¡°There's always the feast,¡± said Ron, in an effort to cheer Harry up. ¡°You know, the Halloween feast, in the evening.¡±
Black made a startled movement that almost dislodged Crookshanks; Harry gripped his wand convulsively ¡ª Do it now! said a voice in his head ¡ª but the footsteps were thundering up the stairs and Harry still hadn't done it.
¡°I've told the headmaster again and again that you're helping your old friend Black into the castle, Lupin, and here's the proof. Not even I dreamed you would have the nerve to use this old place as your hideout ¡ª¡±
Buckbeak and I are in hiding. I won't tell you where, in case this owl falls into the wrong hands. I have some doubt about his reliability, but he is the best I could find, and he did seem eager for the job.