Disclaimer: I do not own Harry Potter… I wish I
did, though, sometimes you know…
The Day the Marauders
Lost Their Map
“There you go, Moony. Thought this might interest you,”
Sirius Black said, dropping the newspaper right into Remus Lupin’s bowl of
porridge. “Oh, sorry, mate,” he added, not sounding sorry at all, as he sat
down at his side, pushing his dark hair out of his handsome face with one
movement. Lupin, who looked tired and disdainful, turned to look at him with
exasperation. “Was that absolutely necessary?” he asked, sighing and pushing
his plate aside.
smiled at him, and his eyes traveled from one side of his face to the other.
Remus was covered in scars and he looked peaky and pale. “You look awful,
Moony. Bad night?” he asked innocently, with a crooked smile.
rolled his eyes. “Terrible one,” he answered. “And now you’ve completely messed
up my porridge.”
Remus, have mine,” a mousy haired, round boy said, smiling in an almost manic
way. Remus eyed him carefully before grabbing the plate and sticking his spoon
in it. “Cheers, Wormtail,” he said. “Sure you don’t want it?” he asked after
thrusting a spoonful into his mouth. Wormtail shook his head roughly.
doesn’t need it,” Sirius said, looking bored. “He’s got enough of a belly to be
going on with. He might explode, you know.”
looked down at his stomach automatically and then looked back at Sirius. “I’m
kidding, Wormtail!” Sirius said, as though it was completely obvious, his
expression by no means softer. “Anyway, page five, Moony.”
stared at him, his mouth quite full. Sirius sighed deeply. “Page five of the
Prophet. Some lady, Agatha something-something is trying to pass a decree
against werewolf hunting,” he said, waving his hand at him with exasperation.
jumped from his seat at once, and reached out for the paper, sending the second
bowl of porridge flying right onto Regina Baccus, a sixth year Gryffindor
sitting across the table. She glared at him, and Remus, blushing furiously,
muttered a tiny ‘Sorry’ before disappearing behind the paper.
looked at him, amazed, and shook his head before smiling softly at Regina, who
blushed a little and smiled back. Then he scanned the hall with precision, his
hair falling into his face again. He turned to look quizzically at Remus, and
then snatch the paper from him, without being rude. With a kind of elegance
where’s Prongs?” he asked, and Remus snatched the paper back from him. “Well,”
he replied. “If you would’ve woken earlier this morning, you would’ve heard him
say something about escorting Lily Evans to breakfast.” He peeked his
head from behind the paper and smiled mischievously.
wonder how that went,” Wormtail piped up and Sirius shook his head. “Could’ve
gone terribly well, or terribly wrong,” he said wisely. “Let’s just hope Evans
was in a good mood today, or Prongs might actually look a lot like Moony.”
all laughed, but no one laughed harder than Wormtail. Sirius rolled his eyes at
him. “Get a grip on yourself, Wormtail,” he said and then looked away at the
doors of the Great Hall. A very lonely James Potter was walking through them
just then. “Well, here comes the man,” Sirius said, following his friend with
slightly narrowed eyes. “And he doesn’t look beaten to me.”
folded the newspaper and looked over at James too. “Still, he isn’t escorting
anybody either, is he?”
shrugged. “Guess we’ll have to ask then,” he said, noticing Lupin wasn’t
reading the paper anymore. “Find it interesting, did you?” he said, nodding
sighed and shook his head. “The same nonsense. They aren’t going to pay any
attention to her, mark my words,” he said miserably, through gritted teeth.
there, Moony,” Sirius said, when James was getting closer. “Someday maybe, with
our help of course, you’ll get them to stop hunting werewolves.” He
watched as James sat at his side, wearing a grim expression on his face. “Bad
morning, Prongs?” he asked, patting him sympathetically in the back.
looked at him but did not answer. “Yeah,” Sirius said nodding. “Wouldn’t give
up, would she?” James shook his head. “Ah, wrong luck, mate,” Sirius continued.
“Mind you, there are still loads of good-looking girls at Hogwarts, you know. I
wouldn’t be so annoyed about it.”
smiled forcedly at him, and then thrust some bacon into his mouth. “That’s easy
for you to say, Padfoot,” he said, sending bits of bacon flying in every
direction. “You can have the whole lot.”
looked half amused, half amazed. “Me?” he asked, in mock modesty.
four of them laughed, but no one laughed harder than Wormtail. “Get a grip on
yourself, Wormtail,” Sirius said, rolling his eyes at him, and swinging his bag
over his shoulder with one swift movement. “Anyway, you better hurry, Prongs,
we’ve got Transfiguration with McGonagall next. You know she doesn’t appreciate
us to be late.”
followed his cue and got up from the table at once, while James buttered
himself a piece of toast as fast as he could. Finally, he got up and the three
of them made to walk out of the now almost empty Great Hall.
Sirius said as they reached the Entrance Hall, “aren’t we forgetting
I don’t think-“ James began, but just then a very high squeak was heard, and
they all turned to look in time to see Peter Pettigrew gathering his books and
thrusting them into his bag hurriedly. “Oh, yes,” James corrected himself,
staring at Wormtail with odd supremacy. “Yes, we are.”
is bound to be in your Transfiguration N.E.W.T. It’s very advanced magic, and
for those who wish to become Aurors once out of school, it’s going to help you
through your most difficult challenges….”
was only taking in half the words McGonagall was saying, although he knew he
should have been taking in the whole lot. He was looking longingly at the table
at his right, where a red haired girl, who seemed to be paying a great deal of
attention to the professor, was sitting so gracefully you might have mistaken
her for an angel. Well… James might have.
He gasped loudly, as he felt an elbow crashing into his ribs. He glared at
Sirius, who was clearly fighting back a fit of laughter as McGonagall searched
the classroom with dangerous eyes in search of the source of the sudden noise.
waited until McGonagall was facing the blackboard again before whispering
“Gotcha!” into James’ ear and pointing at his parchment lying on the table.
looked down at once, only to find that he had been writing tiny Lily’s all over
it since the beginning of the class. He blushed furiously, and looked around,
as if to make sure no one else had noticed. Wormtail had fallen asleep over his
parchment again, and Lupin was paying a slightly disturbing amount of attention
to McGonagall. James sighed loudly. Good, he thought as he ripped the
parchment into tiny pieces, not wanting to look over at Sirius, even though he
could feel him smiling at his side.
didn’t know this girl had you going nutters, mate,” Sirius said, as they exited
McGonagall’s class, Lupin immersed in a giant book and Peter bouncing
distractedly along. James gave him a stern look.
Sirius said, looking around, pretending to be in shock. “You know Moony, once
he’s started he can’t put down the bloody books. And Wormtail, well… just look
both turned to look, and James smiled. “Well, she is,” he answered, rather
Sirius raised both of his arms in celebration, scaring a couple of Hufflepuff
girls that were passing by. “I knew it, mate.”
gave him another stern look. “Well, you don’t have to make an announcement out
of it,” he said quietly, since a bunch of second years were looking curiously
along, midgets,” Sirius said, waving a hand at them, and they started to walk
again at once, annoyed and glaring at him. “They’re just little people, Prongs,
they won’t harm you,” he added, as he led the way out of the castle and onto
the large Hogwarts grounds. James smiled at him, his mood lifting a bit. The
four of them lounged over the large beech tree that stood by the lake, Lupin
still reading the overlarge leather bound book.
you put that down?” Sirius asked impatiently, as he took the book from him,
closed it and held it out of his reach. “Prongs here is going to tell us how
the escorting went this morning.”
smiled hopefully at James, and James gave him a faint smile in return. “No I’m
not,” he said, looking over his shoulder at the entrance of the castle, waiting
for Lily to exit it.
you are,” Sirius pressed on, still smiling wildly.
sighed. “Right. Well, nothing happened, really,” he started, not looking at his
friends. His stomach gave a funny lurch. A red haired figure had just stepped
out of the castle. “We walked in harmony up until we reached the main
staircases - ” She just had clearly said something funny, because her friends
were now howling with laughter. “ - and then I said the usual, you know-“
you ever going out with me, Evans?” his three friends chorused, as she sat down
in the green grass. James smiled. “Yes, exactly,” he replied, staring at her as
she held up her hair in a long ponytail, “and she just looked at me with the
same old look and made the same old exasperated noise and walked ahead,” he
finished, as his stomach gave another tremendous lurch. She was gazing back at
him. As if in reflex, he lifted his hand up to his head and ruffled his hair
with arrogance. She looked away at once.
old story, then, Prongs,” Sirius said, and James turned to look at him at last.
He nodded. Same old story, alright, he thought hopelessly. Was she
ever going out with him?
maybe you’re doing things wrong,” Remus said, and James looked inquiringly at
him, feeling a twinge of annoyance in his stomach. What does he mean, doing
it wrong? “She clearly doesn’t like the way you’re doing things, or she
would’ve agreed to go out with you long before.”
all stared at him for quite a long time. “Just a thought,” Remus said
dismissively after a while, not minding the looks they were all giving him. He
snatched the book back from Sirius’ grip and disappeared behind it once more.
day your brain is going to burn up from all the reading, Moony,” Sirius’ said,
looking handsomely bored once again. “Mark my words.”
laughed loudly, but James was still dwelling on Remus’ words. Remus was the
closest to Lily of them all. Maybe she spoke to him about James. So he was
doing things wrong… but what about telling him how to do things the right way?
He threw himself flat on the ground and looked up at the cloudless sky. Yeah,
what about telling him how to do it right? After all, how was he supposed to
know how to act?
Wormtail’s piping voice reached James’ ears, making him flinch a bit, “it may
not even be James’ fault anyway.” Yes, he liked that theory a lot more. James
sat bolt upright and eyed Wormtail carefully.
heard,” Wormtail continued, lowering his voice so that James had to get closer
in order to hear. “I’ve heard she’s dating that boy, that Hufflepuff boy, Dedalus
The rest of them stared at him for a few seconds before
reacting. James snorted loudly and Sirius burst out laughing, in his usual
bark-like way. The corners of Remus’ lips shook a bit and Wormtail gave them a
defeated look. “Who tells you this nonsense?” Sirius
’ asked, giggling
madly. “Have you been talking to Snape again?” he added, screwing up his face
in mock seriousness.
did not laugh at all this time. “No, I haven’t,” he said, looking down at the
course you haven’t, Peter,” Remus said, not lifting his gaze from the book’s
pages. “We know you wouldn’t.”
was a small silence and James fixed his eyes on Lily again. He found himself
thinking that he would kill Diggle the next time he saw him. But no, she
couldn’t be dating Dedalus Diggle; Lily was way more selective than that.
would never date that crackpot,” Sirius said, as though he had heard what James
was thinking. “She knows better.” He patted James on the shoulder. “Don’t worry
mate, someday you’ll have her, you’ll see.” James gave him a lopsided grin and
sighed. “I hope so,” he said.
got a letter from my parents this morning.” Sirius startled James a bit, since
he was immersed in trying to write a particularly difficult Charms essay. He
lifted his gaze, put down his quill, and stared at Sirius, who was sitting at
his side, sucking a sugarquill distractedly, obviously trying
hard to look as though this had no effect on him whatsoever. “Well, more from
my da-father actually,” he added, not meeting James’ eyes. “He said they
blasted me off the tapestry.” He laughed in a hollow sort of way, and James
could tell it made him terribly miserable. Still, he remained silent, surveying
him quietly, a sort of discomfort growing hot in his stomach.
had left his parents’ house last summer, just a couple of weeks after the end
of their fifth year. He had crashed over at James’ during the holidays, and
James’ parents had been extra nice to him. Sirius kept telling James how much
he hated his mom and dad, and how happy he was to get out of there, but James
knew that it hurt him badly, even though they were despicable wizards. It was
weird, how easy it was for Sirius to hide his soft side from everybody, always
with his head high, his crooked smile, and the bored expression on his face, as
though nothing touched him deeply, as though everything bounced upon him. And
it was scary how easy James discovered what bothered him, and what made him
crack, even though Sirius gave no signs of it.
smiled gently at his friend, but Sirius, who was looking distractedly out of
the window, didn’t notice.
fat old rag blasted me off the tapestry,” he muttered under his breath. James
wasn’t sure of what to say. He knew Mrs. Black was a horrible woman, but to
blast a son like that and completely deny his existence was something far from
horrible. It was sick. “I don’t think she knew my father was writing to me,” he
said, in an incredibly everyday tone, as though they were discussing homework.
“Still, it wasn’t a very affectionate letter, you know.” He bark-laughed one
last time and they fell into complete silence.
went back to his essay, thinking miserably that Remus would’ve known what to
say to Sirius right now, but since he was quite tired from the night before he
had fallen asleep first. Remus, who was always in his right mind, centered and
correct, always doing what he was supposed to, and never being too noisy.
Except for that day each month in which his disease ruled over his heart and he
became something so unlike himself. It was terribly unfair, that he had to
endure that. He, of all people.
felt so selfish sometimes. He had this nearly perfect life; he never had to
endure any of the things his friends went through. And here he was, thinking
constantly about a girl who didn’t even turn to look at him, unable to say
something encouraging to his very best friend, unable to think beyond Lily at
the moment. Was he selfish? Or was he really in love?
snapped James into reality once again. “Is there something wrong?” he asked,
and his voice cracked a bit.
shook his head almost too quickly. “Not at all,” he said, trying with all his
might to stop himself from telling Sirius something about Lily. He was feeling
frustrated about it, but he knew it was nothing compared to what Sirius was
feeling. He smiled forcedly and tried to fix his mind on his essay again.
seriously, Prongs,” Sirius pressed on.
hesitated, then said very quietly, “I’m wondering where she is, that’s all.” He
ruffled his hair distractedly and stopped almost at once. He had promised
himself he’d never do that again. It was an annoying habit.
surveyed him carefully, and the grim expression seemed to flee from his face.
“Really…” he simply said, tilting back his chair on two legs, like he always
did. He cleared his throat and seemed somehow more cheerful. “D’you know?” he
asked quickly, resuming sucking on his sugar quill and surveying the deserted
common room. “Mind you, Prongs, I think Moony was right this morning.”
d’you mean?” James asked, rubbing his eyes and feeling tired, not recalling, at
the moment, what Remus had said in the morning.
you remember,” Sirius seemed to be choosing his words carefully, “last year,
when we took Snivellus’ pants off?” he said the last words with a shadow
of glee imprinted on his face. James smiled and nodded. “She told you some
nasty things,” Sirius added, returning his chair to his normal position and
making James’ smile completely fade.
fixed his eyes on his essay again, pretending to be thinking what to write
next, but feeling slightly drowsy. Yes, he remembered. Of course he remembered.
She had told him she was surprised his broomstick could get off the ground with
his fat head on it. Oh yes, he remembered what she had told him, alright.
who didn’t seem satisfied with James’ silence, spoke again. “So why do you keep
asking her out?” he said, shaking his head to get his hair out of his face. “I
mean, the least you could do is come up with another way of conquering her
heart you know, ‘cause clearly your way isn’t working.”
her heart, Padfoot?” he asked dismissively, trying his best to keep cool,
although the whole thing was starting to have a tremendous effect on him. He
knew his friends were so right to think he was going about things the wrong
way. He knew he was pushing her away. He knew she hated him badly.
shrugged, clearly getting bored again. “You know what I mean, mate,” he said
shortly, before tilting his chair on two legs again.
was a long silence, and a very awkward one, in James’ opinion. So maybe Lily was
dating Dedalus Diggle. After all, it suddenly became too clear for James
that she would never date him. Ever.
sat there in the common room, both minding their own business. James turned to
look every few minutes in the direction of the portrait hole, expecting to see
Lily coming through it at any moment.
he said, rolling up his parchment and standing up. Sirius let his chair fall on
all four legs again and looked at him piercingly. “I think I’m going to check
on Evans tonight.”
lit up at the sight of a new adventure. “The map?” he asked, smiling in a
lopsided way. James nodded. “Let’s check if she is really dating Diggle,” he
said and Sirius jumped up from his chair at once. “I’m on it, mate!”
swear, if you step on my foot once again, I’m going to curse you,” James said
through gritted teeth, holding the Invisibility Cloak right over their heads
carefully. Sirius, who had the Marauder’s Map opened in front of him, stepped
on James’ foot stubbornly. “Curse me then,” he said calmly, scanning the map
with determination, his hair falling on his handsome face.
glared at his neck. “Very funny,” he replied, as he held his wand in front of
him, which was lit at the tip, and gave them enough light to move around.
Suddenly, just as they were descending a staircase, Sirius let out a laugh and
pointed triumphantly at a spot on the map. “There she is,” he said. “Lily
is she?” James asked hurriedly, trying to get a peek at the map.
is down at the trophy room,” Sirius answered shortly with a look James couldn’t
figure out. “But take a look at this Prongs,” he said, holding up the map to
his friend’s nose.
did all he could to find the tiny spot with Lily’s name on it, and his heart
froze when he saw what the spot standing next to her was labeled. “Snivellus?”
he asked, anger bubbling up inside him. “What’s she doing down there with Snivellus?”
It was worse than Diggle, yes it was.
idea,” Sirius replied, shrugging, looking intently at the two tiny dots moving
around the trophy room. “Who would’ve guessed,” he added, much to James’
would’ve guessed what?” James spat at him, not bothering to keep his voice
down. This was by far the most awful day he had ever had.
looked at him warningly. “Calm down, mate,” he said, his voice low, as though
he wanted to set him an example of how to talk.
probably in detention with him, or something,” James replied in an almost
hysterical tone, glaring at Sirius, although he didn’t really believe his own
nodded. “Sure, Prongs, that’s probably it,” he said, and James could tell, with
a high amount of annoyance, that his friend was getting bored again.
babbled about how much he loathed Snape and how much Snape loathed Lily all the
way to the trophy room. Sirius, whose sight seemed to be lost in time and
space, yawned a couple of times, and then coughed a bit, and James, knowing
him, noticed that he half wished they had never left the common room… he found
the whole adventure quite boring.
I don’t hex Snape when we get there, I’m going to kill myself,” Sirius said, as
they rounded the corner of the trophy room’s hall. James nodded in agreement.
And just as the trophy room’s door came to view, it flew open and out came a
very upset Lily Evans.
happened next happened very fast. The two friends, still covered by the
Invisibility Cloak, flung themselves against the opposite wall, managing, just
in time, to get out of her way. She walked a couple of steps more, and James
eyed Sirius significantly, but just as they made to follow her, Lily, who was
pretty smart, turned roughly around again, and crashed right into James. She
let out a small shriek and then, completely startling James, grabbed the
Invisibility Cloak and uncovered them swiftly. There was a long silence, none
of them blinking in the process, and then Lily let out a low exasperated noise
that James was quite familiar with.
she spat indignantly, throwing the Invisibility Cloak at his feet, so that they
disappeared at once. James, whose heart was pounding so fast he thought it was
about to explode, looked at her, and blushed furiously. He waited for the
bellowing to start, but before she managed to say another word, Sirius poked
James in the shoulder and pointed behind them. James turned to look and grabbed
his wand in reflex. There was Snape, with his greasy hair and overlarge nose,
looking at them with a sneer on his face. Sirius was already pointing his wand
at him, his eyes slightly shut and his hair falling once again on his face.
he said very slowly. Snape reacted fast, and before another word was spoken,
had sent Sirius flying past James and into a picture of a very old witch.
Sirius let go of the map and James caught it in midair, while Lily shrieked
loudly, and ran to aid Sirius. He seemed to be unable to move.
and Snape stood glaring at each other for a few seconds, James torn between
hexing his opponent and helping his friend out. But before he could make up his
mind, Snape had yelled “Stupefy!” and James found himself staring up at
the ceiling, lying on his back, unable to move, and still clutching the
un-erased map in his outstretched hand. Just as he was expecting, Snape swept
past him and grabbed the map with one very awkward movement, while James felt
his face grow hot with anger and frustration.
could hear Sirius yelling, “Mischief managed!” but felt panic rising up his
throat when he glimpsed Sirius’ wand a few feet from him, lying on the ground. Lily
can do it! James thought desperately, as he tried with all his might to
move his arms and reach out for Snape’s feet. Tell Lily to do it!
managed, Lily!” Sirius bellowed almost at once, scaring James out of his wits.
He had just read his thoughts. “Please!”
heard struggling and then Lily’s voice, “Mischief-.”
Sirius spat desperately.
managed!” Lily said quickly. Then
footsteps drew nearer and he heard a very soft, “Finite Incantatum.” He
was able to move again.
scrambled up and found Lily looking straight at him, holding both her wand and
their map in her hands. James felt his face grow even hotter. He had just been
beaten by greasy haired Snivellus. But he didn’t have time to dwell too much on
that awful thought either. Lily was looking, transfixed, at a spot over his
left shoulder. In alarm, James turned to look and saw Filch, the caretaker,
walking straight at them, his smelly old cat at his side. He looked as though
Christmas had come early.
Potter and Black,” he said, as three Gryffindors walked slowly backwards from
him. “And Evans,” he added with a nasty look at her. “Snape, have they been
bothering you again?”
looked sharply around at Snape, who was sneering stupidly. “Yes,” he said
yes, yes,” Filch wheezed under his breath. “Yes, there’s no way you’re escaping
piece of parchment,” Snape said hotly, advancing quickly and snatching it from
Lily’s hands. Lily looked hopelessly at Sirius, who had managed to get up, but
had lost half of his elegance in the process, and was breathing shallowly.
a sharp movement, James launched himself towards Snape, trying to snatch the
map back from him, but Filch came in between them with a look of glee imprinted
on his face. James shot him a nasty look before backing away. “What’s the
matter, Snape?” he blurted out, before thinking the words through. “Can’t stand
up for yourself? Hiding behind that squib, are you?” His chest swelled with
delight when Snape stopped sneering at once. Filch’s face was now contorting
with rage, and he grabbed the map violently, muttering wildly under his breath.
“Give me that,” he said as he opened it. It was completely blank. “I’ll have
this.” He nodded hysterically.
shrugged. “It’s just a piece of parchment,” he said, trying, and failing, to
it’s not,” Snape said, and James felt an incredible urge to kick him
unconscious. “I saw it, it’s a sort of map.”
grease on your face is blurring your vision, Snivellus,” Sirius said,
matter-of-factly, from behind James. Where his ears mistaken or had he just
heard a tiny laugh coming from Lily?.
come with me, Snape,” Filch said. “You are going to tell the headmaster about
nodded without looking at his three schoolmates and followed suit, looking
were you thinking!” Lily said in towering range, as they made their slow way to
the common room again, “I mean… why where you following me?!”
couldn’t think of a suitable answer right away, so he resolved to lock his gaze
on his feet. Sirius didn’t answer either. He probably wasn’t paying attention
to Lily at all. James was sure it had something to do with the fact that Snape
had just sent him flying into a wall.
sorry,” James said after a very long silence, just as they reached the
Gryffindor Tower staircases and began to climb them. “I just wanted to know why
you weren’t in the common room-“
my business, James,” she cut him off, and James grinned slightly, noticing it
was the first time she had called him James. She usually just called him
I know,” he said, still not looking at her. “But if you don’t mind me asking…
what were you doing there with Snape?” he asked, carefully choosing the words.
eyes flashed. “I do mind you asking,” she said, and James lifted his
gaze at once. The answer confirmed his every fear. Was she dating Snape? And,
as if she had read his thoughts, she laughed dismissively. “I’m not dating him,
Potter, if that’s what you thought!” she said. So they were back to ‘Potter’.
At least she wasn’t dating Snape. “We were in detention, that was all,” she
added, matter-of-factly. But James suspected she wasn’t being completely honest
doesn’t have to anyway, he
thought bitterly. You were spying on her… that doesn’t exactly make you best
“Anyway,” Sirius spoke for the first time since they had
left the trophy room. “I’m thinking about what we’re going to tell Moony,
James,” he said scratching his head slightly, so that if he had any elegance
left in him, he lost it then. “The map’s gone,” he added, and James’ stomach
fell. What with the excitement of having a decent conversation with Lily for
once, and finding out she wasn’t really dating Snape, he hadn’t thought of the
serious consequences of losing the map. Remus was going to be angry out of his
have no idea,” James said, feeling even more miserable every minute.
looked from one to the other. “At least he didn’t take your Invisibility
Cloak,” she said innocently, all traces of anger disappearing completely from
her voice. James felt all warm inside. When she wasn’t bellowing at him her
voice was quite soothing.
and Sirius exchanged significant glances. “I would’ve given it to him freely,
if he offered the map back.”
looked astounded. “What’s with that map anyway?” she said, as they reached the
portrait of the fat lady. “Why is it so important?”
Sirius spat grimly at the fat lady, and she swung open muttering, “Out at
this time of night… when will they ever learn?” “Let’s just say, it was a
way of avoiding many problems,” he said as they scrambled through the hole.
laughed hollowly. “Yeah it was,” he nodded as he flung himself on an armchair
by the fire.
Lily shrugged earnestly. “I’m going to bed,” she said.
Sirius and James chorused a very quiet ‘Good night’ and she climbed the girl’s
staircases, leaving them completely alone.
Sirius said, sitting on the chair next to James’, and looking longingly at the
extinguished fire. “I’m positively killing myself.”
do you mean?” James asked distractedly.
I didn’t get to hex Snape, did I?”