had only listened to me…”
repeated words stung Harry’s ears as he, Ron, and Hermione trudged along the
path leading into the heart of the Forbidden Forest.
continued on her tirade of Ron as they walked. “If you had ONLY listened to
me, none of us would be here. What on Earth were you thinking, Ron?”
was no denying the hilarity of Ron’s inability to reply.
“Fine, if you
are incapable of normal speech as well as forming actual thoughts, I’ll help
you: YOU WEREN’T THINKING AT ALL! What other excuse could there be for
stuffing Mrs. Norris in the Slytherin House Points hourglass?! How in
the world you managed to do it is beyond me…”
a laugh as Ron mumbled under his breath, “And Merlin forbid something be beyond
it appeared Hermione heard him. “I heard that, Ron!”
that’s enough, you two,” Harry said, ignoring Ron and Hermione’s disgusted
expression at having been referred to as a unit. “It doesn’t matter whose
fault it is; because we’re already here.”
they were. Filch’s punishment for Ron and his “accomplices,” was doing
community-service clean-up on a portion of the Forbidden Forest
that had been “Overly used,” as he put it. Harry wondered very much what
“Overly used” meant.
exactly are we supposed to do?”
“I, I think
we’re just supposed to…I, I…I’m not sure…” Hermione replied, disconcerted at
her failure to calculate the situation.
Ron looked as
though he would like nothing more than to make Hermione even more aware that
she was not sure, but didn’t get a chance before yelling, “Oy! Gross,” and
jumping backwards straight into Harry.
look- something’s…oh, just look!”
turned around. Harry didn’t bother to; he knew that Hermione would explain
everything out of Harry’s need to look.
disappointed at Hermione’s not having taken the liberty of explaining the
reason for her own outburst of repugnance, Harry finally turned around, only to
meet the sight of a rather plump Thestral excreting on a nearby tree.
doing it?” Hermione asked, speaking to no one in particular.
“I…I dunno! Whadayou
It was then
that Harry remembered that he was the only one of the three who could see Thestrals.
“Well, isn’t it obvious?”
quite taken aback. “Er-isn’t that Hermione’s line?”
to ignore this. “It’s a Thestral!”
A look of
dawning comprehension appeared on Ron and Hermione’s faces simultaneously “Ohhhh!”
but that would mean…”
“…You can see
“Oh, I can
see it, alright.”
“I wonder why
we can see its poop…I suppose it’s because it’s not really part of the Thestral,
per say…mind you, I wouldn’t mind it being invisible, it would give us an excuse
not to have to clean it up.”
and Harry exclaimed in unison, highly perturbed.
something predictable!” said Ron, grinning slightly. But just as soon as his
smile had manifested on his lips, it faded into oblivion. “What’s
quite obvious that our punishment from Filch is to clean up this portion of the
know that, Hermione,” said Harry, exasperated.
“Yes, but I
don’t think Filch mentioned that this particular portion of the forest is a
communal digestion ground for all of the creatures that reside within its
At this Harry
and Ron gave up watching the Thestral empty any remaining fesses of itself to
stop and stare at Hermione.
Harry managed to say.
you noticed the smell?”
“Yeah, but I
just thought that was Ron,” said Harry, admittedly more than half expecting to
hear an indignant “Hey,” from his male best friend – but none came. Harry
turned around and was surprised to see Ron already saying various charms to rid
the place of its filth.
Hermione screeched with a pleasured tone noteable in her voice, “I’m impressed!
I would have thought you, of all people, would resent having to do this job!
Well, what are we waiting for, Harry? Start helping him!”
through their job, Harry spotted a Bowtruckle on a tree from out of the corner
of his eye.
“You were the
one who identified Bowtruckles in Care of Magical Creatures last year, right?”
“Well, is it
common for them to write random letters in hearts on trees?”
this one’s explanation?”
Hermione around to face the tree the Bowtruckle had manipulated.
“R and H…what
could that mean?”
be you, Ron, and H…Harry, I’ll bet that’s you! Ron and Harry!”
“Well, I have
always found Harry oddly attractive…”