The Battle of Hogwarts

TheenchantedceilingoftheGreatHallwasdarkandscatteredwithstars,andbelowitthefourlongHousetableswerelinedwithdisheveledstudents,someintravelingcloaks,othersindressinggowns.Hereandthereshonethepearlywhitefiguresoftheschoolghosts.Everyeye,livinganddead,wasfixeduponProfessorMcGonagall,whowasspeakingfromtheraisedplatformatthetopoftheHall.Behindherstoodtheremainingteaches,includingthepalominocentaur,Firenze,andthemembersoftheOrderofthePhoenixwhohadarrivedtofight.

“…evacuationwillbeoverseenbyMr.FilchandMadamePomfrey.Prefects,whenIgivetheword,youwillorganizeyourHouseandtakeyourchargesinorderlyfashiontotheevacuationpoint.

Manyofthestudentslookedpetrified.However,asHarryskirtedthewalls,scanningtheGryffindortableforRonandHermione,ErnieMacmillanstoodupattheHufflepufftableandshouted;“Andwhatifwewanttostayandfight?”

Therewasasmatteringofapplause.

“Ifyouareofage,youmaystay,”saidProfessorMcGonagall.

“Whataboutourthings?”calledagirlattheRavenclawtable.“Ourtrunks,ourowls?”

“Wehavenotimetocollectpossessions,”saidProfessorMcGonagall.“Theimportantthingistogetyououtofheresafely.”

“Where’sProfessorSnape?”shoutedagirlfromtheSlytherintable.

“Hehas,tousethecommonphrase,doneabunk,”repliedProfessorMcGonagallandagreatcheereruptedfromtheGryffindors,Hufflepuffs,andRavenclaws.

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