a few members of the order, including ron & hermione, take polyjuice potion to morph into harry's likeness. hermione is reminded of their similar adventure in second year.|
|ooh, you look much tastier than crabbe and goyle, harry.|
the trio runs from the burrow after it is attacked. they run into an all-night cafe. hermione seems to have taken care of everything they should need, including clothing. ron complains about his wand.
|it's no wonder i can't get it out, hermione, you packed my old jeans, they're tight.|
|(hissing) oh, i'm so sorry.|
|as she dragged the waitress out of sight of the windows, harry heard her mutter a suggestion as to where ron could stick his wand instead.|
ron is worried about what might've happened to a family after he used the father's identity to disguise himself in their break-in to the ministry.
|blimey, i hope they escaped. [...] i didn't get the feeling reg cattermole was all that quick-witted, though, the way everyone was talking to me when i was him. god, i hope they made it... if they both end up in azkaban because of us...|
hermione was watching ron fret over the fate of the cattermoles, and there was such tenderness in her expression that harry felt almost as if he had surprised her in the act of kissing him.
ron and harry get into a fight, and ron announces he's leaving. hermione tells him she'll stay with harry.
|i get it. you choose him.|
hermione explains to harry that it makes sense that dumbledore had left him gryffindor's sword with bathilda bagshot, in godric's hollow.
|i mean, godric's hollow is godric gryffindor's birthplace--|
|really? gryffindor came form godric's hollow?|
|harry, did you ever even open a history of magic?|
|(smiling for what felt like the first time in months: the muscles in his face feel oddly stiff) erm, i might've opened it, you know, when i bought it... just the once...|
|well, as the village is named after him i'd have thought you might have made the connection.|
|she sounded much more like her old self than she had done of late; harry half expected her to announce that she was off to the library.|
harry reassures ron that he's been forgiven for leaving him and hermione, and that they're still best friends.
|he knew what he was doing when he gave me the deluminator, didn't he? he-- well, he must've known I'd run out on you.|
|ron's ears turned bright red and he became engrossed in a tuft of grass at his feet, which he prodded with his toe.|
|(correcting him) no, he must've known you'd always want to come back.|
xenophilius lovegood tells the trio about the deathly hallows. harry doesn't fully understand. ron can't help but intervene with jokes. hermione doesn't like the interruptions.
|death's got an invisibility cloak?|
|so he can sneak up on people. sometimes he gets bored of running at them, flapping his arms and shrieking... sorry, hermione.|
after hearing the story of the deathly hallows, each of them reach their own conclusion, showing just how different they really are.
|it's just a morality tale, it's obvious which gift is best, which one you'd choose--|
|the three of them spoke at the same time.|
|they looked at each other, half surprised, half amused.|
harry meets up with hermione & ron, and learns that they've destroyed another horcrux in the chamber of secrets.
|(staring from the fangs to ron) but how did you get in there? you need to speak parseltongue!|
|(whispering) he did! show him, ron!|
|ron made a horrible strangled hissing noise.|
|(apologetically) it's what you did to open the locket. i had to have a few goes to get it right, but (shrugging modestly) we got there in the end.|
|he was amazing! amazing!|
the trio are going out to fight, when ron remembers something that will shake hermione's heart.
|(sharply) hang on a moment! we've forgotten someone!|
|the house-elves, they'll all be down in the kitchen, won't they?|
|you mean we ought to get them fighting?|
|(seriously) no, i mean we should tell them to get out. we don't want any more Dobbies, do we? we can't order them to die for us--|
|there was a clatter as the basilisk fangs cascaded out of hermione's arms. running at ron, she flung them around his neck and kissed him full on the mouth. ron threw away the fangs and broomstick he was holding and responded with such enthusiasm that he lifted hermione off her feet.|
|(weakly) is this the moment?|
|when nothing happened except that ron and hermione gripped each other still more firmly and swayed on the spot, he raised his voice.|
|oi! there's a war going on here!|
the trio run towards the whomping willow, because voldemort is hiding in the shrieking shack.
|i can-- see the place-- if we just had-- crookshanks again--|
|(wheezing, bent double, clutching her chest) crookshanks? are you a wizard, or what?|
before entering the shrieking shack, harry doubts if he should be leading hermione & ron to danger with him.
|(pushing harry forward) harry, we're coming, just get in there!|
after harry has finally defeated voldemort, his friends rush to him in absolute happiness.
|the fierce new sun dazzled the windows as they thundered toward him, and the first to reach him were ron and hermione, and it was their arms that that were wrapped around him, their incomprehensible shouts that deafened him.|