I assume I am still allowed to enjoy the use of whichever words I like, even if the pleasures of eating and drinking are denied me!
’Assuming they can understand you, of course,’ said Malfoy loudly, and Pansy Parkinson collapsed in a fit of renewed giggles.
’Fine, fine,’ said Hagrid with a feeble assumption of airiness; he waved a hand and narrowly missed concussing a frightened-looking Professor Vector, who was passing.
Looking politely incredulous, Umbridge made a tiny note on her clipboard and went on, ’And what are you planning to cover with this class this year — assuming, of course, that Professor Hagrid does not return?’
Assuming that Mundungus or some other Order member had come to call, Harry merely settled himself more comfortably against the wall of Buckbeak’s room where he was hiding, trying to ignore how hungry he felt as he fed dead rats to the Hippogriff.
Always assuming, of course, we can get past the herd of murderous centaurs on the way in and out! I — don’t — believe — him!’