The Wandmaker

Itwaslikesinkingintoanoldnightmare;foraninstantHarrykneltagainbesideDumbledore’sbodyatthefootofthetallesttoweratHogwarts,butinrealityhewasstaringatatinybodycurleduponthegrass,piercedbyBellatrix’ssilverknife.Harry’svoicewasstillsaying,"Dobby…Dobby…"eventhoughheknewthattheelfhadgonewherehecouldnotcallhimback.

Afteraminuteorsoherealizedthattheyhad,afterall,cometotherightplace,forherewereBillandFleur,DeanandLuna,gatheringaroundhimashekneltovertheelf."Hermione,"hesaidsuddenly."Whereisshe?"

"Ron’stakenherinside,"saidBill."She’llbeallright."HarrylookedbackdownatDobby.Hestretchedoutahandandpulledthesharpbladefromtheelf’sbody,thendraggedoffhisownjacketandcoveredDobbyinitlikeablanket.

Theseawasrushingagainsttherocksomewherenearby;Harrylistenedtoitwhiletheotherstalked,discussingmattersinwhichhecouldtakenointerest,makingdecisions,DeancarriedtheinjuredGriphookintothehouse,Fleurhurryingwiththem;nowBillwasreallyknowingwhathewassaying.Ashedidso,hegazeddownatthetinybody,andhisscarprickledandburned,andinonepartofhismind,viewedasiffromthewrongendofalongtelescope,hesawVoldemortpunishingthosetheyhadleftbehindattheMalfoyManor.HisragewasdreadfulandyetHarry’sgriefforDobbyseemedtodiminishit,sothatitbecameadistantstormthatreachedHarryfromacrossavast,silentocean.

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