Almost against his will he glanced from Ron to Hermione, both of whom looked devastated.

I messed up, Harry, said Ron bleakly. We did like you told us: We checked the Marauders Map and we couldnt see Malfoy on it, so we thought he must be in the Room of Requirement, so me, Ginny, and Neville went to keep watch on it but Malfoy got past us.

He came out of the room about an hour after we started keeping watch, said Ginny. He was on his own, clutching that awful shriveled arm

His Hand of Glory, said Ron. Gives light only to the holder, remember?

Anyway, Ginny went on, he must have been checking whether the coast was clear to let the Death Eaters out, because the moment he saw us he threw something into the air and it all went pitch-black

Peruvian Instant Darkness Powder, said Ron bitterly. Fred and Georges. Im going to be having a word with them about who they let buy their products.

We tried everything, Lumos, Incendio, said Ginny. Nothing would penetrate the darkness; all we could do was grope our way out of the corridor again, and meanwhile we could hear people rushing past us. Obviously Malfoy could see because of that hand thing and was guiding them, but we didnt dare use any curses or anything in case we hit each other, and by the time wed reached a corridor that was light, theyd gone.

Luckily, said Lupin hoarsely, Ron, Ginny, and Neville ran into us almost immediately and told us what had happened. We found the Death Eaters minutes later, heading in the direction of the Astronomy Tower. Malfoy obviously hadnt expected more people to be on the watch; he seemed to have exhausted his supply of Darkness Powder, at any rate. A fight broke out, they scattered and we gave chase. One of them, Gibbon, broke away and headed up the tower stairs

To set off the Mark? asked Harry.

He must have done, yes, they must have arranged that before they left the Room of Requirement, said Lupin. But I dont think Gibbon liked the idea of waiting up there alone for Dumbledore, because he came running back downstairs to rejoin the fight and was hit by a Killing Curse that just missed me.

So if Ron was watching the Room of Requirement with Ginny and Neville, said Harry, turning to Hermione, were you?

Outside Snapes office, yes, whispered Hermione, her eyes sparkling with tears, with Luna. We hung around for ages outside it and nothing happened We didnt know what was going on upstairs, Ron had taken the mapIt was nearly midnight when Professor Flitwick came sprinting down into the dungeons. He was shouting about Death Eaters in the castle, I dont think he really registered that Luna and I were there at all, he just burst his way into Snapes office and we heard him saying that Snape had to go back with him and help and then we heard a loud thump and Snape came hurtling out of his room and he saw us andand

What? Harry urged her.

I was so stupid, Harry! said Hermione in a high-pitched whisper. He said Professor Flitwick had collapsed and that we should go and take care of him while hewhile he went to help fight the Death Eaters

She covered her face in shame and continued to talk into her fingers, so that her voice was muffled. We went into his office to see if we could help Professor Flitwick and found him unconscious on the floor and oh, its so obvious now, Snape must have Stupefied Flitwick, but we didnt realize, Harry, we didnt realize, we just let Snape go!

Its not your fault, said Lupin firmly. Hermione, had you not obeyed Snape and got out of the way, he probably would have killed you and Luna.

So then he came upstairs, said Harry, who was watching Snape running up the marble staircase in his minds eye, his black robes billowing behind him as ever, pulling his wand from under his cloak as he ascended, and he found the place where you were all fighting

We were in trouble, we were losing, said Tonks in a low voice. Gibbon was down, but the rest of the Death Eaters seemed ready to fight to the death. Neville had been hurt, Bill had been savaged by Greyback It was all dark curses flying everywhere The Malfoy boy had vanished, he must have slipped past, up the stairs then more of them ran after him, but one of them blocked the stair behind them with some kind of curse Neville ran at it and got thrown up into the air

None of us could break through, said Ron, and that massive Death Eater was still firing off jinxes all over the place, they were bouncing off the walls and barely missing us

And then Snape was there, said Tonks, and then he wasnt

I saw him running toward us, but that huge Death Eaters jinx just missed me right afterward and I ducked and lost track of things, said Ginny.

I saw him run straight through the cursed barrier as though it wasnt there, said Lupin. I tried to follow him, but was thrown back just like Neville

He must have known a spell we didnt, whispered McGonagall. After allhe was the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher I just assumed that he was in a hurry to chase after the Death Eaters whod escaped up to the tower

He was, said Harry savagely, but to help them, not to stop them and Ill bet you had to have a Dark Mark to get through that barrierso what happened when he came back down?

Well, the big Death Eater had just fired off a hex that caused half the ceiling to fall in, and also broke the curse blocking the stairs, said Lupin. We all ran forwardthose of us who were still standing anywayand then Snape and the boy emerged out of the dustobviously, none of us attacked them

We just let them pass, said Tonks in a hollow voice. We thought they were being chased by the Death Eatersand next thing, the other Death Eaters and Greyback were back and we were fighting againI thought I heard Snape shout something, but I dont know what

He shouted, Its over, said Harry. Hed done what hed meant to do.

They all fell silent. Fawkess lament was still echoing over the dark grounds outside. As the music reverberated upon the air, unbidden, unwelcome thoughts slunk into Harrys mind Had they taken Dumbledores body from the foot of the tower yet? What would happen to it next? Where would it rest? He clenched his fists tightly in his pockets. He could feel the small cold lump of the fake Horcrux against the knuckles of his right hand.


  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 looked around. Rita Skeeters eyes widened behind her jeweled spectacles as she saw who had spoken.
  5. Almost impossible to find a part to suit me. You see, at my time of life I can't
  6. An aged witch stood in front of him, holding a tray of what looked horribly like whole human fingernails. She leered at him, showing mossy teeth. Harry backed away.
  7. And as everybody looked at her, she addressed the dead elf at the bottom of the grave.
  8. And he looked eagerly around as though hoping to see a signpost.
  9. And he told them what Professor McGonagall had said. To his surprise, neither of the others looked shocked. On the contrary, they exchanged significant looks.
  10. As he had expected, Mrs. Dursley looked shocked and angry. After all, they normally pretended she didnt have a sister.
  11. At once, several pairs of strong gray hands seized him. Half a dozen mermen were pulling him away from Hermione, shaking their green haired heads, and laughing.

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