It zoomed around the common room, snarling and attempting to take bites of the tapestry.
"What did they row about?" he asked, trying to sound casual as they turned onto a seventh-floor corridor that was deserted but for a very small girl who had been examining a tapestry of trolls in tutus.
When Harry pushed open the tapestry to take their usual shortcut up to Gryffindor Tower, however, they found themselves looking at Dean and Ginny, who were locked in a close embrace and kissing fiercely as though glued together.
He skidded to a halt beside the tapestry of dancing trolls, closed his eyes, and began to walk.
Remembering to leap the vanishing step halfway down the concealed staircase, he burst through a tapestry at the bottom and out into a corridor where a number of bewildered and pajama-clad Hufflepuffs stood.
He had just noticed where they were standing: there on the right was the tapestry of dancing trolls and, on the left, that smoothly impenetrable stretch of stone wall that concealed — ’Professor, were you trying to get into the Room of Requirement?’
Hermione set off imme-diately for Ancient Runes; Ron for the common room, where he still had to finish his conclusion on Snape’s dementor essay, and Harry for the corridor on the seventh floor and the stretch of wall opposite the tapestry of Barnabas the Barmy teaching trolls to do ballet.
You just didn’t like seeing her kissing Dean because she’s Ron’s sister…… But unbidden into his mind came an image of that same de-serted corridor with himself kissing Ginny instead…… The mon-ster in his chest purred …. but then he saw Ron ripping open the tapestry curtain and drawing his wand on Harry, shouting things like "betrayal of trust" …. "supposed to be my friend" …. "D’you think Hermione did snog Krum?"