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Harry Potter (#5) and the Order of the Phoenix
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  • We’ve got about a minute, I think.
  • ’He was sixteen, for your information,’ snarled Dudley, ’and he was out cold for twenty minutes after I’d finished with him and he was twice as heavy as you.

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  • Harry asked, but Lupin said quietly, ’In a minute.’
  • Dear Mr Potter, Further to our letter of approximately twenty-two minutes ago, the Ministry of Magic has revised its decision to destroy your wand forthwith.
  • After a minute or so she rolled up the parchment and tapped it with her wand; it sealed itself seamlessly so that he could not open it.
  • A few minutes later he heard the slamming of car doors, the rumble of an engine, and the unmistakeable sound of the car sweeping out of the drive.
  • We’ve got about fifteen minutes.
  • For a few minutes there was silence but for the chink of plates and cutlery and the scraping of chairs as everyone settled down to their food.
  • Quick, Harry, we should have been there five minutes ago!
  • But Harry, closing his bedroom door behind him some ten HARRY Pun ER minutes later, could not think Mrs Weasley silly.

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  • I swear I’m going to report him, he’s only had his badge three minutes and he’s using it to bully people worse than ever… where’s Crookshanks?’
  • ’A light silver vapour should now be rising from your potion,’ called Snape, with ten minutes left to go.
  • Add powdered moonstone, stir three times counter-clockwise, allow to simmer for seven minutes then add two drops of syrup of hellebore.
  • The rest of the class arrived over the next five minutes.
  • By the time they had all finished reading the introduction of the book, they had barely ten minutes left for dream interpretation.
  • For a couple of minutes the room was full of the sound of scratching quills on parchment.
  • Several silent minutes passed.
  • After several more minutes had passed, however, Harry was not the only one watching Hermione.
  • Professor Flitwick and Professor McGonagall both spent the first fifteen minutes of their lessons lecturing the class on the importance of OWLs.
  • I didn’t think anyone would be up here this early… I only remembered five minutes ago, it’s my mum’s birthday.
  • ’What’s the matter?’ asked Hermione five minutes later, catching up with Harry and Ron halfway across the common room as they all headed towards breakfast.
  • He had not added syrup of hellebore, but had proceeded straight to the fourth line of the instructions after allowing his potion to simmer for seven minutes.
  • Dear Mr Potter, We have received intelligence that you performed the Patronus Charm at twenty-three minutes past nine this evening in a Muggle-inhabited area and in the presence of a Muggle.
  • Professor Binns, their ghost teacher, had a wheezy, droning voice that was almost guaranteed to cause severe drowsiness within ten minutes, five in warm weather.
  • It took them twenty minutes to reach King’s Cross on foot and nothing more eventful happened during that time than Sirius scaring a couple of cats for Harry’s entertainment.
  • After about a minute, though it felt much longer to Harry, a chink of golden light illuminated his feet and, widening, rose up his body, until it hit him in the face and he had to blink to stop his eyes watering.
  • The twins glared at Sirius for another minute, then took seats either side of Ginny.
  • I saw you thrashing around in your sleep for at least a minute before we could wake you up.
  • This time they had been flying for barely three minutes when Angelinas whistle sounded.
  • We’ll start with the Impediment Jinx, for ten minutes, then we can get out the cushions and try Stunning again.’
  • After ten minutes on the Impediment Jinx, they laid out cushions all over the floor and started practising Stunning again.
  • Mrs Norris slunk away into the shadows, and in a few minutes they had reached the stone gargoyle guarding the entrance to Dumbledore’s office.
  • ’Please sit down, all three of you,’ said Dumbledore, as though Harry had not spoken, ’Everard and Dilys may not be back for several minutes.
  • Anyway, they carried him up a few minutes later.
  • A few minutes later, the Knight Bus screeched to a halt outside a small pub, which squeezed itself out of the way to avoid a collision.
  • After a few more painful minutes, Cho mentioned Umbridge.
  • A few more minutes passed in total silence, Harry drinking his coffee so fast that he would soon need a fresh cup.
  • He turned right and broke into a splashy run, and within minutes he was turning into the doorway of the Three Broomsticks.
  • The very best thing you could say about the match was that it was short; the Gryffindor spectators had to endure only twenty-two minutes of agony.
  • Listen, Neville, can you take it in turns to practise with Ron and Hermione for a couple of minutes so I can walk around and see how the rest are doing?
  • A minute passed in which the class continued to peer nervously over their shoulders and around trees for a first glimpse of whatever it was that was coming.
  • It became clear after ten minutes, however, that Ron was not capable of eating anything more and Harry thought it best to get him down to the changing rooms.
  • They did not stop arguing all the way down to Snape’s dungeon, which gave Harry plenty of time to reflect that between Neville and Ron he would be lucky ever to have two minutes of conversation with Cho that he could look back on without wanting to leave the country.
  • After a few minutes she got to her ieet and began to pace the room in Trelawney’s wake, listening to her conversations with students and posing questions here and there.
  • It was very hard to concentrate; even though he knew Sirius was not due in the fire until much later, he could not help glancing into the flames every few minutes just in case.
  • … so then,’ he finished several minutes later, as the final bit of crumble disappeared, ’she jumps up, right, and says, "I’ll see you around, Harry," and runs out of the place!
  • They walked for about ten minutes until they reached a place where the trees stood so closely together that it was as dark as twilight and there was no snow at all on the ground.
  • People froze for a minute or so, during which their partner would stare aimlessly around the room watching other pairs at work, then would unfreeze and take their turn at the jinx.
  • After a few minutes, however, he remembered that he was supposed to be emptying his mind of all emotion before he slept, as Snape kept instructing him at the end of every Occlumency lesson.
  • Had his last piece of homework perhaps earned a T? A minute or two later, he pushed open the kitchen door to find Sirius and Snape both seated at the long kitchen table, glaring in opposite directions.
  • One minute we were getting on fine, next minute she was telling me that Roger Davies asked her out and how she used to go and snog Cedric in that stupid teashop — how was I supposed to feel about that?
  • One minute we were getting on fine, next minute she was telling me that Roger Davies asked her out and how she used to go and snog Cedric in that stupid teashop — how was I supposed to feel about that?
  • "Yes, but even so …" said Mr Weasley, beaming at them fondly They bought their tickets instead from a sleepy-looking guard (Harry handled the transaction, as Mr Weasley was not very good with Muggle money) and five minutes later they were boarding an underground train that rattled them off towards the centre of London.
  • Whether one minute passed or ten, Harry did not know; he simply sat there shaking, feeling the pain recede very slowly from his scar… then there were hurried footsteps coming up the stairs and he heard Neville’s voice again.
  • He knew he should not have seen the door, but at the same time felt so consumed with curiosity about what was behind it that he could not help feeling annoyed with Ron… if only he could have saved his snore for just another minute.
  • He attempted a little last-minute practice during classes that day, but it was no good.
  • For some reason, Snape seemed even angrier than he had done two minutes before, when Harry had seen into his teacher’s memories.
  • They were at the stone gargoyle within minutes.
  • There was a wait of several minutes, in which nobody looked at each other, then Harry heard the door open behind him.
  • After five minutes of this, Harry wondered why James didn’t tell Wormtail to get a grip on himself, but James seemed to be enjoying the attention.
  • Harry watched the cabin for several minutes.
  • He hurtled back upstairs and arrived out of breath, only a few minutes late.
  • And then, when Chambers came at me about five minutes later — What?
  • Anyway…’ The story was told in five minutes, by the end of which Ron’s indignation had been replaced by a look of total incredulity.
  • Ten minutes later, Professor Flitwick called, ’Parkinson, Pansy — Patil, Padma — Patil, Parvati — Potter, Harry.’
  • ’Ahem — twenty minutes to go,’ said Professor Tofty.
  • Only sixteen minutes left, you know!
  • There was a long minutes quivering silence as everybody gazed open-mouthed into the grounds.
  • Then Professor Tofty’s voice said feebly, ’Um… five minutes to go, everybody.’
  • ’Five minutes’ll be enough,’ said Harry.
  • ’But a few minutes ago you saw proof, with your own eyes, that I have been telling you the truth for a year.
  • Wondering vaguely how many elves had now been set free whether they wanted to be or not, Harry uncorked his ink bottle, dipped his quill into it, then held it suspended an inch above the smooth yellowish surface of his parchment, thinking hard… but after a minute or so he found himself staring into the empty grate, at a complete loss for what to say.
  • He had no idea how he was going to see the Snitch in this weather; he was having enough difficulty seeing the one Bludger with which they were practising; a minute into the practice it almost unseated him and he had to use the Sloth Grip Roll to avoid it.
  • Harry heard just enough within the first ten minutes to appreciate dimly that in another teacher’s hands this subject might have been mildly interesting, but then his brain disengaged, and he spent the remaining hour and twenty minutes playing hangman on a corner of his parchment with Ron, while Hermione shot them filthy looks out of the corner of her eye.
  • Harry heard just enough within the first ten minutes to appreciate dimly that in another teacher’s hands this subject might have been mildly interesting, but then his brain disengaged, and he spent the remaining hour and twenty minutes playing hangman on a corner of his parchment with Ron, while Hermione shot them filthy looks out of the corner of her eye.
  • All the while, Professor Umbridge stood a few feet away, making notes on that clipboard, and when the bell rang she descended the silver ladder first and was waiting for them all when they reached their Defence Against the Dark Arts lesson ten minutes later.
  • Five more minutes!
  • The ingredients had to be added to the cauldron in precisely the right order and quantities; the mixture had to be stirred exactly the right number of times, firstly in clockwise, then in anti-clockwise directions; the heat of the flames on which it was simmering had to be lowered to exactly the right level for a specific number of minutes before the final ingredient was added.
  • Neither of them are brilliant, but compared to the rest of the idiots who turned up…’ The arrival of Ron, Hermione and Neville brought this depressing discussion to an end, and within five minutes the room was full enough to prevent Harry seeing Angelina’s burning, reproachful looks.
  • Though members of the Order of the Phoenix came and went regularly, sometimes staying for meals, sometimes only for a few minutes of whispered conversation, Mrs Weasley made sure that Harry and the others were kept well out of earshot (whether Extendable or normal) and nobody, not even Sirius, seemed to feel that Harry needed to know anything more than he had heard on the night of his arrival.
  • At last they rejoined the path and, after another ten minutes, the trees began to thin; they were able to see patches of clear blue sky again and, in the distance, the definite sounds of cheering and shouting.
  • Harry and Ron pulled on their robes (Ron attempted to do his up backto-front for several minutes before Alicia took pity on him and went to help), then sat down to listen to the pre-match talk while the babble of voices outside grew steadily louder as the crowd came pouring out of the castle towards the pitch.
  • Undeterred, she took advantage of their silence to maintain an uninterrupted flow of dire warnings, all uttered under her breath in a vehement hiss that caused Seamus to waste five whole minutes checking his cauldron for leaks.
  • CHAPTER TWENTY Hagrid’s Talc Harry sprinted up to the boys’ dormitories to fetch the Invisibility Cloak and the Marauder’s Map from his trunk; he was so quick that he and Ron were ready to leave at least five minutes before Hermione hurried back down from the girls’ dormitories, wearing scarf, gloves and one of her own knobbly elf hats.
  • Right, well, even if we do all of that, I don’t think we’re going to be able to bank on more than five minutes,’ said Hermione, looking relieved that Harry seemed to have accepted the plan, ’not with Filch and the wretched Inquisitorial Squad floating around.
  • They exchanged a look of great surprise, but Harry did not have time to feel awkward or embarrassed; his knees were becoming sorer by the second and he guessed five minutes had already passed from the start of the diversion; George had only guaranteed him twenty.
  • They sat in silence for another twenty minutes, Ron finishing his Transfiguration essay with many snorts of impatience and crossings-out, Hermione writing steadily to the very end of the parchment, rolling it up carefully and sealing it, and Harry staring into the fire, wishing more than anything that Sirius’s head would appear there and give him some advice about girls.
  • Harold Dingle reckons he could sell us some Firewhisky —’ But Harry was already tearing away back along the corridor, and a couple of minutes later was jumping the last few stairs to join Ron, Hermione, Ginny and Luna, who were huddled together at the end of Umbridge’s corridor.
  • …awareness of the illegality of his actions, having received a previous written warning from the Ministry of Magic on a similar charge, produce a Patronus Charm in a Muggle-inhabited area, in the presence of a Muggle, on the second of August at twenty-three minutes past nine, which constitutes an offence under Paragraph C of the Decree for the Reasonable Restriction of Underage Sorcery, 1875, and also under Section 13 of the International Confederation of Warlocks’ Statute of Secrecy.
  • It was a great struggle to keep up with Hagrid, what with branches and thickets of thorn through which Hagrid marched as easily as if they were cobwebs, but which snagged Harry and Hermione’s robes, frequently entangling them so severely that they had to stop for minutes at a time to free themselves.
  • At least he managed to Vanish the whole of his iguana, whereas poor Hannah Abbott lost her head completely at the next table and somehow managed to multiply her ferret into a flock of flamingos, causing the examination to be halted for ten minutes while the birds were captured and carried out of the Hall.
  • We’re thinking of doing it tomorrow, just after lessons, because it should cause maximum impact if everybody’s in the corridors — Harry, we’ll set it off in the east wing somewhere, draw her right away from her own office — I reckon we should be able to guarantee you, what, twenty minutes?’ he said, looking at George.
  • Harry would very much have liked to go back to bed after breakfast, but he had been counting on the morning for a spot of last-minute revision, so instead he sat with his head in his hands by the common-room window, trying hard not to doze off as he read through some of the three-and-a-half-feet-high stack of notes that Hermione had lent him.
  • Harry realised he had been stationary in midair for over a minute, watching the progress of the match without sparing a thought for the whereabouts of the Snitch; horrified, he went into a dive and started circling the pitch again, staring around, trying to ignore the chorus now thundering through the stadium: ’WEASLEY IS OUR K1NC, WEASLEY IS OUR KING…’ There was no sign of the Snitch anywhere he looked; Malfoy was still circling the stadium just as he was.
  • ’1 knew yeh’d say yes,’ said Hagrid into his handkerchief, ’but I won’… never… forget… well… c’mon… jus’ a little bit further through here… watch yerselves, now, there’s nettles…’ They walked on in silence for another fifteen minutes; Harry had opened his mouth to ask how much further they had to go when Hagrid threw out his right arm to signal that they should stop.
  • Perhaps he was an Animagus… no, he couldn’t be, he would know… perhaps Voldemort was an Animagus… yes, thought Harry, that would fit, he would turn into a snake of course… and when he’s possessing me, then we both transform… that still doesn’t explain how I got to London and back to my bed in the space of about five minutes… but then Voldemort’s about the most powerful wizard in the world, apart from Dumbledore, it’s probably no problem at all to him to transport people like that.
  • He went up to the bedroom he and Ron had shared over the last few weeks of summer, but while Ron crawled into bed and was asleep within minutes, Harry sat fully clothed, hunched against the cold metal bars of the bedstead, keeping himself deliberately uncomfortable, determined not to fall into a doze, terrified that he might become the serpent again in his sleep and wake to find that he had attacked Ron, or else slithered through the house after one of the others… When Ron woke up,…
  • He had been convinced, for a whole, shining minute, that he was going to see Sirius, talk to him again… Disappointment was burning in his throat; he got up and began throwing his things pell-mell into the trunk on top of the broken mirror — But then an idea struck him… a better idea than a mirror… a much bigger, more important idea… how had he never thought of it before — why had he never asked?
  • I’ve just sent an owl to your home but you’ve obviously missed it — an urgent message came ten minutes ago —"
  • And listen¡­" he lowered his voice while the rest of them exchanged last-minute goodbyes with Tonks, ’Harry, I know you don’t like Snape, but he is a superb Occlumens and we all — Sirius included — want you to learn to protect yourself, so work hard, all right?
  • It came as a slight shock when somebody hammered hard on the door a few minutes later.

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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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