¡°Detention, Weasley,¡± Snape said silkily, his face very close to Ron's. ¡°And if I ever hear you criticize the way I teach a class again, you will be very sorry indeed.¡±
¡°No,¡± Hermione muttered. ¡°I want a quick word with Professor McGonagall.¡±
Neville looked around rather wildly, as though begging someone to help him, then said, in barely more than a whisper, ¡°Professor Snape.¡±
The day was fine and breezy, and neither of them felt like staying indoors, so they walked past the Three Broomsticks and climbed a slope to visit the Shrieking Shack, the most haunted dwelling in Britain. It stood a little way above the rest of the village, and even in daylight was slightly creepy, with its boarded windows and dank overgrown garden.