¡°Now, now, Penny, no sabotage!¡± said Percy heartily as she examined the Firebolt closely. ¡°Penelope and I have got a bet on,¡± he told the team. ¡°Ten Galleons on the outcome of the match!¡±
¡°Maybe he'd better go to Madam Pomfrey,¡± said Harry. ¡°If he's seeing things like ¡ª¡±
¡°But if he ¡ª you know ¡ª¡± Hermione dropped her voice, glancing nervously around, ¡°if he was trying to ¡ª to poison Lupin ¡ª he wouldn't have done it in front of Harry.¡±
Harry, Ron, and Hermione looked at one another. They had never seen eye to eye with Hagrid about what he called ¡®interesting creatures¡¯ and other people called ¡®terrifying monsters.¡¯ On the other hand, there didn't seem to be any particular harm in Buckbeak. In fact, by Hagrid's usual standards, he was positively cute.
He accelerated; so, many feet below, did Cho. He was winning, gaining on the Snitch with every second ¡ª then ¡ª