¡°He's done more'n enough fer me already,¡± groaned Hagrid. ¡°Got enough on his plate what with keepin¡¯ them Dementors outta the castle, an¡¯ Sirius Black lurkin¡¯ around.¡±
¡°He's got dark powers the rest of us can only dream of!¡± Pettigrew shouted shrilly. ¡°How else did he get out of there? I suppose He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named taught him a few tricks!¡±
¡°Oh yes,¡± said Dumbledore coldly. ¡°But I'm afraid no Dementor will cross the threshold of this castle while I am Headmaster.¡±
¡°Maybe you'd rather not risk your neck,¡± he said. ¡°Want to leave it to the Dementors, do you? But if it was me, I'd want revenge. I'd hunt him down myself.¡±
When Harry, Ron, and Hermione left the hospital wing at noon the next day, it was to find an almost deserted castle. The sweltering, heat and the end of the exams meant that everyone was taking full advantage of another Hogsmeade visit. Neither Ron nor Hermione felt like going, however, so they and Harry wandered onto the grounds, still talking about the extraordinary events of the previous night and wondering where Sirius and Buckbeak were now. Sitting near the lake, watching the giant squid waving its tentacles lazily above the water, Harry lost the thread of the conversation as he looked across to the opposite bank. The stag had galloped toward him from there just last night¡.