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Harry Potter (#2) and the Chamber of Secrets
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Harry Potter (#2) and the Chamber of Secrets
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  • Dear Mr. Potter, We have received intelligence that a Hover Charm was used at your place of residence this evening at twelve minutes past nine.
  • We’ll be there in ten minutes .

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  • For a few minutes there was silence as they all read their letters.
  • Five minutes later they were marching up the hill, broomsticks over their shoulders.
  • Five minutes after that, they skidded to a halt in the yard so that Fred could run in for his broomstick.
  • Ten minutes later, Snape returned, and sure enough it was Professor McGonagall who accompanied him.
  • "It’ll all be over in a few minutes —"
  • I’ve been wanting a word — you don’t mind if he’s a couple of minutes late, do you, Professor Sprout?
  • Harry and Ron stood talking about Quidditch for several minutes before Harry became aware that he was being closely watched.
  • When he had handed out the test papers he returned to the front of the class and said, "You have thirty minutes — start — now!"

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  • Meet you on the field in fifteen minutes.
  • The first board took nearly twenty minutes to explain, but there was another board under that, and a third under that one.
  • "Percy first," said Mrs. Weasley, looking nervously at the clock overhead, which showed they had only five minutes to disappear casually through the barrier.
  • They squirmed, kicked, flailed their sharp little fists, and gnashed their teeth; Harry spent ten whole minutes trying to squash a particularly fat one into a pot.
  • And within five minutes, the class had sunk back into its usual torpor.
  • She stalked away between the lofty shelves and returned several minutes later carrying a large and moldy-looking book.
  • Five minutes later, they were barricaded in Moaning Myrtle’s out-oforder bathroom once again.
  • So all you need to do is cause enough mayhem to keep Snape busy for five minutes or so.
  • Snape was looking right at him, and the bell that rang ten minutes later could not have been more welcome.
  • Five of their precious sixty minutes had already passed.
  • For several long minutes, there was a scene of such confusion that Justin was in danger of being squashed and people kept standing in Nearly Headless Nick.
  • The minutes snailed by.
  • They grabbed ink bottles and sprayed the class with them, shredded books and papers, tore pictures from the walls, up-ended the waste basket, grabbed bags and books and threw them out of the smashed window; within minutes, half the class was sheltering under desks and Neville was swinging from the iron chandelier in the ceiling.
  • Answering Lockhart’s fan mail he’ll be a nightmare Saturday afternoon seemed to melt away, and in what seemed like no time, it was five minutes to eight, and Harry was dragging his feet along the second-floor corridor to Lockhart’s office.
  • "Off you go, off you go, the bell rang five minutes ago, off to class, now," he said, shooing some of the younger students away.
  • For perhaps five minutes they followed the footsteps, until Riddle stopped suddenly, his head inclined in the direction of new noises.
  • They walked behind them for about twenty minutes, not speaking, listening hard for noises other than breaking twigs and rustling leaves.
  • After ten noisy, rocky minutes, the trees thinned, and Harry could again see patches of sky.
  • Ten minutes into the class, Professor McGonagall told them that their exams would start on the first of June, one week from today.
  • While Ron kept watch he tugged and twisted, and at last, after several tense minutes, the paper came free.
  • She’ll be there in ten minutes.
  • After a few minutes’ progress up the dark tunnel, a distant sound of slowly shifting rock reached Harry’s ears.
  • We’d be there in ten minutes and no one would be any the wiser —"

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as in: a minute amount Define
very, very small
as in: keep the minutes Define
a written record of what happened at a meeting
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