¡°If he weren't when he went to Azkaban, he will be now,¡± said Ern in his slow voice. ¡°I'd blow meself up before I set foot in that place. Serves him right, mind you¡after what he did¡¡±
Hermione went very red, put down her hand, and stared at the floor with her eyes full of tears. It was a mark of how much the class loathed Snape that they were all glaring at him, because every one of them had called Hermione a know-it-all at least once, and Ron, who told Hermione she was a know-it-all at least twice a week, said loudly, ¡°You asked us a question and she knows the answer! Why ask if you don't want to be told?¡±
It was the photograph of Ron and his family that had appeared in the Daily Prophet the previous summer, and there, on Ron's shoulder, was Scabbers.
Harry didn't know what to think. Was it a trick?