Extract from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

by J.K. Rowling

Just then, Ginny Weasley came over and sat down next to Ron. She looked tense and nervous, and Harry noticed that her hands were twisting in her lap.

‘What’s up?’ said Ron, helping himself to more porridge.

Ginny didn’t say anything, but glanced up and down the Gryffindor table with a scared look on her face that reminded Harry of someone, though he couldn’t think who.

‘Spit it out,’ said Ron, watching her.

Harry suddenly realised who Ginny looked like. She was rocking backwards and forwards slightly in her chair, exactly like Dobby did when he was teetering on the edge of revealing forbidden information.

‘I’ve got to tell you something,’ Ginny mumbled, carefully not looking at Harry.

‘What is it?’ said Harry.

Ginny looked as though she couldn’t find the right words.

‘What?’ said Ron.

Ginny opened her mouth, but no sound came out. Harry leaned forward and spoke quietly, so that only Ginny and Ron could hear him.

‘Is it something about the Chamber of Secrets? Have you seen something? Someone acting oddly?’

Ginny drew a deep breath and, at that precise moment, Percy Weasley appeared, looking tired and wan.

‘If you’ve finished eating, I’ll take that seat, Ginny. I’m starving, I’ve only just come off patrol duty.’

Ginny jumped up as though her chair had just been electrified, gave Percy a fleeting, frightened look, and scarpered away. Percy sat down and grabbed a mug from the centre of the table.

‘Percy!’ said Ron angrily. ‘She was just about to tell us something important!’

Halfway through a gulp of tea, Percy choked.

‘What sort of thing?’ he said, coughing.

‘I just asked her if she’d seen anything odd, and she started to say –’

‘Oh – that – that’s nothing to do with the Chamber of Secrets,’ said Percy at once.

‘How do you know?’ said Ron, his eyebrows raised.
‘Well, er, if you must know, Ginny, er, walked in on me the other day when I was – well, never mind – the point is, she spotted me doing something and I, um, I asked her not to mention it to anybody. I must say, I did think she’d keep her word. It’s nothing, really, I’d just rather –’


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

By J.K. Rowling

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