Harry read and reread the letter from Sirius all the way back into King's Cross station. It was still clutched tightly in his hand as he, Ron, and Hermione stepped back through the barrier of platform nine and three-quarters. Harry spotted Uncle Vernon at once. He was standing a good distance from Mr. and Mrs. Weasley, eyeing them suspiciously, and when Mrs. Weasley hugged Harry in greeting, his worst suspicions about them seemed confirmed.
Aunt Marge reached for her glass of wine.
¡°Where?¡± said Harry and Ron quickly. On the other side of the table, Malfoy looked up, listening closely.
Harry looked up at the owner of the hand on his shoulder and felt a bucketful of ice cascade into his stomach ¡ª he had walked right into Cornelius Fudge, the Minister of Magic himself.