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Harry Potter (#5) and the Order of the Phoenix
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  • ’But naturally, you would not care how many times you heard from a witness, if the alternative was a serious miscarriage of justice,’ said Dumbledore.
  • He had no alternative: he was going to have to return to Privet Drive, cut himself off from other wizards entirely.

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  • He had been thinking about it for a fortnight and could come up with no alternative.
  • I have no alternative but to force you.
  • I think a lot of people will be wondering whether there isn’t a better explanation of what happened, and if there’s an alternative story available, even if it is published in a -’ she glanced sideways at Luna, ’in a — well, an unusual magazine — I think they might be rather keen to read it.’
  • ’Very well… I am left with no alternative… this is more than a matter of school discipline… this is an issue of Ministry security… yes… yes…’ She seemed to be talking herself into something.

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as in: an alternative plan Define
something available as another possibility
as in: alternative medicine Define
non-traditional or non-standard
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