The school owls swooped into the Great Hall carrying the mail as usual, and Neville choked as a huge barn owl landed in front of him, a scarlet envelope clutched in its beak. Harry and Ron, who were sitting opposite him, recognized the letter as a Howler at once ¡ª Ron had got one from his mother the year before.
¡°I ¡ª I took him outside,¡± said Hagrid, spilling milk all over the table as he filled up the jug. ¡°He's tethered in me pumpkin patch. Thought he oughta see the trees an¡¯ ¡ª an¡¯ smell fresh air ¡ª before ¡ª¡±