’Its a figure of speech!’ said Nearly Headless Nick, now so annoyed his head was trembling ominously on his partially severed neck.
— he checked Percy’s letter — ’Oh yeah — "sever ties" with me, I swear I won’t get violent.’
Harry caught a glimpse of the Hog’s Head down its side street, the severed boar’s head sign creaking in the wintry wind.
A battered wooden sign hung from a rusty bracket over the door, with a picture on it of a wild boar’s severed head, leaking blood on to the white cloth around it.
Pressing her finger to her lips, she led him on tiptoe past a pair of long, motheaten curtains, behind which Harry supposed there must be another door, and after skirting a large umbrella stand that looked as though it had been made from a severed troll’s leg they started up the dark staircase, passing a row of shrunken heads mounted on plaques on the wall.
’Diffindo!’ yelled Harry, trying to sever the feelers wrapping themselves tightly around Ron before his eyes, but they would not break.
He desisted only when his partially severed neck seemed about to give way completely.
It may be that you are afraid to sever ties with Potter — / know that he can be unbalanced and, for all I know, violent — but if you have any worries about this, or have spotted anything else in Potter’s behavior that is troubling you, I urge you to speak to Dolores Umbridge, a truly delightful woman who I know will be only too happy to advise you.