The Sacking of Severus Snape

ThemomentherfingertouchedtheMark,Harry’sscarburnedsavagely,thestarryroomvanishedfromsight,andhewasstandinguponanoutcropofrockbeneathacliff,andtheseawaswashingaroundhimandtherewasatriumphinhisheart—Theyhavetheboy.

AloudbangbroughtHarrybacktowherehestood.Disoriented,heraisedhiswand,butthewitchbeforehimwasalreadyfallingforward;shehitthegroundsohardthattheglassinthebookcasestinkled.

“I’veneverStunnedanyoneexceptinourD.A.lessons,”saidLuna,soundingmildlyinterested.“ThatwasnoisierthanIthoughitwouldbe.”

Andsureenough,theceilinghadbeguntotremble.Scurrying,echoingfootstepsweregrowinglouderfrombehindthedoorleadingtothedormitories.Luna’sspellhadwokenRavenclawssleepingabove.

“Luna,whereareyou?IneedtogetundertheCloak!”

Luna’sfeetappearedoutofnowhere;hehurriedtohersideandshelettheCloakfallbackoverthemasthedooropenedandastreamofRavenclaws,allintheirnightclothes,floodedintothecommonroom.ThereweregaspsandcriesofsurpriseastheysawAlectolyingthereunconscious.Slowlytheyshuffledinaroundher,asavagebeastthatmightwakeatanymomentandattackthem.Thenonebravelittlefirst-yeardarteduptoherandproddedherbacksidewithhisbigtoe.

“Ithinkshemightbedead!”heshoutedwithdelight.

“Ohlook,”whisperedLunahappily,astheRavenclawscrowdedinaroundAlecto.

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