Divide up the troops

Kingsley Shacklebolt prepares for the Battle of Hogwarts

Extract from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

by J.K. Rowling

The Slytherin table was completely deserted, but a number of older Ravenclaws remained seated while their fellows filed out: even more Hufflepuffs stayed behind, and half of Gryffindor remained in their seats, necessitating Professor McGonagall’s descent from the teachers’ platform to chivvy the under-age on their way.

‘Absolutely not, Creevey, go! And you, Peakes!’

Harry hurried over to the Weasleys, all sitting together at the Gryffindor table.

‘Where are Ron and Hermione?’

‘Haven’t you found-?’ began Mr Weasley, looking worried.

But he broke off as Kingsley had stepped forwards on the raised platform to address those who had remained behind.

‘We’ve only got half an hour until midnight, so we need to act fast! A battle plan has been agreed between the teachers of Hogwarts and the Order of the Phoenix. Professors Flitwick, Sprout and McGonagall are going to take groups of fighters up to the three highest towers – Ravenclaw, Astronomy and Gryffindor – where they’ll have a good overview, excellent positions from which to work spells. Meanwhile, Remus,’ he indicated Lupin, ‘Arthur,’ he pointed towards Mr Weasley, sitting at the Gryffindor table, ‘and I will take groups into the grounds. We’ll need somebody to organise defence of the entrances of the passageways into the school – ‘

‘- sounds like a job for us,’ called Fred, indicating himself and George, and Kingsley nodded his approval.

‘All right, leaders up here and we’ll divide up the troops!’

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

by J.K. Rowling

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