around. Rita Skeeters eyes widened behind her jeweled spectacles as she saw who had spoken.

Harry! she said, beaming. How lovely! Why dont you come and join?

I wouldnt come near you with a ten foot broomstick, said Harry furiously. What did you do that to Hagrid for, eh?

Rita Skeeter raised her heavily penciled eyebrows.

Our readers have a right to the truth, Harry. I am merely doing my

Who cares if hes half giant? Harry shouted. Theres nothing wrong with him!

The whole pub had gone very quiet. Madam Rosmerta was staring over from behind the bar, apparently oblivious to the fact that the flagon she was filling with mead was overflowing.

Rita Skeeters smile flickered very slightly, but she hitched it back almost at once; she snapped open her crocodile skin handbag, pulled out her Quick-Quotes Quill, and said, How about giving me an interview about the Hagrid you know, Harry? The man behind the muscles? Your unlikely friendship and the reasons behind it. Would you call him a father substitute?

Hermione stood up very abruptly, her butterbeer clutched in her hand as though it were a grenade.

You horrible woman, she said, through gritted teeth, you dont care, do you, anything for a story, and anyone will do, wont they? Even Ludo Bagman

Sit down, you silly little girl, and dont talk about things you dont understand, said Rita Skeeter coldly, her eyes hardening as they fell on Hermione. I know things about Ludo Bagman that would make your hair curl not that it needs it she added, eyeing Hermiones bushy hair.

Lets go, said Hermione, cmon, HarryRon

They left; many people were staring at them as they went. Harry glanced back as they reached the door. Rita Skeeters Quick-Quotes Quill was out; it was zooming backward and forward over a piece of parchment on the table.

Shell be after you next, Hermione, said Ron in a low and worried voice as they walked quickly back up the street.

Let her try! said Hermione defiantly; she was shaking with rage. Ill show her! Silly little girl, am I? Oh, Ill get her back for this. First Harry, then Hagrid

You dont want to go upsetting Rita Skeeter, said Ron nervously. Im serious, Hermione, shell dig up something on you

My parents dont read the Daily Prophet. She cant scare me into hiding! said Hermione, now striding along so fast that it was all Harry and Ron could do to keep up with her. The last time Harry had seen Hermione in a rage like this, she had hit Draco Malfoy around the face. And Hagrid isnt hiding anymore! He should never have let that excuse for a human being upset him! Come on!

Breaking into a run, she led them all the way back up the road, through the gates flanked by winged boars, and up through the grounds to Hagrids cabin.


  1. A blank silence greeted Hermiones words. She looked around at all the faces upturned to her, rather disconcerted.
  2. A few moments later, Mr. Weasley came into the warm living room carrying his dinner on a tray. He looked completely exhausted.
  3. A few of the centaurs looked worried now. Hermione, however, gave a gasp.
  4. A few people mumbled good afternoon in reply.
  5. A large group of people was bunched around the bulletin board when they returned to the common room.
  6. A loud rattling noise behind them announced Hermiones reappearance with the box of S.P.E.W. badges.
  7. A map of Hogwarts appeared on the blank surface of the parchment. Tiny black moving dots, labelled with names, showed where various people were.
  8. 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.
  9. A stooping man had appeared behind the counter, smoothing his greasy hair back from his face.
  10. A. Work in pairs. What do the people in the photos do?
  11. Almost against his will he glanced from Ron to Hermione, both of whom looked devastated.

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He hurried out of the pub. The goblins all slid off their chairs and exited after him. Harry went to rejoin Ron and Hermione. | The curtains were still drawn, and they could hear Fang barking as they approached.

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