Xenophilius Lovegood

HarryhadnotexpectedHermione’sangertoabateovernightandwasthereforeunsurprisedthatshecommunicatedmainlybydirtylooksandpointedsilencesthenextmorning.Ronrespondedbymaintaininganunnaturallysomberdemeanorinherpresenceasanoutwardsignofcontinuingremorse.Infact,whenallthreeofthemweretogetherHarryfeltliketheonlynon-mourneratapoorlyattendedfuneral.DuringthosefewmomentshespentalonewithHarry,however(collectingwaterandsearchingtheundergrowthformushrooms),Ronbecameshamelesslycheery.

"Someonehelpedus,"hekeptsaying,"Someonesentthatdoe,Someone’sonourside,OneHorcruxdown,mate!"

BolsteredbythedestructionofthelockettheysettodebatingthepossiblelocationsoftheotherHorcruxesandeventhoughtheyhaddiscussedthemattersooftenbefore,Harryfeltoptimistic,certainthatmorebreakthroughswouldsucceedthefirst.Hermione’ssulkinesscouldnotmarhisbuoyantspirits;Thesuddenupswingintheirfortunes,theappearanceofthemysteriousdoe,therecoveryofGryffindor’ssword,andaboveall,Ron’sreturnmadeHarrysohappythatitwasquitedifficulttomaintainastraightface.

LateintheafternoonheandRonescapedHermione’sbalefulpresenceagainandunderthepretenseofscouringthebarehedgesfornonexistentblackberries,theycontinuedtheirongoingexchangeofnews.

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