Walking very close together so that nobody would see them, they crossed the hall on tiptoe beneath the cloak, then walked down the stone front steps into the grounds. The sun was already sinking behind the Forbidden Forest, gilding the top branches of the trees.
¡°And it hit ¡ª it hit ¡ª oh, Harry ¡ª it hit the Whomping Willow.¡±
¡°Is there anything wrong, my dear?¡±
¡°All right¡but you'll need to help me, Sirius,¡± said Lupin, ¡°I only know how it began¡¡±
¡°And you'll be sticking to that story, boy, or there'll be trouble,¡± spat Uncle Vernon.