Nearly Headless Nick took several deep breaths and then said, in a far calmer tone, "So — what’s bothering you?"
"Nonsense, O’Flaherty," said Professor Binns in an aggravated tone.
"I think Id better do the actual stealing," Hermione continued in a matter-of-fact tone.
"Not for long," said Hermione in a satisfied tone.
I flatter myself I know a touch more about Hagrid’s arrest than you do, Mr. Weasley," said Lockhart in a self-satisfied tone.
"My dear young man, the Minister of Magic wouldn’t have taken Hagrid if he hadn’t been one hundred percent sure that he was guilty," said Lockhart, in the tone of someone explaining that one and one made two.
"Ah," Nearly Headless Nick waved an elegant hand, "a matter of no importance…… It’s not as though I really wanted to join…. Thought I’d apply, but apparently I ’don’t fulfill requirements’ —" In spite of his airy tone, there was a look of great bitterness on his face. "But you would think, wouldn’t you," he erupted suddenly, pulling the letter back out of his pocket, "that getting hit forty-five times in the neck with a blunt axe would qualify you to join the Headless Hunt?"
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