Mr. Weasley woke them after only a few hours sleep. He used magic to pack up the tents, and they left the campsite as quickly as possible, passing Mr. Roberts at the door of his cottage. Mr. Roberts had a strange, dazed look about him, and he waved them off with a vague â€œMerry Christmas.â€ .Sexy prom Dresses.
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â€œCome on, now, Molly, we're all perfectly okay,â€ said Mr. Weasley soothingly, prising her off the twins and leading her back toward the house. â€œBill,â€ he added in an undertone, â€œpick up that paper, I want to see what it saysâ€¦â€ .Cartier sunglasses.
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â€œI knew it,â€ said Mr. Weasley heavily. â€œMinistry blundersâ€¦culprits not apprehendedâ€¦lax securityâ€¦Dark wizards running uncheckedâ€¦national disgrace.â€¦Who wrote this? Ahâ€¦of courseâ€¦Rita Skeeter.â€ .Cartier Juste Un Clou Replica.
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â€œDo us a favor, Perce,â€ said Bill, yawning, â€œand shut up.â€
â€œI'm mentioned,â€ said Mr. Weasley, his eyes widening behind his glasses as he reached the bottom of the Daily Prophet article.
â€œWhere?â€ spluttered Mrs. Weasley, choking on her tea and whiskey. â€œIf I'd seen that, I'd have known you were alive!â€
â€œNot by name,â€ said Mr. Weasley. â€œListen to this: â€˜If the terrified wizards and witches who waited breathlessly for news at the edge of the wood expected reassurance from the Ministry of Magic, they were sadly disappointed. A Ministry official emerged some time after the appearance of the Dark Mark alleging that nobody had been hurt, but refusing to give any more information. Whether this statement will be enough to quash the rumors that several bodies were removed from the woods an hour later, remains to be seen.'.Oh really,â€ said Mr. Weasley in exasperation, handing the paper to Percy. â€œNobody was hurt. What was I supposed to say? Rumors that several bodies were removed from the woodsâ€¦well, there certainly will be rumors now she's printed that.â€
He heaved a deep sigh. â€œMolly, I'm going to have to go into the office; this is going to take some smoothing over.â€
â€œI'll come with you, Father,â€ said Percy importantly. â€œMr. Crouch will need all hands on deck. And I can give him my cauldron report in person.â€
He bustled out of the kitchen. Mrs. Weasley looked most upset.
â€œArthur, you're supposed to be on holiday! This hasn't got anything to do with your office; surely they can handle this without you?â€
â€œI've got to go, Molly,â€ said Mr. Weasley. â€œI've made things worse. I'll just change into my robes and I'll be off.â€¦â€
â€œMrs. Weasley,â€ said Harry suddenly, unable to contain himself, â€œHedwig hasn't arrived with a letter for me, has she?â€
â€œHedwig, dear?â€ said Mrs. Weasley distractedly. â€œNoâ€¦no, there hasn't been any post at all.â€
Ron and Hermione looked curiously at Harry. With a meaningful look at both of them he said, â€œAll right if I go and dump my stuff in your room, Ron?â€
â€œYeahâ€¦think I will too,â€ said Ron at once. â€œHermione?â€
â€œYes,â€ she said quickly, and the three of them marched out of the kitchen and up the stairs.
â€œWhat's up, Harry?â€ said Ron, the moment they had closed the door of the attic room behind them.
â€œThere's something I haven't told you,â€ Harry said. â€œOn Saturday morning, I woke up with my scar hurting again.â€
Ron's and Hermione's reactions were almost exactly as Harry had imagined them back in his bedroom on Privet Drive. Hermione gasped and started making suggestions at once, mentioning a number of reference books, and everybody from Albus Dumbledore to Madam Pomfrey, the Hogwarts nurse. Ron simply looked dumbstruck.
â€œBut - he wasn't there, was he? You-Know-Who? I mean - last time your scar kept hurting, he was at Hogwarts, wasn't he?â€
â€œI'm sure he wasn't on Privet Drive,â€ said Harry. â€œBut I was dreaming about himâ€¦him and Peter - you know, Wormtail. I can't remember all of it now, but they were plotting to killâ€¦someone.â€
He had teetered for a moment on the verge of saying â€œme,â€ but couldn't bring himself to make Hermione look any more horrified than she already did.
â€œIt was only a dream,â€ said Ron bracingly. â€œJust a nightmare.â€
â€œYeah, but was it, though?â€ said Harry, turning to look out of the window at the brightening sky. â€œIt's weird, isn't it?â€¦My scar hurts, and three days later the Death Eaters are on the march, and Voldemort's sign's up in the sky again.â€
â€œDon't - say - his - name!â€ Ron hissed through gritted teeth.
â€œAnd remember what Professor Trelawney said?â€ Harry went on, ignoring Ron. â€œAt the end of last year?â€
Professor Trelawney was their Divination teacher at Hogwarts. Hermione's terrified look vanished as she let out a derisive snort.
â€œOh Harry, you aren't going to pay attention to anything that old fraud says?â€
â€œYou weren't there,â€ said Harry. â€œYou didn't hear her. This time was different. I told you, she went into a trance - a real one. And she said the Dark Lord would rise againâ€¦greater and more terrible than ever beforeâ€¦and he'd manage it because his servant was going to go back to himâ€¦and that night Wormtail escaped.â€
There was a silence in which Ron fidgeted absentmindedly with a hole in his Chudley Cannons bedspread.
â€œWhy were you asking if Hedwig had come, Harry?â€ Hermione asked. â€œAre you expecting a letter?â€
â€œI told Sirius about my scar,â€ said Harry, shrugging. â€œI'm waiting for his answer.â€
â€œGood thinking!â€ said Ron, his expression clearing. â€œI bet Sirius'll know what to do!â€
â€œI hoped he'd get back to me quickly,â€ said Harry.
â€œBut we don't know where Sirius isâ€¦he could be in Africa or somewhere, couldn't he?â€ said Hermione reasonably. â€œHedwig's not going to manage that journey in a few days.â€
â€œYeah, I know,â€ said Harry, but there was a leaden feeling in his stomach as he looked out of the window at the Hedwig-free sky.
â€œCome and have a game of Quidditch in the orchard, Harryâ€ said Ron. â€œCome on - three on three, Bill and Charlie and Fred and George will play.â€¦You can try out the Wronski Feint.â€¦â€
â€œRon,â€ said Hermione, in an I-don't-think-you're-being-very-sensitive sort of voice, â€œHarry doesn't want to play Quidditch right now.â€¦He's worried, and he's tired.â€¦We all need to go to bedâ€¦â€
â€œYeah, I want to play Quidditch,â€ said Harry suddenly. â€œHang on, I'll get my Firebolt.â€
Hermione left the room, muttering something that sounded very much like â€œBoys.â€
Neither Mr. Weasley nor Percy was at home much over the following week. Both left the house each morning before the rest of the family got up, and returned well after dinner every night.
â€œIt's been an absolute uproar,â€ Percy told them importantly the Sunday evening before they were due to return to Hogwarts. â€œI've been putting out fires all week. People keep sending Howlers, and of course, if you don't open a Howler straight away, it explodes. Scorch marks all over my desk and my best quill reduced to cinders.â€
â€œWhy are they all sending Howlers?â€ asked Ginny, who was mending her copy of One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi with Spellotape on the rug in front of the living room fire.
â€œComplaining about security at the World Cup,â€ said Percy. â€œThey want compensation for their ruined property. Mundungus Fletcher's put in a claim for a twelve-bedroomed tent with en-suite Jacuzzi, but I've got his number. I know for a fact he was sleeping under a cloak propped on sticks.â€
Mrs. Weasley glanced at the grandfather clock in the corner. Harry liked this clock. It was completely useless if you wanted to know the time, but otherwise very informative. It had nine golden hands, and each of them was engraved with one of the Weasley family's names. There were no numerals around the face, but descriptions of where each family member might be. â€œHome,â€ â€œschool,â€ and â€œworkâ€ were there, but there was also â€œtraveling,â€ â€œlost,â€ â€œhospital,â€ â€œprison,â€ and, in the position where the number twelve would be on a normal clock, â€œmortal peril.â€
Eight of the hands were currently pointing to the â€œhomeâ€ position, but Mr. Weasley's, which was the longest, was still pointing to â€œwork.â€ Mrs. Weasley sighed.
â€œYour father hasn't had to go into the office on weekends since the days of You-Know-Who,â€ she said. â€œThey're working him far too hard. His dinner's going to be ruined if he doesn't come home soon.â€
â€œWell, Father feels he's got to make up for his mistake at the match, doesn't he?â€ said Percy. â€œIf truth be told, he was a tad unwise to make a public statement without clearing it with his Head of Department first -â€
â€œDon't you dare blame your father for what that wretched Skeeter woman wrote!â€ said Mrs. Weasley, flaring up at once.
â€œIf Dad hadn't said anything, old Rita would just have said it was disgraceful that nobody from the Ministry had commented,â€ said Bill, who was playing chess with Ron. â€œRita Skeeter never makes anyone look good. Remember, she interviewed all the Gringottsâ€™ Charm Breakers once, and called me â€˜a long-haired pillock'?â€
â€œWell, it is a bit long, dear,â€ said Mrs. Weasley gently. â€œIf you'd just let me -â€
Rain lashed against the living room window. Hermione was immersed in The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 4, copies of which Mrs. Weasley had bought for her, Harry, and Ron in Diagon Alley. Charlie was darning a fireproof balaclava. Harry was polishing his Firebolt, the broomstick servicing kit Hermione had given him for his thirteenth birthday open at his feet. Fred and George were sitting in a far corner, quills out, talking in whispers, their heads bent over a piece of parchment.
â€œWhat are you two up to?â€ said Mrs. Weasley sharply, her eyes on the twins.
â€œHomework,â€ said Fred vaguely.
â€œDon't be ridiculous, you're still on holiday,â€ said Mrs. Weasley.
â€œYeah, we've left it a bit late,â€ said George.
â€œYou're not by any chance writing out a new order form, are you?â€ said Mrs. Weasley shrewdly. â€œYou wouldn't be thinking of restarting Weasleysâ€™ Wizard Wheezes, by any chance?â€
â€œNow, Mum,â€ said Fred, looking up at her, a pained look on his face. â€œIf the Hogwarts Express crashed tomorrow, and George and I died, how would you feel to know that the last thing we ever heard from you was an unfounded accusation?â€
Everyone laughed, even Mrs. Weasley.
â€œOh your father's coming!â€ she said suddenly, looking up at the clock again.
Mr. Weasley's hand had suddenly spun from â€œworkâ€ to â€œtraveling"; a second later it had shuddered to a halt on â€œhomeâ€ with the others, and they heard him calling from the kitchen.
â€œComing, Arthur!â€ called Mrs. Weasley, hurrying out of the room.
A few moments later, Mr. Weasley came into the warm living room carrying his dinner on a tray. He looked completely exhausted.
â€œWell, the fat's really in the fire now,â€ he told Mrs. Weasley as he sat down in an armchair near the hearth and toyed unenthusiastically with his somewhat shriveled cauliflower. â€œRita Skeeter's been ferreting around all week, looking for more Ministry mess-ups to report. And now she's found out about poor old Bertha going missing, so that'll be the headline in the Prophet tomorrow. I told Bagman he should have sent someone to look for her ages ago.â€
â€œMr. Crouch has been saying it for weeks and weeks,â€ said Percy swiftly.
â€œCrouch is very lucky Rita hasn't found out about Winky,â€ said Mr. Weasley irritably. â€œThere'd be a week's worth of headlines in his house-elf being caught holding the wand that conjured the Dark Mark.â€
â€œI thought we were all agreed that that elf, while irresponsible, did not conjure the Mark?â€ said Percy hotly.
â€œIf you ask me, Mr. Crouch is very lucky no one at the Daily Prophet knows how mean he is to elves!â€ said Hermione angrily.
â€œNow look here, Hermione!â€ said Percy. â€œA high-ranking Ministry official like Mr. Crouch deserves unswerving obedience from his servants -â€
â€œHis slave, you mean!â€ said Hermione, her voice rising passionately, â€œbecause he didn't pay Winky, did he?â€
â€œI think you'd all better go upstairs and check that you've packed properly!â€ said Mrs. Weasley, breaking up the argument. â€œCome on now, all of you.â€¦â€
Harry repacked his broomstick servicing kit, put his Firebolt over his shoulder, and went back upstairs with Ron. The rain sounded even louder at the top of the house, accompanied by loud whistlings and moans from the wind, not to mention sporadic howls from the ghoul who lived in the attic. Pigwidgeon began twittering and zooming around his cage when they entered. The sight of the half-packed trunks seemed to have sent him into a frenzy of excitement.
â€œBung him some Owl Treats,â€ said Ron, throwing a packet across to Harry. â€œIt might shut him up.â€
Harry poked a few Owl Treats through the bars of Pigwidgeon's cage, then turned to his trunk. Hedwig's cage stood next to it, still empty.
â€œIt's been over a week,â€ Harry said, looking at Hedwig's deserted perch. â€œRon, you don't reckon Sirius has been caught, do you?â€
â€œNah, it would've been in the Daily Prophet,â€ said Ron. â€œThe Ministry would want to show they'd caught someone, wouldn't they?â€
â€œYeah, I suppose.â€¦â€
â€œLook, here's the stuff Mum got for you in Diagon Alley. And she's got some gold out of your vault for youâ€¦and she's washed all your socks.â€
He heaved a pile of parcels onto Harry's camp bed and dropped the money bag and a load of socks next to it. Harry started unwrapping the shopping. Apart from The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 4, by Miranda Goshawk, he had a handful of new quills, a dozen rolls of parchment, and refills for his potion-making kit - he had been running low on spine of lionfish and essence of belladonna. He was just piling underwear into his cauldron when Ron made a loud noise of disgust behind him.
â€œWhat is that supposed to be?â€
He was holding up something that looked to Harry like a long, maroon velvet dress. It had a moldy-looking lace frill at the collar and matching lace cuffs.
There was a knock on the door, and Mrs. Weasley entered, carrying an armful of freshly laundered Hogwarts robes.
â€œHere you are,â€ she said, sorting them into two piles. â€œNow, mind you pack them properly so they don't crease.â€
â€œMum, you've given me Ginny's new dress,â€ said Ron, handing it out to her.
â€œOf course I haven't,â€ said Mrs. Weasley. â€œThat's for you. Dress robes.â€
â€œWhat?â€ said Ron, looking horror-struck.
â€œDress robes!â€ repeated Mrs. Weasley. â€œIt says on your school list that you're supposed to have dress robes this yearâ€¦robes for formal occasions.â€
â€œYou've got to be kidding,â€ said Ron in disbelief. â€œI'm not wearing that, no way.â€
â€œEveryone wears them, Ron!â€ said Mrs. Weasley crossly. â€œThey're all like that! Your father's got some for smart parties!â€
â€œI'll go starkers before I put that on,â€ said Ron stubbornly.
â€œDon't be so silly,â€ said Mrs. Weasley. â€œYou've got to have dress robes, they're on your list! I got some for Harry tooâ€¦show him, Harry.â€¦â€
In some trepidation, Harry opened the last parcel on his camp bed. It wasn't as bad as he had expected, however; his dress robes didn't have any lace on them at all - in fact, they were more or less the same as his school ones, except that they were bottle green instead of black.
â€œI thought they'd bring out the color of your eyes, dear,â€ said Mrs. Weasley fondly.
â€œWell, they're okay!â€ said Ron angrily, looking at Harry's robes. â€œWhy couldn't I have some like that?â€
â€œBecauseâ€¦well, I had to get yours secondhand, and there wasn't a lot of choice!â€ said Mrs. Weasley, flushing.
Harry looked away. He would willingly have split all the money in his Gringotts vault with the Weasleys, but he knew they would never take it.
â€œI'm never wearing them,â€ Ron was saying stubbornly. â€œNever.â€
â€œFine,â€ snapped Mrs. Weasley. â€œGo naked. And, Harry, make sure you get a picture of him. Goodness knows I could do with a laugh.â€
She left the room, slamming the door behind her. There was a funny spluttering noise from behind them. Pigwidgeon was choking on an overlarge Owl Treat.
â€œWhy is everything I own rubbish?â€ said Ron furiously, striding across the room to unstick Pigwidgeon's beak.
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