Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Author: J. K. Rowling
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He missed Hogwarts so much it was like having a constant stomachache.
You had to hand it to them, thought Harry, as George took an ordinary hairpin from his pocket and started to pick the lock
“A lot of wizards think it’s a waste of time, knowing this sort of Muggle trick, said Fred, “but we feel they’re skills worth learning, even if they are a bit slow.”
“Why would anyone bother making door keys shrink?” said George.
“Just Muggle-baiting,” sighed Mr. Weasley. “Sell them a key that keeps shrinking to nothing so they can never find it when they need it. . . . Of course, it’s very hard to convict anyone because no Muggle would admit their key keeps shrinking — they’ll insist they just keep losing it. Bless them, they’ll go to any lengths to ignore magic, even if it’s staring them in the face. . . .”
“But why’s she got to go to the library?”
“Because that’s what Hermione does, said Ron, shrugging. “When in doubt, go to the library.”
“His d-diary!” Ginny sobbed. “Tve b-been writing in it, and he’s been w-writing back all year —”
“Ginny!” said Mr. Weasley, flabbergasted. “Haven’t I taught you anything? What have I always told you? Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.”
He strode over to the door and opened it. “Bed rest and perhaps a large, steaming mug of hot chocolate. I always find that cheers me up,” he added, twinkling kindly down at her.
“I seem to remember telling you both that I would have to expel you if you broke any more school rules,” said Dumbledore.
Ron opened his mouth in horror.
“Which goes to show that the best of us must sometimes eat our words,” Dumbledore went on, smiling. “You will both receive Special Awards for Services to the School and — let me see — yes, I think two hundred points apiece for Gryffindor.”
“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”