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Harry Potter (#6) and the Half-Blood Prince
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  • People stared shamelessly as he approached.
  • He thought Little Hangleton must be their final destination and wondered, as he had done on the night they had found Slughorn, why they had to approach it from such a distance.

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  • Chapter 15: The Unbreakable Vow Snow was swirling against the icy windows once more; Christmas was approaching fast.
  • He clicked his razor-sharp beak at their approach and turned his huge head toward them.
  • Chapter 5: An Excess Of Phlegm Harry and Dumbledore approached the back door of the Burrow, which was surrounded by the familiar litter of old Wellington boots and rusty cauldrons; Harry could hear the soft clucking of sleepy chickens coming from a distant shed.
  • She looked terrified at the sight of the approaching sixth years and dropped the heavy brass scales she was carrying.
  • Ron asked abruptly, as they approached the Fat Lady.
  • The Gryffindor table, a solid mass of red and gold, cheered as Harry and Ron approached.
  • When he arrived in the entrance hall at eight o’clock that night, he found an unusually large number of girls lurking there, all of whom seemed to be staring at him resentfully as he approached Luna.
  • Hardly anyone knew of it at the time — I was one of the few in whom the then headmaster confided — but Voldemort first approached Professor Dippet and asked whether he could remain at Hogwarts as a teacher.

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  • No Muggle could reach this rock unless they were uncommonly good mountaineers, and boats cannot approach the cliffs, the waters around them are too dangerous.
  • Ginny’s O.W.L.s were approaching and she was therefore forced to revise for hours into the night.
  • He closed his eyes as he approached the place where the Room of Requirement’s door was concealed.
  • Getting through the portrait hole was simple; as he approached it, Ginny and Dean came through it, and Harry was able to slip between them.
  • Dumbledore approached the basin and Harry followed.
  • Once more, for a second, clear wa-ter gleamed within it, but as he approached Dumbledores mouth, the water vanished again.
  • "What’re they all lookin’ at?" said Hagrid, as he and Harry approached the castle front, Fang keeping as close as he could to their ankles.
  • "Is it true?" whispered the Fat Lady as he approached her.
  • See? I cannot approach any nearer than this.
  • Chapter 22: After the Burial Patches of bright blue sky were beginning to appear over the castle turrets, but these signs of approaching summer did not lift Harry’s mood.
  • "Magnificent," said Slughorn, approaching the spiders head, where eight milky eyes stared blankly at the sky and two huge, curved pincers shone, motionless, in the moonlight.
  • Harry, who thought it most unlikely that Rufus Scrimgeour was a vampire, but who was used to Luna repeating her father’s bizarre views as though they were fact, did not reply; they were already approaching Slughorn’s office and the sounds of laughter, music, and loud conversation were growing louder with every step they took.
  • "Harry," Ernie said portentously, holding out his hand as Harry approached, "didn’t get a chance to speak in Defense Against The Dark Arts this morning.
  • They must be really advanced Dark magic, or why would Voldemort have wanted to know about them? I think it’s going to be difficult to get the information, Harry, you’ll have to be very careful about how you approach Slughorn, think out a strategy …" ’Ron reckons 1 should just hang back after Potions this afternoon …’
  • "Very well," said Professor McGonagall, glancing out of the window at the grounds, checking to see whether the Minister was yet approaching, "then I must agree with Filius that the right thing to do is to consult the governors, who will make the final decision.
  • We need to penetrate the inner place…… Now it is Lord Voldemort’s obstacles that stand in our way, rather than those nature made…… " Dumbledore approached the wall of the cave and caressed it with his blackened fingertips, murmuring words in a strange tongue that Harry did not understand.

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as in: approached the city Define
to come near or nearer
as in: use the best approach Define
a way of doing something; or a rout that leads to a particular place
as in: approached her with the proposal Define
to speak with someone about something for the first time -- such as a proposal -- often something discussed in a delicate, tentative way
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