Гарри Поттер и Дары Смерти

The Battle of Hogwarts

HarrymoveduptheHallalongsidetheGryffindortable,stilllookingforRonandHermione.Ashepassed,facesturnedinhisdirection,andagreatdealofwhisperingbrokeoutinhiswake.

"Wehavealreadyplacedprotectionaroundthecastle,"ProfessorMcGonagallwassaying,"butitisunlikelytoholdforverylongunlesswereinforceit.Imustaskyou,therefore,tomovequicklyandcalmly,anddoasyourprefects—"

ButherfinalwordsweredrownedasadifferentvoiceechoedthroughouttheHall.Itwashigh,cold,andclear.Therewasnotellingfromwhereitcame.Itseemedtoissuefromthewallsthemselves.Likethemonsterithadoncecommanded,itmighthavelaindormantthereforcenturies.

"Iknowthatyouarepreparingtofight."Therewerescreamsamongstthestudents,someofwhomclutchedeachother,lookingaroundinterrorforthesourceofthesound."Youreffortsarefutile.Youcannotfightme.Idonotwanttokillyou.IhavegreatrespectfortheteachersofHogwarts.Idonotwanttospillmagicalblood."

TherewassilenceintheHallnow,thekindofsilencethatpressesagainsttheeardrums,thatseemstoohugetobecontainedbywalls.

"GivemeHarryPotter,"saidVoldemort’svoice,"andnoneshallnotbeharmed.GivemeHarryPotterandIshallleavetheschooluntouched.GivemeHarryPotterandyouwillberewarded.

"Youhaveuntilmidnight."

Thesilenceswallowedthemallagain.

Страница 627 из 780