There was something strange in Lupin’s tone, it was almost cold.
"Ron and Hermione seem to think that the three of you are dropping out of Hogwarts," she began in a light, casual tone.
"Oh, of course not," said Mrs. Weasley with a sudden and rather unnerving return to her casual tone.
"You look great!" "Always the tone of surprise," said Hermione, though she smiled.
His pugnacious tone indicated that they were not about to laugh at Xenophilius, despite the clear provocation.
"It could be somewhere else in the house, though," said Hermione in a rallying tone as they walked back downstairs.
However, the change in his tone seemed to have gained her approval: She smiled encouragingly.
"Wormtail," said Voldemort, with no change in his quiet, thoughtful tone, and without removing his eyes from the revolving body above, "have I not spoken to you about keeping our prisoner quiet?"
"You’ve been shouting and moaning andů things," she added in a tone that made Harry feel uneasy.
"And what exactly did I say?" asked Hermione, her tone some-where between skepticism and curiosity.
Her fingers sketched quotation marks around the name, and her tone dripped sarcasm.
Your tone displeases me!
"Stunned one of the Death Eaters, straight to the head, and when you’re aiming at a moving target from a flying broom — " "You did?" said Hermione, gazing up at Ron with her arms still around his neck. "Always the tone of surprise," he said a little grumpily, breaking free.
Uncle Vernon stopped in front of Harry and spoke. "I’ve changed my mind," he said. "What a surprise," said Harry. "Don’t you take that tone — " began Aunt Petunia in a shrill voice, but Vernon Dursley waved her down "It’s all a lot of claptrap," said Uncle Vernon, glaring at Harry with piggy little eyes.
Harry did not know what was worse, the things that Neville was saying or the matter-of-fact tone in which he said them.
Her tone was not encouraging.
"They live down Spinner’s End by the river," she told Lily, and it was evident from her tone that she considered the address a poor recommendation.
Dumbledore’s tone was conversational; he might have been asking for a weather forecast.
Snape raised his eyebrows and his tone was sardonic as he asked, "Are you intending to let him kill you?"
His tone was light, but his blue eyes pierced Snape as they had frequently pierced Harry, as though the soul they discussed was visible to him.
"What are you talking about?" asked Harry, startled by Dumbledore’s tone, by the sudden tears in his eyes.
His tone was unbearably bitter.
"Wouldn’t spy on you, anyway," he added spitefully, "you’re a Muggle." Though Petunia evidently did not understand the word, she could hardly mistake the tone.
And he knew by her tone that it was his mother and father this time: He moved toward her, feeling as if something heavy were pressing on his chest, the same sensation he had had right after Dumbledore had died, a grief that had actually weighed on his heart and lungs.
Voldemort’s tone was musing, calm, but Harry’s scar had begun to throb and pulse: Pain was building in his forehead, and he could feel that controlled sense of fury building inside Voldemort.
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