'I am afraid,' said Dumbledore slowly, looking as though every word cost him a great effort, 'that there is no doubt that it is you.'
'Ah, Harry!' said Mr Weasley, turning from Hermione's parents, who he had just greeted enthusiastically, and who were now taking it in turns to hug Hermione. 'Well - shall we do it, then?'
Uncle Vernon's moustache seemed to bristle with indignation. Possibly because the bowler hat gave him the entirely mistaken impression that he was dealing with a kindred spirit, he addressed himself to Moody.
'Hey, Harry,' said Ron softly, nodding towards the glass window on to the corridor.
That's no reason for them to take your things,' he said flatly. 'D'you want help finding them?'
'In a brief statement on Friday night, Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge confirmed that He Who Must Not Be Named has returned to this country and is once more active.
And he left the room, leaving Harry there alone, gazing blankly at the wall through which Nick had disappeared.
'How come people hide your stuff?' he asked her, frowning.
'I cannot answer,' said Nick.
'I won't be long . . . look, you go ahead . . ."
'Wizards can leave an imprint of themselves upon the earth, to walk palely where their living selves once trod,' said Nick miserably. 'But very few wizards choose that path.'
They turned and stumped away up the marble staircase.
'Add some more?'
'Er - Hagrid's,' said Harry. 'You know, he just got back and I promised I'd go down and see him and tell him how you two are.'
'Ah. I see there are no longer any points left in the Gryffindor hour-glass to take away. In that case, Potter, we will simply have to - '
'How can you say that?' Hermione demanded. 'After we've just found out that there are real prophecies?'
He was finding it hard to decide whether he wanted to be with people or not; whenever he was in company he wanted to get away and whenever he was alone he wanted company. He thought he might really go and visit Hagrid, though, as he had not talked to him properly since he'd returned . . .
'Yeah, I expect they will,' said Harry. 'Still, at least everyone knows what scumbags they are now - '
Nick said nothing.