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An odd, dreamy expression suddenly came over Hermiones face. She slowly raised a hand and ran her fingers through her hair.

Are you all right? said Ron, frowning at her.

Yes, said Hermione breathlessly. She ran her fingers through her hair again, and then held her hand up to her mouth, as though speaking into an invisible walkie talkie. Harry and Ron stared at each other.

Ive had an idea, Hermione said, gazing into space. I think I know because then no one would be able to see even Moody and shed have been able to get onto the window ledge but shes not allowed shes definitely not allowed I think weve got her! Just give me two seconds in the libraryjust to make sure!

With that, Hermione seized her school bag and dashed out of the Great Hall.

Oi! Ron called after her. Weve got our History of Magic exam in ten minutes! Blimey, he said, turning back to Harry, she must really hate that Skeeter woman to risk missing the start of an exam. Whatre you going to do in Binnss classread again?

Exempt from the end of term tests as a Triwizard champion, Harry had been sitting in the back of every exam class so far, looking up fresh hexes for the third task.

Spose so, Harry said to Ron; but just then, Professor McGonagall came walking alongside the Gryffindor table toward him.

Potter, the champions are congregating in the chamber off the Hall after breakfast, she said.

But the tasks not till tonight! said Harry, accidentally spilling scrambled eggs down his front, afraid he had mistaken the time.

Im aware of that, Potter, she said. The champions families are invited to watch the final task, you know. This is simply a chance for you to greet them.

She moved away. Harry gaped after her.

She doesnt expect the Dursleys to turn up, does she? he asked Ron blankly.

Dunno, said Ron. Harry, Id better hurry, Im going to be late for Binns. See you later.

Harry finished his breakfast in the emptying Great Hall. He saw Fleur Delacour get up from the Ravenclaw table and join Cedric as he crossed to the side chamber and entered. Krum slouched off to join them shortly afterward. Harry stayed where he was. He really didnt want to go into the chamber. He had no familyno family who would turn up to see him risk his life, anyway. But just as he was getting up, thinking that he might as well go up to the library and do a spot more hex research, the door of the side chamber opened, and Cedric stuck his head out.

Harry, come on, theyre waiting for you!

Utterly perplexed, Harry got up. The Dursleys couldnt possibly be here, could they? He walked across the Hall and opened the door into the chamber.

Cedric and his parents were just inside the door. Viktor Krum was over in a corner, conversing with his dark haired mother and father in rapid Bulgarian. He had inherited his fathers hooked nose. On the other side of the room, Fleur was jabbering away in French to her mother. Fleurs little sister, Gabrielle, was holding her mothers hand. She waved at Harry, who waved back, grinning. Then he saw Mrs. Weasley and Bill standing in front of the fireplace, beaming at him.

Surprise! Mrs. Weasley said excitedly as he smiled broadly and walked over to them. Thought wed come and watch you, Harry! She bent down and kissed him on the cheek.

You all right? said Bill, grinning at Harry and shaking his hand. Charlie wanted to come, but he couldnt get time off. He said you were incredible against the Horntail.

Fleur Delacour, Harry noticed, was eyeing Bill with great interest over her mothers shoulder. Harry could tell she had no objection whatsoever to long hair or earrings with fangs on them.

This is really nice of you, Harry muttered to Mrs. Weasley. I thought for a momentthe Dursleys

Hmm, said Mrs. Weasley, pursing her lips. She had always refrained from criticizing the Dursleys in front of Harry, but her eyes flashed every time they were mentioned.

Its great being back here, said Bill, looking around the chamber (Violet, the Fat Ladys friend, winked at him from her frame). Havent seen this place for five years. Is that picture of the mad knight still around? Sir Cadogan?

Oh yeah, said Harry, who had met Sir Cadogan the previous year.

And the Fat Lady? said Bill.

She was here in my time, said Mrs. Weasley. She gave me such a telling off one night when I got back to the dormitory at four in the morning

What were you doing out of your dormitory at four in the morning? said Bill, surveying his mother with amazement.


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  1. A blank silence greeted Hermiones words. She looked around at all the faces upturned to her, rather disconcerted.
  2. 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.
  3. A chill that had nothing to do with the iced champagne was stealing through Harrys chest.
  4. A few sparks shot out of the end of his wand, which was still pointed at Blacks face. Hermione fell silent.
  5. A grin flashed across Siriuss thin face.
  6. A loud rattling noise behind them announced Hermiones reappearance with the box of S.P.E.W. badges.
  7. A porters cap pulled low over his mismatched eyes, Moody came limping through the archway pushing a trolley loaded with their trunks.
  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 stooping man had appeared behind the counter, smoothing his greasy hair back from his face.
  10. A) Match the words on the left with the expressions on the right.
  11. A. Give the definitions for the following terms and expressions. What are these methods used for? What can they help to an investigator?
  12. About half of them raised their hands.




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