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  • "Centaurs are not the servants or playthings of humans," said Firenze quietly.
  • Grouped around him were a beautiful witch, a centaur, a goblin and a house-elf.
  • The witch was wearing a vapid smile like a beauty contestant, and from what Harry knew of goblins and centaurs, they were most unlikely to be caught staring so soppily at humans of any description.
  • Please, sir… why have the other centaurs banished you?
  • — CHAPTER TWENTY-SEVEN — The Centaur and the Sneak Til bet you wish you hadn’t given up Divination now, don’t you, Hermione?’ asked Parvati, smirking.
  • Centaurs have unravelled the mysteries of these movements over centuries.
  • ’He’s not a horse, he’s a centaur!’ said Lavender, sounding shocked.
  • I, however, am here to explain the wisdom of centaurs, which is impersonal and impartial.
  • His priority did not seem to be to teach them what he knew, but rather to impress upon them that nothing, not even centaurs’ knowledge, was foolproof.
  • ’em the other centaurs are good an’ riled at me, tha’s why,’ said Hagrid quietly, glancing around.
  • The trees behind the centaur rustled and four or five more centaurs emerged behind him.
  • You forfeited the friendship of the centaurs when you helped the traitor Firenze escape us.
  • Magorian called after them, as the centaurs slipped out of sight.
  • Always assuming, of course, we can get past the herd of murderous centaurs on the way in and out! I — don’t — believe — him!’
  • Around fifty centaurs were emerging on every side, their bows raised and loaded, pointing at Harry Hermione and Umbridge.
  • ’You are from the Ministry of Magic?’ said Magorian, as many of the centaurs in the surrounding circle shifted restlessly.
  • Over the plunging, many-coloured backs and heads of the centaurs, Harry saw Umbridge being borne away through the trees by Bane.
  • He stooped a little (the centaurs’ arms tensed on their bows), then bellowed, ’HAGGER!’
  • A few of the centaurs looked worried now.
  • At this precise moment Grawp caught sight of them, the only two humans in a sea of centaurs.
  • The sounds of the galloping centaurs and the blundering giant grew fainter and fainter.
  • ’Speaking of centaurs,’ said Hermione, when she had recovered a little, ’who’s Divination teacher now?
  • ’He’s got to,’ said Harry, ’the other centaurs won’t take him back, will they?’
  • ’A gorgeous centaur…’ sighed Parvati.
  • ’er — hi,’ said Harry, shaking hands with the centaur, who surveyed him unblinkingly through those astonishingly blue eyes but did not smile.
  • ’And you,’ said the centaur, inclining his white-blond head.
  • The centaur advanced a little towards him.
  • ’Harry Potter, you are a friend of Hagrid’s, are you not?’ said the centaur.
  • This centaur had a proud, high-cheekboned face and long black hair.
  • The trees behind the centaur rustled and four or five more centaurs emerged behind him.
  • ’Firenze has entered into servitude to humans,’ said a grey centaur with a hard, deeply lined face.
  • Hagrid,’ said Hermione in a high-pitched and terrified voice, as both Bane and the grey centaur pawed at the ground, ’let’s go, please let’s go!
  • The chestnut-bodied centaur called Magorian was walking towards them out of the circle: his bow, like those of the others, was raised.
  • On Harry’s right, Umbridge was still whimpering, her wand trembling violently as she pointed it at the advancing centaur.
  • ’What did you call us?’ shouted a wild-looking black centaur, whom Harry recognised as Bane.
  • ’What are you doing in our Forest?’ bellowed the hard-faced grey centaur Harry and Hermione had seen on their last trip into the Forest.
  • If he could just reach it — But as he stretched out a hand towards it, a centaur’s hoof descended upon the wand and it broke cleanly in half.
  • ’And these?’ said the hard-faced, grey centaur holding Hermione.
  • They brought her here, Ronan,’ replied the centaur who had such a firm grip on Harry.
  • Harry knew at once, from the look on the face of the grey centaur holding Hermione, that she had made a terrible mistake in saying this.
  • The grey centaur threw back his head, his back legs stamping furiously, and bellowed, ’You see, Ronan?
  • A bearded centaur towards the back of the crowd shouted, They came here unasked, they must pay the consequences!
  • A roar of approval met these words and a dun-coloured centaur shouted, They can join the woman!
  • ’We are not all like the traitor Firenze, human girl!’ shouted the grey centaur, to more neighing roars of approval from his fellows.
  • Harry’s centaur let him fall to the ground again as his hands flew to his bow and quiver of arrows.
  • He backed around the statue away from her, crouching behind the centaur’s legs, his head level with the house-elf’s.
  • The headless statue thrust Harry backwards, away from the fight, as Dumbledore advanced on Voldemort and the golden centaur cantered around them both.
  • By a herd of centaurs.
  • I would warn Hagrid myself, but I am banished — it would be unwise for me to go too near the Forest now — Hagrid has troubles enough, without a centaurs’ battle.
  • Devoid of a wand, Harry braced himself to punch, kick, bite or whatever else it took as the hand swooped towards him and knocked a snow-white centaur off his legs.
  • ’We do not help humans!’ snarled the centaur holding Harry, tightening his grip and rearing a little at the same time, so that Harry’s feet left the ground momentarily.
  • Harry remembered how, nearly four years ago, the centaur Bane had shouted at Firenze for allowing Harry to ride to safety on his back; he had called him a ’common mule’.
  • How soon, centaurs may attempt to divine by the burning of certain herbs and leaves, by the observation of fume and flame…’ It was the most unusual lesson Harry had ever attended.
  • Meanwhile, the goblin and the house-elf scuttled towards the fireplaces set along the wall and the one-armed centaur galloped at Voldemort, who vanished and reappeared beside the pool.
  • The centaurs?
  • Once there they looked back; Grawp was snatching blindly at the centaurs as blood ran down his face; they were retreating in disorder, galloping away through the trees on the other side of the clearing.
  • Glittering jets of water were flying from the ends of their wands, the point of the centaur’s arrow, the tip of the goblins hat and each of the house-elf’s ears, so that the tinkling hiss of falling water was added to the pops and cracks of the Apparators and the clatter of footsteps as hundreds of witches and wizards, most of whom were wearing glum, early-morning looks, strode towards a set of golden gates at the far end of the hall.
  • ’Hagrid,’ said Hermione breathlessly, skirting the patch of nettles they had passed on their way there, ’if the centaurs don’t want humans in the Forest, it doesn’t really look as though Harry and I will be able —’
  • Harry grabbed Hermione and pulled her to the ground; face down on the Forest floor, he knew a moment of terror as hooves thundered around him, but the centaurs leapt over and around them, bellowing and screaming with rage.
  • Hermione gripped his arm tightly; the centaurs were quite silent, staring up at the giant, whose huge, round head moved from side to side as he continued to peer amongst them as though looking for something he had dropped.
  • Ropes flew out of midair like thick snakes, wrapping themselves tightly around the centaur’s torso and trapping his arms: he gave a cry of rage and reared on to his hind legs, attempting to free himself, while the other centaurs charged.
  • Ropes flew out of midair like thick snakes, wrapping themselves tightly around the centaur’s torso and trapping his arms: he gave a cry of rage and reared on to his hind legs, attempting to free himself, while the other centaurs charged.
  • The centaurs nearest him backed into those behind; the clearing was now a forest of bows and arrows waiting to be fired, all pointing upwards at the enormous greyish face now looming over them from just beneath the thick canopy of branches.
  • He yelled and stamped his enormous feet and the centaurs scattered out of the way; pebble-sized droplets of Grawp’s blood showered Harry as he pulled Hermione to her feet and the pair of them ran as fast as they could for the shelter of the trees.
  • Dumbledore had strode alone into the Forest to rescue her from the centaurs; how he had done it — how he had emerged from the trees supporting Professor Umbridge without so much as a scratch on him — nobody knew, and Umbridge was certainly not telling.
  • This time it was the one-armed centaur, galloping in front of Dumbledore, that took the blast and shattered into a hundred pieces, but before the fragments had even hit the floor, Dumbledore had drawn back his wand and waved it as though brandishing a whip.
  • The only sound in the Atrium was the steady rush of water from the golden fountain, where jets from the wands of the witch and wizard, the point of the centaur’s arrow, the tip of the goblin’s hat and the house-elf’s ears continued to gush into the surrounding pool.
  • I’ll give you a lesson —’ Harry was edging around the fountain on the other side when she screamed, ’Crucio!’ and he was forced to duck down again as the centaur’s arm, holding its bow, span off and landed with a crash on the floor a short distance from the golden wizard’s head.
  • Go down to the Department of Mysteries and see… Dumbledore, you — you will need to tell me exactly — the Fountain of Magical Brethren — what happened?’ he added in a kind of whimper, staring around at the floor, where the remains of the statues of the witch, wizard and centaur now lay scattered.
  • Harry and Hermione looked at each other, startled, but Hagrid, scowling, did not elaborate., ’Anyway,’ he said, breathing a little more heavily than —usual, ’since then the other centaurs’ve bin livid with me, an’ the trouble is they’ve got a lot of influence in the Forest… cleverest creatures in here.’
  • We do not recognise your laws, we do not acknowledge your superiority, we are —’ But they did not hear what else centaurs were, for at that moment there came a crashing noise on the edge of the clearing so loud that all of them, Harry, Hermione and the filty or so centaurs filling the clearing, looked around.
  • We do not recognise your laws, we do not acknowledge your superiority, we are —’ But they did not hear what else centaurs were, for at that moment there came a crashing noise on the edge of the clearing so loud that all of them, Harry, Hermione and the filty or so centaurs filling the clearing, looked around.
  • ’I would remind you that you live here only because the Ministry of Magic permits you certain areas of land —’ An arrow flew so close to her head that it caught at her mousy hair in passing: she let out an ear-splitting scream and threw her hands over her head, while some of the centaurs bellowed their approval and others laughed raucously.
  • It was what the centaurs had been waiting for — Grawp’s outstretched fingers were a foot from Harry when fifty arrows soared through the air at the giant, peppering his enormous face, causing him to howl with pain and rage and straighten up, rubbing his face with his enormous hands, breaking off the arrow shafts but forcing the arrowheads in still deeper.
  • …and mallowsweet there on the classroom floor, and Firenze told them to look for certain shapes and symbols in the pungent fumes, but he seemed perfectly unconcerned that not one of them could see any of the signs he described, telling them that humans were hardly ever good at this, that it took centaurs years and years to become competent, and finished by telling them that it was foolish to put too much faith in such things, anyway, because even centaurs sometimes read them wrongly.
  • …and mallowsweet there on the classroom floor, and Firenze told them to look for certain shapes and symbols in the pungent fumes, but he seemed perfectly unconcerned that not one of them could see any of the signs he described, telling them that humans were hardly ever good at this, that it took centaurs years and years to become competent, and finished by telling them that it was foolish to put too much faith in such things, anyway, because even centaurs sometimes read them wrongly.

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  • Firenze is the name of a centaur character in the Harry Potter stories.
  • In Greek mythology, Chiron is probably the most famous of the centaurs. He is known for his wisdom and knowledge of medicine.

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