Elder Wand

Theworldhadended,sowhyhadthebattlenotceased,thecastlefallensilentinhorror,andeverycombatantlaiddowntheirarms?Harry’smindwasinfreefall,spinningoutofcontrol,unabletograsptheimpossibility,becauseFredWeasleycouldnotbedead,theevidenceofallhissensesmustbelying—Andthenabodyfellpasttheholeblownintothesideoftheschoolandcursesflewinatthemfromthedarkness,hittingthewallbehindtheirheads.

"Getdown!"Harryshouted,asmorecursesflewthroughthenight:HeandRonhadbothgrabbedHermioneandpulledhertothefloor,butPercylayacrossFred’sbody,shieldingitfromfurtherharm,andwhenHarryshouted"Percy,comeon,we’vegottomove!"heshookhishead.

"Percy!"HarrysawteartracksstreakingthegrimecoatingRon’sfaceasheseizedhiselderbrother’sshouldersandpulled,butPercywouldnotbudge."Percy,youcan’tdoanythingforhim!We’regoingto—"

Hermionescreamed,andHarry,turning,didnotneedtoaskwhy.Amonstrousspiderthesizeofasmallcarwastryingtoclimbthroughthehugeholeinthewall.OneofAragog’sdescendantshadjoinedthefight.

RonandHarryshoutedtogether;theirspellscollidedandthemonsterwasblownbackward,itslegsjerkinghorribly,andvanishedintothedarkness.

"Itbroughtfriends!"Harrycalledtotheothers,glancingovertheedgeofthecastlethroughtheholeinthewallthecurseshadblasted.

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