’No, I’m sorry, they’ve gone too far,’ she said, standing up and looking positively furious.
They were bound to clear you,’ said Hermione, who had looked positively faint with anxiety when Harry had entered the kitchen and was now holding a shaking hand over her eyes, ’there was no case against you, none at all.’
Professor McGonagall’s dark eyebrows had contracted so that she looked positively hawklike, and Harry distinctly saw her exchange a significant glance with Professor Sprout as Umbridge gave another little ’hem, hem’ and went on with her speech.
* December arrived, bringing with it more snow and a positive avalanche of homework for the fifth-years.
Though it was now well past midnight there were voices coming from inside the room, a positive babble of them.
Dobby volunteered to return Harry Potter’s owl,’ said the elf squeakily, with a look of positive adoration on his face, ’Professor Grubbly-Plank says she is all well now, sir.
Harry felt himself positively swelling with pride as he watched them all.
Then, on the very last day of the holidays, something happened that made Harry positively dread his return to school.
Harry, whose head was still full of Cho’s parting wave, did not find this subject quite as interesting as Ron, who was positively quivering with indignation, but it did bring something home to him that until now he had not really registered.
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’So you have no idea,’ said Fudge, in a voice positively sagging with sarcasm, ’why Professor Umbridge has brought you to this office?
’We’ll have to use Umbridge’s fire and see if we can contact him,’ said Hermione, who looked positively terrified at the thought.
Weasley!’ cried Fudge, now positively quivering with delight, ’Weasley, have you written it all down, everything he’s said, his confession, have you got it?
* The fact that Hagrid was now on probation became common knowledge within the school over the next few days, but to Harry’s indignation, hardly anybody appeared to be upset about it; indeed, some people, Draco Malfoy prominent among them, seemed positively gleeful.
Harry leaned an inch or so to the left to see where Mad-Eye was pointing and there, sure enough, were the three Dursleys, who looked positively appalled to see Harry’s reception committee.
’1 mean, it was really great of you and everything,’ said Hermione quickly, looking positively petrified at the look on Harrys face, ’everyone thought it was a wonderful thing to do —’ That’s funny,’ said Harry through gritted teeth, ’because I definitely remember Ron saying I’d wasted time acting the hero … is that what you think this is?
He’s a good lad, really… I’ve bin thinkin’ abou’ tryin’ ter find him a lady friend, actually…’ Harry would normally have tried to persuade Hagrid out of this idea at once; the prospect of a second giant taking up residence in the Forest, possibly even wilder and more brutal than Grawp, was positively alarming, but somehow Harry could not muster the energy necessary to argue the point.