He rounded on the others, who were all keeping determinedly straight faces.

What floors this?

I think its the fifth, said Hermione.

Nah, its the fourth, said Harry, one more

But as he stepped on to the landing he came to an abrupt halt, staring at the small window set into the double doors that marked the start of a corridor signposted SPELL DAMAGE. A man was peering out at them all with his nose pressed against the glass. He had wavy blond hair, bright blue eyes and a broad vacant smile that revealed dazzlingly white teeth.

Blimey! said Ron, also staring at the man.

Oh, my goodness, said Hermione suddenly, sounding breathless. Professor Lockhart!

Their ex-Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher pushed open the doors and moved towards them, wearing a long lilac dressing gown.

Well, hello there! he said. I expect youd like my autograph, would you?

Hasnt changed much, has he? Harry muttered to Ginny, who grinned.

Erhow are you, Professor? said Ron, sounding slightly guilty. It had been Rons malfunctioning wand that had damaged Professor Lockharts memory so badly that he had landed in St. Mungos in the first place, though as Lockhart had been attempting to permanently wipe Harry and Rons memories at the time, Harrys sympathy was limited.

Im very well indeed, thank you! said Lockhart exuberantly, pulling a rather battered peacock-feather quill from his pocket. Now, how many autographs would you like? I can do joined-up writing now, you know!

Erwe dont want any at the moment, thanks, said Ron, raising his eyebrows at Harry, who asked, Professor, should you be wandering around the corridors? Shouldnt you be in a ward?

The smile faded slowly from Lockharts face. For a few moments he gazed intently at Harry, then he said, Havent we met?

Er yeah, we have, said Harry. You used to teach us at Hogwarts, remember?

Teach? repeated Lockhart, looking faintly unsettled. Me? Did I?

And then the smile reappeared upon his face so suddenly it was rather alarming.

Taught you everything you know, I expect, did I? Well, how about those autographs, then? Shall we say a round dozen, you can give them to all your little friends then and nobody will be left out!

But just then a head poked out of a door at the far end of the corridor and a voice called, Gilderoy, you naughty boy, where have you wandered off to?


  1. A look of cruel satisfaction on his face, Voldemort straightened up, threw back his head, and stared around at the dark graveyard.
  3. 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.
  4. Bookeeping accounts
  5. Bookkeeping
  6. But the scream of delight came from the Slytherins end: Ron had dived wildly, his arms wide, and the Quaffle had soared between them straight through Rons central hoop.
  7. Do College Students Get Well-Rounded General Education?
  8. Everyone sat in motionless silence; everyone except Hermione, whose hand, as it so often did, had shot straight into the air.
  9. Ex.3 Read the extended utterances, keeping regular rhythm throughout each stess-group.
  10. Get sth straight
  11. Harry looked around; the whole class was staring at him. He sat up straight; he had been almost dozing off, lost in the heat and his thoughts.
  12. Harry straightened up and looked around at the motionless, terrified people gazing at the thrashing elf.

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Mrs. Weasley did not seem entirely satisfied with Mr. Weasleys answer. As her husband leaned over to shake Harrys hand, she peered at the bandaging under his nightshirt. | A motherly-looking Healer wearing a tinsel wreath in her hair came bustling up the corridor, smiling warmly at Harry and the others.

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